4:00 pm

Environmental Security in West Africa: Engagement on Sustainable Forestry and Landscape Collaboration

Environmental Security is defined as a process whereby solutions to environmental problems contribute to national security objectives. Cooperation among nations and regions to solve environmental problems can help advance the goals of political stability, economic development, and peace. Participants from Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, and Niger marked the beginning of a strategic partnership between West African countries and the US to strengthen environmental security in the region.

  • Wednesday, January 27, 4 p.m.
  • Boyd Science Center, Room 001
  • Presenter: Clare R. Mendelsohn, Deputy Forest Supervisor of the White Mountains National Forest
  • Presented by the Center for the Environment

Dec ’15
4:00 pm

Patterns of Macroinvertebrate Abundance and Diversity in a Headwaters Stream in Coos County
Presented by Brigid O’Donnell, PSU Department of Biological Sciences

This study is an ongoing investigation of the spatial and temporal variation in macroinvertebrates across Johnson Brook in Nash Stream Forest (Coos County, NH). The aim of this work is to document shifts in macroinvertebrate communities over heterogeneous habitats along the length of this headwaters stream and following habitat manipulation to create Brook trout habitat.

  • Today, 4 p.m.
  • Boyd Science Center, Room 001

Oct ’15
4:00 pm

Resilience of New Hampshire’s Hydrology to Disturbance

New Hampshire’s forests have a rich history of harvesting for timber, fuel, agriculture, and suburbanization. This talk will look back at the hydrologic evidence from the 19th and 20th centuries to understand how large-scale forest harvesting likely impacted the hydrology of New Hampshire’s watersheds. A major focus of the talk will be on the resilience of the forests to maintain hydrologic function. Such information is vital to making sound decisions about our water resources in the future.

  • Wednesday, October 21, 4 p.m.
  • Boyd 001
  • Presented by Mark Green, CFE/ESP and USFS

Sep ’14
4:00 pm

Wednesday, Sep. 17, 4 p.m - 5 p.m.
Boyd Hall, Room 144

Mr. Charles Bayless, prior President and Provost, West Virginia University Institute of Technology, and retired Utility Executive presents:

"Climate Change and Ocean Acidification, our greatest challenge"

Mr. Bayless has had a long, diverse career in the Energy Sector and works closely with climate scientists. He is currently a board member of Pike Electric and Chair of the Audit Committee, Recycled Energy Development and West Virginia American Water. He is Chair of the Arctic Climate Action Steering Committee and a board member at the Climate Institute. He has served as President and CEO of Illinova Corporation (Illinois Power Company, among others), and of Tucson Electric Power Company (UniSource Energy). He was also Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Public Service Company of New Hampshire, and served as Chairman of Essential Power, Independent Wireless One, Ontario Power Authority, West Virginia Industrial Council

In 1993, Financial World awarded Mr. Bayless its CEO of the Year Bronze Medal. Also in 1993, the Wall Street Transcript named Mr. Bayless the winner of its CEO of the Year Bronze Medal. In 1995, Financial World awarded Mr. Bayless its CEO of the Year Silver Medal.

Sponsored by the Center for the Environment

Oct ’13
4:00 pm

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Boyd Science Center 001

"STEM in New Hampshire: A Labor Supply-Demand Analysis"

Presenter: Katrina Evans
Assistant Director of the Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau, New Hampshire Employment Security

There has been heightened interest, both in New Hampshire and nationally, in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, or STEM. Businesses are concerned that their demand for qualified workers in STEM occupations might be unmet by those completing programs at the state’s educational institutions. At the same time, students in STEM-related programs are concerned about obtaining employment after graduation. Is demand driven by an abundant supply of labor with STEM skills or are individuals pursuing STEM careers because demand is growing? STEM in New Hampshire is an effort to inform this labor market discussion.

Katrina Evans is the Assistant Director of the Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau of New Hampshire Employment Security. She has been with the Bureau for 17 years, serving primarily as the Workforce Information Database administrator and coordinator of One-Stop Labor Market Information activities. She has over 25 years of experience in the field of career and labor market information.

Sponsored by the Center for the Environment

Mar ’13
4:00 pm

Wednesday, March 27, 4-5 p.m.
Boyd 001 Lecture Hall

Talk: New Hampshire Lives on Water - Planning for Our Future
Presenter: John Gilbert - Chair, NH Water Sustainability Commission
Sponsor: Center for the Environment

Take a minute to think about how water in the environment - our streams, lakes, wetlands, estuaries - makes New Hampshire a beautiful place to live, and contributes to our top ranking in terms of overall quality of life. Think about how our natural environment and our water infrastructure such as water supply systems make this a great place to raise families. Think about the role of water in tourism, the second largest sector of the N.H. economy. Finally, think about how all of these factors contribute to the N.H. advantage in terms of attracting employers and the educated workforce that today’s growth industries want to attract. In all of these ways, New Hampshire Lives on Water

Please join John Gilbert as he discusses the NH Water Commission’s work and its purpose to collaborate on investments, management policies, practices and tools that ensure clean, plentiful and affordable water that meets both societal and ecological needs while protecting water for future generations.

Mar ’13
4:00 pm

Wednesday, Mar. 6, 4-5 p.m.
Boyd Science Center 001

"A Cooperative Research Approach to Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management"

Michael Ball, Study Fleet Program Coordinator,
Northeast Fisheries Center, Woods Hole, MA

The Study Fleet Program, under the Northeast Cooperative Research Program, partners with a subset of commercial fishing vessels to collect high quality, high resolution, self-reported data on fishing effort, area fished, gear characteristics, catch, and biological observations. Data collected from these vessels can be used for a variety of different purposes such as supplementing the stock assessment process, developing real time hot spot avoidance maps for industry, providing detailed food web dynamics information to scientists, and contributing environmental information to habitat modelers. The Study Fleet Program utilizes a variety of technologies to aid in data collection including integrated GPS units, depth sounders, and vessel monitoring systems, wireless temperature and depth loggers, wireless length frequency boards, and the self-reporting Fishery Logbook Data Recording System (FLDRS). Depending on the needs of industry and scientists, FLDRS can be tailored towards s pecific projects including tow-by-tow biological research, the collection of enhanced biological data, and studies pertaining to gear characteristics. With the array of data collected, and ability to provide a dynamic self-reported data system, the Study Fleet Program provides a unique ecosystem based approach to the collection, analysis, and production of industry-dependent data.

For more information about this talk or others, please contact Doug Earick, 535-2343 or dlearick@plymouth.edu

Feb ’13
4:00 pm

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 4-5 p.m.
Boyd Science Center 001

The Science Behind Global Policy and Diplomacy

Natalie DeGraaf, Global Public Health Action Network

Innovative science and technology are critical to improving and sustaining development around the globe. Yet, failures in development are not merely problems of delivering these innovations. Too often such efforts fail because we do not appreciate the political, economic, and cultural contexts in which technologies are applied. These contexts shape how science and technology are implemented, potentially constraining their ability to provide solutions to problems of development and sustainability. To do better, we need to understand science and technology as a sociotechnical system, which is itself always situated within a larger sociotechnical order. Policies enacted to address societal concerns must be cognizant of this in order to be effective. Looking to dig into these concepts further, this talk will explore the relationship between science and policy, particularly how science can be used as a tool in global policy; both in advancing agendas and informing sound policy for mulation.

For more information about this talk or others, please contact Doug Earick, 535-2343 or dlearick@plymouth.edu

Oct ’12
5:00 pm

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 5-6 p.m.
Boyd Science Center 144

Presenter: Francis Slakey, Physicist and Adventurer
"Science and the Journey of Extremes"

Physicist and adventurer Francis Slakey describes his decade long journey that led to his becoming the first person to both summit the highest mountain on every continent and surf every ocean. The talk reviews some of the people he encounters and the challenges he endures – a Lama who gives him an amulet etched with “life’s meaning”, an ambush in the jungles of Indonesia, a life-or-death choice atop Everest – that culminate in a recognition that science is the most powerful tool we have to build a better world. He will describe how that perspective now informs his work for the American Physical Society and Georgetown University.

Francis Slakey received his PhD in physics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1992. He is the Associate Director of Public Affairs for the American Physical Society where he oversees APS legislative activities, specializing in energy and security policy. He is also The Upjohn Lecturer on Physics and Public Policy and the Co-Director of the Program on Science in the Public Interest at Georgetown University. He is a Fellow of the APS, a Fellow of the AAAS, a MacArthur Scholar, and a Lemelson Research Associate of the Smithsonian Institution. In recognition of his adventures, in 2002, he was chosen to run the Olympic Torch from the steps of the US Capitol. He recounts his global journey in his best-selling adventure memoir, "To The Last Breath".

A book signing of "To The Last Breath" will occur immediately following Dr. Slakey’s presentation. Copies will be available for sale.

Sep ’12
4:00 pm

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 4-5 p.m.
Boyd Science Center 001

Come joins us for the first Environmental Science Colloquium talk of the semester. Presenter: Vin Malkoski, Senior Biologist from the Massachusettes Marine Fisheries Department.
"Are Green Projects Impact Free?"

There is a common belief that green and renewable projects will have no environmental impacts or that impacts may be mitigated by the production of cleaner energy. This presentation discusses the types of impacts that result from the construction of large projects and the differences/similarities between green and regular projects.