Category: Research

Halvorsen on Downstream Community Study

DownstreamPayments to Upstream Landowners to Protect Water Downstream: How Well is that Working

Two researchers from Michigan Technological University have joined with natural and social scientists from three other universities and the US Forest Service to study the impact of Mexico’s water payment program.

“Our findings will help governments, non-governmental organizations, the World Bank and others who might promote programs like these to design their programs to be as effective as possible,” said Alex Mayer, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Michigan Tech and co-principal investigator (PI) on Tech’s part of the research.

The project is highly interdisciplinary, Mayer added. That’s why his co-PI is Kathleen Halvorsen, a professor of natural resource policy at Michigan Tech.

“We want to know what the landowners and the communities downstream from them know about watersheds and pollution,” Halvorsen explained.

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Jennifer Donovan.

Schelly Launches Solar Energy Project on Campus

Solar energy for Greek houses

Dr. Chelsea Schelly is launching a new project in the next month that will give college students in the Houghton-Hancock area the opportunity to test out a small solar generator paired up with a large solar panel mounted directly to their house.

As a sociologist, Schelly is studying the way students think about solar energy once they have exposure to this solar technology.

Read more at the Michigan Tech Lode, by Lucas Wilder.

SS at Graduate Research Colloquium 2014

GRC2014 Graduate Research Colloquium
Memorial Union Building Ballroom

Wednesday, February 19th

Human Impact (A2)
Building Information Models: The 3D Digital Documentation of Heritage Resources – John Arnold, Social Sciences

1:00 PM – 2:20 PM: Environmental Studies and Advances in Environmental Protection – Upper Peninsula (B2)
1:20 PM – 1:40 PM: Assessing How Environmental Concerns Impact an Industrial Heritage Landscape – Emma Schwaiger, Social Sciences
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM: Prolonging Disaster (Un)Recovery: “Culturally-Irrelevant” Fish Consumption Advisories in the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community – Valoree Gagnon, Social Sciences

Thursday, February 20th
Environmental Studies and Advances in Environmental Protection (A2)
Social Influence of Family on Non-Industrial Private Forest Landowners’ Land Management Practices – Jennifer Riehl, Social Sciences
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Sustainability (B2)
12:00 PM – 12:20 PM: Forestry Certification Schemes and Biopower: Can SFI and FSC Ensure Sustainability of Woody Biomass Feedstocks? – Brad Barnett, Social Sciences

More Abstracts, Presenting Author

Building Information Models: The 3D Digital Documentation of Heritage Resources – John D. M. Arnold, Industrial Heritage and Archeology, Department of Social Sciences

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John Arnold
John Arnold
Jennifer Riehl 2013 Poster
Social Influence of Family on Non-Industrial Private Forest Landowners’ Land Management Practices
Brad Barnett 2014 Poster
Brad Barnett

Barry Solomon Publishes on Maize

CornProfessor Barry Solomon (SS) was the lead author of the first chapter in a new book titled “Compendium of Bioenergy Plants: Corn,” Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2014, pp. 1-32. The chapter is titled “Basic Information on Maize,” with co-authors James Birchler (University of Missouri), Stephen L. Goldman (University of Toledo), and Qiong Zhang (University of South Florida).

From Tech Today.

SFRES Forum Friday with Richelle Winkler

The School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science will host a SFRES forum on Friday, Feb. 21, at 3 p.m., with a social to follow at 4 p.m. Richelle Winkler, assistant professor of sociology and demography (SS) will present “Demographic Change and Implications for Wildlife Management: Focus on Deer Hunters,” in room G002 Forestry Building with the social in the building’s atrium. All are invited to attend.

From Tech Today.

Seed Funding for Baird on Australian Heritage Project

Seed Funding GrantsMelissa Baird, assistant professor of anthropology, social sciences, is part of an international group of scholars who received the 2013 Perth USAsia Centre Seed Funding Research Grant. The grant, “Western Resource Frontiers: How Indigenous people, mining and heritage in Australia and the US shape our nations” analyzes issues of heritage, rights, and sustainability on the Australian and US Western ‘resource frontiers’ to broaden our understanding of global heritage and environmental politics. The project includes Jane Lydon (UWA) the PI, Aileen Walsh, UWA; Alistair Paterson, UWA; and Lynn Meskell, Stanford University.

From Tech Today.