Sustainable Development Fall 2019 Lunch & Learn Series

Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Department

Fall 2019 Lunch and Learn Series


All events will take place from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in Edwin Duncan (ED), Room 317

Pizza provided


Wednesday, August 28th  

Sustainable Development major Patrick Ross will discuss his field research experiences in Madagascar and share how he developed this exciting undergraduate research opportunity. You can learn a little bit more about Patrick's fieldwork in this Appalachian Today article.


Wednesday, September 11th, 12:00-1:00 p.m., ED 317

Dr. Jessica Martell 

Farm to Form: Modernist Literature and Ecologies of Food in the British Empire

 Please welcome new Department of Interdisciplinary Studies faculty member, Dr. Jessica Martell, and learn more about her integrative research in literary modernisms and global food chains. Dr. Martell bring insights from ecocriticism and food studies to bear upon the study of literary form. She will discuss her forthcoming book From Farm to Form: Modernism, Ecology, and the Food Politics of Empire. Dr. Martell received her Ph.D. in English from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she earned the Earl Hartsell Award for Outstanding Teaching. She is co-editor of Modernism and Food Studies: Politics, Aesthetics, and the Avant-Garde, and she serves on the Executive Board of Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture


Wednesday, October 9th, 12:00-1:00 p.m., ED 317  

Sustainable Development majors Lauren Burrows, Sara Brilliant, and Jamie Hedrick will discuss their summer field research experiences with our partner institution, University for Development Studies, in Ghana, and share the benefits and challenges of participating in this exciting new opportunity.


Wednesday, November 6th, 12:00-1:00 p.m., ED 317  

Dr. Aniseh Bro 

Developing a Socio-Ecological Framework of Wildfires


Please welcome new Sustainable Development Department faculty member, Dr. Aniseh Bro, and learn more about her research on the behavioral drivers of adaptation to environmental change, modeling how social and ecological dynamics shape behavior, and understanding trade-offs individuals make when deciding how to use limited resources. Dr. Bro will discuss her work with the Center for Climate and Resilience Research, Chile, where she studied the social dimensions of wildfire risk and developed a conceptual framework of the socio-ecological system that governs wildfires. She will share some of the challenges of working in an interdisciplinary team. She holds a Ph.D. in Community Sustainability from Michigan State University and recently held a postdoctoral research fellowship in the School for Environmental and Sustainability at the University of Michigan.

Published: Sep 6, 2019 1:01pm