Seminar: Ecology of Poverty & Disease

Dr. Matthew Bonds has a PhD in economics and a PhD in ecology from the University of Georgia. He joined the Harvard Medical School faculty after a postdoctoral fellowship in sustainable development under the mentorship of Jeffrey Sachs at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. His research explores relationships among ecology, infectious diseases, and economic development, with an applied focus on the role of healthcare in promoting economic growth in areas of extreme poverty. While developing formal theoretical frameworks, Dr.

Seminar: Environmental Intensity of Human Well-Being: Assessing the Drivers

At least since the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the relationship among ecosystem services and stress placed on both the environment and human well-being have been at the center of sustainability science. This framing has inspired a growing body of work, primarily at the household level, on the use of ecosystem services and human well-being. In parallel, a substantial literature uses the STIRPAT formulation to examine the anthropogenic drivers of the stress nations place on the environment.

Seminar: Telecouplings & Global Sustainability

A human–environment scientist and sustainability scholar, Dr. Jianguo "Jack" Liu holds the Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability, is University Distinguished Professor of fisheries and wildlife, and also serves as director of the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability at Michigan State University (MSU).

[CANCELED] Seminar: Dr. Judy Che-Castaldo

Dr. Judy Che-Castaldo is broadly interested in applying ecological concepts to management and conservation issues. Her current work at SESYNC focuses on endangered species recovery. Judy's project seeks to develop a threat classification scheme, apply the scheme to compile a database of anthropogenic threats for a set of well-studied species, and synthesize these data with existing biological and demographic data to link specific human-induced threats and biological traits to species extinction risk.

Seminar: Double Disproportionality: Integrating Environmental Privileges & Problems

This seminar will use a computational social science approach to explore environmental inequality, defined broadly as the inequitable distribution of environmental privileges and problems across social groups, throughout the continental United States. Referencing nearly 1 billion chemical releases originating from industrial facilities in 2007, the seminar will explore the surface of US industrial toxicity by:

Seminar: Feedbacks between Social Resiliency & Human Resource Acquisition in Heterogeneous Environments

Dr. Harish Padmanabha is broadly interested in how the intersection between larger scale socio-ecological pressures and individual level adaptation strategies affect the resiliency of human health. The unprecedentedly rapid and geographically expansive nature of global change influences both our everyday encounters with each other and nature, as well as our interactions with larger scale ecological, economic, and political systems.

[CANCELED] Seminar: What If "Rural" Were an Ethnicity & Protected Class?

This seminar has been canceled. It will be rescheduled for another date.

There is no doubt that rural areas are different from urban and suburban areas. Federal programs aimed at improving medical care and education and targeted programs for rural development are some examples of recognition of marked differences between rural and urban areas.


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