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The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) brings together the science of the natural world with the science of human behavior and decision-making to find solutions to complex environmental problems. We convene science teams to work on broad issues of national and international relevance, such as water resources management, land management, agriculture, species protection, among other areas of study. By supporting interdisciplinary science teams and researchers with diverse skills, data, and perspectives, SESYNC seeks to lead in-depth research and scholarship that will inform decisions and accelerate scientific discovery. SESYNC is funded by an award to the University of Maryland from the National Science Foundation. Learn more about SESYNC.

Introduction to Social Network Analysis: July 2018

Course Summary: This 5-day short course, which will take place from July 16-20, 2018,  will serve as an introduction to the theory and practice of social network analysis (SNA). Where standard statistical analysis assumes that observations on different entities (people, organizations, animals, etc.) are independent, SNA looks to the relationships among these observations to try to explain why this configuration of relationships might exist, or how this network structure explains other attributes of the network.

New Video About Wildfire & Salience

SESYNC’s series of documentaries, Research In Action, explores stories of socio-environmental research teams studying wildfire, reforestation, and water governance in the U.S. and beyond.

Geoengineering could have animals running for their lives

To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, scientists have started researching the potential costs and benefits of solar geoengineering - injecting aerosols into the atmosphere to reflect sunlight back to space - as a tool for artificially cooling the planet.

Curbing Climate Change: Study Finds Strong Rationale for the Human Factor


ANNAPOLIS —Humans may be the dominant cause of global temperature rise, but they may also be a crucial factor in helping to reduce it, according to a new study that for the first time builds a novel model to measure the effects of behavior on climate.

Drawing from both social psychology and climate science, the new model investigates how human behavioral changes evolve in response to extreme climate events and affect global temperature change. 

Bayesian Modeling for Socio-Environmental Data 2018

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) will host a nine-day short course covering the basic principles of using Bayesian models to gain insight from data. Click here to read complete opportunity details.

Please submit your application as a single pdf. In addition to your cv, you will need to include a paragraph (2500 characters max) for each of following topics:

Save the Date: June 11-13, 2018

Boundary Spanning: Advances in Socio-Environmental Systems Research

SESYNC in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF), Resources for the Future (RFF), and University of Maryland (UMD) is convening an international symposium to bring together leaders, emerging scholars, and other key individuals interested in innovating research and processes for solving socio-environmental problems.

SESYNC Welcomes New Postdocs


Tijana Jovanovic


Civil and Environmental Engineering


Belgrade, Republic of Serbia

SESYNC project: 

It is a joint project between SESYNC and Microsoft, related to the new high resolution land cover data set developed for Puget Sound and Chesapeake Watersheds.


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