Ecology & Society: Spanning Boundaries to Bring Transdisicplinary Science into Practice

The Stewardship Network has just received the international Science & Practice of Ecology & Society award, bringing it back to the US for the first time in five years. Join us while we discuss Paige's research in the western US and Great Lakes region on cross-boundary collaboration and what led her to nominate The Stewardship Network for this award. We share the story of TSN to demonstrate how transdisciplinary science can take hold locally and expand regionally to bring people from diverse disciplines and functional roles together to solve common problems.We demonstrate how researchers and practitioners can collaborate to create enduring mechanisms of social and ecological change.
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Friday, January 15, 2016 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Lisa Brush
The Stewardship Network
Lisa is the Executive Director of The Stewardship Network. Lisa has been leading collaborative conservation initiatives in the nonprofit environmental sector for over two decades. In her role as co-founder and Executive Director of The Stewardship Network she has engaged thousands of professionals and volunteers in identifying community and conservation needs of the 21st century and determining strategic support The Network can provide. She has managed and overseen grant projects from federal and state agencies, as well as family and private foundations. She has been involved in all aspects of organizational management including foundation/agency relationships, grant based project funding, budget tracking, contract negotiation, implementation, accountability, project reporting and staff and board development. Lisa has facilitated strategic planning sessions, focus groups, citizen task forces, community visioning sessions, and public involvement and feedback meetings with groups ranging in size from four to four hundred. Lisa emphasizes tried and true in-person methods of bringing people together augmented by the use of cutting edge online technology. Lisa serves on numerous boards of directors, has a BA in Science in Society from Wesleyan University, an MS from University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment, and is a graduate of Michigan State University's Great Lakes Leadership Academy.
Paige Fisher
SNRE, U of M
Ph.D. Forest Resources social science, Oregon State University, 2007, M.S. Forest Resources social science, Oregon State University, 2003, B.A. Cultural Anthropology, Hampshire College, 1994. The goal of my research is to increase scientific understanding of human behavior as it relates to the sustainability of socio-ecological systems. I investigate factors that enable and constrain human adaptation to natural hazards and climate change. I am particularly interested in understanding what motivates individuals (e.g., private landowners) and organizations (e.g., natural resource agencies and environmental organizations) to cooperate on natural resource management and environmental conservation. I draw on theories from the fields of rural sociology, human geography and ecology in my work. My methods include qualitative interview analysis, quantitative survey analysis and social network analysis. I collaborate with researchers from diverse disciplines using a broad range of analytical approaches and strive to address problems of concern to local practitioners.