After earning her master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Kate Troll began a career in Alaskan resource management in 1977. She was the first person to introduce coastal zone management to ‘Bush Alaska.’ For seven years she represented commercial fishing in the tumultuous world of ‘fish politics.’
Over the course of her career, she served on the first State Board of Forestry, taught at the University of Alaska Southeast, served as a local elected official, held several resource policy positions with the State of Alaska, and was the Fishery Manager for North and South America for the Marine Stewardship Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustainable fishing certification.
Her most recent book, The Great Unconformity: Reflections on Hope in an Imperiled World, takes you on a fast paced tour of the environmental, political and spiritual issues surrounding sustainability and climate change. Through Troll’s examination of events, we see clearly that mankind is an evolutionary force, the great disruptive unconformity. However, through her stories and insights we learn that creativity is also an evolutionary force, the great awareness unconformity. Troll examines which great unconformity, mankind’s disruptive environmental impacts or the creativity of our species, will win out as the world races toward the dangers identified by the world’s climate scientists.
Her earlier book, Eco-Nomics and Eagles, explains how environmental protection and economic health can be made mutually reinforcing, can be melded into a platform for government officials, businesspersons, environmentalists, citizen activists, and students of resource management and environmental policy.
She speaks on the race between environmental disruption and creativity in our struggle to deal with climate change, as well as on the key principles needed to bring together economic and environmental goals and on the lessons learned from her more than two decades of experience managing forestry and fishery resources in Alaska and the North Pacific.
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