Marine Mammal Conservation: A ‘Wicked Problem?’

Professor of Environmental Studies Richard Wallace was a speaker at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Policy Scientists held at Brown University in Providence, RI Sept. 25-27, where he presented on the collaborative research he is undertaking with Ursinus Environmental Studies major Karina Marks. Their work uses a “wicked problems” framework to explore the social-ecological complexity shaping marine mammal conservation. Dr. Wallace and Karina hope to inform future policy in the U.S. affecting marine mammals. The presentation was called, “Is Marine Mammal Conservation a Wicked Problem? Lessons from the Implementation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act.”

Dr. Wallace also presented on the topic, “Challenges to the Professoriate in Integrative Programs with a Focus on ‘Interdisciplinary’ Environmental Studies,” with Susan Clarke, Yale University.