Unity College will host a Fishbowl colloquium talk on April 28 about how data can help produce better forest management in Maine. The title of the talk is ‘informing sustainable forest management practices in Maine through social science and spatial analyses.”

Kathleen Dunckel, Assistant Professor in Computers and Geographic Information Systems for the Center for Natural Resource Management and Protection at Unity College, will give her presentation from 11 a.m. to noon April 28 in the Parsons Wing of the Student Activities Center on campus, 90 Quaker Hill Road in Unity. The talk includes free lunch and a coffee discussion in the student center immediately after the discussion.

Dunckel asserts Maine’s forest-dominated landscape and position at the leading edge of the hemlock woolly adelgid invasion provides an excellent opportunity to examine values and social attitudes toward forest resources and woolly adelgid management preferences that can contribute to establishing sustainable forest management recommendations. She says mapping eastern hemlock in Maine will be crucial to response efforts by anticipating where woolly adelgid infestations will occur.

She began her career as an environmental scientist in the Adirondack Mountains of New York and is pursuing a PhD in Forest Resources at the University of Maine. She holds an MS in Environmental Science form Alaska Pacific University and a BA in Environmental Science from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

Dunckel said she began her career as an environmental scientist in the Adirondacks and became attracted to the environmental science field “because it is truly interdisciplinary.”

“I wanted to study the social sciences alongside the natural sciences, and this major allowed me to do that. I found a unique environmental science program in Alaska where I was fortunate to spend a couple of years working with local high school students and native Alaskans in remote villages on various resource management issues.”