ENV Seminar Series - Mari-Vaughn V. Johnson

DateOctober 24, 2013
Time1:00 - 1:50 pm
LocationBSB E234
DescriptionScience outside of Academia: Venturing into Policy Effects Assessment Project

Have you ever wondered if science is informing policy and if so, how? Who are the scientists doing the research? Who is bridging the divide between the research scientists and the policy makers? What kind of science do they need? Have you ever wondered if it is something you might be able to do in your career? Well, it is something I have done with mine. Please join me at this seminar to learn more about how a basic science researcher moved into applied research, and ultimately into international environmental policy. I will also share my experiences in my current position, where I function as a translator, sitting at the nexus between research scientists and policy makers inside the DC beltway. I work on the Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) with NRCS. CEAP was initiated in 2002 as a means by which to analyze societal and environmental benefits gained from the 2002 Farm Bill's substantial increase in conservation funding. Today CEAP assesses the impacts and efficacy of various conservation practices on maintaining and improving soil and water quality and water quantity at regional, national, and watershed scales. CEAP benchmark results, currently published for six watersheds, provide a scientific basis for interpreting conservation practice implementation impacts and identifying remaining conservation practice needs. These reports continue to inform decision makers, policy makers, and the public on the environmental and societal benefits of conservation practice use.
Publisherzzz (Old) Environmental Science
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