Speakers: Alison Bates and Alejandra Ortiz, Colby College
Dr. Alison Bates is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Colby College. Dr. Bates researches social acceptance of infrastructure and interventions in natural spaces, and implements an equity and justice framework to inform decision-making. Dr. Bates has worked extensively on the renewable energy transition as well as coupled human-environmental systems. She has worked on national energy policy with U.S. Senator Coons to develop markets and policies for renewable energy infrastructure along the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf and served in an advisory role with energy markets planning in Maine with state agencies, NGOs, and industry. She earned her Ph.D. in Marine Policy at the University of Delaware Center and has many years of experience in the non-profit sector for environmental education and public land conservation.
Dr. Alejandra Ortiz is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Colby College. Dr. Ortiz researches the ecogeomorphic evolution of coastal and fluvial landscapes. She studies how different coastlines evolve over 100-1,000s of years using numerical modeling, remote sensing, lab-based physical models, and site-specific field validation. In particular, she is interested in understanding the impacts of climate change and the feedbacks inherent in these systems between plants, humans, and landscapes. She earned her Ph.D. in Marine Geology at the MIT-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Joint Program with an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from MIT.
The talk will be held virtually via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine.
To register, click here.