Environmental Media

Research Groups

Carsey-Wolf Center (CWC) – Environmental Media Initiative

Current Projects and Collaborations

CWC/ DigitalOcean – Sampling the Sea: Fostering discussion of fisheries problems among a global population of young fish consumers, offering better information about links between fish consumption and production, allowing better consumption choices by students.

CWC/ DigitalOcean – Early  Career Ocean Scientist Network (ECOSNET): Developing a social network for ocean science, speeding up science result communication, improving international collaborations, building better policy support.

CWC/ DigitalOcean – Ocean Acidification Research Network: Bringing the network effects of DO to this vital research effort, supporting global discussions on the impacts of climate change on ocean chemistry, developing a platform for micro-article publication and data registration.

CWC/ DigitalOcean – Marine Protected Areas (MPAs): ECOSnet Groups solving common MPA problems, creating vast MPA Google Ocean content for public awareness, sharing data to discover common solutions, improving management of MPA efforts.

Individuals ( * indicates participation in the Environmental Media Initiative)

Charles Bazerman*
Education

Dr. Bazerman is interested in the practice and teaching of writing, understood in a socio-historic context. Using socially based theories of genre, activity system, interaction, intertextuality, and cognitive development, he investigates the history of scientific writing, other forms of writing used in advancing technological projects, and the relation of writing to the development of disciplines of knowledge. Some of his studies involve the history and organization of environmental knowledge and communication.

Carsey-Wolf Center

Peter Bloom*
Film and Media Studies: French cinema and society

Keith Clarke*
Geography/ Environmental Media Initiative

Dr. Clarke is the author of the SLEUTH land use change model and has overseen a large number of applications and led adaptations and improvements of the model. The model is increasingly used in sustainability planning, in Iran, Turkey, India, Brazil, China, and elsewhere. The model is open source and supported via online discussion forums.

National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis

Frank Davis*
Bren

Dr. Davis brings conservation science and geographical analysis to bear in land use planning and the conservation of wild species. His research focuses on the landscape ecology of California plant communities, the design of protected-area networks, rangeland and farmland conservation, and the biological implications of regional climate change.

Director, Biogeography Lab
Member, National Research Council Committee on Science for EPA’s Future
Member, National Research Council Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology
Chair, National Research Council Committee for the Independent Scientific Review of the Everglades Restoration Program

Steve Gaines*
Ecology Evolution and Marine Biology/ Bren

Dr. Gaines’ research addresses a broad range of issues in ecology, sustainable fisheries, conservation biology, and climate change. More specifically, he focuses on how different populations respond to climate variation, as well as on the design elements that enhance both conservation and fisheries management. Gaines also studies exotic species patterns and biodiversity.

Catherine Gautier*
Geography

Dr. Gautier’s research interests include global radiation and water, El Niño, and earth system science education. She looks at the science of climate change and earth system sciences using computer science. Dr. Gautier has examined global warming from different perspectives and has considered how the debate surrounding this concern has played a role in education.

Principal Investigator of The Institute for Computational Earth System Sciences (ICESS) at UCSB

Greg Graves*
Environmental Studies

Dr. Graves’ research interests include public history, California history, environmental history, and U.S. history. He specializes in federal water resources development and resource allocation. He also conducts environmental and historical investigations of industrial sites in the partnership Graves & Neushul Historical Consultants.

Carsey-Wolf Center

Ken Hiltner*
English

Ken Hiltner is a professor of English literature and Environmental Studies. He explores the history of literature and the relationship between literary history and our Earth in order to better understand how we arrived at our current environmental beliefs. Hiltner is active in examining environmental issues from various perspectives. He hosts a weekly podcast, the Environmental Humanities Podcast, where he conducts interviews with scholars and artists to discuss how environmental issues are taken up across the humanities. He also has given various talks, such as “Nature: How Much Does it Matter,” “The Role of Our Past In Our Environmental Future,” and “Environmental Criticism: What is at Stake?”

Lisa Jevbratt*
Art

Lisa Jevbratt a professor in the art department and an artist who has focused her research and art on investigating human/animal relationships for several years. She is developing software that simulates how animals see, and she is teaches a yearly class in interspecies collaboration in the art department. Her work and teaching is continuously engaged with questions about sustainability though examining the relationships we create with other species and our shared environment.

David Lea*
Earth Science

Professor Lea’s research with the UCSB Earth Science Department and Marine Science Institute involves the study of climate change, paleoclimatology and paleooceanography, and the global carbon cycle. His research focus involves the study of past climate change in order to establish a context for future global warming.

Hunter Lenihan*
Bren

Dr. Lenihan’s primary research interests lie in the fields of applied population and community ecology, especially in connection with fisheries management and restoration, as well as resource management. He is currently working on a project that aims to develop new techniques for coral restoration in French Polynesia. He is also examining impacts of marine reserves on populations of target species, fishery yields, and fishing communities.

John Melack*
Ecology Evolution & Marine Biology/ Bren

Dr. Melack researches ecological processes in lakes, wetlands, and streams, as well as the hydrological and biogeochemical aspects of catchments. His research combines state-of-the-art measurements, modeling, experiments, and remote sensing, and it examines ecological processes from the population to ecosystem levels. He has applied results of his research to assess impacts of atmospheric deposition on aquatic ecosystems, to evaluate ecological restoration efforts in California’s Bay-Delta and in Mono Lake, and to determine greenhouse gas emissions from tropical reservoirs.

Marine Science Institute

Marko Peljhan*
Art

Professor Peljhan’s research focuses on art and technology. His recent projects involve the Makrolab, a project that focuses on telecommunications, migrations, and weather systems research in an intersection of art and science from 1997-2007, and he is currently coordinating the Arctic Perspective Initiative art/science/tactical media project which is focused on the global significance of the Arctic geopolitical, natural, and cultural spheres.

Carsey-Wolf Center

Teresa Shewry*
English

Professor Shewry’s research interests include pacific rim cultures, environmental studies, and oceans and water. She is the director of Literature and the Environment at UCSB. Her recent publications include “Possible Ecologies: Literature, Nature, and Hope in the Pacific” and “Environmental Criticism for the Twenty-First Century.” Professor Shewry is currently co-organizing a Mellon Sawyer Seminar on “Sea Change: Integrating the Study of Human Cultures and Marine Environments in Three Pacific Regions.”

Carsey-Wolf Institute

David Siegel*
Geography

Dr. Siegel studies interdisciplinary marine science which couples physical, biological, optical, and biogeochemical processes. He has recently worked on collecting large scale ocean data by using ocean color variability from satellites. Differences in color can indicate distinguishing characteristics such as temperature and the overall biochemistry of the water. This data allows scientists to observe long-term trends and better understand the role oceans play in climate change as well as ascertain what marine ecosystems might look like in the future.

Carsey-Wolf Institute
Marine Science Institute

Eric Smith*
Political Science

Professor Smith’s work focuses on U.S. public opinion and political behavior regarding energy and environmental issues. He investigates, for example, public support for or opposition to renewable energy production facilities and offshore oil drilling. He is also working on the problem of how much people know about energy and environmental issues and why people accept or reject factual claims about energy and environmental issues by scientists.

Janet Walker*
Film and Media StudiesFilm historiography; documentary film; feminism and film
theory; trauma and memory; the social ecology of media

Dr. Walker’s research specializations include documentary film and media, trauma and memory studies, and media and the environment. As co-convener of the Environmental Media Initiative Research Group of UCSB’s Carsey-Wolf Center, she co-organized “Figuring Sea Level Rise,” an interdisciplinary research collaboration and public programming series selected and mounted as the 2012-13 theme of the campus’s Critical Issues in America series. Walker is currently co-editing a volume entitled “Sustainable media” and engaging in site-specific research around the world from post-Katrina New Orleans to Israel-Palestine for a book about media and geography.

Environmental Media Initiative Research Group
Carsey-Wolf Center

Oran Young*
BrenInstitutional and international governance; environmental institutions

Dr. Young specializes in institutional and international governance and environmental institutions. His research encompasses basic research, focusing on collective choice and social institutions, and applied research dealing with issues pertaining to international environmental governance and to the Arctic as an international region.

Director, Institute of Arctic Studies
International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change

Janet Walker
Film and Media Studies

Dr. Walker’s research specializations include documentary film and media, trauma and memory studies, and media and the environment. As co-convener of the Environmental Media Initiative Research Group of UCSB’s Carsey-Wolf Center, she co-organized “Figuring Sea Level Rise,” an interdisciplinary research collaboration and public programming series selected and mounted as the 2012-13 theme of the campus’s Critical Issues in America series. Walker is currently co-editing a volume entitled “Sustainable media” and engaging in site-specific research around the world from post-Katrina New Orleans to Israel-Palestine for a book about media and geography.

Carsey-Wolf Center
Environmental Media Initiative Research Group