Program of the 2009 Conference on Communication and Environment

University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine, June 27-30, 2009

Conference Director
Travis Wagner
Department of Environmental Science
University of Southern Maine
Conference Co-Director
Laura Lindenfeld
Department of Communication and Journalism and The Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center
University of Maine

Saturday, June 27


4:00-7:00 - Registration - The Dining Hall, Woodbury Campus Center


6:00-7:00 - Reception - Dining Hall


7:00-8:00 - Dinner - Dining Hall


8:00 - Keynote Address - The Role of Communication Studies in Sustainable Development: A Call to Collaborative Action

Dr. David Hart, Director, Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Environmental and Watershed Research, University of Maine, Orono.


9:00+ - Grad Student Mixer - Gallery Room, The Eastland Hotel


Sunday, June 28


8:00 to 8:30 - Continental Breakfast - The Forum, Wishcamper Center

Registration continues

8:30-9:50 - Session 1

A. - News Media Coverage and Environmental Issues (Wishcamper 102)

  • Definition by Dichotomy: News Coverage of the World Summit on Sustainable Development - Cassie Smith, University of Colorado Boulder
  • The Roads Less Traveled: Looking for Certainty in the Colorado Roadless Rule and Media Coverage - *Hollie Smith, Todd Norton, & Ritch Woffinden, Washington State University
  • Planning the Waterfront: An Examination of Diversity in Newspaper Content and Coverage - Lisa-Anne Botticella & Michal Bardecki, Ryerson University, Canada.
  • Contesting Property and Production: Dialectical Hegemony in the Case of The Earth Liberation Front - Ana Haase-Reed, Washington State University

B. - Collaborations, Stakeholders, and Activism (Wishcamper 133)

  • Toward a More Complete Understanding of Sustainable Rural Community Development: Appreciating Systems and Interactional Theories - Jordan Smith, North Carolina State University
  • Collaboration Avoided: The Construction of an Oil Pipeline in Minnesota - Jessica A. Klassen, Texas A&M University
  • Pluralism, Collaborative Potential, and Regional Sediment Management: Assessing the Situation via Stakeholders' Views - Gregg B. Walker, Oregon State University
  • Role of Environmental Communication in Shaping Remedy at America's Largest Superfund Site - Pat Munday, University of Montana, Butte

10:00-11:45 - Session 2 - (Wishcamper 133)

COCE's Next Ten: Where Do We Go From Here?

  • COCE: Time to Organize! - Steve Depoe, University of Cincinnati
  • Bridging the Gap to Common Ground - Mike Liles, Andrea Feldpausch, Leigh Bernacchi, & Anna Munoz, Texas A&M University
  • Vision 2029: Looking ahead to the Next Ten COCE's - Barb Willard, DePaul University
  • Opportunities and Pitfalls in the Next 10 Years: Situating "Our" Conference in an Increasingly Institutionalized and Professionalized Field - Pete Bsumek, James Madison University
  • Expanding the Reach and Reputation of Environmental Communication Scholarship - Tracy Marafiote, SUNY Fredonia
  • COCE's Next Ten: Comments from Overseas - Nadarajah Sriskandarajah, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

12:00-1:00 - LUNCH

Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture - Editorial Board meeting

1:10-2:30 - Session 3

A. - Environmental Communication in Action: A Look at Theory-Practice Nexus (Wishcamper 133)

  • Responding to (Organizational) Climate Change: Facilitating the National Park Service's Transformation - Jessica Thompson, Colorado State University
  • Theory and Practice of Making Green Media - Andy Opel, Florida State University
  • Communication Consulting for a Sustainable Agriculture Initiative - Joshua J. Frye, State University of New York at Oneonta

B. - Integrating Communication Studies into Issue-Driven Interdisciplinary Research: Maine's Sustainability Solutions Initiative as a Model (Wishcamper 102)

  • Laura Lindenfeld, University of Maine
  • Rob Lilieholm, University of Maine
  • Jessica Leahy, University of Maine
  • Kathleen Bell, University of Maine
  • Linda Silka, University of Maine
  • Terry Porter, University of Maine

2:40-4:00 - Session 4

A. - Alienating People from Place by Divorcing Production from Consumption (Glickman UER)

  • The Forest Question: A Political-Economic Proposal for Interpreting the Connections between the Forest Industry, Climate Change and Environmental Communication - Cristian Alarcón Ferrari & Nadarajah Sriskandarajah, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Animal, Vegetable or Mineral: Viewing Food Production through a TV Screen - Jean P. Retzinger, University of California, Berkeley
  • Hunting as Anachronistic Bridge for the Human-Nature Divide - *M. Nils Peterson, North Carolina State University; Hans Peter Hansen, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences; & Markus J. Peterson, Texas A&M University
  • Promoting Sustainability by Facilitating Discovery of the Interdependence between Production and Consumption of the Yellowstone River's Ecosystem Services - Cristi Choat Horton, Tarleton State University; Damon Hall, Texas A&M University; & Susan J. Gilbertz, Montana State University-Billings
  • Linking Production and Consumption with Deontologically Driven Symbolic Acts of Conservation and Humanitarianism - Rachel Shellabarger*, Nils Peterson, Erin Sills, & Sarah Warren, North Carolina State University

B. - Human Nature Interactions (Glickman 423/424)

  • A Theory of Naturalization: The Alchemist's Cookbook for Transforming the "Social" into the "Natural"—and Back Again - Christopher Gamble, University of Washington
  • The Rhetoric of <Military Readiness>: Public Discourse, Whales and Navy Sonar - Terence Check, St. John's University
  • Shoring up National Security: Beached Whales, Articulation and (Counter) Hegemonic Discourses - Deborah Callister, University of Utah

4:10 - 5:30 - Session 5

A. - Risk Communication (Glickman 423/424)

  • Seeking and Processing Information about Wildlife Disease Risk: A Proposed Model and Its Implications for Disease Management and Risk Communication: - Chris Clarke, Cornell University
  • Application of Integrative Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication Model - Ann Jabro, Robert Morris University
  • Uncertainty Reduction and Media Complimentarity in Environmental Communication During Wildfire Emergencies - Emily Hobbs, *Michael Salvador, Matt Carroll, & Doug Hindman, Washington State University

B. - Climate Change (Glickman UER)

  • Organizational Resilience in the Face of Climate Change - *Jessica Thompson & Sarah Schweizer, Colorado State University
  • A Comparative Rhetorical Analysis of US and UK Newspaper Coverage of the Correlation Between Livestock Production and Climate Change - Laura Kiesel, University of Vermont
  • NIMBY, Inverted Quarantine, and GHOST: A Comparative Look at Constructions of Environmental Risk and Their Implications for Environmental Action - Judith Hendry, University of New Mexico
  • College Students' Attitudes and Beliefs about Climate Change Mitigation: Implications for Communication - Amy E. Chadwick, Pennsylvania State University

6:00-7:00 - Reception sponsored by Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture - Dining Hall

6:45 - Announcement of Next COCE Host

7:15-8:15 - Downeast Lobster Bake & Vegan Grill - Dining Hall

8:30-9:30 - Cross/Walking, Performance by Jonny Gray

Monday, June 29


8:00 to 8:30 - Continental Breakfast - The Arcade at Glickman Library

8:30-9:50 - Session 6

A. - Strategies for Communicating Environmental Issues (Glickman UER)

  • A Sublime Junkyard?! Placing the Sublime in Contemporary Environmentalism - Lisa Slawter Volkening, University of Georgia
  • Virtually Natural: Environmental Education in Second Life - Joseph S. Clark, University of Florida
  • (Re)Framing News as a Strategic Role for Environmental Communication: A Case Study of the Gas-Drilling Controversy in the Catskills - Diane Hope, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Influencing Decision Makers: Applying Psychology and Communication Research for Upstream Environmental Behavior Change - Bruno Takahashi, SUNY Syracuse

B. - Understanding Different Communities (Glickman 423/424)

  • Damning the Dump, Banning the Burn: Understanding the Farmer's Dilemma in Agricultural Plastics Disposal in New York State - Laura Rickard, Cornell University (*Presented by Chris Clarke, Cornell University).
  • Vegan Soul Food: African-American Vegetarianism in Media - Garrett Broad, University of Southern California
  • The Impact of Communication on Belief in and Perceived Knowledge of Environmental Norms - John C. Besley, *David Whiteman, & Sonya H. Duhe, University of South Carolina

10:00-11:20 - Session 7

Communication as a Tool for Development of Competence within Natural Resource Management (Glickman EUR)

  • Communicative Skills Development of Administrators - A Necessary Step for Implementing Participatory Policies in Natural Resource Management - Lotten Westberg, Lars Hallgren, & Agneta Setterwall, Swedish University of Agriculture
  • Content and Didactics of Education in Environmental Communication - Experiences from One of the First Explicit EC - Master Program - Lars Hallgren, Swedish University of Agriculture
  • Implementing Nature Conservation Policy in the Name of Participation: Field-level Bureaucrats as a Lubricant - Hanna L Bergeå & Magnus Ljung, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Landscape and Place Concepts Meeting through Encounters between Birdwatchers and Farmers - Elvira Caselunghe, Helena Nordström Källström, & Johan Ahnström, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Exploring Landowner's Conceptions of Stewardship, Social Responsibility, and Property Rights - Shari Rodriguez, Nils Peterson, Fred Cubbage, Erin Sills, North Carolina State University
  • Natural Resources Management Approaches in Ethiopia in Retrospect - Atakilte Beyene, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

11:30-12:20 - Lunch - Dining Hall

12:20-1:00 - Lunch Presentation, Music & Environmental Communication

Dr. Paul Christiansen, University of Southern Maine, School of Music

1:10-2:30 - Session 8

A. - Climate Change as Communication Nexus: Defining, Linking and (Re)articulating Environmental Discourses, Practices and Policies in Terms of Climate Change (Glickman UER)

  • Climate Change, Urban Microclimates and Local Decision-Making. - Jessica Thompson, Colorado State University
  • Resonating Climate Change Policy into Reality: Economic Development and the Deployment of Wind Energy in Texas - Damon M. Hall, Texas A&M University
  • Articulating "Resilient Habitats" in the Era of Climate Crisis: A Rhetorical Battle for Hegemony at the Nexus of the Material and Ideological "End of Nature" - Pete Bsumek, James Madison University
  • Beyond Green Consumerism: Communication at the Nexus of Climate Change and Consumption - Steve Schwarze, The University of Montana

B. - Excavating Public Participation: Critical Perspectives on Social-Political Dimensions (Glickman 423/424)

  • Stakeholders or Citizens? A Probe into the Politics of Participation in Environmental Governance - Hans Peter Hansen & Nadarajah Sriskandarajah, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • How Inter-Community Communication Shapes Efforts to Achieve Sustainability on Military Installations - Graise Lee, Nils Peterson, Fred Cubbage, and Jessica Jameson, North Carolina State University
  • Colonizing participation: Land Use Management and Lifeworlds - Two Cases of Natural Resource Management in Sweden - Per Haglind & Elin Ångman, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Feelings and Fellings - Considering the Importance of Embarrassment in a Swedish Forestry Conflict - Elin Ångman, Lars Hallgren, and Eva-Maria Nordström, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • 'The Void of Illegitimacy': Grounding the Methodology of Dialogical Boundary Critique for the Facilitation of Stakeholder Planning in Philippines Integrated Coastal Management Policy - Rasmus Klocker Larsen, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

2:30-2:45 - Break - Local Maine Ice Cream, The Arcade at Glickman Library

2:50-4:10 - Session 9

A. - Eco-cultural Manifestations and Reverberations: Discursively Negotiating the Human-Environment Nexus (Glickman UER)

  • "Listening" to Nature and the Animals: A Blackfeet Discourse - Donal Carbaugh, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • Orcas and "Dorcas": The Cultural Limits to Expressing Emotional Connection with Nature - Tema Milstein, University of New Mexico
  • The Tao of Food Activism: Using Institutions to Fight Institutions - Maura Troester Nunez, University of Colorado-Boulder
  • Learning to Howl: Canine-Human Communication on a Sled Team - Emily Plec, Western Oregon University

B. - Discourses of Legitimacy in Three Canadian Cases of Environmental Policy Communication (Glickman 423/424)

  • Environmental Law as Ecological Communication: The Evolution of the Canadian Air Pollution Regime, 1958 to 2005 - Owen Temby, Carleton University, Canada
  • Rhetorical Constructions of Community and Ethos in a Canadian Environmental Risk Assessment - Philippa Spoel, Laurentian University, Canada
  • Rhetorical Representations of Science in the Construction and Communication of Organizational Arguments in the Climate-Change Debate - Graham Smart, Carleton University, Canada

4:20 - 5:20 - Session 10

A. - Media Persuasion (Glickman 423/424)

  • The Biosphere Metamorphosed as 'Buyosphere': The Human Footprint, Commercial Television, and Consumerism - Matthew Killmeier, University of Southern Maine
  • Evaluating Audience Resonance: Strategic Environmental Communication and Grid/Group Theory - Michele Poff, University of Washington
  • Struggling for Ideological Integrity in the Framing Process of U.S. Animal Rights Organization Food Campaigns - Carrie Packwood Freeman, Georgia State University

B. - Visualizing the Environment (UER Glickman)

  • A Scenic Landscape or Devastating Catastrophe: Risk Communication through the Eyes of Photography - Erin Dalton, Clemson University
  • Participant Visual Ethnography: The Experience of Environmental Art - Dylan P. Wolfe & David R. Novak, Clemson University
  • Powering Our Energy: Conceptions of Energy in Contemporary Oil Company Advertising - Brian Cozen, University of Washington

6:00-9:00 - COCE Community Dinner and Optional Field Trips

Tuesday, June 30


8:00 to 8:30 - Continental Breakfast - The Arcade at Glickman

8:30-9:50 - Session 11

A. - Physical Spaces (Glickman UER)

  • Communication, Conflict and Science in Natural Resource Collaboration: A Case Study of an Inactive Collaborative Group - Aleta Rudeen, Colorado State University
  • Crime Prevention and Urban Environmental Communication - Erin Despard, Concordia University
  • Politics on the Trail: A Rhetorical Critique of Hidden Canyon Trail in Zion National Park - Samantha Senda-Cook, University of Utah
  • What We Talk about When We Talk about Recreation Outdoor Experience, Access to the Coast, and Relationship with Nature - Catherine Schmitt, University of Maine

B. - Citizenship/Public Participation (Glickman 423/424)

  • Taking Public Out of Participation: How Rhetorical Conventions of Environmental Impact Statements Discourage Citizen Action - Laura Vernon, Utah State University
  • Plant Trees. It's Good for the Economy, and it's Good for the Environment": Environmental Citizenship of George W. Bush - Jessica M. Prody, University of Minnesota
  • Public Participation in Energy Policy: A Case Study of the San Juan Citizens Alliance - Andrea Marie Feldpausch, Texas A&M University

10:00-11:20 - Session 12

A. - Counting the "Self": Constructions of Environmental Identities and Activism (Glickman 423/424)

  • Commodification of Activism: An Impetus to Action - Whitney Miller, University of Cincinnati
  • Flesh Eating and the Construction of Masculinity - Jenny Grubbs, American University
  • Environment: In the Eyes of Different Worlds - Collin Noronha, University of Cincinnati

B. - Management in Crisis: Endangered Species and Climate Change (Glickman UER)

  • Efforts for the Federally Endangered Ocelot: A Case Study of Incentive-Based Conservation Programs - Andrea M. Feldpausch, Texas A&M University
  • Sea Turtles and Climate Change: Putting All Their Eggs in One Basket - Michael J. Liles, Texas A&M University
  • The Grizzly Ideograph in the Yellowstone Delisting Debate - Israel D. Parker, Texas A&M University
  • In Commonness is the Preservation of the Bird: Endangered Birds and Endangered Birding Experiences - Leigh A. Bernacchi, Texas A&M University
  • Giving a Rip: Collaboration in the Face of a Changing Climate - Anna M. Muñoz, Texas A&M University

* paper presenter