Please join us on Friday, February 17 from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM Loeb A220 for the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies bi-weekly Founders Seminar Series. All welcome!

The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies would like to announce that our Founders Seminar guest speaker for Feb. 17th is Dr. Steven Alexander.

Dr. Alexander will discuss his approach to modeling coastal-marine systems as social-ecolicial networks, where social actors and ecological entities are conceptualized as nodes, and their interdependencies as links. This social-ecological network approach is demonstrated through in-depth research in three marine reserves in Jamaica. Specifically, social relational network data of resource users is coupled with known ecological food web connections for Caribbean coral reefs and data related to the target species of individual fisherman.

Dr. Steven Alexander is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center at the University of Maryland and the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University. He is an environmental social scientist studying the interplay between conservation, environmental change, and natural resource use. Dr. Alexander is particularly interested in applying novel multi-method and interdisciplinary approaches to better understand the relationship between diverse governance arrangements, managed ecosystems, and natural resource management outcomes. He received his Ph.D. in Social and Ecological Sustainability from the University of Waterloo where he was affiliated with the Environmental Change and Governance Group.


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