On Campus Event: National Academy of the Sciences: Susan Solomon: A Brief History of Environmental Success, 4/11 7PM, Searles 315

National Academy of the Sciences: Susan Solomon: A Brief History of Environmental Success
Wednesday, April 11 7:00 PM
Searles Science Building 315

Humans have faced a series of national and global environmental challenges in the past half-century, including smog, the use of lead in gasoline, ozone depletion, and much more. This talk reveals how combinations of science, public policy, industry participation, and the engagement of citizens succeeded in addressing past environmental challenges. Solomon probes how the lessons learned help us understand how to better manage today’s environmental problems, including climate change.

On Campus Event: Traces of the Past: William Bradford’s Arctic Photography and the Framing of History, Wed. 4/11, 7PM, Beam

Traces of the Past: William Bradford’s Arctic Photography and the Framing of History
Wednesday, April 11, 7:00 PM
Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center

This lecture by George Philip LeBourdais, Stanford University, will explore images from a groundbreaking expedition to the Arctic, organized by the American marine painter William Bradford in the summer of 1869. Depicting icebergs, polar bears, and Kalaallit Inuit peoples, these photographs taken by John Dunmore and George Critcherson were later compiled in a sumptuous book titled The Arctic Regions. LeBourdais will suggest that this seemingly-remote subject matter framed important issues in American culture at the time. They reveal the responsibility artists felt to clarify our relationship to nature—and more broadly to find humanity’s place in natural history—even as the coherence of America’s national landscape eroded under the strain of Civil War, shifting attitudes about race, and new technologies that claimed to annihilate time and space. Such images and insights remain poignant today, as climate change rewrites our relationship with the Arctic and the ice that defines it.

On Campus Event: “Godzilla’ as Harrier and Harbinger: Rethinking the Post-Atomic in the Pacific Region”, Friday 4/13 @ 2:00, Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Godzilla’ as Harrier and Harbinger: Rethinking the Post-Atomic in the Pacific Region, with Roland Kelts and Shuzo Shiota
Friday, April 13 2:00
Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall

Since 1954, the Godzilla franchise has entertained and fascinated a global audience. Now, with the ongoing nuclear cleanup efforts in the northeast regions of Japan, protests of the restarting of shuttered reactors at power plants, and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) being sent over Japan by North Korea, more than ever, the Godzilla franchise has the power to lead audiences to think critically about these pressing concerns.

In this talk, Roland Kelts and Shuzo Shiota explore how Godzilla represents a variety of nuclear-related concerns, from the first A-bombings of Japan to nuclear testing, constant fears of nuclear proliferation, and questioning the careless use of unstable technology.

Kelts is a journalist who covers many aspects of Japanese popular culture, author of Japanamerica: How Japanese Culture has Invaded the US, and 2016 Nieman fellow at Harvard. Shiota is head of Polygon Studios in Tokyo, where the animation for Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters, the first animated version of Godzilla, was created

 

On Campus Event: “Remnants of a Vision: The Lokshala Movement in Present Day Gujarat”, with Jane-Marie Law, Mon. 4/16, 7PM Kresge

“Remnants of a Vision: The Lokshala Movement in Present Day Gujarat”, with Jane-Marie Law
Monday, April 16 7:00 PM
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Professor Law investigates traditional intentional religious communities as keepers of marginalized forms of knowledge about ecological sustainability. She discusses the Lokshala movement, which follows Gandhian principles to promote agricultural self-sufficiently.

Off Campus Event: Rewilding the East, with John Davis, Wed. April 11, 7PM, Curtis Library

Who:               Friends of Merrymeeting Bay
What:              Rewilding the East
When:
            Wednesday, April 11, 7:00pm
Where:           Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick

Join John Davis, Executive Director of The Rewilding Institute as he speaks of and shows us the need for a continental-scale Eastern Wildway—an extensive wildlife corridor linking eastern Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. This is the seventh presentation of the 21st Friends of Merrymeeting Bay winter speaker series. The event takes place 7pm in the Morrill Meeting Room of Curtis Memorial Library on Wednesday, April 11.

The Eastern Wildway contains some of North America’s most beloved national parks, preserves, scenic rivers, and other wild places, from the wilderness of Quebec, the Adirondacks, and the Shenandoah Valley, to the Great Smoky Mountains and Everglades National Park. Protecting and expanding these and other key core areas is crucial to rewilding the East. This Wildway traverses a wide array of eco-regions and climates, arctic to tropical. An equally broad diversity of wildlife inhabits these eco-regions, including wolves, cougars, American martens, and other native carnivores. Many resident plants, birds, fish, salamanders, and butterflies are found nowhere else on Earth—particularly those in the southeastern U.S., recently identified as one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots.

The Eastern Wildway Network (EWN) is building a strong coalition of conservation organizations, academic institutions, and state and federal agencies to map conservation and land acquisition priorities in the East. Key to success is EWN’s outreach strategy addressing the importance of large-landscape conservation and the need to restore apex carnivores. EWN hopes to incorporate these ideas into law and policy, and most importantly, to inspire more conservation activity on-the-ground.

Long-distance conservation athlete, John Davis, cofounded Wildlands Network 25 years ago and served as editor of Wild Earth for several years. His current priorities as Executive Director of The Rewilding Institute include advocating for carnivore recovery and critical wildlife corridors through outreach and ultra-trekking. An avid naturalist, John spent much of his childhood exploring eastern forests, having grown up in a family devoted to the natural world. He has also been greatly influenced by conservation mentors, especially deep ecologists Dave Foreman and Michael Soulé. With sponsorship and guidance from Wildlands Network, Rewilding Institute, and other conservation partners, John completed TrekEast in 2011 (Florida-Quebec) and TrekWest (Mexico-B.C.) in 2013.

Summer Job: Student Field & Lab Tech positions, University of Maine

Student Field & Lab Tech positions, University of Maine
Duties include: Assisting with visual sampling and collection of browntail moth population field. Assisting with field trials. Monitoring caterpillars for parasitism and disease, and assisting with identification and preservation of parasitoids. Some molecular work may be included.
Required: Ability to work long hours outdoors, Ability to work efficiently and independently, some weekend work may be required.
Summer work-study, an interest and/or experience in entomology, and a driver’s license preferred
Positions available for May -July, and May- August, part-time and full time.
Contact: Karla Boyd (karla.boyd@maine.edu) & Dr. Ellie Groden (Groden@maine.edu)

Job: The Nature Conservancy: Taunton Wild & Scenic River Community Assistance Fellow (47 weeks, Boston, MA)

The Nature Conservancy – Taunton Wild and Scenic River Community Assistance Fellow
Tracking Code: 1094-984

Job Description
The Nature Conservancy – Taunton Wild and Scenic River Community Assistance Fellow

Length: Term is position is 47 weeks, full time commitment, 5-days per week
Location: Boston, MA
Living Allowance $510/week

 

Please note, housing stipend and relocation allowance are not provided for this position.

AmeriCorps Award: This position is eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the program.  Value of education award is $5,815.00 (pre-tax).
Educational Status: Bachelor’s degree appropriate to community based conservation work
Start Date: Projected start date is late May/early June but is contingent on passing background investigation.
Specific training: Hands-on mentored work experience; individual training available to meet specific interests and needs.

How to Apply
Apply on-line at: https://stewardslegacy.org/open-positions

For More Information

Contact Rebecca McCormick, Stewards Program Coordinator
RMcCormick@ConservationLegacy.org 

Program Basics

The Water Team at the Massachusetts Chapter of The Nature Conservancy works to protect the land and water on which all life depends through a holistic and integrated approach of working from headwaters to open ocean. Our strategies involve conservation, spatial planning, innovative finance, and working with local, state, and federal partners to advocate for cutting edge implementation.

The Taunton Wild and Scenic Stewardship Council is a partner organization that meets regularly to protect and preserve the Taunton River. The Council consists of partners from the 10 municipalities through which the river flows, and of local and state non-profit organizations and government.

Specifics about position

The Fellow will work to protect, conserve, and restore ecosystem health and function in the Taunton River watershed. The Taunton River was designated a Wild and Scenic River by Congress in 2009, and the watershed is home to high quality ecosystems and biodiversity and has many dedicated partner organizations working on developing conservation and restoration plans. These include the Taunton River Stewardship Plan and other plans that guide conservation, restoration, and climate resilience projects.

The Fellow’s primary project will be to create a watershed wide framework to compare and prioritize projects from a variety of partner organizations and planning documents. This framework will be the basis of a grant pipeline to fund project implementation.

Duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Develop strategic platform to catalyze conservation and restoration throughout the watershed
  • Review grant funding opportunities for project implementation and summarize needs including match, design, and timeline
  • Host a Stewardship Support Network kickoff through collaborating and connecting with partner organizations (state, federal, and NGOs)
  • Implement and facilitate information sharing, either by compiling information in at toolkit or website, or by convening a small outreach event or conference to exchange information

Mandatory Requirements:

  • Possession of a current valid driver’s license
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must be a US Citizen, National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the United States

Preferred Qualifications: 

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS:

  • Experience or education in project management and implementing plans.
  • Experience with GIS
  • Knowledge in conservation and/or ecological principles

DISCRETION/LATITUDE/DECISION-MAKING:

  • Make day-to-day decisions within scope of work assignments.
  • Prioritize work independently, working with supervisor as needed.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines.

COMMUNICATIONS/INTERPERSONAL CONTACTS:

  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of parties
  • Ability to function productively as a member or leader of a work team.
  • Familiarity with standard business communications; ability to write and edit correspondence.
  • Diverse background of experiences strongly desired

This position will be required to submit periodic reports and a final report during their term of service.