EcoSummit preview: Accept me as I am?

More from Robyn Wilson on her EcoSummit talk:

“We found that we could actually increase support for black bear conservation by providing the public with information focused on benefits of bears and how the individual can protect themselves from the risks — giving them a sense of increased control over conflict with bears.

“These acceptance-type (psychological) models tell us a lot about what people think about carnivores and how we can communicate more effectively about carnivore conservation.”

EcoSummit preview: How we’ll respond to carnivores’ comeback

Details on Robyn Wilson’s EcoSummit presentation:

“The reappearance and recovery of large carnivores across a variety of landscapes creates a need to understand how people will respond to the presence of these animals,” the authors write in the abstract. “To address this need, a psychological model of ‘acceptance’ was tested to determine what variables most influence acceptance of black bears in an area with an emerging black bear population (Ohio, USA). […]

“We found that communication efforts that highlight perceived individual control and the benefits of emerging carnivore populations can raise stakeholders’ acceptance. The model that was tested here has great potential to help managers understand what drives public acceptance of carnivores in a variety of contexts as well as assist in the design of more strategic communication efforts aimed at increasing acceptance.”

EcoSummit preview: Carnivores, risk perception and public acceptance

A look at some of the presentations by CFAES scientists at EcoSummit 2012, which starts this Sunday:

“Carnivores as a Hazard: The Role of Risk Perception in Predicting Public Acceptance” by Robyn Wilson of the School of Environment and Natural Resources, et al.

Part of the symposium titled “Carnivore Conservation in Human-dominated Systems: Ecological, Ethical, and Social Dimensions.” Oct. 5, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

EcoSummit preview: Ohio’s homes of food security

EcoSummit 2012, which starts on Sept. 30 in Columbus, includes a number of field trips for the delegates, who will have come here from 75 countries. This one features agricultural stability and food security and goes to two places that exemplify just that: the Richland County farm of a world-famous sustainable-agriculture pioneer (video, 7:21) … and 28 miles up the road, the Wooster campus of our very own OARDC (video, 2:00).

EcoSummit preview: Thinking like a river? Building a bridge between fields

From Mazeika Sullivan on his EcoSummit presentation:

“Geomorphicecological linkages at the riverscape scale remain largely undocumented, particularly relative to high-quality, spatially explicit food webs.

“Drawing on data from the US Intermountain West, Midwest, and New England, this (presentation) aims to characterize riverine food webs and aquatic-terrestrial fluxes of carbon, energy, and organisms within a geomorphic context. […]

“We conclude by demonstrating that ecogeographic perspectives are essential to improved understanding of riverscape structure and function and may provide important information for both conservation and management of riverine resources.”

EcoSummit preview: And a riverscape runs through it

A look at some of the presentations by CFAES scientists at EcoSummit 2012, which starts Sept. 30:

“Fluvial Geomorphology and Food Webs: Linking Structure and Process at the Riverscape Scale” by Mazeika Sullivan, School of Environment and Natural Resources, et al. Part of the symposium titled “Ecogeomorphology: A Biophysical Framework for River Science.” Oct. 2, session 2, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sullivan and Gary Brierley of New Zealand’s University of Auckland are co-chairs of that symposium.

EcoSummit preview: ‘None meet ASTM standards for biodegradability’

More from Eddie Gomez on his EcoSummit presentation:

“The amount of carbon in various commercially available bioplastics and natural fibers converted to CO2 (and methane) was determined during soil incubation, composting, and anaerobic digestion.” (The materials included biopolymers made from corn starch and polylactic acid; natural fibers such as coconut coir; and conventional plastics amended with additives claiming to confer biodegradability.)

“Although certain biopolymers and natural fibers appear to biodegrade to an appreciable extent, none meet ASTM standards for biodegradability or compostability.

“Conventional plastics containing additives did not biodegrade differently than non-additive-containing plastics.”