Image courtesy Dr. Darla Munroe

Land Systems and Climate Justice

Speaker: Dr. Darla Munroe

Professor & Department Chair, Department of Geography, The Ohio State University

Friday, 21 February 2020

3:00 – 4:30 PM

Reitz Union G330

University of Florida

There is greater recognition among IPCC and other scientific networks of the complex role land systems play in adaptation to and mitigation of climate change. Encouraging key shifts in land systems to more sustainable uses is necessary to food security, societal well-being, and the health of terrestrial ecosystems. However, policy interventions that do not address how and why current challenges reflect the profitability of environmental degradation, and that fail to prioritize social justice are unlikely to address root causes of unsustainable land systems.

Ohio State University, Department of Geography Professor & Department Chair, Dr. Darla Munroe will present her research in the second of two talks for the University of Florida 2020 Anderson Research Lecture series, in a talk titled Land Systems and Climate Justice.

Dr. Darla Munroe is an economic, and human-environment geographer specializing in landscape-level, long-run environment-economy relationships, with a particular focus on how political and economic restructuring manifest in local land-use change. She is a member of the Scientific Steering Committee for the Global Land Programme and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Land Use Science. Her research is comparative, addressing land systems, particularly forests at the urban-rural interface in Eastern Europe, Central America, and Southeast Asia. Her current research focuses on boom-bust natural resource economies and forested community change in Appalachian Ohio.

Compound Flood Risk in a Changing Climate
Water, Wetlands, and Watersheds Seminar at the UF Howard T. Odum Center for Wetlands
Dr. Katy Serafin will talk about compound drivers of flooding along both open coasts and coastal rivers in a changing climate.
11:45am, Phelps 101, UF campus
Can’t make it? Watch the video!

Is Florida Trying to Kill Me?
Science on Tap: Hurricanes
Join the Florida Museum of Natural History and UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute for an engaging conversation about hurricanes with Dr. Corene Matyas at First Magnitude Brewing Company.
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Image courtesy Dr. Arun Agrawal

Material compensation reduces pro-environmental motivations, actions, and outcomes – Learning from a watershed management program in the Indian Himalaya

Speaker: Dr. Arun Agrawal

Professor, School of Natural Resources & Environment, University of Michigan

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

2:00-3:30 PM

Reitz Union Chamber

University of Florida

This public lecture will examine how material compensation leads to reduced levels of pro-environmental motivations, behaviors, and outcomes. Focusing on a watershed management program in the Indian Himalaya, and drawing upon panel data on 1,500 households, the study uses a quasi-experimental research design and matching based approaches to identify how the program as a whole and also its different components affected the motivations and behaviors of program participants compared to non-participants, and the effects of the program on local community forests. Study findings gain relevance in recent advocacy of payments and compensation to enhance positive environmental outcomes.

Arun Agrawal, PhD, emphasizes the politics of international development, institutional change, and environmental conservation in his research and teaching. He has written critically on indigenous knowledge, community-based conservation, common property, population resources, and environmental identities. Agrawal is the coordinator for the International Forestry Resources and Institutions network and is currently carrying out research in central and east Africa as well as South Asia. Since 2013, Agrawal has served as the editor-in-chief of World Development and his recent work has appeared in Science, PNAS, Conservation Biology, Development and Change, among other journals. Agrawal was educated at Duke University, the Indian Institute of Management, and Delhi University and has held academic positions at Yale, Florida, McGill, Berkeley, and Harvard.

All are welcome to attend. REFRESHMENTS SERVED.