James Roche's blog

Sept. 1, 2015

James Roche is a member of the Hal and Jean Glassen Scholars Program working with the Michigan Sea Grant Extension Program Office.  

The Cold War is alive and well here in the Great Lakes, but instead of fighting communists we are fightingZebra mussels.USDA photo by Bob Nichols. mollusks! As a result of one of the few successful invasions of U.S. soil by native Soviets we find the zebra mussel. Native to the Black Sea and Caspian Sea the zebra mussel is an extremely troublesome invasive species that causes massive economic and ecological damage to the Great Lakes every year.


Aug. 25, 2015

James Roche is a member of the Hal and Jean Glassen Scholars Program working with the Michigan Sea Grant Extension Program Office.  

Some would argue that the ultimate goal for the human condition is understanding. If we could truly understand how the world works and interacts, maybe then we could find the answers to the biggest issues we face.

During my time with Michigan Sea Grant Extension here at MSU I have tried to do just using the telecoupling framework developed here at MSU by Jianguo "Jack" Liu. Telecoupling seeks to examine the environmental and socioeconomic systems that occur in local areas and how our global interaction over long distances must be understood in order to develop a more sustainable world. In my first attempt to apply telecoupling to the Great Lakes, I turn to the mainstay of any great breakfast, maple syrup.