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Working alongside their mentor, URI alumni share study results on climate change in tropical countries


URI professor Richard Pollnac met with some of his former students on Magnetic Island in Australia to pool data examining the impact of climate change on fisheries; shown (left to right): Joshua Cinner (paper lead author), Mahar Gorospe, Pollnac, and Amy Diedrich. (Photos courtesy Richard Pollnac) KINGSTON, R.I. – August 1, 2022 – For Richard Pollnac, the focus has always been on people. This University of Rhode Island professor emeritus has spent his career studying the cultural impact on people living near bodies of water. An anthropologist by training, he began his career at URI in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and was also faculty in the Department of Marine Affairs, the first program of its kind in the world. Today, his work as a faculty mentor has influenced students who are carrying his inspiration forward in work around the world. URI Marine Affairs faculty and alumni recently examined the impact of climate change in the Philippines and other tropical countries. For decades, Pollnac has taught students to consider the human dimension of the oceans in their work. He’s researched coastal peoples in all regions of the world – the U.S., Africa, the Middle East, Central and South […]

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