Friday, August 30, 2019

Plenary Update: Dr. Christy Miller Hesed

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Conservation for the People: Engaging New Stakeholders to Promote Socio-Ecological Resilience

Dr. Christy Miller Hesed is an environmental anthropologist and conservation biologist whose work focuses on engaging underrepresented communities in climate change adaptation planning. As post-doctoral researcher at the University of Maryland, she was the director of Engaging Faith Communities for Coastal Resilience, an applied research project that brought together rural church communities with county and state government employees and environmental NGOs to address climate change on the Chesapeake Bay. Her doctoral research focused on rural African American communities on the Chesapeake Bay in order to understand environmental justice, vulnerability, adaptation, and resilience to sea-level rise. Miller Hesed is a former EPA STAR Fellow. She is currently living in Hesston, Kansas.