"Leveraging Social-Ecological Narratives for Sustainability Insights: How Do Environmental Conditions and Perceptions Interact Along Maine’s Storied Coast?"
This Graduate Pursuit aims to explore the role of narratives within social-ecological systemdynamics. We define these social-ecological narratives as the stories through whichcommunities understand their interactions and co-dependencies with an ecological system. While SES research has made great strides in linking natural sciences and social sciences, the integration of cultural factors dealt with by the humanities has occurred more slowly. To address this gap, we propose to a) define and explore the concept of a “social-ecological narrative” and its role within a social-ecological system; b) refine methods for data integrationand analysis across natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities--in particular the processing of under-utilized data from literary sources; and c) apply these approaches to thecase-study of oysters (Crassostrea virginica) in coastal Maine.
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