SHANA LEE HIRSCH, Ph.D.

CURRENT POSITION: 

Research Scientist, University of Washington, Dept. of Human Centered Design and Engineering

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Natural Resource and Environmental Social Science

Adaptive Governance of Socio-Ecological and Socio-Technical Systems

Law, Values, and Science in Environmental Management

Science and Technology Studies

EDUCATION:

2018 PhD in Water Resources—Law, Policy, and Management, University of Idaho

Dissertation Title: “Adaptive Epistemologies: Scientific Practice and Environmental Restoration in a Changing Climate” Advisor: Prof. Jerrold Long, J.D. Ph.D.

2018 Graduate Certificate in Restoration Ecology, University of Idaho

2014 MSc in Global Environment, Politics, and Society, University of Edinburgh

Thesis title: “Contradictions in Idaho Roadless Policy: The Effects of Shifting Discourse in Forest Service Environmental Impact Statements in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest 1989-2012” Advisor: Prof. Elizabeth Bomberg, Ph.D.     

2012 MA in Cultural Studies, University of Washington—Bothell Capstone Title: “Contested Lands, Contested Identities: Crofting and Nationalism in Scotland” Advisor:  Prof. Benjamin Gardner, Ph.D.        

2010 Bachelor of Liberal Arts, The Evergreen State College                                                                

2002-2003 University of the Highlands and Islands, Isle of Skye, Scotland: Studied Gaelic Language and Culture                           

AWARDS, TITLES, AND FELLOWSHIPS:

2018-2020 National Science Foundation (NSF) SES STS Grant # 1826737 Title: “Knowledge Infrastructures for Sustainable Transitions,” $180,209

2017-2018 NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant—SES STS # 1655884  Title: “Adaptive epistemologies: scientific practice and environmental restoration in a changing climate,” $16,567

2018 Outstanding Graduate Student Award University of Idaho Graduate and Professional Student Association

2014-2018 NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Traineeship (IGERT) #124940 Award title: “Adaptation to change in water resources: science to inform decision-making across disciplines, cultures, and scales”

2016-2018 National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)  Graduate Research Fellow

2015-2016 United States Geological Survey (USGS) Northwest Climate Science Center Fellow

2013 Association of American Geographers Cultural and Political Ecology Field Research Award      

2011 Rural Sociological Society Masters Endowment Award   

PUBLICATIONS:

Hirsch, S. (2019). Anticipatory practices: shifting baselines and environmental imaginaries of ecological restoration in the Columbia River Basin. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space. Special Issue: Shifting Baselines and Environmental Management.

Hirsch, S. and Long, J. A. (2018). Non-epistemic values in adaptive management: framing possibilities in the legal context of endangered Columbia River Salmon. Environmental Values.

Walters, J., Kenzie, E., Metzger, A., Baltutis, J., Chakrabarti, K., Hirsch, S., Laursen, B. (2019). A systems thinking approach for eliciting mental models from visual boundary objects in hydropolitical contexts: a case study from the Pilcomayo River Basin in South America. Ecology & Society. Special Issue: Seeking sustainable pathways for land use in Latin America.

Steger, C., Hirsch, S., Evers, C., Branoff, B., Petrova, M., Nielsen-Pincus, M., Wardropper, C., and van Riper, CJ. (2018). Ecosystem services as boundary objects for transdisciplinary conservation. Ecological Economics. 143, pp. 153-160

Evers, C., Wardropper, C. B., Branoff, B., Granek, E., Hirsch, S. L., Link, T., Olivero-Lora, S., and Wilson, C. (2018). The ecosystem services and biodiversity of novel ecosystems: a literature review. Global Ecology and Conservation. 13, pp. 1-11.

Cosens, B. Craig, R. K., Hirsch, S., Arnold, C. A., Benson, M. H., DeCaro, D., Garmestani, A. S, Gosnell, H., Ruhl, J. B., Schlager, E. (2018). Legal pathways to adaptive governance in water basins in North America and Australia. In: B. Cosens and L. Gunderson (Eds.) Practical panarchy for adaptive water governance: linking law to social-ecological resilience. New York, NY: Springer.

Long, J. A., Hirsch, S., Walters, J. (2017). Chile, the Biobío, and the future of the Columbia River Basin. Idaho Law Review. 53: 239.

Cosens, B., Craig, R. K., Hirsch, S., Arnold, C. A., Benson, M. H., DeCaro, D., Garmestani, A. S., Gosnell, H., Ruhl, J. B., Schlager, E. (2017). The role of law in adaptive water governance.  Ecology and Society. 22(1):30 https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-08731-220130 

Walters, J., Kenzie, E., Metzger, A., Baltutis, J., Chakrabarti, K., Hirsch, S., Laursen, B. (In Press). A systems thinking approach for eliciting mental models from visual boundary objects in hydropolitical contexts: a case study from the Pilcomayo River Basin in South America. Ecology & Society. Special Issue: Seeking sustainable pathways for land use in Latin America.

Hirsch, S. L. (2013). Book Review: “Everyday Environmentalism: Creating an Urban Political Ecology—By Alex Loftus” Environmental Values 22:5

Hirsch, S. L. (2013). Book Review: “Rural Transformations and Rural Policies in the US and UK—Edited by Mark Shucksmith, David L. Brown, Sally Shortall, Jo Vergunst and Mildred E. Warner” Rural Sociology 78:2

PAPERS PRESENTED:

2018 “Emerging Technologies for Adaptation to Socio-environmental Change” Winter School on Responsible Innovation and Social Studies of Emerging Technologies,  Arizona State University: January 3rd-10th

2018 “Adaptive Epistemologies: Conceptualizing Change in the Field of Ecological Restoration”American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA: April 10th-14th,

2018 “Shifting Baselines: Sociotechnical Imaginaries of Ecological Restoration in the Columbia River Basin”  Workshop: Shifting Baselines, Altered Horizons: Politics, Practice and Knowledge in Environmental Science and Policy, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin: June 21st-22nd

2017 “Adapting Restoration Science to a Changing Climate” Society for the Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, Boston, MA: August 30th-September 2nd

2013 “A peculiar form of property”: Feudalism, nationalism, and contradiction in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA: April 9th-13th

2012 “Sheep, surveillance, and the transformation of food: livestock electronic identification tagging in the crofting communities of Scotland”  Rural Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL: July                                                 

2011 “Place-based Education in Crofting Communities: A Case Study in Political Ecology” Rural Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Boise, ID: June

POSTERS PRESENTED:

 2017 “Adaptation of Science and Policy in Ecological Restoration” Northwest Climate Science Conference, Tacoma, WA: October 9th-11th     

2016 “Scientific Practice and Environmental Restoration in a Changing Climate” National Climate Science Center Early Career Training, Amherst, MA: November 1st-2nd

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE:

2015-2018: Ph.D. Dissertation Research Project title: “Adaptive Epistemologies: Scientific Practice and Environmental Restoration in a Changing Climate”

Qualitative, ethnographic research on adaptation of science and policy in ecological restoration in the Columbia River Basin, USA. Funded by NSF through a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant and USGS Northwest Climate Science Center

2016-2018: National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SEYSNC) Graduate Pursuit Project title: “Transcending Boundaries: Guiding the Use of Boundary Objects to Better Represent Social-Ecological Systems in International Transboundary Water Collaboration.”

Interdisciplinary graduate student collaboration and textual analysis of global water agreements using theories of science and communication. Funded by NSF SESYNC.

2015-2017 National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SEYSNC) Group Collaboration  Project title: “Social-ecological System Resilience, Climate Change, & Adaptive Water Governance.”

Interdisciplinary collaboration between resilience scholars and legal scholars to analyze the features of an adaptive legal framework in an environmental context. Funded by NSF SESYNC.

2014 Internship Research, Nez Perce Tribe Water Resources Department,  Lapwai, ID Project title: “Rebuilding relationships: the Tribal Trust Doctrine, climate change, and the future of resource management.”

Legal and policy analysis related to water rights and climate change for the Nez Perce Tribe. Funded by NSF IGERT.

 2014 Masters Research, University of Edinburgh, Scotland Project title: “Idaho Roadless Policy: The Effects of Shifting Discourse in Forest Service Environmental Impact Statements in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest 1989-2012.”

Policy and textual analysis of forest planning documents.

2011-2013 Masters Research, University of Washington, Bothell, WA  Project title: “Contested Lands, Contested Identities: Crofting and Nationalism in Scotland.” Ethnographic and qualitative analysis of the effects of political change on identity and livelihoods of farmers in remote areas of Scotland.     

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

2018: Adjunct Faculty, College of Law, University of Idaho Natural Resources and Environmental Law Field Course (Summer, 2018): Instructor of Record

2017-2018: Part-time Faculty, Political Science, Seattle Central College International Relations (Fall 2017, Spring 2018): Instructor of Record                   

2016-2017: Teaching Assistant, College of Law, University of Idaho C0-developed and Co-Lead Natural Resources and Environmental Law Field Course (Summer 2016, Summer 2017)

2012-2013 Teaching Assistant, Geography Department, University of Victoria, BC Human Dimensions of Environmental Change (Fall 2012) Geography of Environment and Health (Fall 2012), Economic Geography (Spring 2013)

2010-2012 Writing Consultant, Writing Center, University of Washington, WA 

INTERNATIONAL TRAINING:

2016 Vienna Circle: Scientific World Conceptions Summer School: Science, Values and Democracy, University of Vienna, Austria  

2015 Cluster of Excellence Summer School: Ecology and Society, Biodiversity and Global Change, University of Bordeaux, France

2011 International Comparative Rural Policy Studies Program, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, As, Norway  

LANGUAGES:

      Native speaker of English

      Proficient in Scottish Gaelic

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

      American Association of Geographers

      Society for the Social Studies of Science

      Society for Ecological Restoration

      River Restoration Northwest

      Sustainability Transitions Research Network