CSTPR Seminar: Sam Schramski
Climate Change in an Amazon Town: Media and Environmental Perceptions in Ever-Rising Waters
by Dr. Sam Schramski
Abstract: Dr. Schramski will present findings on his work on climate change perceptions among rural communities in the Brazilian Amazon. He will focus on the relationship between the role of news media as a national purveyor of information in the context of limited regional media outlets, as well as the lived experiences of individuals with whom he conducted research. Exploratory in nature, this talk will expand upon frameworks discussed in media theory and policy formation. It will attempt to shed new light on how we discuss climate change, particularly variability, in highly dynamic systems.
Biography: Dr. Sam Schramski is a visiting postdoctoral scholar from the Federal University of Amazonas in Manaus, Brazil, and is based out the Graduate Program in Amazonian Society and Culture. He has a PhD in Interdisciplinary Ecology from the University of Florida. Sam has research interests in local and community-level climate change adaptation in the developing world, particularly in the Brazilian Amazon and southern Africa. He spent 2014 working on a field project that included perceptions of climate change amongst riverine populations living in Amazonian flooded forests. Sam is also a freelance journalist, having produced radio stories for NPR and Radio France International, and written blog posts for Brasil Post, Brazil's Huffington Post affiliate. Sam will be affiliated with CSTPR and the Center for Environmental Journalism throughout 2015.