019: Stream ecology, applied service, and directing SESYNC with Margaret Palmer

In this episode we spoke with Margaret Palmer. Dr. Palmer is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, and the director of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (https://www.sesync.org/).

Much of our discussion focused on the inception and development of SESYNC over the past ten years. We dug a bit into the philosophies and practices at SESYNC, and the role that the science of teams plays in these. Additionally, we spoke about Dr. Palmer’s fundamental work on stream ecology, how she came to be interested in this type of work, and how this led to an engagement with non-academic actors based on the challenges she observed in these systems.

Dr. Palmer’s professional websites:

https://palmerlab.umd.edu/team/mpalmer/

https://www.sesync.org/users/mpalmer

Link to the video of Dr. Palmer on the Colbert Report that Michael mentions: http://www.cc.com/video-clips/6s93dq/the-colbert-report-coal-comfort—margaret-palmer