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Jun 12, 2014
Mapping the Landscape of Land Change Synthesis

by MELISSA ANDREYCHEK
Communications Coordinator

Much of what we know about how humans use land, and how those practices change over time, is informed by local case studies. But determining whether individual case studies are merely anecdotal—or if they can be scaled up to help explain regional or even global land use patterns—can be a... Read more...

Jun 05, 2014
How Weeds Could Help Feed Billions in a Warming World

Scientists in the U.S. and elsewhere are conducting intensive experiments to cross hardy weeds with food crops such as rice and wheat. Their goal is to make these staples more resilient as higher temperatures, drought, and elevated CO2 levels pose new threats to the world’s food supply.

by LISA PALMER
Science Communication Fellow

Weeds... Read more...

Jun 05, 2014
Welcome, Summer 2014 Interns!

by CYNTHIA WEI
Assistant Director of Education & Outreach

We are looking forward to the start of the 2014 SESYNC Undergraduate Internship Program! This summer, 15 interns will join us for a unique internship experience that offers an opportunity to obtain an authentic research or work experience related to environmental issues, enhance understanding of the complex nature of socially-relevant environmental problems and the research approaches... Read more...

May 22, 2014
Blue Angels Return to Annapolis

SESYNC is located in Annapolis, Maryland, a city recognized for its historic character, dedication to the arts, maritime connections, and support of the Chesapeake Bay. Both the city dock and U.S. Naval Academy are a mere mile from SESYNC’s offices—and this week, we took advantage of that proximity by taking in the Blue Angels flight rehearsal and demonstration.

The Blue Angels are the Navy’s flight demonstration squadron.... Read more...

May 21, 2014
Just What the [Marine Scientists] Ordered

Above photo: Fishing boats in Palawan Province, Philippines. Photo by Mary Aileen M. delas Alas via WorldFish, Flickr/Creative Commons.

by DAVID GILL
SESYNC–Luc Hoffmann Institute Postdoctoral Fellow

Take two aspirin with water.

Supported by numerous, rigorous medical studies, this tried-and-true medical advice applies to a... Read more...

May 19, 2014
Q&A with Dr. Mary Collins


Above, from left to right: Joseph JaJa, Ian Muñoz, and Mary Collins.

by MELISSA ANDREYCHEK
Communications Coordinator

In a sense, the motivation for Dr. Mary Collins’ research can be characterized by a single question:

“How do they get away with it?”

Mary is an environmental sociologist interested in environmental... Read more...

May 07, 2014
A New Climate for Grazing Livestock

by LISA PALMER
Science Communication Fellow

In Colombia, Juan Valdez is a bit player. The real issue is cattle ranching. Cattle occupy 80 percent of agricultural land in Colombia. Their pastures have contributed to soil degradation, deforestation, and, in dry areas, have hastened desertification. Now, fascinating research is being done to validate the... Read more...

Apr 23, 2014
Infectious Disease & the Persistence of Poverty


Above photo courtesy PIVOT

by MELISSA ANDREYCHEK
Communications Coordinator

We live in an era of staggering technological advancements accompanied by unprecedented economic prosperity. At the same time, however, about one in six people throughout the world live in... Read more...

Apr 17, 2014
Protecting Predators, Protecting People

by NEIL CARTER
Postdoctoral Fellow

Above photo: Neil presenting his work in Leipzig, Germany

Large carnivores, such as wolves, bears, and tigers, play many vital roles in our lives. For example, they help maintain resilient ecosystems by regulating hoofed mammal populations (including elk, moose, and zebra) that, if... Read more...

Apr 08, 2014
Influenza Transmission and the Built Environment

by MELISSA ANDREYCHEK
Communications Coordinator

It’s late January, and you’ve just arrived at the office. That chatty, suspiciously cheery coworker of yours has you cornered by the coffee machine. It’s first thing in the morning, so your escape reflexes are muted. How was your weekend?, he wants to know. His was great. He was at the hockey game. His... Read more...

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