Doctoral Conference to Showcase Student Research

Keynote on Protected Areas Management in Mongolia

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Fifteen doctoral students will present their research at the 29th annual Doctoral Conference on Friday, Oct. 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Burke Auditorium at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
“We’ll be showcasing research ranging from the Mekong to Congo, from the Cretaceous to the future, from human health to global institutions,” said Colin Donihue, who organized the conference with Meredith Atwood.
David Skelly, professor of ecology and associate dean for research, will provide opening remarks at 9:15, followed by the student presentations that are arranged in four sessions from 9:30 to 10:30; 10:45 to noon; 1:20 to 2:35; and 2:50 to 4:05. At the end of each session, there will be a 15-minute question-and-answer period.
At 4:30, Richard Reading, Ph.D. ’93, vice president for conservation at the Denver Zoological Foundation and a professor at the University of Denver, will discuss "Interdisciplinary Approaches to Protected Areas Management: A Case Study from Mongolia."
Reading holds a Ph.D. in wildlife ecology from Yale, and has published more than 140 technical publications in several journals and books; written or edited 10 books, dissertations or special journal issues; and produced dozens of popular articles, abstracts and book reviews. He has conducted research or consulted on conservation projects in several countries on five continents, primarily the Great Plains of the United States and the Gobi Desert of Mongolia. A major focus of his research has been on developing interdisciplinary approaches to conservation.

A reception will follow at 5:30 after Reading’s talk. Below are the scheduled speakers. For a full schedule, visit
9:30: Mary Rogalski, “Aquatic community responses to historic heavy metal and nutrient pollution”
9:45: Kris Covey, “Elevated methane concentrations in living trees in an upland forests”
10:00: Martin Bouda, “Representing root system architecture in Dynamic Vegetation Models: Results of a combined model of root system growth and soil water uptake”

10:45: Chris Hebdon, “The politics of energy transitions”
11:00: Jasmine Hyman, “Greening the Bottom Billion: Access, Distribution, and Perceptions of Carbon Finance from the Peasant to the Banker”

11:15: Matto Mildenberger, “The politics of strategic accommodation: Explaining business support for US climate policy”

11:30: Noel Aloysius, “Assessing the impacts of climate change on the water resources of the Congo River basin”
1:20: Laura Bakkensen, “The Economics of Tropical Cyclones: Evidence of the Determinants of Damages and Fatalities”

1:35: Laura Bozzi, “We don't protect mountains: An environmental studies analysis of mountaintop removal mining”

1:50: Coco Liu, “Wildfire Smoke and Human Health: A Literature Review”
2:05: Ranran Wang, “Life cycle impact assessment of green and gray stormwater infrastructures”
2:50: Lauren Baker, “Just Concessions?: Indigenous Rights and Identity Politics in the Peruvian Amazon Related to Oil Concessions”
3:05: Jeff Stoike, “Cultivating Conservation – Political Ecology of the Restoration of the Atlantic Forest”

3:20: Jeff Chow, “Local Direct Use Benefits of Mangrove Afforestation in Coastal Bangladesh”
3:35: Gabriel Grant, “Authentic Sustainability - Paradoxes, Pitfalls, and Pathways in Creating a Better World”
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PUBLISHED: October 18, 2012

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