MEM, MF Students to Present Research

Rapid Exchange

Candidates for master’s degrees in both environmental management and forestry will discuss their work in a series of short presentations on Friday, March 30, in Kroon Hall.

The students will have 6 minutes to discuss their research and activities as part of the MEM/MF Rapid Exchange that will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. in Burke Auditorium.

“The format is intended to draw in a diverse audience, encourage dialogue and elicit feedback for the presenters,” said Theodore Varns, an organizer of the event and a candidate for an environmental management degree.

The program will open with remarks by Dean Peter Crane and James Saiers, professor of hydrology and associate dean for academic affairs, and be followed by nine consecutive talks, a 20-minute break that will encourage conversation, and then 10 more talks. At the program’s conclusion, there will be a question-and-answer period.

For abstracts and a detailed program schedule, visit

The first round of talks will involve discussion of climate change and energy policy, and forestry and ecology, and will feature:

Andrew Barnett, “Local Climate Solutions: Big Enough to Matter and Small Enough to Manage,” 1:10 p.m.;

Aliya Haq, “The US Global Change Research Program,” 1:18 p.m.;

Pablo Torres, “Enhancing capacity for Costa Rica's Low Emission Development Strategy,” 1:26 p.m.;

Soojin Kim, “The Emergence and Development of Biofuel Policy in Latin America: A Comparative Study of Brazil and Colombia,” 1:34 p.m.

Kendra Mack, “Making sense of a fragmented landscape: Topographic drivers of forest distribution and productivity in north-central Mongolia,” 1:42 p.m.;

David Ross, “Managing Aleppo Pine for Carbon Sequestration and Fire Resilience,” 1:50 p.m.;

Tina Schneider, “Assessing a native species reforestation project in the Philippines,” 1:58 p.m.;

Dan Berkman, “Best Practices for Interacting with the Public about Wildland Fire: Key Findings from Interviews,” 2:06 p.m.; and

Ariel Patashnik, “Studying the Effects of Dam Removal on the Elwha River,” 2:14 p.m.

The second round of talks will concern sustainability, social science and conservation, and arts and media, and will feature:

Mackenzie Brown, “Why Food Waste Matters,” 2:40 p.m.; 

Amit Ashkenazy, “Promoting sustainability in New York's greenest,” 2:48 p.m.;

Margo Mosher, “Getting to the Bottom of Corporate Sustainability Ratings: Does being rated as one of America’s greenest companies mean anything?” 2:56 p.m.;

Dania Nasser, “Patents for a Greener World,” 3:04 p.m.; 

Lakshmi Krishnan, “Relocation narratives from a Tiger Reserve in India,” 3:12 p.m.;

Jaimini Parekh, “REDD+ as Compliance for the Right to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent for Indigenous Peoples,” 3:20 p.m.;

Jonathan Peterson, “Elk Management in Western Wyoming: A Process Appraisal and Recommendations,” 3:28 p.m.; 

Alisa May, “Building a Sustainable Home for Children in Haiti,” 3:36 p.m.; 

Emily Schosid, “Peers in Prose,” 3:44 p.m.; and

Michael Parks and Aaron Reuben, “SAGE Magazine,” 3:52 p.m.

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PUBLISHED: March 28, 2012

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