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This event is supported by the CALS Office for Diversity and Inclusion and is part of the CALS Dean’s Inclusive Excellence Seminar Series, which highlights academic excellence through inclusive science and creates a platform for extended discussions on how our science can and should be transformative in leading to best practices and policies that support social, economic, environmental and climate justice.

The CALS Dean’s Inclusive Excellence Seminar Series and the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment present: A conversation with Steven Johnson, Ph.D. 

Talk Abstract:

Climate change disrupts our relationships to space, place, and time. These disruptions also play out in an inequitable manner. In this talk, I will offer a solution for overcoming these challenges by examining the context of people’s relationships with the ocean in the past, present, and future. In three vignettes, I will describe a way to design and establish climate cooperatives – sets of nations that share similar ocean environments separated by time. In the first vignette, I will discuss the concepts of “novel” and “(no) analog” environments, highlighting how this approach identifies who and where will be connected, and on what timescale this is likely to occur (i.e., when). I will share the results from an approach to quantifying the emergence of novel environmental conditions, focusing on marine environments, and demonstrate how this connects people/nations through space and time. Next, I will take you to Micronesia for an example of how our past can inform our future by detailing a social-environmental analysis of coral reef fisheries management. Last, we will revisit “novel” and “(no) analog” environments to build climate cooperatives, using a regional fisheries management agreement as an example. I argue that it is imperative that nations proactively seek to strengthen ties with other nations in their climate cooperative. This solution draws on Indigenous Pacific Island concepts of time (Kanaka ‘Ōiwi) that are absent from the dominant climate narratives.

Speaker Bio: 

Dr. Steven Mana‘oakamai Johnson is Postdoctoral Research Scholar at Arizona State University in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and the Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science. He is an interdisciplinary marine scientist who uses social, environmental, and climate data to develop equitable and cooperative solutions for coastal communities. His research has been published in One Earth, Biological Conservation, Nature Ecology & Evolution, and Nature Climate Change. Johnson’s research is inspired by his upbringing in Micronesia and his cultural responsibility (kuleana) as a Kanaka ‘Ōiwi (Native Hawaiian) to care for the planet for the generations yet to come.

Zoom info:

Meeting ID: 938 9725 9644

Passcode: 463485

Date & Time

March 1, 2022
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm


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Natural Resources and the Environment

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