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Mar 20, 2014
Video: Learning Exchanges for Conservation

Overfishing is jeopardizing both ocean ecosystems and the food security of the billion-plus people that depend on seafood as their primary source of protein. Over the past several decades, we have come to understand that the oceans’ bounties are in fact highly sensitive and terminable. People from every corner of the globe have responded by making positive changes from ocean to... Read more...

Feb 25, 2014
The Role of Dams in Creating a Water-Secure World

Research Assistant

“For many of us, water simply flows from a faucet, and we think little about it beyond this point of contact. We have lost a sense of respect for the wild river, for the complex workings of a wetland, for the intricate web of life that water supports.”

- Sandra Postel, director and...

Feb 21, 2014
Gedenkschrift for William Freudenburg

Communications Coordinator

Good mentors are more than just seasoned career professionals willing to share their knowledge. Good mentors invest a part of themselves in a student or mentee to inspire intellectual growth and performance, creativity, and character.

Dr. William (Bill) R. Freudenburg was a University of California - Santa Barbara professor, renowned environmental sociologist, and dissertation advisor to... Read more...

Feb 10, 2014
Socio-Environmental Synthesis for Grad Students

Communications Coordinator

Socio-environmental synthesis: if it were easy, everyone would do it.

It’s a new research approach rooted in the multifaceted and complex interactions between humans and the ecosystems in which they live. It requires interdisciplinary teams of scholars, policy makers, and... Read more...

Jan 29, 2014
Modeling Locally, Thinking Globally

Communications Coordinator

Above figure: Locations of eastern Asian sites: two in China (western Shandong Province, China (a) and Northern Hunan Province, China (b)), two in Luoang Namtha, Laos (c).

Not all land uses are created equal. Among and between different kinds of land uses, their... Read more...

Jan 09, 2014
What We're Reading

“We have a hunger of the mind which asks for knowledge of all around us, and the more we gain, the more is our desire; the more we see, the more we are capable of seeing.”
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Dec 17, 2013
Socio-Ecological Movements in Urban Ecosystems

Postdoctoral Fellow

How do urban ecosystems recover from environmental disasters? Answering this question requires the bridging of social science and ecological research—the goal of the Socio-Ecological Movements in Urban Ecosystems (MOVE) project led by Dr. Henrik... Read more...

Nov 21, 2013
Computational Challenges

Research Associate

Over the last decade, agent-based modeling (ABM) has become a popular approach for investigating human–environment interactions (An, 2012). The recognition that humans are primary agents of change in the natural landscape (Ellis and Ramankutty, 2008)—combined with the ability of ABMs to... Read more...

Nov 19, 2013
Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies

This week, we're reposting a blog from our archives to complement new resources available for educators. As part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2013, participants have produced a series of case studies for use in the classroom.

Click here to access the case studies (scroll down).

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Oct 31, 2013
More than Honey: Teaching Science for Non-majors

Photo: Danny Perez, Flickr/Creative Commons

Director of Education and Outreach

What do non-science majors stand to gain from a science classroom? I teach a biology course to undergraduate students who are, as it happens, not majoring in the... Read more...