Tuesday, November 13, 4:45PM
University Events Room

Glickman Family Library, 7th floor
Portland USM Campus (map)

Dr. Stephen Mulkey "Crisis and Opportunity in the Environmental Century--Inspiring a Generation of Greatness." from Mark Fruehauf on Vimeo.



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Development of a sustainable relationship with the planet’s natural resources is an increasingly urgent imperative for our survival. Presently we face the ultimate test of our adaptability as a species and, owing to the lead-time required to address climate change, it is likely that we have little more than a decade to vigorously transition towards sustainability. The science is clear that the consequences of failing to respond will be profound and irrevocable over a millennial time scale.  The current generation of college students is well informed of these realities by the time they graduate, but they are not prepared to adapt and engage in the opportunities inherent in rehabilitating the Earth’s life support systems.  They are ill prepared to participate in an economy that will be increasingly organized around humanity’s response to ecological crises.  Sustainability Science (sensu U.S. National Academy of Science) is a framework that provides a transdisciplinary, problem based, solution focused pedagogy for training students as knowledge brokers in environmental sciences.  This approach will serve to rapidly prepare a generation of students who will be required to push the limits of their ingenuity, cooperation, and innovation.  Those who are prepared and can lead will have an unprecedented opportunity to create a global economy built around sustainable management of natural resources.  We must not merely prepare, but also inspire this generation to rise to greatness.


Stephen Mulkey assumed the post of president at Unity College in Unity, ME, on 1 July 2011. Prior to his appointment to Unity, Dr. Mulkey served as director of the program in Environmental Science at the University of Idaho from 2008 through spring 2011. As director, he led an initiative obtaining National Science Foundation funding for the creation of a new Professional Science Master’s degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, which included degree tracks in Sustainability Science and
Climate Change. With major funding from NASA, he directed a statewide project focused on climate change education.

From 1996 to 2008, Dr. Mulkey served as tenured faculty in the University of Florida’s Department of Botany and as a research associate with the School of Forest Resources and Conservation. He also served as Director of Research and Outreach/Extension for the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Florida, and as science advisor to the Century Commission for a Sustainable Florida.

Dr. Mulkey co-founded and directed the International Center for Tropical Ecology, a nationally ranked graduate training and conservation program during his tenure at the University of Missouri in St. Louis. He also worked for many years as a research associate for the Smithsonian Institution, Tropical Research Institute. Dr. Mulkey holds a bachelor’s degree in fisheries and wildlife, a master’s degree in ecology, and earned his PhD in ecology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986.

As a scholar of the interdisciplinary literature in climate change and sustainability, Dr. Mulkey is an active public interpreter of climate change science. His current research focuses on the role of landscape carbon stocks in climate mitigation.

The colloquium is sponsored by the
L.L. Bean/
Lee Surace Endowed Chair in Accounting.

USM Professor Jeffrey Gramlich was appointed the first L.L. Bean/Lee Surace Chair in Accounting in the USM School of Business in 2003. His appointment was made possible by a $1 million gift from L.L. Bean, Inc., its board chair, Leon Gorman, his wife Lisa, Jim and Maureen Gorman, and Tom Gorman, who established the chair in memory of L.L. Bean CFO Lee Surace '73, '81, who died in March of 2001. Surace was chair of the USM School of Business' Advisory Council and was a frequent guest lecturer.

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