Faculty Announcements

2018

April 2018

Forthcoming journal publications from Prof. E. Chris Parsons include:

“Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right” – the sad case of vaquita, the Trump administration, and the removal of protections for whales and dolphins” which was published in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.

“Evaluating the sustainability of the gray whale-watching industry along the Pacific Coast of North America” which appeared in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism.

“The Blackfish Effect – citations, hearings, permits, and bills in the face of changing public opinion on captive cetaceans” published in Tourism in Marine Environments.

(With ESP graduate student Christine Gleason) “To educate or not to educate: how the lack of education programs on whale-watching vessels can impact whale tourism and conservation in the Dominican Republic” in the journal Tourism in Marine Environments.

(With ESP graduate student Alexandra (Zann) Shah) “Lower concern about “biodiversity” in members of the public in Washington DC area, than “wilderness”, “natural places” and key charismatic megafauna and/or charismatic habitats” in the journal Applied Environmental Education & Communication.

February 2018

Prof. Esther Peters was a co-author of the article on a new coral reef disease in the Florida Keys entitled “Emerging Coral Disease Threatens Ailing Caribbean Reefs” in Eco Magazine, which also appeared in their March/April 2018 issue.

Prof. E. Chris Parsons and colleagues were invited to give a presentation before the Mexican government’s House of Deputies (the Mexican equivalent of the House of Representatives) on dolphin science and welfare. As a result of the meeting, the Mexican government is developing a bill to improve dolphin welfare in Mexico.

Prof. E. Chris Parsons and colleagues in the NGO Oceanswell were successful in being awarded a $30,000 grant from National Geographic to help promote sustainable blue whale ecotourism and conservation in Sri Lanka.

2017

December 2017

Prof. Susan Crate was awarded an Urgent Anthropology Fellowship from the Royal Anthropological Institute and Anthropologists’ Fund for Urgent Anthropological Research (AFUAR) for her project entitled: Engaging Longitudinal Ethnography in Circumpolar Russia to Track Unprecedented Change, Facilitate Community Collaborative Research and Bolster Adaptive Response into the Future. The Fellowship is jointly supported by the British Museum and the Royal Anthropological Institute, and will be based at the British Museum.

Prof. Kim de Mutsert has accepted the invitation by the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Ecological Modelling to join the Ecological Modelling editorial board. Ecological Modelling is one of the top journals in her field. The journal is concerned with the use of mathematical models and systems analysis for the description of ecological processes and for the sustainable management of resources.

June 2017

Prof. E. Chris Parsons was the Chair of the Scientific Committee/Conservation Committee Working Group for the International Whaling Commission Scientific Committee meeting held in Bled, Slovenia.

April 2017

Prof. Younsung Kim was invited to the “Workshop on Adapting Climate Change: Actions, Implementations, and Outcomes” held at the University of Notre Dame from April 28-May 1, 2017. She presented her research on “Climate Adaptation for Coastal Communities: Information Provision as a Policy Tool.”

March 2017

Prof. Younsung Kim presented her paper on Assessing Firms’ Support for Mandatory Climate Regulations: The Role of Organizational Resources & Capabilities” at the 78th Annual Meeting of American Society for Public Administration on March 20, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.

February 2017

Prof. E. Chris Parsons was appointed to the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management.

2016

December 2016

Prof. Esther Peters gave a 45-minute invited presentation at the 2016 Concurrent Annual Meeting of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology on December 4, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, Louisiana. The title of her talk was “Coral cut-ups: Forty years of investigating coral health,” and it was presented in Concurrent Session I: Fish and Aquatic Invertebrate Pathology, along with presentations on mollusc and crustacean diseases, interpretation of toxicologic histopathology, and diseases in US farm-raised catfish.

November 2016

Prof. Dann Sklarew presented two invited lectures at the Higher School of Economics in Perm, Russia, on the topics of “incorporating sustainability into business practices” and “sustainable business practices for the triple bottom line,” both organized by the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX).

October 2016

Profs. Dann Sklarew, R. Chris Jones, and Cynthia Smith presented “Potomac River restoration and watershed sustainability” to the Xinjiang Environmental Protection Study Group.

September 2016

Prof. Dann Sklarew was awarded $20,000 from the Dominion Higher Education Partnership, along with fellow Mason professors Paul Houser and Viviana Maggioni for their project entitled, “Green Roof on Parking Deck: Designed for Sustainability.”

June 2016

Prof. Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers has been selected to be a Coordinating Lead Author of the IPBES global assessment on biodiversity and ecosystem services. She will be co-leading chapter 6 on opportunities for decision-makers at all levels of governance. She was nominated by the U.S. government, whose nomination was supported by the Dutch government. The report will be written by a team of about 120 authors from around the world over the next few years. The final report is due in 2019.

Prof. E. Chris Parsons was the co-chair of the Environmental Concerns Sub-Committee during the International Whaling Commission Scientific Committee meeting held in Bled, Slovenia.

The automobile racing association of Canada awarded Prof. Lee Talbot their first annual Spirit of Vintage Racing award as their highest tribute for career racing achievements. And he’s not even Canadian!

April 2016

Professor E. Chris Parsons was appointed the Membership Chair and a Board Member of the Society for Marine Mammalogy.

2015

August 2015

Prof. E. Chris Parsons was the a member of the Executive Committee, Organizing Committee and Scientific Committee of the 27th International Congress for Conservation Biology and 4th European Congress for Conservation Biology (2-7 August 2015, Montpellier, France) – the largest academic conference on conservation science ever held.

May 2015

Prof. E. Chris Parsons was the co-chair of the Environmental Concerns Sub-Committee during the International Whaling Commission Scientific Committee meeting held in San Diego, California.

Prof. E. Chris Parsons was a Fellow of the newly chartered Royal Society for Biology.

Professor Esther Peters gave a presentation, “Caribbean Acroporid Tissue Loss: Toward a New Paradigm of Coral Disease,” at the 37th Scientific Meeting of the Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean, Curacao, May 18-22. She also presented “Can Caribbean Staghorn and Elkhorn Coral Populations Be Restored?” for the Coral Restoration Foundation Bonaire and CIEE Research Station, Bonaire, on May 26.