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EESS Fall Seminar Series, co-sponsored with Stanford Woods Environmental Forum - Dr. Joshua Cinner, Principal Research Fellow, Research & Innovation, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University

EESS Fall Seminar Series, co-sponsored with Stanford Woods Environmental Forum - Dr. Joshua Cinner, Principal Research Fellow, Research & Innovation, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, "Sustaining Coastal Livelihoods and Ecosystems", Abstract:  Human actions and social structures profoundly influence ecological dynamics, and vice-versa. These linked dynamics have profound implications for sustaining ecosystems and the livelihoods of people that depend on them. Yet, social science and ecology are rarely brought together, particularly on the coast. In this talk, I highlight some of the interdisciplinary efforts my research group and I have taken to link coastal human-environment systems. First, I identify key ecological tipping points for ecosystem-based fisheries management, and show how different types of governance arrangements perform. Second, I examine key drivers of overexploitation, highlighting how proximity to markets profoundly shapes the condition of reef fisheries. Third, I describe the socioeconomic and institutional conditions that can lead to more successful outcomes for both people and ecosystems. Finally, I highlight how end-users (including coastal communities, governments, and intergovernmental organizations) have applied this research and describe the directions I would like to pursue in the future.

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 12:00pm
Location: 
GeoCorner (Building 320), Room 105 - Light Refreshments at 11:50
Event Sponsor: 
Department of Environmental Earth System Science