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Perceptions of Wildlife and Resilience

Perceptions of Wildlife and Resilience

For a while I have been aiming to connect my research directly with my interest in wildlife issues. When I had the opportunity to take a course in urban social-ecological resilience in another department, I decided to take the opportunity to examine the literature and consider the connections between wildlife and resilience, focusing on urban settings. Meerow and colleagues (2015) define urban resilience as “the ability of an urban system-and all its constituent socio-ecological and socio-technical networks across temporal and…

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Sampling Matters, and More About Wealth and Environmentalism

Sampling Matters, and More About Wealth and Environmentalism

Because of the assumption that public attitudes and values about the environment are necessary preconditions for positive environmental change, scholars have also attempted to explain and predict individual environmental attitudes. Some work has shown the importance of local environmental and weather conditions for predicting environmental concern (Howe et al. 2012). This would suggest that individuals living in close proximity to environmental degradation and the consequences of environmental issues would be more concerned about the environment. On the other hand, some…

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Year Three is Underway

Year Three is Underway

It’s hard to believe that we are already almost through the third week of the fall semester! I’ve officially started my third year of graduate school and I am looking forward to new challenges ahead. This semester I am taking a course in Group Processes that will definitely push me outside of my comfort zone, as it’s beyond my usual research area. It has already exposed me to a new body of literature and is helping me to prepare for…

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Conversations with Climate Marchers

Conversations with Climate Marchers

This winter, I finished conducting interviews with climate movement participants for a project I call “Green Identities”. I’m interested in understanding how individuals come to be involved in environmentalism from their own perspectives. What is it that leads them to participate? How do their life experiences and social contexts matter? Dr. Dana Fisher and her research team have surveyed protesters at many large-scale protest events, including the People’s Climate March in New York in 2014. The March drew roughly 500,000…

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Is Environmentalism for the Rich?

Is Environmentalism for the Rich?

During a course at UMD, I was able to (begin) to explore environmentalism’s intersections with class. Environmental sociologists have tried to measure and understand levels of concern for the environment and environmental behaviors in an attempt to understand how to create environmental change. One major question in environmental sociology concerns the relationship between class and environmentalism. Some research shows that wealthier individuals care about the environment more, potentially because caring about the environment is a luxury only afforded to those…

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Attacks on Wolves, Attacks on Science

Attacks on Wolves, Attacks on Science

I was shocked recently to learn about Senator Ben Cardin’s attack on science through his sponsorship of S. 1514: the 2017 “sportsmen’s bill” ironically dubbed the “HELP for Wildlife Act” (Yachnin 2017). In the midst of such a difficult and frightening political environment on so many social issues, including LGBT rights, racial justice, and immigration, I’ve come to count on my Maryland congressional delegation to stand up for my values. I felt that I could count on Senators Van Hollen…

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