Friday, April 15, 2011 - 10:45am - 12:00pm
Friday, April 8, 2011 - 11:00am - 12:15pm

The resources for environmental management professionals to collect and analyze data across large time and spatial scales are limited, especially during these times of rapid environmental change. An effective approach to grow an environmental workforce, in the absence of financial resources, can be the use of trained volunteers.

Friday, April 8, 2011 - 9:30am - 10:45am

Monitoring can provide the data needed to produce assessments about an environmental issue that will inform policy decisions. The first key element in designing any monitoring program is to explicitly and quantitatively state the objectives to be accomplished by the monitoring. Often determining the status and trends in ecosystems or natural resources is a stated goal of monitoring programs because it is of increasing interest to the public.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Friday, April 1, 2011 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

There will be a poster session at the symposium. Poster abstracts should be sent to by March 15, 2011.

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Friday, March 18, 2011 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

In explaining variability in tropical deforestation, land change scientists have focused almost exclusively on in situ (or "on-farm") resource use, while population scholars have largely ignored rural-to-rural migration. This lecture investigates the primary proximate and underlying causes of deforestation in the humid tropics with a case study from Guatemala. To investigate the first cause of this phenomenon, farmer land use, in 1998 I collected data from more than 500 farmers in Guatemala's Maya Biosphere Reserve (MBR).

Friday, March 18, 2011 - 10:00am - 11:15am

In this seminar, Peterson will discuss two challenges associated with efforts to make ethics an explicit part of environmental governance. First, focusing on the moral dimension of environmental governance may exacerbate conflict by highlighting foundational divisions among stakeholders. Second, traditional uses of applied ethics may encourage positional bargaining and neglect stakeholders’ interests. He suggests a renewed focus on distributive justice and pragmatism within applied ethics may create opportunities to address these challenges.

Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Gutman will discuss the importance of land cover in the Earth's system, the need for moderate (10-60 m) space resolution data from satellites and available data sets. He will also present a short overview of the NASA LCLUC program and describe the funding opportunities for students, post-docs and all NASA scientists related to LCLUC.

There is not cost to attend the seminar, but attendees must RSVP to Jean Lepard at to ensure a seat.

Monday, February 28, 2011 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm