Wednesday, September 15 | 3:30 p.m. | Zoom Registration
Ana Spalding, Assistant Professor of Marine and Coastal Policy, Oregon State University
Assessing Community Vulnerability to Ocean Acidification Across the California Current System
Abstract: Understanding a community’s ability to prepare for, respond to, and adapt to impacts of environmental, economic, or cultural change is an essential component of understanding social vulnerability. In the context of Ocean Acidification and associated environmental stressors, for this project we identified shellfish farms in California that were located in areas that could be considered as “hot spots” for OA in order to examine their capacity to adapt to risks from OA. Specifically, we explored shellfish growers’ perceptions of the impacts of environmental change, in particular OA, and identified explicit strategies currently used, or being considered for use, within the industry to adapt to these changes. Our research questions included: 1. What are perceptions of OA and environmental change? 2. What adaptive strategies are being used to decrease vulnerability and increase resiliency to OA and environmental change? And 3. What barriers exist to implementing these strategies?
Bio: Dr. Spalding is an Associate Professor at Oregon State University’s School of Public Policy; and Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Coiba Research Station in Panama. Her research encompasses the human dimension of the marine environment, including policy analysis and science-to-policy pathways in the context of climate change adaptation strategies by resource-dependent communities along the U.S. West Coast, social outcomes and enabling conditions of marine protected areas, and equity in ocean governance. Dr. Spalding also has an extensive research network in Panama, where she co-leads a team studying the human dimension of plastic waste.