Jason Davis, an alum of UCSB’s graduate geography program, will be starting a new tenure track position at the UNC this fall. Professor Lopez Carr enthusiastically supported Jason for the position, crediting him with “great intellectual curiosity and perseverance” that “translates into a superior research effort.” He will be researching the influence of labor migration on a range of demographic, health, education, and environmental outcomes throughout the developing world. On a personal note, we are encouraged that Jason is recovering from several months of medical treatment and ready to start this exciting new chapter in his life with his wife, Jess, who received a dual appointment with Jason as an OBGYN physician at the UNC hospital, and their son, Jackson (who will surely be a Tar Heel fan for life!)
Senior HED intern Lane Zorich accepted her offer to attend London School of Economics this week for their MSC in Urbanization and Development within the Department of Geography and the Environment. Lane was accepted into all three of her Master’s programs, also receiving offers from University of Edinburgh’s School of Geosciences and University College London’s Development Planning Unit for programs focused on environmental sustainability. After graduating cum laude from UCSB this June, Lane will be moving to London this September pursuing research at LSE focused on rural-to-urban migration and health and nutrition in urban areas.
Biodiversity Areas under Threat: Overlap of Climate Change and Population Pressures on the World’s Biodiversity Priorities
The article explores how places around the world with high or growing human populations and increased climate variability threaten the ecosystem services that humans depend upon. It expands on the ensuing cycle of ecological degradation and applies different theoretical conservation schemes. In aiming to identify both environmental and human high-risk areas, it determines where these conservation measures would make the most impact.
To view the complete story go to: Biodiversity Areas under Threat: Overlap of Climate Change and Population Pressures on the World’s Biodiversity Priorities
Recruiting prawns to fight river parasite
A BBC news article described in extensive detail Professor David Lopez Carr and collaborators’ research in eradicating chronic schistosomiasis using a novel approach: stocking rivers with prawns, a natural predator of the snails that host the parasite.
To view the complete story go to: Recruiting prawns to fight river parasite
With $1.5 million in NSF funding, a group of researchers from UCSB and partner institutions will study the effects of a novel way of eradicating schistosomiasis
“A Chronic Disadvantage
The disease has wider implications, according to UCSB geography professor David López-Carr, whose research focuses on the human dimensions of environment change, particularly in the developing areas of the world, as well as rural poverty and development. Those chronically afflicted tend to be the rural poor, people who live and work, bathe and play in the river and surrounding waterways and farms. This is where the infected freshwater snails thrive and continuously shed cercariae, the free-swimming larvae of the parasite that seek out and penetrate human skin. Because the people are constantly exposed to the parasite, and don’t have the means to avoid it in their daily lives or afford treatment, this population is chronically at a health and socioeconomic disadvantage, with poverty and poor health affecting each other in a self-perpetuating cycle.
“It makes you less competent at anything you do,” said López-Carr. “It makes you less effective as a parent or in your work — and that has a huge economic impact on a society.””
To view the complete story go to: A Win-Win-Win-Win
Karly Miller, Fulbright Scholar, shows the power of listening
Karly Miller, third year marine science doctoral candidate, is featured in the latest UCSB GradPost spotlight. Her research is on how tourist developments affect the social and ecological importance of fisheries in coastal subsistence-based communities. Learn more about Karly and her work in the link provided above.
Barbara Quimby participated in the 6th round of the UCSB Grad Slam on Wednesday, April 6. Her presentation, entitled “Tradition, Equity, and Conservation: Coastal Comanagement in Samoa” provided a three-minute snapshot of her dissertation research project.
Cascade Tuholske Featured in NASA Earth Observatory Article – Roatán, a small island off the coast of Honduras, is seeing a large boom in tourism. PhD student, Cascade Tuholske, touches upon the changes Roatán has seen in the last two decades via Landsat data and what these changes may mean to the island’s ecosystem and people.
Cascade’s research has also been featured in Pacific Standard, a Santa Barbara-based magazine, and can be found at this link: What Happens When a Tiny Island Becomes a Tourist Destination
Professor Jorge Ruiz Published in Interdisciplinary Science Journal, Nature – Professor Jorge Ruiz published “Biomass Resilience of Neotropical Secondary Forests” in highly cited science journal Nature.
“Land-use change occurs nowhere more rapidly than in the tropics, where the imbalance between deforestation and forest regrowth has large consequences for the global carbon cycle1. However, considerable uncertainty remains about the rate of biomass recovery in secondary forests, and how these rates are influenced by climate, landscape, and prior land use2, 3, 4. Here we analyse aboveground biomass recovery during secondary succession in 45 forest sites and about 1,500 forest plots covering the major environmental gradients in the Neotropics. The studied secondary forests are highly productive and resilient. Aboveground biomass recovery after 20 years was on average 122 megagrams per hectare (Mg ha−1), corresponding to a net carbon uptake of 3.05 Mg C ha−1 yr−1, 11 times the uptake rate of old-growth forests. Aboveground biomass stocks took a median time of 66 years to recover to 90% of old-growth values. Aboveground biomass recovery after 20 years varied 11.3-fold (from 20 to 225 Mg ha−1) across sites, and this recovery increased with water availability (higher local rainfall and lower climatic water deficit). We present a biomass recovery map of Latin America, which illustrates geographical and climatic variation in carbon sequestration potential during forest regrowth. The map will support policies to minimize forest loss in areas where biomass resilience is naturally low (such as seasonally dry forest regions) and promote forest regeneration and restoration in humid tropical lowland areas with high biomass resilience.”
Aracely Martinez Awarded PhD – Aracely Martinez, co-advised by Prof. David Lopez-Carr and Prof. Joaquin Eguren Rodriguez, has been awarded her PhD in Sociology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Congratulations!