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When Resiliencies Collide: Systems Thinking for Dam Removal in the Face of Climate Change

October 28, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A talk by Andrea Feldpausch-Parker, an associate professor of environmental communication in the Department of Environmental Studies at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF).

She will discuss her recent research in small-scale dam removal public workshops in New York State’s Hudson and Mohawk watersheds. The goal of these workshops is to help communities think through local dam removals using systems thinking and mediated modeling, while also thinking toward climate change resilience. In addition to fisheries recovery, many of these workshops highlighted the importance of historical sights, recreational opportunities, flood control and emerging technologies such as micro hydropower. Such highlights touch upon opportunities and challenges of managing the state’s hydrologic systems.

Feldpausch-Parker’s research is interdisciplinary in nature, focusing on science and environmental communication with interests in conservation of natural resources through communication and cooperative learning among stakeholders, including but not limited to scientists, managers, policymakers, industry and concerned publics. Her current focus is on energy democracy and natural resources conflict management, with additional interests in climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies, natural resources management, energy policy, public participation in environmental decision-making and social movements.  Her publications have appeared in journals such as Conservation Biology, Local Environment, Environmental Communication, Energies, Conservation and Society, Urban Ecosystems and Frontiers of Communication.

This talk is part of the Mitchell Center’s Fall 2019 Sustainability Talks series. 


October 28, 2019
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Norman Smith Hall, Room 107
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States


Senator George J. Mitchell Center