Publications & Outreach

Peer-reviewed Articles

2014. Welch-Devine, M., D. Hardy, J. P. Brosius, and N. Heynen. A pedagogical model for integrative training in conservation and sustainability. Ecology and Society, 19(2). http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-06197-190210

The benefits and challenges of interdisciplinary training are well documented, and several reviews have discussed the particular importance of interdisciplinary training for conservation scholars and practitioners. We discuss the progress within one university program to implement specific training models, elements, and tools designed to move beyond remaining barriers to graduate level, interdisciplinary conservation education.

2014. Vercoe, R. A., M. Welch-Devine, D. Hardy, J. A. Demoss, S. N. Bonney, K. Allen, P. Brosius, D. Charles, B.
Crawford, S. Heisel, N. Heynen, R. G. de Jesús-Crespo, N. Nibbelink, L. Parker, C. Pringle, A. Shaw & L. Van Sant. “Acknowledging Trade-offs and Understanding Complexity: Exurbanization Issues in Macon County, North Carolina. Ecology and Society, 19(1). http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-05970-190123

We applied an integrative framework to illuminate and discuss the complexities of exurbanization in Macon County, North Carolina. The case of Macon County, North Carolina, highlights the complexity involved in addressing issues of exurbanization in the Southern Appalachian region. Exurbanization, the process by which urban residents move into rural areas in search of unique natural amenities and idealized lifestyles, can often have a dramatic impact on the local economy, culture, and environment. Within Macon County, complex debates and tensions among multiple stakeholders struggle to address local residential development. How can better problem definition benefit rural communities in addressing exurbanization pressures and effects? We asserted that a key factor in the shortcomings of previous solutions was the shortsightedness inherent in policy that attempts to treat individual symptoms without being able to adequately characterize the underlying problem. The goal of the integrative framework is to initiate an iterative process of transparent negotiation, which recognizes a range of potential choices to be considered and to embrace the social complexities that can at times overwhelm scholars and practitioners, inviting simplification and polarization of the issues. This new and emerging framework offers a novel way of approaching conservation and development issues where other frameworks have failed. It helps acknowledge the difficult choices, i.e., trade-offs, that have to be made in a material process like exurbanization. Trade-offs will be necessary in any negotiation related to conservation. Therefore, conflict surrounding specific values, e.g., cultural, financial, or ecological, must be acknowledged upfront to move deeper into issues of plurality. Given the complexity, understanding how the process of exurbanization is being played out within Macon County provided not only an opportunity to demonstrate the functionality of an integrative approach, but also a call for further study of exurbanization dynamics.

Newspaper Articles

Kosen, L., Mertzlufft, C., Bloodgood, J., Brownson, K., Burnett, H., Chappell, J., Crawford, T., Guinessey, E., Howard, J., Nichols, A., Ortiz, S., Heynen, N., Pringle, C. Update on LTLT/UGA ICON partnership. Coweeta Listening Project. The Franklin Press. Column on “Science, Public Policy, Community.” Page B4. May 2, 2014. http://listening.coweeta.uga.edu/articles/LTLT_UGA_partnership_update

Chappell, J., Guinessey, E., Bloodgood, J., Brownson, K., Burnett, H., Crawford, T., Howard, J., Kosen, L., Mertzlufft, C., Nichols, A., Ortiz, S., Heynen, N., Pringle, C. A healthy stream is a functioning stream. Coweeta Listening Project. The Franklin Press. Column on “Science, Public Policy, Community.” Page B4. April 18, 2014. http://listening.coweeta.uga.edu/articles/health_stream

Howard, J., Crawford, T., Bloodgood, J., Chappell, J., Brownson, K., Burnett, H., Guinessey, E., Kosen, L., Mertzlufft, C., Nichols, A., Ortiz, S., Heynen, N., Pringle, C. Beauty is on the eye of the…fish? Coweeta Listening Project. The Franklin Press. Column on “Science, Public Policy, Community.” Page B4. April 4, 2014. http://listening.coweeta.uga.edu/articles/beauty_eye_of_fish

Guinessey, E., Chappell, J., Bloodgood, J., Brownson, K., Burnett, H., Crawford, T., Howard, J., Kosen, L., Mertzlufft, C., Nichols, A., Ortiz, S., Heynen, N., Pringle, C. What is in a stream, anyway? Coweeta Listening Project. The Franklin Press. Column on “Science, Public Policy, Community.” Page B4. March 21, 2014. http://listening.coweeta.uga.edu/articles/what_is_a_stream

Burnett, H., Brownson, K., Bloodgood, J., Chappell, J., Crawford, T., Guinessey, E., Howard, J., Kosen, L., Mertzlufft, C., Nichols, A., Ortiz, S., Heynen, N., Pringle, C. Visual Assessment Protocol defined. Coweeta Listening Project. The Franklin Press. Column on “Science, Public Policy, Community.” Page B4. March 7, 2014. http://listening.coweeta.uga.edu/articles/visual_assessment_protocol_defined

Bloodgood, J., Ortiz, S., Brownson, K., Burnett, H., Chappell, J., Crawford, T., Guinessey, E., Howard, J., Kosen, L., Mertzlufft, C., Nichols, A., Heynen, N., Pringle, C. Collaboration: LTLT and UGA Students Form Partnership. The Franklin Press. Franklin, NC. Coweeta Listening Project. The Franklin Press. Column on “Science, Public Policy, Community.” Page B4. February 21, 2014. http://listening.coweeta.uga.edu/articles/LTLT_UGA_partnership

Technical Reports

2014. Gancos-Crawford, T., Mertzlufft, C.E., Bloodgood, J., Ortiz, S., Guinessey, E., Brownson, K., Burnett, H., Chappell, J., Howard, J., Kosen, L., Heynen, N., Pringle, C. Land Trust for the Little Tennessee: Grade Your Stream Program Planning Guide. Integrative Conservation PhD Program. University of Georgia, Athens, GA.

2013. Bormann, R., A. Clause, W. DePuy, J. Ganguly, R. Guy, J. Hallemeier, E. Horton, S. McManus, S. Padgett-Vasquez, and R. Unks. Sea-Level Rise Adaptation and Planning: A Case Study from Tybee Island, Georgia. Center for Integrative Conservation Research.

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