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Feb 22, 2017
ESRI Awards Story Map on Coral Reefs

GRID-Arendal won the Most Creative Map prize at the ESRI User Conference in Oslo for their Story Map on human dependence on coral reefs. The Story Map, “Endangered Reefs, Threatened People,” was based on SESYNC-supported research that found ocean acidification and rising temperatures may threaten the livelihoods of millions of people living in coastal areas. 


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Feb 20, 2017
Study Finds Ebola Virus Outbreaks Connected with Deforestation

In December 2013, a 2-year-old boy from a village close to , fell ill with a mysterious illness characterized by a fever, vomiting, and black stool. He died two days later. This was the first human case in West Africa of the of the Ebola virus disease for the 2014 outbreak, the World Health Organization later reported.

How the 2-year-old contracted Ebola is still unclear to scientists, but new research supported by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) provides evidence that outbreaks of the virus were connected with forest fragmentation.


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Jan 23, 2017
SESYNC Welcomes Sabbatical Fellow Ken Conca

This month Dr. Ken Conca will join the SESYNC team as a fellow on sabbatical from his home institution, American University’s School of International Service, where he is a professor of International Relations. 


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Jan 20, 2017
New Study: Ecosystem Disturbance and the Recovery Debt

Ecological restoration is seen as a key tool for building back biodiversity and resilience in ecosystems that have been disturbed. But new research found that even if complete ecosystem recovery is reached, disturbed ecosystems typically incur decades of lost biodiversity and ecosystem function such as carbon and nitrogen cycling. 


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Jan 10, 2017
SESYNC Welcomes Science Communications Coordinator, Emily Cassidy

SESYNC welcomes our new Science Communications Coordinator, Emily Cassidy.


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Dec 23, 2016
SESYNC Offices closed 12/22-1/3

SESYNC offices will be closed from December 23, 2016 through  January 2, 2017.


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Dec 20, 2016
Agent-Based Modeling Short Course Resources

SESYNC releases new cyberinfrastructure web resources for agent-based modeling.


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Dec 09, 2016
SESYNC Immersion Program: Environmental Policy Workshop

SESYNC's Immersion Program returns December 14-16, 2016 for our environmental policy workshop.


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Dec 09, 2016
SESYNC Releases New Cyberinfrastructure Web Resources

SESYNC releases new cyberinfrastructure web resources.


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Dec 05, 2016
Morgan Grove Receives Award for Science Delivery

SESYNC Social Scientist in Residence, Dr. Morgan Grove, receives the US Fish and Wildlife Service's 2016 Research and Development Deputy Chief's Award for Science Delivery.


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