M.Sc. 2003 – Dept. of Plant Science, McGill University/Smithsonian
Tropical Research Institute
Supervisors: Todd Capson, Timothy Johns
B.Sc. 2000 – School of the Environment, McGill
Ph.D. Candidate (started: 09/05) – Dept. of Geography,
Supervisors: Garry Peterson, Elena Bennett
My research interests stem from my desire to link environmental
science to decision-making at all levels and in all
sectors. I have worked in many areas of environmental
science, from developing natural pesticides, to studying
the chemical links between insects and plants that show
activity against human diseases, to environmental assessment.
My current work was inspired by the Millennium
Ecosystem Assessment (MAweb.org), which was a 4-year
study of the world’s ecosystems and how ecological
change impacts human well-being. I served as the co-coordinator
of the subglobal assessment working group of the MA
for 2 years. At the centre of this study was the concept
of ‘ecosystem services,’ which are the benefits
that humans obtain from ecosystems, such as freshwater,
flood protection and aesthetic beauty. My Ph.D. work
looks at ‘bundles’ of ecosystem services
that are important in two primarily agricultural watersheds
in Southern Quebec. I am interested in how they are
distributed across the landscape, which services covary
or conflict, and what their arrangements might tell
us about current and potential landscape management.
I am also working with an NGO to develop
a straightforward handbook for decision-makers in the
public sector on how to incorporate the concept of ecosystem
services in a variety of decisions-making contexts.
Honours and Awards
National Estonian Foundation of Canada scholarship -
NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship (Ph.D.) - 2005
Young Fellow Millennium Ecosystem Assessment - 2003
Office Quebec-Ameriques pour la Jeunesse (OQAJ) Fellowship
Organization of American States Fellowship (M.Sc.) –
Raudsepp-Hearne, C., Capistrano, D. (in review). The
Millennium Ecosystem Assessment: a multiscale assessment
for global stakeholders. In Lawrence A. (Ed). Taking
Stock of Nature. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Biggs, R., Raudsepp-Hearne, C., Atkinson-Palombo,
C., Bohensky, E., Boyd, E., Cundill, G., Fox, H., Ingram,
S., Kok, K., Spehar, S., Tengö, M., Timmer, D.,
Zurek, M. 2007. Linking futures across scales: a dialog
on multi-scale scenarios. Ecology and Society 10(2)
Gitay, H., Raudsepp-Hearne, C. 2005. Assessment
Process. In: Multi-Scale Assessments: Findings of the
Sub-Global Assessment Working Group (Millennium Ecosystem
Assessment). Island Press, Washington.
Capistrano, D., Samper, C. Lee, M., Raudsepp-Hearne,
C. 2005. Synthesis: Reflections and Lessons Learned.
In: Multi-Scale Assessments: Findings of the Sub-Global
Assessment Working Group (Millennium Ecosystem Assessment).
Island Press, Washington.
Woodley, E., Ericksen, P., Reid, W., Cundill,
G., Vicente, L., Raudsepp-Hearne, C., Mogina, J., Olsson,
P. 2005. Using Multiple Knowledge Systems in Sub-global
assessments: Benefits and Challenges. In: Multi-Scale
Assessments: Findings of the Sub-Global Assessment Working
Group (Millennium Ecosystem Assessment). Island Press,
Reid, W., Mooney, H., Cropper, A., Capistrano,
D., Carpenter, S, Chopra, K, Dasgupta, P, Dietz, T.,
Duraiappah, A., Kasperson, R., Leemans, R., May, R,
McMichael, T., Pingali, P., Hassan, R., Samper, C.,
Scholes, B., Shidong, Z., Watson, R., Zakri, A.H., Ash,
N., Kumar, P., Lee, M., Raudsepp-Hearne, C., Thonell,
J., Zurek, M. 2005. General Synthesis Report: Millennium
Ecosystem Assessment. Island Press, Washington.
I was the moderator for two similar panel discussions
on incorporating multiple worldviews in international
assessments at the following conferences: (1) Bridging
Scales and Epistemologies: Linking Local Knowledge and
Global Science in Multi-Scale Assessments (Alexandria,
Egypt, March 17-20, 2004); and (2) IUCN World Conservation
Congress in Bangkok (November 19, 2004).
Being outside, surfing, scuba diving, growing tomatoes,
ciara dot raudsepp-hearne at mail dot mcgill dot ca