All - I’m honored to share with you the recipients of the 2018 Ian Worley Award. As you might recall, the Ian Worley Award fosters and celebrates creative, integrative, imaginative, and innovative approaches in addressing current and future environmental challenges. Those adjectives certainly apply to this year’s crop of recipients.
Jill Brooks will examine how coral die off affects cultural sense of place and belonging in indigenous populations in Hawaii, in anticipation of ongoing climate change.
Will Corcoran is going to look at whether algal blooms affect mental health of local residents on Lake Champlain here in Vermont. His work is contributing to a larger project on human health and environmental change (e.g., land use change and nutrient run-off) around the lake.
Maya Dizack will kayak down the Mississippi River taking water samples along the way documenting micro plastic pollution. She’s going to compare her data to some historical data to look at changes through time. And she has an ambitious plan to involve residents along the river in the work.
Kate Longfield is working on environmental justice and ecosystem health issues surrounding Act 250 here in Vermont.
Professor Mark Usher is visiting a site in Italy that has been agriculturally productive for ~2500 years (how did they do that!). The site was likely owned by Pompey the Great. Mark is writing a book on sustainability in Ancient Rome.
I can’t wait to hear, see, and read about what each of them discovers. And I can’t wait to share it all with you.
Happy Friday -
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