Resources & Results

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Seeking Cures for North Korea’s Environmental Ills Mar 23, 2012

 

Margaret Palmer got a firsthand look earlier this month at a looming ecological catastrophe that few other scientists have witnessed. On a rare foray into North Korea’s countryside, Palmer, director of the University of Maryland’s National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center in Annapolis, saw a landscape of wasted soil and rivers choked with silt from erosion. “Farmers were working the land right down to the water’s edge,” she says.

 

Socioenvironmental Sustainability and Actionable Science Jan 15, 2012

As we have defined it, actionable refers to scholarship with the potential to inform decisions (government, business, and household), improve the design or implementation of public policies, influence public or private sector strategies, planning and behaviors that affect the environment.

Tracking climate impacts on the migratory monarch butterfly May 13, 2012

We assess the impacts of spring and summer climate conditions on breeding monarch butterflies, a species that completes its annual migration cycle over several generations. No single, broad-scale climate metric can explain summer breeding phenology or the substantial year-to-year fluctuations observed in population abundances. As such, we built a Poisson regression model to help explain annual arrival times and abundances in the Midwestern United States.

Cooperation in Context: Public Goods Games and Post-Soviet Collectives in Kamchatka, Russia Apr 16, 2013

Economic game experiments have become a prominent method among social scientists developing and testing theories of cooperation. These games provide a valuable opportunity to generate measures of cooperation that can be compared from one place to the next, yet challenges remain in how to interpret cross-cultural differences in these experiments and connect them to cooperation in naturally occurring contexts. I address these challenges by examining framing effects in public goods games (PGGs) with salmon fishers and reindeer herders in Kamchatka, Russia.

Assessing spatiotemporal changes in tiger habitat across different land management regimes Oct 18, 2013

Article published in the October 2013 issue of Ecosphere.

National valuation of monarch butterflies indicates an untapped potential for incentive-based conservation Oct 28, 2013

Article published October 2013 in Conservation Letters.

Social sciences at the crossroads: Global environmental change in Latin America and the Caribbean Nov 18, 2013

Abstract: Global environmental change in Latin America and the Caribbean ranges from urbanization to deforestation and melting glaciers. The understanding of relations between nature and society in this context requires coupled human–environmental frameworks across spatial and temporal scales. Transdisciplinarity and co-production of knowledge from the social to the natural sciences and to traditional knowledge will result in more effective solutions.

Cross-Site Comparison of Land-Use Decision-Making and Its Consequences across Land Systems with a Generalized Agent-Based Model Jan 29, 2014

Article published January 29, 2014, in the journal PLOS ONE.

New Nature of Business: How Business Pioneers Support Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Apr 30, 2014

The New Nature of Business Report highlights the necessity for a new approach by business to the environment. The Report aims to address the lack of awareness, review the challenges businesses face, and present a persuasive case for action. It draws from examples of pioneering companies around the world that have responded successfully to this critical issue. Resources provide additional details to the Report on tools for evaluating outcomes, life cycle assessment, and measurements.

Rates of biotic interactions scale predictably with temperature despite variation May 27, 2014

Article published in the journal Oikos.

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