With great sadness, we’ve learned that our friend and colleague Eric Zencey has passed away. Eric was an important member of our community for many years, and instrumental to the development and success of the Vermont Genuine Progress Indicator. We will miss him.
A full obituary from Eric’s family is below, and a memorial service is planned for September 29 in VCFA’s Chapel.
Please join me in sending thoughts and best wishes to Eric’s family, friends and colleagues. The family asks that contributions to Eric’s memory be made to the Eric Zencey Prize in Ecological Economics, which Eric himself established at the Gund Institute. We are so proud to be continuing his legacy in this way.
Director, Gund Institute for Environment
Gund Professor, Rubenstein School
University of Vermont
Eric Zencey, professor, writer, and social critic, tireless evangelist for a new way of thinking about humankind’s relationship with nature, died on July 1, at his home in Montpelier. His wife Kathryn Davis, daughter Daphne Zencey, and sister-in-law Anne Davis were at his side. He was 65.
Eric arrived in Vermont in 1980 to teach at Goddard College, and quickly developed a deep love for his adopted state. It was at Goddard where he met Kathryn and where they were married, building a life together and raising their daughter Daphne, first at the white farmhouse in Woodbury, then the red millhouse with the waterfall in East Calais, before finally moving to Montpelier. Eric adored hiking Camels Hump, swimming in #10 Pond, walking with Kathryn and the family dog in Hubbard Park, and kayaking with Daphne at Wrightsville. Every August the family would drive to the north shore of Canada’s Prince Edward Island and spend an idyllic vacation along the warmest waters north of the Carolinas. His visit there in 2018, though delayed by a health crisis, was a highlight of his life’s last year.
While his writing focused for the most part on the subject of ecological sustainability, he was also the author of the best-selling 1995 novel Panama, in which Henry Adams (the subject of his PhD dissertation at Claremont Graduate College) turns detective. In addition toPanama, Eric published three works of non-fiction: Virgin Forest: Meditations on History, Ecology and Culture; The Other Road to Serfdom and the Path to Sustainable Democracy; and Greening Vermont: The Search for a Sustainable State (co-authored with Elizabeth Courtney). Before the final stages of prostate cancer debilitated him, Eric was finishing work on an essay collection, Slumlord Nation, entrusting its completion to his brother Matt.
Eric spent much of his career teaching courses that explored cross-currents among the disciplines of economics, philosophy, political science, history, and ecology; he never gave up trying to disabuse the economics profession of its assumption that a planet with billions of people is physically capable of supporting infinite economic growth. In addition to Goddard College, he taught in Empire State College’s International Program, which required frequent travel to its extension campuses in Prague and Albania. More recently he served as a visiting lecturer in the Sam Fox School of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, as well as teaching in the Honors Program at the University of Vermont, where he also was a fellow at the Gund Institute.
Over the years, Eric’s work was recognized and supported by fellowships from the Guggenheim, Bellagio-Rockefeller, and Bogliasco Foundations. His commentaries appeared in several publications, including The New York Times, and he was quoted on National Public Radio and in the Harvard Business Review. He also helped convince Vermont leaders to adopt the GPI (Genuine Progress Indicator), providing a more complete measure of a population’s well-being than the myopic GDP (Gross Domestic Product).
After learning that he had exhausted all treatment options for his cancer, Eric responded with characteristic grace, good humor, and persistence. In the months before his death, he raised more than $100,000 to endow the Eric Zencey Prize in Ecological Economics, to be administered by the Gund Institute at the University of Vermont.
Eric is survived by his wife Kathryn and his daughter Daphne, whose return to Vermont gladdened his heart. He is also survived by his brothers Carl Zencey (wife Susanne) and Matthew Zencey (wife Cindy); sister-in-law Anne Davis (husband Joe Mueller); nephews Gregory, Phillip, Nathan, and Kyle Zencey and Bryan Shaw, and niece Jennifer. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Ruth and Charles Zencey, and older half-brother C. Frank Shaw.
His family is grateful to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, and especially for the exceptional care provided by Angie Romero. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Eric Zencey Prize in Ecological Economics, through the University of Vermont Foundation, 411 Main St. Burlington, VT 05401. A memorial service is planned for September 29 in VCFA’s Chapel.
The USSEE Board of Directors is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2019 Board Elections. The following nominees are for 5 available positions: Secretary Treasurer (2 nominees), 2 At-Large Member Positions (5 nominees), Graduate Student Member (1 nominee), and Undergraduate Student Member (2 nominees). Nominees are presented by position in alphabetical order. Elections will open Sunday June 1st and run through Sunday June 9th. Please note, your ISEE/USSEE membership must be up-to-date to vote!
To vote, use the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScdeJT8zbQ9xN7sE6oEneb2QjafV2n2km9S0YKDZCmLLG1Z-g/viewform?usp=sf_link
Dr. John Polimeni is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He received his B.S. in Mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, his M.S. in Economics and a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Regulatory Economics from S.U.N.Y. at Albany, and his Ph.D. in Ecological Economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His research focuses on the interaction of economic development with the environment. He conducts research on sustainable agriculture, the impact on the environment, public health, and how economic development can result. He also performs research on energy and smart cities technology. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers, including three in Ecological Economics, and four books. Additionally, he has taught an Ecological Economics course and given numerous conference presentations, including ISEE and USSEE conferences. John also serves on the Schenectady (N.Y.) City Council and has passed several laws to improve the environment.
Candidacy Statement: I am excited by the possibility of serving the US Society of Ecological Economics as secretary-treasurer. I have experience as treasurer for several non-profit organizations I have served on and would use this experience to perform the duties for USSEE. Our current conditions in the United States and globally requires that the ecological economics community take a leadership role in not only academia but in our public policy. I value the role Ecological Economics has played in fostering sustainability discourse and look forward to using my skills to assist the USSEE and the opportunity to give back to the ecological economics community.
John A. Sorrentino is Associate Professor of Economics at Temple University. After writing a dissertation on the theory of externalities, he participated in a 1975 multi-disciplinary NASA/Federal Energy Administration summer fellowship program on Energy Conservation. He further cultivated his interest in inter-disciplinary teaching & research as a faculty member in the Temple University Freshman Inter-disciplinary Studies Program in the later 1970s. This program was sponsored by the Mellon Foundation to re-vitalize the undergraduate curriculum. Twenty years later, he co-founded Temple’s Environmental studies program with other natural & social scientists.
John was honored by the University with a 1999 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Most of his publications and consulting work have involved the micro-economics of energy and the environment, and have appeared in journals such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Environmental Economics & Management, Environmental Management, and Landscape & Urban Planning. His works-in-progress include such topics as sustainable housing placement, environmental information systems, sustainable business practices, urban agriculture, and using environmental and health amenities to offset wealth inequality. John received his B.B.A. from Baruch College of the City University of New York, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University, all in economics.
Candidacy Statement: I was a charter member of USSEE, have been on the Scientific Committee of several USSEE conferences, and have served the Society as Secretary-Treasurer for two terms. In those two terms, I have gotten to know the Society fairly well. When the Society could not afford an Executive Director, I did that job as well as that of Secretary-Treasurer. My University has allowed me to use its WebEx platform for USSEE Board meetings and webinars, saving the Society hundreds of dollars per year. With regard to the future of USSEE, I regret that certain groups have splintered away. As a member of the Board’s Membership Committee, however, I still cling to the hope that we can expand our membership as people in mainstream economics & other disciplines realize the potential of ecological economics. I am very happy that President Jim Kahn has engineered a joint conference this year with the Ecological Society of America, and that he has suggested that we reach out to undergraduate students. In a third term, I hope to fine-tune my previous activities and add new ones that promote a bright future for USSEE. Trans-disciplinary is IN!
Board Member at Large
Dr. Mahadev G. Bhat is Professor of Natural Resource Economics in the Departments of Earth and Environment and Economics. Dr. Bhat’s research focuses economic and policy issues relating to natural resources management, including sustainable development, agriculture, water, coastal and marine resources, and ecosystem services valuation. He has more than 250 research articles, book chapters, publications and presentations. He has received research funding from the US Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation, National Parks Services, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and private foundations. Dr. Bhat has advised more than 30 graduate students and 150 undergraduate students on their research and independent study projects. He co-founded the FIU Agroecology Program with the aid of over 20 different USDA grant programs (over TEN million in total), which helped train over 400 under-represented students in agricultural and natural resources sciences and prepare them for career and higher education. His USDA-funded grants helped establish a multi-university consortium for training over 150 Hispanic students in South Florida and Puerto Rico. Dr. Bhat co-established the FIU Organic Garden, which serves as a teaching tool in urban and sustainable agriculture. The Garden was designated as a People’s Garden by USDA for having promoted sustainable agriculture education and benefited the FIU student community. He also co-established the nationally acclaimed FIU Veterans and Small Farmers Outreach Program to assist prospective and beginning farmers with establishing viable farming and agri-business operations. He is the recipient of multiple awards: FIU Faculty Senate Awards for Excellence in Service (2010), Teaching (2014) and Engagement (2016); FIU Presidential Award for Excellence (2016); FIU Top Scholar Award (2015); Professor of the Year Award (by the 2015 Class of Professional Science Master in Environmental Policy and Management); Best Course Award (by the 2016 Class of Professional Science Master in Environmental Policy and Management). Dr. Bhat received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee and M.S. from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, India.
Candidacy Statement: As a founding member of USSEE since 1999, I have made ecological economics and sustainable resource management a unifying theme of my teaching, research, and community engagement portfolio. My research focuses on understanding how users manage and value natural resources in an economically rational fashion under different ecological and institutional constraints. My two papers in Ecological Economics investigated how well-intended intellectual property rights bestowed on private industries might lead to unavoidable extinction of scarce biological resources and work against communities that are key to conserving such resources. In a more recent work on the ecosystem services valuation along with my graduate student, I demonstrate the potential of ecological economics research for contributing to national debate on climate change mitigation.
Some of the works I did in Africa, Asia and South Florida have made significant impacts on real-life decision making, resource management and awareness creation. My work on ecosystem services valuation (particularly, carbon storage in the Florida Everglades) was featured in more than 30 local, national and international news and popular media, contributing to intense policy debate. As part of a USAID-funded research project, I had the opportunity to develop a major implementation guide on Payment for Environmental Services for practitioners, which development and environmental agencies like USAID and the World Wildlife Fund used for agency personnel training in Africa. This work particularly focused on building grass-root level community and market institutions to provide sustainable, self-funded solutions to major ecological problem facing the Mara River basin (water and wildlife conservation). In the past, I engaged several master’s students for field research in India concerning biofuel, watershed development and mangroves restoration. Along with a graduate student who participated in this latter study on mangroves, I not only co-published the work in a journal, but also helped develop a grant proposal that lead to reforesting of mangroves in the west coast of India with 40,000 seedlings and the help of a local NGO.
For the last one year, serving on the Board of USSEE, I have learned quite a bit about opportunities and challenges that our organization is faced with. I keep asking myself why our membership has shrunk over the years although ecological economics as a discipline has a wide appeal to many other cognate disciplines including ecology, environmental economics, developmental economics, sustainability sciences, etc. My goal is to take an active role in contributing to increase our membership base by reaching out to sister organizations and inter-disciplinary researchers and professionals. The work USSEE is doing this year in reaching out to Ecological Society of America and holding the joint conference is a great beginning. I hope to continue to be part of that inter-disciplinary and inter-organizational dialogue.
James F. Casey is Associate Professor of Economics at Washington and Lee University. His teaching and research interests lie at the intersection of environment and development with a particular focus on understanding tourists’ preferences for environmental quality in coastal and marine ecosystems. He has 20 years of experience as a liberal arts educator and has been conducting research in Latin America and the Caribbean for more than 22 years. He has published widely in the fields of environmental and ecological economics in such prestigious journals as Ecological Economics, Marine Policy, Ocean and Coastal Management, and the Journal of Environmental Management. Professor Casey considers himself to be an environmental social scientist and is always willing to incorporate alternative perspectives to improve his understanding of the natural world and how humans value nature.
Candidacy Statement: As a candidate for the USSEE Board my primary objective would be to increase undergraduate student involvement. According to the USSEE website there are only a handful of undergraduate programs currently involved in USSEE and I think this should and can be expanded significantly. Undergraduate participation through student chapters is something I am currently working on as a member of NEA and it is something I am passionate about bringing to the board at USSEE. Of course, continuing the great work of promoting and expanding the reach of ecological economics that is currently taking place at the USSEE will be important to me, but expanding undergraduate programs will be my emphasis.
After earning his B.A. in Economics at DePauw University, Dave earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before starting at Davidson College’s Department of Economics. He teaches a broad range of courses, including Introductory Economics, Statistics, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, and the Economics of Conservation Biology. Dave is a co-founder and a core faculty member of the College’s Environmental Studies Department for which he teaches Environmental Social Science and its senior research capstone. Much of his recent professional activity has been devoted to facilitating the research efforts of his junior colleagues and his students; one paper on worker protection standards for pesticide exposure was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, one on the impacts of the Davidson College Farm is under submission, and one on the socioeconomic distribution of an urban tree canopy is being prepared for a conference this winter. He is continuing his research interest in valuing the impacts of the Panchana Dam upstream of the Keoladeo National Park and its satellite wetlands in India, and he is working on developing a textbook on the economics of conservation biology. Over the past year, Dave has enjoyed being challenged by Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl and The Water Knife and by N.K. Jemisin’s The Broken Earth trilogy.
Candidacy Statement: I welcome this opportunity to pay back some of what USSEE has offered to me over the years. As someone trained in the neoclassical tradition, I have found that the people involved with USSEE have consistently and valuably offered to me and to others the insights and the opportunities to develop into ecological economists. This support is not simply about c.v. building activities; it is about the conversations that people have. This support has allowed me to develop so that I can effectively teach Environmental Social Science (not just economics) in an environmental studies program that is interdisciplinary across the humanities, natural sciences, and social science. Beyond continuing these supportive opportunities, as a Board member I would relish the opportunity to help develop the new generation of ecological economists by creating opportunities for undergraduates to present their ecological economics research. This might involve sessions at future USSEE meetings or perhaps at USSEE sponsored sessions at conferences of other organizations, such as the Society for Conservation Biology and/or the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (I am a member of both groups).
Regina Ostergaard-Klem is an Associate Professor of Environmental Science in the College of Natural and Computational Sciences at Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) in Honolulu, Hawaii. She holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University, and both an MS in Environmental Engineering and a PhD in Systems Analysis and Economics for Public Decision Making from The Johns Hopkins University. From 1994-1995, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Lodz, Poland. After completing graduate school, Ostergaard-Klem was a Science and Diplomacy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington, DC. Prior to coming to HPU, she worked as an environmental policy advisor at the US Agency for International Development (USAID). There she managed urban environmental and energy projects throughout different regions of the world.
Candidacy Statement: At HPU, Dr. Ostergaard-Klem teaches in both the undergraduate level Environmental Science/Studies program and the master’s program in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development. Her teaching is concentrated in the fields of ecological economics, sustainable human systems, industrial ecology, and environmental policy. She is a co-developer of “GPI Island Style,” the application of the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) at the state level in Hawaii. As an extension of that work, Ostergaard-Klem collaborates with partners across the state on several initiatives, including efforts to develop a state sustainability dashboard and incorporating the UN Sustainable Development Goals at the local level in Hawaii.
Are we preparing sufficient numbers of well-equipped sustainability professionals to meet the challenges that lie ahead? As an educator and former director of a graduate sustainability program, I am constantly asking myself that question. Teaching ecological economics for the last ten years, the nexus between ecological economics and sustainability education is obvious to me. Yet translating ecological economics theory into practical applications to best cultivate the sustainability competencies of my students is challenging. The potential to strengthen the inherent connection between the two fields is tremendous.
I have been a member of USSEE/ISEE since 2013 and I regularly attend and participate in USEE and ISEE conferences. During the 2016 ISEE meeting in Washington, DC, I coordinated a session on teaching ecological economics from principles to practice. I was elected to the USSEE Board in June 2017 and serve as a co-chair of the Board’s Curriculum Committee. In this role, I have continued to advocate for ecological economics education by recruiting webinar speakers, coordinating with other organizations such as the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), and co-developing a workshop entitled “Building Bridges in a Full World: How to Teach Ecological Economics Across the Disciplines” that we will deliver at the upcoming ESA-USSEE joint conference in August 2019.
I feel that my strengths and experiences can help USSEE create a stronger role for ecological economics in the training and education of the next generation of sustainability professionals. However, education is just one of many important, relevant roles for USSEE. If I am re-elected and along with other members of the board, I hope to similarly build or strengthen other connections, like that between researcher and practitioner communities or between USSEE and other stakeholders, according to the priorities set by USSEE members. Thank you for your consideration.
Susan Santone is an internationally recognized educator with 25 years of experience in curriculum reform, educational policy, and sustainability. An instructor at the University of Michigan School of Education (and formerly, Eastern Michigan University), she’s designed and taught graduate- and undergraduate courses on education reform, multicultural education, and social justice, the social/political foundations of education, and teaching ecological economics, and curriculum design.
She is the author of Reframing the Curriculum: Design for Social Justice and Sustainability, as well as articles and book chapters on educating for sustainability, teaching ecological economics, and countering neoliberal influences in education. Through Creative Change Educational Solutions, the nonprofit she founded, she led teacher education and curriculum reform initiatives with clients ranging from K-12 districts to universities to the United Nations.
Candidacy Statement: I have been a member of USSEE and ISEE for ten years. During that time, I have presented at three US conferences, the International conference (Puebla, 2018), and the Canadian conference (May 2019). I’ve also provided a webinar and written a blog for USSEE. With a background in curriculum design, teacher education, and educational reform, I’ve focused on how to bring ecological economics to audiences outside of the field: K-12 teachers, university instructors in other fields, policymakers, and the general public.
My work in the eco-economics space emphasizes ways to teach and communicate about its root concepts while contrasting them with neoclassical ideas, e.g., homo economics vs. self-in-community, individualism vs. interdependence, and qualitative vs. quantitative concepts of success. My book, Reframing the Curriculum, frames these ideas in terms of overarching narratives and how the underlying assumptions play out not only in society, but also in educational policy and practice. Having used the metaphor of narrative in my courses and workshops, I’ve been able to make complex ideas understandable to a range of audiences.
Perhaps more importantly, the framing helps people uncover widely-shared goals and values of sustainability (such as healthy communities and democracy), creating a message that is embraced by people across the political spectrum. This is why, if elected, I would like to focus on communication and education beyond the academy. The urgency of environmental and social problems means we must not only bring eco-economics to policymakers, citizens, and other stakeholders, but do so in ways that cut through loaded jargon and speak to common values. If elected, I believe I can best advance these aims through the policy committee.
If you would like to learn more about my work, I invite you to visit my webite, where you’ll find my background, blog, and more. Thank you for taking the time to read this and for the opportunity to be considered for the board.
Graduate Student Board Member
Andrew Gerard is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University, where he is also pursuing a PhD major in Environmental Science and Policy. His research focuses on institutional and economic issues related to agriculture and food systems. Current research activities include studying (1) policies related to coffee production and marketing in Rwanda and Burundi, (2) voluntary coffee sourcing standards, and (3) food system governance in shrinking, post-industrial cities such as Flint, Michigan. While pursuing his PhD, Andrew served as director of MSU’s Academy for Global Engagement, a program that provides early and mid-career MSU faculty members with opportunities to collaborate and conduct research internationally. In 2018 Andrew won the Malcolm and Ann Kerr Award for Excellence in Scholarship. This award allowed him to serve as instructor of record for the MSU undergraduate course International Development and Sustainability, which featured concepts from ecological economics.
Prior to coming to MSU, Andrew was a Senior Program Officer at the Global Knowledge Initiative, a non-profit international development organization based in Washington, DC. There he built collaborative research networks and supported science and technology policy programs in East and Southern Africa. Andrew has a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Sciences from Andrews University and a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University.
Candidacy Statement: I am interested in serving as a USSEE Graduate Student Board Member because of my academic engagement in ecological economics and desire to become more involved in and support the mission of USSEE.
I believe that my perspective as a graduate student, and my experiences and skills can benefit USSEE. If elected, I specifically hope to leverage my experience in project management and fundraising (from before and during my PhD) in support of USSEE’s mission. In addition, I will support USSEE in conducting outreach to graduate students who may be interested in joining the organization or attending the USSEE Conference. During my PhD experience, I have met many students who are interested in concepts related to ecological economics, but who may not know about USSEE or understand the benefits of joining. Finally, I will advocate for the interests and needs of graduate students within USSEE. As a parent of a young child, I understand some of the constraints and challenges that face graduate students. I will look for opportunities to use my experience and the experience of my peers to enhance USSEE’s outreach activities and services provided to grad students.
Undergraduate Student Board Member
Kristen Boligitz is an undergraduate majoring in economics at Temple University. Since serving as the Sustainability Representative for her residence hall during her first year of school, Kristen has had an interest in the environment, especially in regards to programming and urban settings. She has also participated in two week-long service immersion trips to eastern Kentucky. There, she learned about the environmental impact of the coal industry and became interested in how to balance human interests with environmental regulations. Last summer, Kristen served as an intern on Capitol Hill for Congressman Brendan Boyle where she helped with researching and drafting legislation regarding topics such as PFAS and water pollution. Her research interests lie in the intersections of economics, policy, the environment, human behavior, and social justice. Outside of her interests in sustainability, Kristen has been involved in the Temple Economics Society, Pennsylvania Innocence Project, and Temple Refugee Outreach. She is interested in being a part of USSEE because of its emphasis on exchanging information and advancing practical solutions regarding sustainability. Kristen hopes to use her perspective as a student to help expand the influence of ecological economics and act as a bridge between students and the professional community.
Emma Rice is an undergraduate student at Michigan State University working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Economics and Management with minors in Environmental Studies and Sustainability and in Science, Technology, and Environment Public Policy. Rice is heavily involved with the Department of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resource Economics (AFRE) at MSU. She is the Vice President and co-founder of the Sustainable Business Association, an undergraduate student organization within AFRE, works as a class grader for two professors in the course: Decision Making in the Agri-Food System, and is conducting undergraduate research on the implications of vote-buy gaps in recent animal welfare and GMO ballot initiatives advised by Dr. Melissa McKendree. Rice will present this research at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting this summer of 2019. Rice also works as in the lab of Dr. C. Robin Buell in MSU’s Department of Plant Biology as an administrative and laboratory assistant and has conducted experiments with DNR, running Polymerase Chain Reactions and Gel Electrophoresis. Rice spent last summer in the field working for the MSU Department of Horticulture as a research assistant on a sustainable vegetable agriculture cover crop project. Rice is interested in the intersection between agriculture and environmental sustainability. Rice plans to attend graduate school in order to obtain a Master’s degree in applied economics, then hopes to pursue a career in environmental policy. This summer, Rice will be in Washington DC for an environmental policy internship with the Federal Government.
Candidacy Statement: I am interested in joining the United States Society for Ecological Economics because I would like to increase my exposure to the academic environment of ecological economics to prepare myself for graduate school. The interest areas covered by USSEE members align perfectly with the type of research I hope to get involved with in the future. I believe that undergraduate engagement in such organizations is extremely beneficial to inform students on research opportunities and graduate school opportunities many may not know are available. Furthermore, participation enables undergraduates to enhance their education and facilitates networking and other unique opportunities. I am excited by the chance to serve as the Undergraduate Student Member on the USSEE Board and am thankful for your consideration.
Position ID: PDA#002
A Post-Doctoral Research Associate position is available in Policy and Social Modeling at the University of Vermont as part of an NSF-funded research project on Lake Champlain Basin Resilience to Extreme Events. Vermont EPSCoR for its latest Track 1 award is recruiting for a number of positions within the next year to work on a cutting-edge, large-scale, interdisciplinary, NSF-funded study which will determine how the Lake Champlain Basin’s landscape, watershed and lake conditions respond to extreme weather events and will test policy scenarios for enhancing resilience using our comprehensive Integrated Assessment Model (IAM). As a member of the research team, you will participate in unique learning and professional development experiences and have access to significant resources including: Alan Alda Communicating Science workshops; undergraduate mentoring and training; and over 30 research colleagues spanning numerous disciplines including hydrology, limnology, geology, engineering, environmental resources, economics, public policy and community development.
We seek a post-doctoral associate with demonstrated expertise in policy and social modeling using complex adaptive systems approaches, especially agent based modeling and/or network analysis. The postdoctoral associate will work with interdisciplinary teams of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and stakeholders to develop agent based models of alternate policy, governance and social behavioral scenarios in the Lake Champlain basin relative to climate change, extreme events and regional resiliency of social-ecological systems.
Qualifications include a Ph.D. in Public Policy, Public Administration, Political Science, Geography, Sociology, Computer Science, Environmental Engineering, Natural Resources, or a relevant social or engineering science discipline. Experience or interest in developing and applying computational complex systems modeling approaches is also desirable. Proficiency in JAVA programming will be considered a plus.
Individuals selected will be expected to interact substantially across the project. Anticipated start date August 15, 2019. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Position is funded through May 31, 2021.
Questions can be directed to Chris Koliba at firstname.lastname@example.org .
To apply: please send CV, names and contact information for three references, and a cover letter outlining research interests, expertise and availability to email@example.com and reference Position ID PDA#002.
Dear USSEE Community,
The USSEE Board of Directors invites you to nominate candidate(s) for the Board of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics. The election will be held in late May and we are seeking nominations for the following positions by May 10th. You are welcome to self-nominate.
Nominations are for the following 5 positions with terms beginning June 1st, 2019:
· Secretary Treasurer
· Board Members at Large (2 members)
· Graduate Student Member
· Undergraduate Student Member
The Undergraduate Student Member Position is a new position that we hope to fill for the first time this year. Candidates for student representative must be an active student member of the society (requiring the individual to be enrolled at least half time at an institution of higher education) and have a desire to be engaged in the field of ecological economics and help USSEE fulfill our purposes, which include: the advancement of understanding of the relationships between ecological systems and economic systems, and the application of this understanding to the mutual well-being of nature and people, especially that of the most vulnerable, now and in the future. The representative will serve as a voice for the undergraduate student perspective on the board of directors, helping us to better train, reach, and retain the next generation of ecological economists. We see the role of the student representative to help USSEE connect with students across our regional networks and bring those topics to the board for consideration, as well as help the Society to expand our reach to students engaged in the study and practice of ecological economics. Activities and initiatives could include helping to organize student research highlights on the blog, coordinating student events on ecological economics at different universities, and hosting networking events for students at biennial conferences. Please help us in circulating this notice among your student networks or suggesting outstanding students for this position.
Names or inquiries for all positions can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance for your consideration and suggestions,
The USSEE Board of Directors
The Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of New Hampshire invites applications for a full-time (.88 FTE – academic-year, 9-month), benefits-eligible, three-year (renewable), non-tenure-track Lecturer position to begin fall term August 2019. UNH Lecturer Faculty are represented by the AAUP through a collective bargaining agreement. UNH is committed to social justice and actively creates an educational environment that fosters diversity, inclusion, and quality engagement for all.
We seek a skilled and passionate teacher and mentor to offer undergraduate courses and support the vibrant Environmental Conservation and Sustainability (ECS) Program. This lecturer will be primarily responsible for undergraduate teaching in ECS, and will also engage in on-campus and/or off-campus service responsibilities, including academic advising of undergraduates in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. The initial course load will include Principles of Sustainability, Sustainable Living – Global Perspectives, and Systems Thinking for Sustainable Solutions. Continued employment beyond the initial three-year appointment is contingent on satisfactory performance and program needs.
The University of New Hampshire is an R1 research institution that provides high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs of distinction. Located on a 188-acre campus in Durham, UNH (https://www.unh.edu/main/about-unh) thrives in a dynamic and beautiful part of New England. Approximately one hour from both Boston and Portland, Durham is also conveniently close to the Atlantic Ocean, the White Mountains, and New Hampshire’s Lake Region.
The UNH Department of Natural Resources comprises six academic programs, including ECS, and offers six majors and more than ten minors. The Environmental Conservation and Sustainability Program makes up approximately 130 of the 439 undergraduates in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment (https://colsa.unh.edu/natural-resources-environment/program/bs/environmental-conservation-sustainability-major). Questions regarding this position can be directed to Clay Mitchell, Chair of the Search Committee (Clayton.Mitchell@unh.edu).
Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in natural resources, environmental studies, or a related field, and prior post-secondary teaching experience with demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching. Proficiency with current academic technology is highly desirable.
Application Procedures and Deadline
The application can be completed at https://jobs.usnh.edu/, and includes a cover letter, CV/resume, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, student evaluations of prior teaching, and names and contact information of three references. Applicants may also submit optional scholarly documents in support of their application. Letters of reference will be required before initial interviews. Review of applications will begin on March 29, 2019, and the position will remain open until filled.
The University of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. The University seeks excellence through diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff, and students. The university prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged.
The United States Society for Ecological Economics (USSEE) will organize sessions in ecological economics at the 89th annual meeting of the Southern Economic Association (SEA), to be held in Fort Lauderdale, FL at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, November 23-25, 2019 (Saturday to Monday) (www.southerneconomic.org/conference/). We are seeking 8 to 12 papers to organize two to three USSEE@SEA sessions in ecological economics. Proposals for full sessions as well as individual presentations will be considered. Please send the abstracts or complete sessions to Robert Richardson (email@example.com) by April 10, 2019, and we will organize the USSEE sessions and submit directly to the SEA. Please list all authors and full contact information for each author on the abstract page.
Feel free to contact Robert Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The USSEE Board of Directors is soliciting nominees for two awards (the Herman Daly Award and Bernardo Aguilar Award) to be given in conjunction with the 2019 ESA & USSEE Joint Meeting, to be held August 11th-16th in Louisville, Kentucky.
The deadline for nominations is May 1st. Details on award criteria and submissions are below:
- The Herman Daly Award, was established in 2003 in honor of one of the visionaries and founders of ecological economics, Herman Daly. The award is designed to recognize outstanding contributions to the field, and acknowledges individuals who have connected ecological economic thinking to practical applications and solutions that are sustainable in scale, equitable in distribution, and efficient in allocation. The award criteria include the following:
- made visionary contributions to the field of ecological economics
- connected ecological economic thinking to practical applications
- created conceptual frameworks and practical solutions to sustainability challenges
- identified policies and processes that advance social and environmental sustainability
- advanced the recognition of scale as an essential part of sustainability
- advanced distributive justice and social consciousness as an essential part of sustainability
- contributed to conservation and the just allocation of resources
A list of past Daly Award winners can be found at
Please send nominations to email@example.com by May 1st. Nominations should include the name, affiliation and contact information of your nominee, and a brief statement describing the nominee’s qualifications for the Herman Daly Award. The Board will review all nominations and select the recipient.
- The Bernardo Aguilar Award, was established in 2007 and is given to a person nominated and selected by students. The award was created to recognize a professional who has inspired students through teaching, research, ideas, and/or mentoring in ecological economics.
Please circulate to students! Students can submit nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 1st. Nominations should include the name, affiliation and contact information of your nominee, and a brief statement describing the nominee’s qualifications for the Bernardo Aguilar Award. The Board will compile the nominations and call for a student vote to select the award winner.
Wednesday February 27th, 1pm EST.
Gross Domestic Welfare: Comprehensively Measuring Income, with pilot accounts for the U.S. and California.
Presented by Eli Lazarus, PhD student, UC Berkeley Energy and Resources Group
In order to better understand, track and optimize welfare, we need assessments of comprehensive welfare. Various initiatives attempt this; from GDP and other standard national accounts, to the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI), metrics like the U.N. Development Program’s Human Development Index, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ Sustainable Development Goals, and Bhutan’s Gross Happiness Index. Gross Domestic Welfare (GDW) attempts to fill a gap in this research and these projects. GDW builds from the Genuine Progress Indicator, and from efforts to assess the full welfare contribution of ecosystem services and other non-market elements such as leisure. Elements that contribute to human welfare are incorporated as comprehensively as possible, valued in currency terms as a common unit, with shadow prices from valuation research where necessary. GDW differs from GPI in removing: historical and regional benchmarks; the boundary of impacts of the industrial economy; and a ‘standard’ and limited set of elements.
Initial pilot accounts are being built assessing California and the United States over the period 1995 to 2016. I will present these initial results, comparing them to GSP/GDP, and GPI accounts for CA and the US recently completed for the same period. I will present the framework, theory, and methods of Gross Domestic Welfare, and look forward to a robust discussion, including limitations, challenges, and priority steps forward.
To Register, email email@example.com, or visit Evenetbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ussee-webinar-gross-domestic-welfare-comprehensively-measuring-income-tickets-55840319900
University of Georgia: Odum School of Ecology
The Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia invites applications for one Lecturer (non-tenure track) with a focus in coupled human-environment systems and data literacy. We seek a discipline-bridging scholar who will play a fundamental role in training students to understand, analyze, and visualize information, including geospatial information, using a variety of data sources from natural sciences and one or more complementary perspectives. Potential areas of emphasis include ecosystem services, sustainability science, food energy or water systems, and interdisciplinary perspectives on global change; from ecological and complementary perspectives such as economics, engineering, or quantitative and qualitative social sciences.
The ideal candidate will bring new skills and theoretical perspectives to the Odum School, and will demonstrate a passion for undergraduate education and building programmatic excellence in data literacy training. We seek candidates with an aptitude for mentoring students interested in traditional ecological science careers (through the B.S. degree program) or careers focused in translation or integration of ecological science with policy, management, communications, or other disciplines (via the A.B. degree program). An interest in leading service learning classes would also be valued. The Odum School is dedicated to supporting and enhancing diversity and inclusiveness, and strongly encourages applications from candidates who will enrich that mission.
We especially encourage applications from candidates who have:
Expertise in coupled human-environment systems
Expertise in discipline-spanning scholarship
Expertise in data analysis and visualization
Expertise in geospatial information
Aptitude for undergraduate instruction and mentorship
Aptitude for providing data literacy training
Commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusivity
The position is a 12-month full-time appointment. Responsibilities are primarily instructional, with opportunity for research. The position offers diverse instructional opportunities including lecture, lab, and field courses, and directed undergraduate study and research. In addition to developing a spatial data course and other potential courses in their area of expertise, the scholar will contribute to current course offerings through instruction and by developing new data literacy and visualization components. The scholar will also contribute to undergraduate mentoring and research supervision as part of their responsibilities.
To apply, candidates must have a PhD in ecology or relevant field. To receive full consideration applications should be received by 27 February, 2019.
To apply for the position, candidates should electronically submit the following materials http://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/59673:
1) Cover letter, including research interests and suitability for the position.
2) Curriculum vitae.
3) 2-page Teaching statement, including vision for enhancing data literacy.
4) 1-page Diversity statement, explaining experience, professional skills, and vision that would enhance diversity and inclusivity (using Other Documents#1).
5) Contact information for three professional referees who may submit letters of recommendation
Official transcripts will be requested from finalists. Questions regarding the position can be directed to search committee chair, Dr. Elizabeth King, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Georgia is located in Athens, Georgia. Georgia is well known for its quality of life with both outdoor and urban activities (www.georgia.gov). UGA (www.uga.edu) is a land grant/sea grant institution located approximately 60 miles northeast of Atlanta. It is within an hour driving distance from the North Georgia Mountains and four hours from the Atlantic coast. Athens enjoys a mild climate and yet still sees the benefits of the changing seasons. It is well known for its vibrant and evolving music scene, serving as the hometown of bands such as R.E.M., the B-52’s, Widespread Panic, the Drive-By Truckers, of Montreal, and Futurebirds.
The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (email@example.com). Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests.