Climate change forced displacement and resettlement is becoming a pressing topic as the impacts of sea level rise, drought, and severe tropical storms increasingly impact communities’ livelihoods. As communities and entire nations are forced to resettle, how will basic social and cultural structures be maintained? The transportation of resilient socio- cultural patterns becomes essential for maintaining the health and well-being of a community.
Mary Tuti Baker explores the practice of aloha ʻāina as an organizing principle at Hoʻoulu ʻĀina, a garden and forest complex run by a community health center in urban Honolulu, and in more politically charged mobilizations to protect sacred, storied places from desecration. When asked to define aloha ʻāina poet, painter and activist Imaikalani Kalahele replied, “If you leave ʻāina alone, it’ll take care of itself. What we need to learn is how to become a part of the ʻāina – again.
Habitat connectivity is essential to maintaining and conserving fish and wildlife species populations and important ecological processes. Species must be able to move to access habitat to feed, breed, seek shelter, migrate, and recover from perturbations. For many species, connectivity is substantially obstructed and fragmented by infrastructure which can result in species population declines and imperilment. Methods to remediate fish and wildlife movement barriers along roadways and other infrastructure have been implemented globally for decades.
Photo courtsey of Utah DWR
Despite their small size, nanoparticles are responsible for several environmental processes ranging from the biogeochemical cycling of elements to the transport of toxicants such as heavy metals and radionuclides. The advent of engineered nanotechnology in the recent years necessitated the development of sensitive and selective analytical tools and techniques capable of exploring the nanoscale.
Across the Columbia River Basin, rivers and streams are warmer than ever before. Most watersheds are experiencing a shift from high-elevation precipitation in the form of snow to rain, which is raising water temperatures to levels dangerous to salmon. Environmental change is becoming increasingly apparent, and ecological restorationists working to restore endangered salmon habitat in the basin are being forced to adapt their scientific work and management practices in order to meet changing conditions.
Gigi will offer a respectful tour of the iconic Ernst Gayden's work—begun about 50 years ago—and legacy at Huxley College, and then talk about her food and farm work (started 25 years ago) at Huxley. She'll talk about her efforts to write science in an accessible way, as evidenced in her award-winning FoodWISE; WISE is an acronym for Whole, Informed, Sustainable, and Experience.