Brown undergraduate Ethan Ebinger, EARTHLab Manager Lynn Carlson, and IBES collaborator Heinke Jäger view high-resolution satellite imagery of Galapagos that was donated by the DigitalGlobe Foundation.
Ever since Charles Darwin’s voyage to the archipelago in 1835, the Galapagos Islands have been famed for their unique palette of biodiversity. In recent decades, however, invasive species have begun crowding out some of the island chain’s most treasured native plants and animals. With thousands of square kilometers of relatively inaccessible wilderness at stake, scientists seeking to restore balance to these fragile ecosystems must find a way to map the extent of invasion. Now, researchers and collaborators with the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society hope to offer their assistance, thanks to a generous donation of high-resolution satellite imagery from the DigitalGlobe Foundation.
Thanks to its signature coastline of beaches and jagged inlets, the state of Rhode Island is especially vulnerable to environmental disturbances - a sensitivity that will likely become magnified in the coming decades as our global climate continues to change.
In an effort to help coastal municipalities cope with the impacts of both natural hazards and sea level rise, the Rhode Island Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan (Beach SAMP) Team has released a suite of tools for emergency preparedness and municipal planning purposes. The memo includes resources for forecasting storm surges and flooding, preserving fragile salt marsh ecosystems, and planning for shoreline change.
You can view the list of available tools and resources here.
Postdoctoral associates are essential to the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society’s commitment to research and education; Drs. Emerson Baptista, Justin Becknell, Sylvia Dee, Dana Graef, Germán Vergara, and Kate Weinberger are no exception. This summer, the Institute will proudly welcome these six accomplished and innovative individuals as its newest scholars and teachers. The diverse group - which includes a demographer, an ecologist, a climate dynamicist, a sociocultural anthropologist, an environmental historian, and an environmental health scientist - will support and extend the IBES tradition of employing multidisciplinary discourse to answer pressing questions that lie at the intersection of environment and society.
Pope Francis, leader of the Roman Catholic Church, recently released a groundbreaking encyclical urging other world leaders to take action on climate change. IBES Fellow Timmons Roberts praised the move as "a major piece of work, and an ardent call from one of our world’s major leaders for us to work together to address this existential problem" in his commentary, originally published as a blog post for public policy think tank Brookings.
In the piece, later picked up by Newsweek, Roberts reflects on the strategic timing and potent influence of the Pope's statement, released just weeks after the climate talks in Bonn and only a few months before U.N. member nations are expected to formally commit to strict personal limitations on their carbon emissions.
Richard M. Locke, currently the Howard R. Swearer Director of the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, has been appointed provost of the University, succeeding Vicki Leigh Colvin. Locke will begin his duties July 1, 2015, at the start of the 2015-16 academic year.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Richard M. Locke, professor of political science and international affairs and the Howard R. Swearer Director of the Watson Institute for International Studies, has been named the University’s 13th provost. He will begin his duties July 1, 2015, succeeding Provost Vicki Leigh Colvin, who recently announced her return to a career of teaching, research, and University service.