MS Comprehensive Exams

To: All ECo MS degree graduate students From: McGarigal Re: Comprehensive Exam All MS degree students in the ECo Graduate Program must pass a standardized comprehensive exam prior to their last academic semester, as per the ECo Graduate Program requirements detailed in the ECo student handbook available on line. The Fall 2012 exam will be held on Tuesday November 20 from 8-11 am (location to be determined). Guidelines for the exam are available in the ECo student handbook and are described in detail in the "study guide" available on line (http://eco.umass.edu/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/Exam.topics.2012.pdf). Note, the student guide for the Forestry and Arboriculture Section is subject to change prior to October 23 with the addition of several forestry topics. Any student planning on taking the exam must register for the exam before October 23 by emailing me. This is so that we know how many exams to prepare for each concentration. Thanks for your attention to this....
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Randhir keynotes climate change seminar in India

Timothy Randhir, associate professor of Environmental Conservation, was a keynote speaker at a national seminar on climate change held Aug. 16 at Bharathiar University in Coimbatore, India. Inaugurated by the vice-chancellor of the university, the one-day event included several presentations from experts and researchers in India on climatic change issues. In his remarks, Randhir highlighted the need for actions that increase adaptation to climatic change, which can have wide-ranging effects on South Asian countries. According to Randhir, monsoon onsets can be delayed by climatic change with serious effects on rain-fed agriculture. Also, coastal communities are vulnerable with potential loss of mangrove ecosystems and a decrease in snowmelt can affect river flows resulting in serious consequences on water supplies, water quality and aquatic ecosystems.  He said that management of socio-ecological systems to increase their resilience to climatic change is a major need for Southeast Asia. Randhir added that an adaptation mechanism requires a transdisciplinary approach that brings information from multiple disciplines to tackle...
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ECO/US​DA Forest Service Fa​mily Forest Research​ Center hosting IUFR​O international work​ing group on campus ​Sept 24-27​

Congratulations to our Family Forest Research Team for hosting a major international conference at UMass! Over 80 participants from 18 countries will be convening on campus Sept 24-27 for the  the International Union of Forest Research Organizations Small-scale Forestry working group 2012 conference.  Thanks to the hard work of our Family Forest Research Team, the conference will feature 64 talks ranging from “Economic and Behavioral Factors Motivating Private Afforestation Decisions in Ireland” to “Influence of the Household and Farm Attributes on Management Adoption of Smallholder Timber Production Systems in Gunungkidul Region, Indonesia”. Pre- and post-conference workshops have also been organized to complement this major international gathering. Program and registration information can be found at: http://iufrossf2012.org/...
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Andy Danylchuk’s documentary “Fish Meat” accepted into the Blue Ocean Film Festival in Monterey, CA

Michael Moore move over!  Our very own Andy Danylchuk's documentary - Fish Meat - was accepted into the Blue Ocean Film Festival in Monterey, CA later this month (http://www.blueoceanfilmfestival.org/). This is one of the premier ocean film festivals in the world, and will be attended by folks like the Cousteau family, James Cameron, and Sylvia Earle.  So if you see him walking the halls of Holdsworth in sunglasses with an entourage, you will know that he has recently returned from CA! Fish Meat will also be screening at the New England Aquarium on Oct 11, and in Holdsworth Hall during the ECo seminar series on Nov 2nd. Plot Summary for Fish Meat (2012) (from IMDb) The age of fish meat is here. Our hunger for seafood grows and grows but the seas are running out of fish. But what exactly is farmed fish? Where does it come from, and how is it made? Two friends, a fish scientist and environmental engineer, take a sailing voyage through the...
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