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Lena Weiss (MAMA) conducts surveys of fishermen along the MA North Shore

    Lena Weiss (MAMA) conducts surveys along the North Shore of Massachusetts This summer (2014), Lena Weiss has been conducting surveys of recreational fishermen along the North Shore of Massachusetts to better understand why they participate (or not) in volunteer fish tagging programs.  Through her field work, Lena has had the opportunity to talk(…)

Hilary Lohmann (MAMA) studies coastal community members in the Dominican Republic

    Masters’ student studies coastal community members in the Dominican Republic Through the support of a GFDD and FUNGLODE Fellowship, Hilary Lohmann (MAMA) is spending part of her summer (2014) in the Dominican Republic collecting data for her Masters’ Thesis.  Her thesis is investigating the vulnerability of coastal community members to changes associated with(…)

URI Coastal Society Chapter launches new web presence

The URI TCS is committed to addressing emerging coastal issues by fostering dialogue, forging partnerships and promoting communications and education. The Chapter has a new GroupSpaces page at: http://groupspaces.com/thecoastalsocietyuri/

Austin Becker and John Englander on: Superstorms and Rising Sea Levels Present a New Challenge for Ports

Austin Becker teamed up with John Englander to contribute an opinion piece to the American Association of Port Authorities Seaports Magazine. Download it HERE. John Englander (john@johnenglander.net) is an expert and business consultant on the risks and adaption to rising sea level. He is the author of “High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis.” See(…)

On the road with Prof. Seth Macinko

On the road with Prof. Seth Macinko In January, Prof. Macinko attended the annual Alaska Marine Science Symposium In Anchorage  as part of his duties on the Science Panel of the North Pacific Research Board (NPRB). This year, there was a special workshop focused on how the NPRB can increase the social science content of(…)

Three URI graduate students selected for NOAA marine policy fellowship

Three URI graduate students selected for NOAA marine policy fellowship

Three URI graduate students selected for NOAA marine policy fellowship   Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892   KINGSTON, R.I. – December 18, 2013 – Three graduate students at the University of Rhode Island have been named John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellows, which will enable them to spend a year working on marine policy issues in(…)

MAF’s Prof. Dennis Nixon appointed Director of RI Sea Grant

MAF’s Prof. Dennis Nixon appointed Director of RI Sea Grant

Bruce Corliss has announced the appointment of Professor Dennis Nixon as Director of the Rhode Island Sea Grant Program following an internal search within URI this spring. Dennis is a Professor of Marine Affairs in the College of the Environment and Life Sciences and has served as Associate Dean for Research and Administration at GSO(…)

MAF welcomes new faculty member Austin Becker

MAF welcomes new faculty member Austin Becker

Prof. Becker is an interdisciplinary social scientist working across the fields of planning, policy, engineering, and climate-change science. His research contributes to untangling complex problems involving uncertainty, consequences of large-scale shifts in climate over long time horizons, and the resulting challenges in policy and planning. Prof. Becker holds a joint appointment between Marine Affairs and(…)

MAF welcomes new faculty member David Bidwell

MAF welcomes new faculty member David Bidwell

Prof. Bidwell is an environmental social scientist, hired as part of the Provost’s interdisciplinary Ocean Renewable Energy Cluster (OREC) initiative. Dr. Bidwell has conducted research on public acceptance of wind energy developments along the Great Lakes’ coasts. His specific interests revolve around the structure of public attitudes and mechanisms of attitude change. Prof. Bidwell recently(…)

Prof. Richard Burroughs publishes a new book, Coastal Governance

Prof. Richard Burroughs publishes a new book, Coastal Governance

Richard Burroughs has completed a new book, Coastal Governance, which provides a clear description of how U.S. coasts are currently managed and identifies new approaches that could be applied to lingering challenges. The book familiarizes professionals and students with the policy process and probes factors that determine which issues get attention and how. By presenting(…)

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