Faculty Research Spotlight: Integrating Resilience Across Social-Ecological Systems

Friday, March 1, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

The SLS Faculty Research Spotlight features Dr. Jenny McGuire (Biological Sciences) and Dr. Allen Hyde (History and Sociology) who will discuss their collaborative research project, "Integrating Resilience across Social-Ecological Systems."  The rapid change in climates across the globe requires us to determine which human and ecological systems will be most affected and how to alleviate climate vulnerability, captured by the concept of climate resilience. Resilience has great potential to transform how we perceive climate change. Resilience can allow us to identify strategies that would allow us to quickly rebound or to absorb the effects of climate-related perturbations and to potentially even improve human and ecological systems following a period of disruption. Many studies have largely focused on climate resilience through the lens of either ecological or social systems. However, there is great potential to quantify and optimize climate resilience through the study of integrated social and ecological systems. We will discuss our progress in assembling a trans-disciplinary group to tackle the issue of climate resilience. We identify strategies for achieving climate resilience by focusing on the characteristics of resilient systems and striving to integrate these characteristics across human and ecological systems.

Clough Lounge (Clough 205)