Introducing the First Class of Florida Earth Young Scholars

Kelly Heber Dunning

Kelly's work examines ecosystem service valuation for marine resources and the policy implications for coastal communities. She focuses on ecosystem services provided by sea grass, fisheries, mangroves, coastal wetlands, and coral reef systems. Her research sheds light on how coastal communities manage their resources cooperatively while still deriving economic benefits and livelihoods from their local resource stock. The resilience of coastal communities depends on marine-based resources and it will be put to the test as the impacts of climate change begin to intensify in the coming decades. Since a majority of the world’s population lives on the coast, natural resource managers and policy-makers must make ever more fair, efficient, stable, and wise decisions related to coastal planning, coastal resource management, and shoreline management. She argues that economic pathways to these decisions can be instrumental in enhancing natural resource management..Kelly's position in the Science Impact Collaborative is related to her role as a researcher at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute’s Marine Policy Center where she is designing a cost benefit framework to analyze the impact of dredging on ecosystem services of coastal wetlands, salt marshes, and oyster reefs in major urban estuaries.  Kelly graduated from the University of Florida as an undergrad in Political Science, went on to receive a Masters Degree from Oxford with a thesis on the Everglades and is now finishing her PhD at MIT.

Ann Ronelle Siders

Anne Siders is a PhD candidate in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program for Environment and Resources at Stanford University. Her research combines methods from hazards geography, law, digital humanities, and computational social science to identify mechanisms and build adaptive capacity of government systems in the context of climate change. Her work is geographically diverse, with projects in maritime regulation in the Arctic, coastal defense planning in the United States, and urban resilience in the United Kingdom and Philippines. Prior to coming to Stanford, Siders was a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Navy and an Associate Director of the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University. She holds and A.B. in Human Evolutionary Biology and a J.D. from Harvard.  

Shahnoor Hasan

Shahnoor Hasan is a PhD fellow at Water Governance Chair group in UNESCO-IHE Institute of Water Education. She is
affiliated with the Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies of the University of Amsterdam as well under a joint doctorate program. Her research explores the role of participatory planning tools in the delta planning process. An increasing number of tools are used for creation of consent among participants of delta planning processes on specific planning outputs. During the design and development, setting up expectations, and appraising roles of these tools, the context of use is not always considered. Technological components, planning culture and trends, users and their approach, power play and/or conflicts between participants influence tools’ use, roles and planning outcomes. The research uses actor network theory to explore what roles participatory planning tools do play depending on specific contexts, be it design and development, expectation or use. The research is funded by the NWO (the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research) UDW (Urbanizing Deltas of the World) project on strengthening strategic delta planning processes in Bangladesh, the Netherlands, Vietnam and beyond. Prior to pursuing her PhD research, Shahnoor has been worked as a Senior Lecturer and Research Associate at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh. She started her career at Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) as a Lecturer in the Department of Environmental Science in 2010. Her research work focused on urban rainwater harvesting, and assessment of persistent organic pollutants and heavy metals in water and food chain. With support from a colleague, she also initiated the sustainable campus development program in Bangladesh. Shahnoor graduated magna cum laude in Environment Management from IUB in 2009, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from North South University.


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