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Doing Business As Name:University of Maine
  • Michael Eckardt
  • (207) 581-1506
  • David Hart
Award Date:08/14/2009
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 20,000,000
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 20,000,000
  • FY 2009=$4,000,000
  • FY 2012=$4,000,000
  • FY 2013=$4,000,000
  • FY 2010=$4,000,000
  • FY 2011=$4,000,000
Start Date:07/01/2009
End Date:12/31/2014
Transaction Type: Cooperative Agreements
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.083
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:Maine's Sustainability Science Initiative
Federal Award ID Number:0904155
DUNS ID:186875787
Parent DUNS ID:071750426
Program:EPSCoR Research Infrastructure
Program Officer:
  • Timothy VanReken
  • (703) 292-7378

Awardee Location

Street:5717 Corbett Hall
Awardee Cong. District:02

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:University of Maine
Street:5717 Corbett Hall
Cong. District:02

Abstract at Time of Award

Proposal Title: Maine?s Sustainability Science Initiative Institution: University of Maine Goals: Maine?s Sustainability Science Initiative (SSI) seeks to catalyze and expand the state?s interdisciplinary research capacity for understanding the coupled dynamics of social-ecological systems (SES) and determining how such knowledge can best inform stakeholders and their decision-making processes. The core SSI objective is to create a new statewide Center for Sustainability Solutions (CSS) where place-based systems research, knowledge to action focus, and strong stakeholder partnerships will serve as a testbed for developing solutions to sustainable development challenges in and beyond Maine. The research focuses on three interacting drivers of landscape change (urbanization, forest ecosystem management, and climate change) that affect Maine and other regions. Although Maine has faced some serious environmental challenges, its ecosystems have not reached crisis points. As a result, Maine can be a valuable model for exploring proactive, cost-effective approaches to sustainable development, The proposed research will employ three innovative strategies: 1) model development and testing based on an integrated analysis of interactions among drivers of landscape change; 2) a quasi-experimental approach to evaluate the ability of alternative modeling techniques to account for SES thresholds, feedbacks, and resilience; and 3) close stakeholder partnerships to ensure that the work is shaped by the demands of social and institutional systems to enhance the value of the research for decision-making. These strategies depend upon a high-level of interdisciplinary integration, and build on past EPSCoR investments that created research teams characterized by diverse expertise. This project aims to increase the capacity and productivity of those teams, and create the foundation for a green innovation economy in Maine. In concert with the novel approach to innovative research, the project activities effectively integrate research and education to bolster the STEM training and scientific expertise of Maine?s future workforce. In collaboration with ?Maine STEM Coalition Initiative?, the project engages K-12 students, integrates the Center for Sustainability Solutions? research (a center that would be created with funding requested in this proposal) with K-12 education, and coordinates teacher professional development. At the postsecondary education levels, the project includes design of new courses that emphasize interdisciplinary and systems modeling and that integrate stakeholders into service-learning activities; development of interdisciplinary academic research and private sector internships; design of a mentoring program; and engagement of students in the development of use of innovative technology.

Publications Produced as a Result of this Research

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Peckenham, J.M.; Paterson, H.; Roesler, C.; Pinto, J.; Proctor, C. "Real-Time Algae Monitoring For Drinking Water Security" Lakelines, v., 2011, p..

Stormer, N., McGreavy, B. "Rhetoric and Materiality: Capacity, Vulnerability, and resilience" Quarterly Journal of Speech, v., 2014, p..

Guan, W., Cao, J., Chen, Y., Cieri, M. "Impacts of population and fishery spatial structures on fishery stock assessment." Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, v.70, 2013, p.1178.

Danielson, T.J., Loftin, C.S.; Tsomides, L.; DiFranco, J.L.; Connors, B. "Algal bioassessment metrics for wadeable streams and rivers of Maine, USA" Journal of the North American Benthological Society, v.30, 2011, p.1033.

Jansujwicz, J.S., Calhoun, A.J.K., Leahy, J., Lilieholm, R.J. "Using Mixed Methods to Develop a Frame-Based Private Landowner Typology" Society & Natural Resources, v.26, 2013, p.945.

Bell, K.P., Lindenfeld, L., Speers, A.E., Teisl, M.F., Leahy, J.E. "Abstract - Creating opportunities for improving lake-focused stakeholder engagement: knowledge-action systems, pro-environment behavior, and sustainable lake management Lakes and Reservoirs" Research & Management, v.18, 2013, p.5.

Dornelas, Maria, Nicholas J Gotelli, Brian McGill, Ann E. Magurran "Overlooked local biodiversity loss, response" Science, v., 2014, p.1098.

Tessema, ME; Lilieholm, RJ; Ashenafi, ZT; Leader-Williams, N "Community Attitudes Toward Wildlife and Protected Areas in Ethiopia" SOCIETY & NATURAL RESOURCES, v.23, 2010, p.489. doi:10.1080/0894192090317786  View record at Web of Science

Teisl, M.F, McCoy, S., Marrinan, S., Noblet, C.L., Johnson, T., Wibberly, M., Roper, R., Klein, S. "Will offshore energy face "fair winds and following seas"?: Understanding the factors influencing marine energy acceptance" Estuaries and Coasts, v., 2014, p.. doi:10.1007/s12237-014-0777-6 

Daigle, J.; Utley, L.; Chase, L.C.; Kuentzel, W..; Brown, T. "Does New Large Landownership and Their Management Priorities Influence Public Access in the Northern Forest (published online)" Journal of Forestry, v., 2012, p..

Navr�?�¡til, T.; Rohovec, J.; Amirbahman, A.; Norton, S.A.; and Fernandez, I.J. "Controls of natural amorphous aluminum hydroxide on sulfate and phosphate anions in sediment-solution systems" Water, Air, and Soil Poll., v.201, 2009, p.87.

Binks, L.A.; Maclean, D.A.; Wilson, J.S.; Wagner, R.G. "Temporal changes in species composition of mixedwood stands in northwest New Brunswick" Canadian Journal of Forest Research, v.40, 2010, p.1.

Tong, Y., Chen, X., Xu, L., Chen, Y. "Evaluation of FAD-associated purse seine fishery reduction strategies for bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus) in the Indian Ocean" Chinese Journal of Oceanology and Lumnology, v.31, 2013, p.724.

Briggs, N.A.; Sader, S.A. "Tracking forest change and development using low cost remote sensing imagery and GIS integration" Northern Journal of Applied Forestry, v.26(4), 2009, p.148.

Cline, B.B., Hunter Jr., M.L. "Different open-canopy vegetation types affect matrix permeability for a dispersing forest amphibian" Journal of Applied Ecology, v., 2014, p.. doi:10.1111/1365-2664.12197 

Mann, M. and Leahy, J "Connections: Meanings of ATV Riding among Club Members in Maine" Leisure Sciences, v.31, 2009, p.384.

Cronan, CS; Lilieholm, RJ; Tremblay, J; Glidden, T "An Assessment of Land Conservation Patterns in Maine Based on Spatial Analysis of Ecological and Socioeconomic Indicators" ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, v.45, 2010, p.1076. doi:10.1007/s00267-010-9481-  View record at Web of Science

Ranco, D.J.; O'Neill, C.; Donatuto, J.; Harper, B.L. "American Indians and the Cultural Dilemma: Developing Environmental Management for Tribal Health and Well-being" Environmental Justice, v.4(4), 2011, p.221.

SanClements, M.D.; Fernandez, I.J.; Norton, S.A. "Soil and sediment phosphorus fractions in a forested watershed at Acadia National Park, ME" USA. For. Ecol. Manag., v.258, 2009, p.2318.

Gomben, P.C.; Lilieholm, R.J.; Gonzalez-Guillen, M.J. "Impact of Demographic Trends on Future Development Patterns and the Loss of Open Space in the California Mojave Desert" Environmental Management, v.49(2), 2012, p.305.

Trask, K.M.; Rice, R.W.; Anchors, S.; Lilieholm, R.J. "Management Styles of Lumber Mill Managers in the Northern United States" Forest Products Journal, v.59(3), 2009, p.29.

Benjamin, J.; R.J. Lilieholm; Damery, D. "Challenges and Opportunities facing the Northeast Bioproducts Industry" Journal of Forestry, v.107(3), 2009, p.125.

Jansujwicz, J.S., Calhoun, A.J.K., Lilieholm, R.J. "The Maine Vernal Pool Mapping and Assessment Program: Engaging municipal officials and private landowners in community-based citizen science" environmental Management, v.52, 2013, p.1369. doi:10.1007/s00267-013-0168-8 

McCloskey, J.T.; Lilieholm, R.J.; Cronan, C.S. "Using Bayesian Belief Networks to Identify Future Compatibilities and Conflicts between Development and Landscape Conservation" Landscape and Urban Planning, v.101, 2011, p.190.

Camill P.; Hearn, M.; Bahm, K.; Johnson, E. "Using a boundary organization approach to develop a sea level rise and storm surge impact analysis framework for coastal communities in Maine" Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, v., 2012, p..

Petrin, Z; Schilling, EG; Loftin, CS; Johansson, F "Predators shape distribution and promote diversification of morphological defenses in Leucorrhinia, Odonata" EVOLUTIONARY ECOLOGY, v.24, 2010, p.1003. doi:10.1007/s10682-010-9361-  View record at Web of Science

Peckenham, J., Ashtankar, T. "A Decision-Support Tool to Build Water Supply Capacity: Methodological Development" Journal New England Water Works Association, v., 2013, p..

Owen, D. "Mapping, Modeling, and the Fragmentation of Environmental Law" Utah Law Review, v.2013, 2013, p.219.

Owen, D. "Critical Habitat and the Challenge of Regulating Small Harms" Florida Law Review, v.64, 2012, p.141.

Owen, Dave and Noblet, Caroline L. "Interdisciplinary Research and Environmental Law" Ecology Law Quarterly, v., 2014, p..

Voggesser, G., Lynn, K., Daigle, J., Lake, F., Ranco, D. "Cultural impacts to tribes from climate change influences on forests" Climate Change, v.120, 2013, p.615.

Noblet, C., Lindenfeld, L., Anderson, M. "Environmental Worldviews: A point of common contact, or barrier?" Sustainability, v.5, 2013, p.4825. doi:10.3390/su5114825 

Dalby, Larsi, McGill, BrianJ.; Fox, AnthonyDavid; Svenning, Jen's Christian "Seasonality drives global scale diversity patterns in waterfowl (Anseriformes) via temporal niche exploration" Global Ecology and Biogeography, v., 2014, p.550.

Snell, M., Bell, K., Leahy, J. "Local Institutions and Lake Management. Lakes & Reservoirs" Research & Management, v.18, 2013, p.35.

Smith, J., Anderson, D., Davenport, M., Leahy, J. "Community Benefits from Managed Resource Areas" Journal of Leisure Research, v.45, 2013, p.192.

Leahy, J., Gorczyca-Reeves, E., Bell, K.P., Straub, C., Wilson, J. "Agent-Based Modeling of Harvest Decisions by Small Scale Forest Landowners in Maine, USA" International Journal of Forestry Research, v., 2013, p.Article I. doi:10.1155/2013/563068 

Anderson, M. "Intergenerational Bargains: Negotiating our debts to the past and our obligations to the future" Futures, v.54, 2013, p.43.

Beard, K. Emerson, J. Deese. H. Scott, M, Rude, A and Pettigrew, N.R. "Use of the EventViewer for visualizing and exploring events extracted from Ocean Observing System Data" Marine Technology Journal, v.45, 2011, p.112.

Engelberth, J., Teisl, M., Frohmberg, E., Butts, K., Bell, K.P., Stableford, S., Smith, A.E. "Can fish consumption advisories do better? Providing benefit and risk information to increase knowledge" Environmental Research, v.126, 2013, p.232.

Boyle, KJ; Kuminoff, NV; Zhang, CW; Devanney, M; Bell, KP "Does a property-specific environmental health risk create a "neighborhood" housing price stigma? Arsenic in private well water" WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH, v.46, 2010, p.. doi:10.1029/2009WR00807  View record at Web of Science

Colgan, C., McGill, B., Hunter, M.L., and Weiskittel, A. "Managing the middle ground: Forests in the transition zone between cities and remote areas" Landscape Ecology, v.29, 2014, p.1133.

Semlitsch, R.D.; Blomquist, S.M., Calhoun, A.J.K.; Gibbons, J. W.; Gibbs, J.P.; Graeter, G.; Harper, E.B.; Hocking, D.; Hunter, M. Jr.; Patrick, D.A.; Rittenhouse, T.A.G.; Rothermel, B.B.; Todd, B.D. "Effects of timber management on amphibian populations: understanding mechanisms from forest experiments" Bioscience, v.59, 2009, p.853.

White, PJT; McGill, BJ; Lechowicz, MJ "Human-disturbance and caterpillars in managed forest fragments" BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION, v.20, 2011, p.1745. doi:10.1007/s10531-011-0059-  View record at Web of Science

Smith, J., Leahy, J., Anderson, D., Davenport, M. "Community/Agency Trust: A Measurement Instrument" Society & Natural Resources, v.26, 2013, p.472.

Cone, J., Stancioff, E., Grant, K. "Creating Video Programming that Can Motivate Behavior" Journal of Extension: Ideas that Work., v., 2014, p..

Wang, P. Gu, J.; Zhu, Y.; Jiang, H. "A Novel Weighted-Graph-Based Grouping Algorithm for Metadata Prefetching" IEEE Transactions on Computers, v.59, 2010, p.1.

Teisl, M.F., McCoy, S., Marrinan, S., Johnson, T., Noblet, C., Roper, R., Wibberly, M., Klein, S. "Will offshore energy face fair winds and following seas?: Understanding the factors influencing marine energy support Estuaries and Coasts", v., 2014, p.. doi:10.1007/s12237-014-777-6 

Pavri, F.; Lynch, T. "Assessing Land Use and Riparian Buffers along Maine's Presumpscot Watershed using Landsat Thematic Mapper" Northeastern Geographer, v.3, 2011, p.22.

Wong, Y.L., Lewis, L. "The disappearing Environmental Kuznets Curve: a study of water quality in the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB)" Journal of Environmental Management, v.131, 2013, p.415.

Cronan, C.S.; Lilieholm, R.J.; Tremblay, J.; Glidden, T. "A Retrospective Assessment of Land Conservation Patterns in Maine based on Spatial Analysis of Ecological and Socio-economic Indicators" Environmental Management, v., 2010, p..

Waring, T., Goff, S.H., McGuire, J., Moore, Z.D., Sullivan, A. "Cooperation across Organizational Boundaries: Experimental Evidence from a Major Sustainability Science Project" Sustainability, v., 2014, p..

Leahy, J., Gorczyca, E. "Agent-based Modeling of Harvest Decisions by Small Scale Forest Landowners in Maine, USA" International Journal of Forest Research, v.2, 2013, p.1.

Silka, L. "Silos in the Democratization of Science." International Journal of Deliberative Mechanisms in Science, v.2, 2013, p.1.

Strojny, CA; Hunter, ML "Relative abundance of amphibians in forest canopy gaps of natural origin vs. timber harvest origin" ANIMAL BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION, v.33, 2010, p.1. View record at Web of Science

Marette, S.; Roe B.; Teisl, M.F. "The Welfare Impacts of Food Pathogen Vaccines" Food Policy, v.37(1), 2012, p.86.

Pavri, F., Dailey, A.; Valentine, V. "Integrating multispectral ASTER and LiDAR data to characterize coastal wetland landscapes in the northeastern United States" Geocarto International (special issue on Remote Sensing of Coastal System Dynamics), v.26(8), 2011, p.647.

Kim, Y. "Integrated Land Use-Transportation Models: Model Development and Modeling Activity Trends" Road Policy Brief, Korea, v.47, 2011, p..

Lindenfeld, L.A. "Can documentary food films like Food Inc. achieve their promise?" Environmental Communication. A Journal of Nature and Culture, v.4, 2010, p.378.

Bougherara, D., Costa, S., Teisl, M. "Making or buying environmental public goods: Do consumers care?" Land Economics, v.89, 2013, p.767.

Ednie, A., Daigle, J. and Leahy, J. "The Development of Recreation Place Attachment on the Maine Coast: User Characteristics and Reasons for Visiting" Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, v.28, 2010, p.36.

Whitesell, S., R.J. Lilieholm, and T.L. Sharik "A global survey of tropical biological field stations" BioScience Topics in Biological Field Stations, University of California Press, v.52, 2010, p.55.

Hart, D.; Calhoun, A.J.K. "Rethinking the role of ecological research in the sustainable management of freshwater ecosystems" Freshwater Biology, v.55, 2010, p.258.

Burns, J.; Cooper, W.; Ferry, J.; King, D.W.; DiMento, B.; McNeill, K.; Miller, C.; Miller, W.; Peake, B.; Rusak, S.; Rose, A.; Waite, T.W. "Methods for reactive oxygen species (ROS) detection in aqueous environments" Aquatic Sciences - Research Across Boundaries, v., 2012, p.. doi:10.1007/s00027-012-0251-x 

Siriwardena, S.; Hunt, G.; Teisl, M.F.; Noblet, C. "Effective environmental marketing of green cars: A nested-logit approach" Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, v.17(3), 2012, p.237.

Silka, L., Glover, R., Hutchins, K., Lindenfeld, L., Blackstone, A., Elliott, C., Ladenheim, M., Sullivan, C. "Moving Beyond the Single Discipline: Building a Scholarship of Engagement that Permeates Higher Education" Tamara - J for Critical Organizational Inquiry, Special Issue on Community Engaged Scholarship, v.11, 2013, p..

Waring, TM; Richerson, PJ "TOWARDS UNIFICATION OF THE SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL SCIENCES: THE VALUE OF COUPLED MODELS" GEOGRAFISKA ANNALER SERIES B-HUMAN GEOGRAPHY, v.93B, 2011, p.301. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0467.2011.00384.  View record at Web of Science

Lazarus, ED; McNamara, DE; Smith, MD; Gopalakrishnan, S; Murray, AB "Emergent behavior in a coupled economic and coastline model for beach nourishment" NONLINEAR PROCESSES IN GEOPHYSICS, v.18, 2011, p.989. doi:10.5194/npg-18-989-201  View record at Web of Science

McGreavy, B., Silka, L., Lindenfeld, l. "Interdisciplinarity and actionable science: exploring the generative potential in difference" Journal of Community Practice, v., 2014, p..

Meyer, S.R., Cronan, C.S., Lilieholm, R.J., Johnson, M.L., Foster, D.R. "Land conservation in northern New England: historic trends and alternative conservation futures" Biological Conservation, v., 2014, p..

Blonder, B., Lamanna, C., Violle, C., Enquist, B.J. "The n-dimensional hypervolume" Global Ecology and Biogeography, v., 2014, p.. doi:10.1111/geb.12146 

Ryan, K., A. Calhoun, and J. Zydlewski "Using Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) Systems for Terrestrial Detection of Blue-Spotted Salamanders (Ambystoma laterale) in situ." Herpetological Conservation and Biology, v., 2014, p..

Peckenham, J.M.; Thornton, T.; Peckenham, P. "Validation of Student Generated Data for the Assessment of Groundwater Quality" Journal of Science Education and Technology, v., 2011, p.. doi:10.1007/s10956-011-9317-0 

Colgan, C., Hunter Jr, M.L., McGill, B., Weiskittel, A. "Managing the middle ground: Forests in the transition zone between cities and remote areas" Landscape Ecology, v., 2014, p..

Lilieholm, RJ; Weatherly, WP "Kibale Forest Wild Coffee: Challenges to Market-Based Conservation in Africa" CONSERVATION BIOLOGY, v.24, 2010, p.924. doi:10.1111/j.1523-1739.2010.01527.  View record at Web of Science

Lindenfeld, L.A. "Working Outside the Box: Advertising Campaigns, Downtown Revitalization, and Community Engagement" Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education, v.1, 2010, p..

Lazarus, E. D., and A. B. Murray "An integrated hypothesis for regional patterns of shoreline change along the northern North Carolina Outer Banks, U.S.A." Marine Geology, v.281, 2011, p.85. doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2011.02.002 

McGreavy, B., Lindenfeld, L. "Cultural Consumption and Climate Change: Discursive Intersections of Ecology and Equity. International Journal of Sustainable Development" International Journal of Sustainable Development, v.17, 2014, p..

Gardner, S.K., Jansujwicz, J.S., Hutchins, K., Cline, B., Levesque, V. "Socialization to interdisciplinarity: faculty and student perspectives" Higher Education, v.67, 2013, p.255. doi:10.1007/s10734-013-9648-2 

Leahy, J., Shugrue, M., Daigle, J., and Daniel, H. "Local and Visitor Physical Activity through Media Messages: A Specialized Benefits-Based Management Application at Acadia National Park" Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, v.27, 2009, p.59.

Holmes, T., Murphy, E., Bell, K.P., and D. Royle "Property Value Impacts of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in Residential Forests" Forest Science, v.56, 2010, p.529.

Gahl, MK; Calhoun, AJK "The role of multiple stressors in ranavirus-caused amphibian mortalities in Acadia National Park wetlands" CANADIAN JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY-REVUE CANADIENNE DE ZOOLOGIE, v.88, 2010, p.108. doi:10.1139/Z09-12  View record at Web of Science

Lindenfeld, L.A.; Hall, D.M.; McGreavy, B.; Silka, L.; Hart, D. "Creating a place for Communication Research in Sustainability Science. Environmental Communication" A Journal of Nature & Culture, v.6, 2012, p.23.

Cao, J., Truesdell, S., Chen, Y. "Impacts of stock mixing arising from seasonal migration on the assessment of Atlantic cod in the Gulf of Maine" ICES Journal of Marine Sciences, v., 2014, p..

Freeman, R.C.; Bell, K.P. "Conservation versus cluster subdivisions and implications for habitat connectivity" Landscape and urban planning 101, v.1, 2011, p.30.

Teisl, M.F.; Noblet, C.L.; Rubin, J. "The Psychology of Eco-Consumption" Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization, v.7, Issu, 2009, p.Article 9.

Waring, T.M., Teisl, M., Manandhar, E. & Anderson, M. "On the Travel Emissions of Sustainability Science Research" Sustainability, v., 2014, p.2718.

McGill, Brian J. "Linking biodiversity patterns by autocorrelated random sampling" American Journal of Botany, v.98, 2011, p.481.

Conea, J., Rowea, S., Borgerga, J., Stancioff, E., Doored, B., Grant, K. "Reframing Engagement Methods for Climate Change Adaptation," Coastal Management, v.41, 2014, p..

Teisl, MF; Anderson, MW; Noblet, CL; Criner, GK; Rubin, J; Dalton, T "Are Environmental Professors Unbalanced? Evidence From the Field" JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION, v.42, 2011, p.67. doi:10.1080/0095896100370589  View record at Web of Science

Parr, T.B., Ohno, T., Cronan, C.S., Simon, K.S. "ComPARAFAC: a library and tools for rapid and quantitative comparison of dissolved organic matter components resolved by Parallel Factor Analysis." Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, v., 2014, p..

Whitmer, A; Ogden, L; Lawton, J; Sturner, P; Groffman, PM; Schneider, L; Hart, D; Halpern, B; Schlesinger, W; Raciti, S; Bettez, N; Ortega, S; Rustad, L; Pickett, STA; Killelea, M "The engaged university: providing a platform for research that transforms society" FRONTIERS IN ECOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT, v.8, 2010, p.314. doi:10.1890/09024  View record at Web of Science

Morgan, D.E. "Natural History Notes: Rana Sylvatica (Wood Frog) Egg Mass Surveys" Herpetological Review, v.41, 2010, p..

Dornelas, Maria; Nicholas J Gotelli; Brian, McGill, Hideyasu Shimadzu; Faye Moyes; Caya Sievers; Anne E. Magurran "Assemblage Time Series Reveal Biodiversity Change but not Systematic Loss" Science, v., 2014, p.296.

Viehman, H.S., Zydlewski, G.B., McCleave, J.D., Staines, G.J. "Using acoustics to understand fish presence and vertical distribution in a tidally dynamic region targeted for energy extraction." Estuaries and Coasts, v., 2014, p.. doi:10.1007/s12237-014-9776-7 

Samson, J ; Berteaux, D; McGill, Brian J. and Humphries, M "Geographic disparities and moral hazards in the predicted impacts of climate change on human populations" Global Ecology and Biogeography, v., 2011, p.. doi:10.1111/j.1466-8238.2010.00632.x 

Hunter, M; Dinerstein, E; Hoekstra, J; Lindenmayer, D "A Call to Action for Conserving Biological Diversity in the Face of Climate Change" CONSERVATION BIOLOGY, v.24, 2010, p.1169. doi:10.1111/j.1523-1739.2010.01569.  View record at Web of Science

Mills, K.E., Pershing A.J., Brown, C.J., Chen, Y., Chiang, F.S., Holland, D.S., Lehuta, S., Nye, J.A., Sun, J.C., Thomas, A.C., Wahle, R.A.. "Fisheries management in a changing climate: Lessons from the 2012 ocean heat wave in the Northwest Atlantic." Oceanography, v.26, 2013, p..

Jansujwicz, J.S., Johnson, T.R. "Understanding and informing permitting decisions for tidal energy development using an adaptive management framework" estuaries and Coasts, v., 2013, p.. doi:10.1007/s12237-013-9678-0 

Jansujwicz, J.S., Johnson, T.R. "The Maine Tidal Power Initiative: Transdiciplinary sustainability science research for the responsible development of tidal power" Sustainability Science, v., 2014, p..

Wang, X., Chen, Y., Truesdall, S., Xu, L., Cao, J., Guan, W. "The large-scale deployment of fish aggregation devices alters environmentally-based migratory behavior of skipjack tuna in the western Pacific Ocean" PLOS ONE, v., 2014, p..

Irwin, E.G.; Bell, K.P.; Bockstael, N.E.; Newburn, D.A.; Partidge, M.D.; and Wu J. "The Economics of Urban-Rural Space" Annual Review of Resource Economics, v.1, 2009, p.435.

McGreavy, B., Hutchins, K., Smith, H., Lindenfeld, L., Silka, L. "Addressing the complexities of boundary work in sustainability science through communication. Sustainability" Sustainability, v.5, 2013, p.4195. doi:10.3390/su5104195 

Smith, H., Lindenfeld, L. "Integrating media studies of climate change into interdisciplinary research. Which direction should we be heading?" A Journal of Nature and Culture, v., 2014, p..

Briedis, J.I.; Wilson, J.S.; Benjamin, J.G.; Wagner, R.G. "Biomass retention following whole tree, energy-wood harvests in Central Maine: Compliance to five state guidelines" . Biomass and Bioenergy, v.35, 2011, p.3552.

Teisl, M.F.; Frohmberg, E.; Smith, A.E.; Boyle, K.J.; Engelberth, H.M. "Awake at the switch: Improving fish consumption advisories for at-risk women" Science of the Total Environment, v.409(18), 2011, p.3257.

Kop�¡cek, J.; Hejzlar, J.; Kana, J.; Norton, S.A.; Porcal, P.; Turek, J. "Trends in aluminium export from a glaciated mountain area to surface waters: Effects of soil development, atmospheric acidification, and nitrogen-saturation" J. Inorg. Biochemistry, v.103, 2009, p.1439.

Mann, M; Leahy, J "Social Capital in an Outdoor Recreation Context" ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, v.45, 2010, p.363. doi:10.1007/s00267-009-9407-  View record at Web of Science

Liu, B., Chen, X., Chen, Y., Tian, S. "Geographic variation in statolith trace elements of the Humboldt squid, Dosidicus gigas, in high seas of Eastern Pacific Ocean" Marine Biology, v.160, 2013, p.2853. doi:10.1007;s00227-013-2276-7 

Viehman, H., Zydlewski, G. "Community Benefits from Managed Resource Areas" Estuaries and Coasts, v., 2014, p.. doi:10.1007/s12237-014-9767-8 

Neumann, B.; Boyle, K.J.; Bell K.P. "Property Price Effects of a National Wildlife Refuge: Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Massachusetts" Land Use Policy, v.26(4), 2009, p.1011.


Leahy, JE; Anderson, DH ""Cooperation Gets It Done'': Social Capital in Natural Resources Management along the Kaskaskia River" SOCIETY & NATURAL RESOURCES, v.23, 2010, p.224. doi:10.1080/0894192080237889  View record at Web of Science

Schilling, E.G., C.S. Loftin, and A.D. Huryn "Effects of introduced fish on native macroinvertebrate communities in two physiographic types of historically fishless lakes" Biological Conservation, v.142, 2009, p.3030.

Ranco, D. "Models of Tribal Environmental Regulation: In Pursuit of a Culturally Relevant Form of Tribal Sovereignty" The Federal Lawyer, v.56(3), 2009, p.46.

McGreavy, B. "Resilience as discourse: breaking down the box" Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, v., 2013, p..

Briedis, J.I.; Wilson, J.S.; Benjamin, J.G.; Wagner, R.G. "Logging residue volumes and characteristics following integrated roundwood and energy-wood whole-tree harvesting in Central Maine" Northern Journal of Applied Forestry, v.28(2), 2011, p.66.

Waring, T., Teisl, M., Manandhar, E., and Anderson, M. "Measuring the Carbon Footprint of Sustainability Science Research" Sustainability, v.6, 2014, p.2718.

Berteaux, D.; Blois, S.; Angers, J.-F.; Bonin, J.; Casajus, N.; Darveau, M.; Fournier, F.; Humphries, M.M.; McGill, B.; Lariv�©e, J.; Logan, T.; Nantel, P.; P�©ri�©, C.; Poisson, F.; Rodrigue, D.; Rouleau, S.; Siron, R.; Thuiller, W.; Vescovi, L. "The CC-Bio Project: Studying the Effects of Climate Change on Quebec Biodiversity" Diversity 2010, v.2, 2010, p.1181.

Samson, J; Berteaux, D; McGill, BJ; Humphries, MM "Geographic disparities and moral hazards in the predicted impacts of climate change on human populations" GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY, v.20, 2011, p.532. doi:10.1111/j.1466-8238.2010.00632.  View record at Web of Science

Cronan, C.S. "Biogeochemistry of the Penobscot River watershed, Maine, USA: nutrient export patterns for carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus" Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, v., 2011, p.. doi:10.1007/s10661-011-2263-8 

Larsen, P., Wilson, K.A., Morse, D. "Observations on the Expansion of a Relict Population of Eastern Oysters (Crassostrea virginica) in a Maine Estuary: Implications for Climate Change and Restoration" Northeast Naturalist, v.20, 2013, p.N28.

Baztan, J., Carrasco, A., Chouinard, O., Cleaud, M., Gabaldon, J. E., Huck, T., Vanderlinden, J.P. "Protected areas in the Atlantic facing the hazards of micro-plastic pollution: First diagnosis of three islands in the Canary Current" Marine Pollution Bulletin, v., 2014, p.. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2013.12.052 

Bell, K.P., Lindenfeld, L., Speers, A.E., Teisl, M., Leahy, J. "Identifying opportunities for improving lake-focused stakeholder engagement: Knowledge-action systems, pro-environmental behavior, and sustainable lake management" Lakes & Reservoirs: Research and Management, v.18, 2013, p.5.

Calhoun, A.J.K., Jansujwicz, J.S., Hunter Jr, M.L., Bell, K.P. "Improving management of small natural resources on private lands by negotiating the science-policy boundary" National Academy of Science, v., 2014, p..

Cline, B.B. and M.L. Hunter, Jr. "Juvenile amphibians discriminate among open-canopy habitats: An experimental investigation of habitat permeability." Journal of Applied Ecology, v., 2014, p..

Gilbertz, S.; Austin, E.A.; Norton, J.; Horton, C.; Hall, D.M. "Wicked wisdoms: Illuminations of conceptual capacities among local leaders of the Yellowstone River" Studies in Sociology of Science, v.2(2), 2011, p..

Owen, D., C. Bohlen, P. Glaser, Z. Henderson & C. Kilian "Collaboration, Clean Water Act Residual Designation Authority, and Collective Permitting: A Case Study of Long Creek" Watershed Science Bulletin, v.1, 2010, p.25.

Waring, T.M., Goff, S.H. "Coordination, Cooperation and the Ontogeny of Group-Level Traits" Behavioral and Brain Sciences, v., 2013, p..

Tian, S., Han, C., Chen, Y., Chen, X. "Evaluating impacts of spatio-temporal scales on CPUE standardization" Chinese Journal of Oceanologya nd Lumnology, v.31, 2013, p.935.

Lilieholm, R.J., Meyer, S.R., Johnson, M.L., Cronan, C.S. "Land Conservation in the Northeastern United States: An Assessment of Historic Trends and Current Conditions" Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, v.55, 2013, p.3. doi:10.1080/0013157.2013.803882 

Todd, B.A., Blomquist, S.M., Harper, E.B., Osbourn, M.S. "Effects of timber harvesting on terrestrial survival of pond-breeding amphibians" forest Ecology and Management, v.313, 2014, p.123.

McGill, BJ "Trees are rarely most abundant where they grow best" JOURNAL OF PLANT ECOLOGY-UK, v.5, 2012, p.46. doi:10.1093/jpe/rtr03  View record at Web of Science

Manik, Y., Leahy, J., Halog, A. "Social Life Cycle Assessment of Palm Oil Biodiesel: A Case Study in Jambi Province of Indonesia." International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, v.18, 2013, p.1386.

Hutchins, K., Lindenfeld, L., Bell, K.P., Leahy, J., Silka, L. "Strengthening Knowledge Co-Production Capacity: Examining Interest in Community-University Partnerships" Sustainability, v.5, 2013, p.3744. doi:10.3390/su5093744.2013 

Neupane, B., Halog, A., Lilieholm, R.J. "Environmental sustainability of wood-derived ethanol: A life cycle evaluation of resource intensity and emissions in Maine, USA" Journal of Cleaner Production, v.44, 2013, p.77.

Hunter, M.L. Jr.;Bean, M.J.; Lindenmayer, D.B.; Wilcove D.S. "Thresholds and the mismatch between environmental laws and ecosystems" Conservation Biology, v.23, 2009, p.1053.


McGreavy, B; Webler, T; Calhoun, AJK "Science communication and vernal pool conservation: A study of local decision maker attitudes in a knowledge-action system" JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, v.95, 2012, p.1. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2011.09.02  View record at Web of Science

Calhoun, A., Jansujwicz, J., Hunter Jr, M., Bell, K. "Evolving approaches to conserving small wetlands on private lands in the face of uncertainty" National Academy of Science, v., 2014, p..

Popescu, D.; Hunter, M.L.; Patrick, D.; Calhoun, A.J.K. "Predicting the response of amphibian communities to disturbance across multiple temporal and spatial scales" Forest Ecology and Management, v.270, 2012, p.163.

Teisl, M.F.; Noblet, C.L.; Rubin, J. "Can Environmental Promotion Backfire? Evidence from the Vehicle Market" Social Marketing Quarterly, v.15(3), 2009, p.2.

Davenport, M., Baker, M., Leahy, J., and Anderson, D. "An Exploratory Study of Place Meanings and Significance of an Illinois State Park" Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, v.28, 2010, p.52.

Michelson, G.; McGill, B.J.; Beaulieu, S.; Beukema, P.; Patrick, L. "Multiple links between species diversity and temporal stability of bird communities across North America" Evolutionary Ecology Research, v.13(4), 2011, p.361.

Cline, B.B. and M.L. Hunter, Jr. "Different open-canopy vegetation types affect matrix permeability for a dispensing forest amphibian" Journal of Applied Ecology, v., 2014, p..

White, P.; McGill, B.J. ; Lechowicz, M.J. "Detecting changes in forest floor habitat after canopy disturbance" Ecological Research, v.27(1), 2012, p.1.

Noblet, C., Anderson, M., Teisl, M. "An empirical test of anchoring the NEP scale in environmental ethics" Environmental Education Research, v.19, 2013, p.540.

Popescu, V.D.; Hunter, M.L. "Clearcutting has a long-lasting effect on habitat connectivity for a forest amphibian by decreasing permeability to juvenile movements" Ecological Applications, v.21, 2011, p.1283.

Fingerut, J., D. Hart, and J. Thomson "Larval settlement in benthic environments: The effects of velocity and bed element geometry" Freshwater Biology, v., 2011, p..

Hennigar, CR; Wilson, JS; MacLean, DA; Wagner, RG "Applying a Spruce Budworm Decision Support System to Maine: Projecting Spruce-Fir Volume Impacts under Alternative Management and Outbreak Scenarios" JOURNAL OF FORESTRY, v.109, 2011, p.332. View record at Web of Science

Beard, K.; Smitherman, P. "Creating residential and tenure histories from Multi-year White Pages" Transactions in GIS, v.15(6), 2011, p.811.

Jansujwicz, J.S., Calhoun, A.J.K., Lilieholm, R.J. "Using citizen science education and outreach to engage municipal officials and private landowners in vernal pool conservation" Environmental Management, v.52, 2013, p.1369.

Senier, Siobhan, Anthony Lioi, Mary Kate Ryan, Pavithra Vasudevan, Angel Nieves, Darren Ranco and Courtney Marshall "The Resilience of Race: A Cultural Sustainability Manifesto" Resilience: A Journal of Environmental Humanities, v., 2014, p..

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Lyons, P., Leahy, J., Lindenfeld, L., Silka L. "Knowledge to Action: Investigating implicit Knowledge Production Models held among Forest Science Researchers" society and Natural resources: An International Journal, v., 2013, p.1. doi:10.1080/08941920.2013.861552 

Teisl, M.F.; Fein, S.B.; Levy, A.S. "Information effects on consumer attitudes toward three food technologies: organic production, biotechnology, and irradiation" Food Quality and Preference, v.20, 2009, p.586.

Blomquist, SM; Hunter, ML "A multi-scale assessment of amphibian habitat selection: Wood frog response to timber harvesting" ECOSCIENCE, v.17, 2010, p.251. doi:10.2980/17-3-331  View record at Web of Science

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Smith, J., Leahy, J., Anderson, D., Davenport, M. "Community/Agency Trust and Public Involvement in Resource Planning" Society & Natural Resources, v.26, 2013, p.452.

Johnson, T.R., Jansujwicz, J.S., Zydlewski, G. "Tidal power development in Maine: Stakeholder identification and perceptions of engagement" estuaries and Coasts, v., 2013, p.. doi:10.1007/s12237-013-9703-3 

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Project Outcomes Report


This Project Outcomes Report for the General Public is displayed verbatim as submitted by the Principal Investigator (PI) for this award. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this Report are those of the PI and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation; NSF has not approved or endorsed its content.

As the magnitude, complexity, and urgency of many sustainability problems increases, there is a growing need for universities to contribute more effectively to problem-solving. Drawing upon prior research on social-ecological systems, knowledge-action interactions, and organizational innovation, an integrated conceptual framework was developed for strengthening the capacity of universities to help society understand and respond to a wide range of sustainability challenges. This framework was implemented via the Sustainability Solutions Initiative (SSI), which created a portfolio of place-based, interdisciplinary research projects at the scale of a single region (the state of Maine, USA). Organized around the overarching theme of landscape change, these projects focused on understanding and solving problems related to forest management, urbanization, climate change, and energy security.

Three common patterns emerged across the research portfolio that were associated with more effective problem-solving strategies. First, an emphasis on local places and short-term dynamics in social-ecological systems research provides more frequent opportunities for learning while doing. Second, iterative stakeholder engagement and inclusive forms of knowledge co-production can generate substantial returns on investment, especially when researchers are dedicated to a shared process of problem identification and avoid framing solutions too narrowly. Although these practices are time-consuming, they can be accelerated by leveraging existing stakeholder relationships. Third, efforts to mobilize interdisciplinary expertise and link knowledge with action are facilitated by an organizational culture that emphasizes mutual respect, adaptability, and solutions. Participation of faculty associated with interdisciplinary academic programs, solutions-oriented fields, and units with partnership-oriented missions hastens collaboration within teams and between teams and stakeholders. The Sustainability Solutions Initiative also created a risk-tolerant culture that encouraged organizational learning. Solutions-focused interdisciplinary research programs at other universities can potentially benefit from the lessons we learned. 

Last Modified: 01/08/2015
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