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M.S. Conservation Biology
University of Maryland
Bill Rohring’s research analyzes how individuals and communities perceive and react to current climate change impacts, and how they plan to adapt to future impacts, applying the Social-Ecological-Systems Framework. The research involves two small rural communities in the United States, one in the Virgin Islands, and one on the Chesapeake Bay. He then utilizes a multi-level governance approach to understand the extent to which international policies are influencing local adaptation and vice versa.
Rohring’s research will help answer how these two geographically distinct fishing communities are viewing and adapting to climate change impacts, in hopes that it will inform governments in their preparations for short, medium, and longer-term climate change impacts.
Rohring graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and obtained his Juris Doctorate from Tulane University in 1996. He received his Master of Science in Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland in 2012.