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Jan 16, 2014
SESYNC Postdoctoral Fellow Drew Gerkey Awarded Junior Scholar Prize by the Anthropology & Environment Society

The Anthropology & Environment Society (AES) has awarded its Junior Scholar Prize to Dr. Drew Gerkey, Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). The AES Junior Scholar Prize is given annually to an early-career scholar for an exemplary article in the area of environmental anthropology.


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Jan 14, 2014
Accepting Applications for Summer Interns & Internship Mentors

As part of its Undergraduate Summer Internship Program, the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) is currently accepting applications for interns and faculty mentors from the University of Maryland community.


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Jan 07, 2014
Accepting Applications for Postdoctoral Fellows & Research Collaborators

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) invites applications for two-year postdoctoral fellowships that begin August 2014. SESYNC also invites applications for Research Collaborators, who will co-develop postdoctoral projects and serve as a postdoctoral mentor during the fellowship.


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Dec 23, 2013
SESYNC Offices Closed Dec 24–Jan 1

SESYNC's offices will be closed December 24, 2013–January 1, 2014 for winter break.


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Dec 11, 2013
SESYNC Welcomes Visiting Scientist N. Thompson Hobbs

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) welcomes Dr. N. Thompson (Tom) Hobbs to our Annapolis center to begin his first of two visits-in-residence.


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Dec 05, 2013
SESYNC Announces Collaborative Research Opportunities with SESYNC Postdocs

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) seeks Research Collaborators (PhD required) who are interested in mentoring incoming SESYNC Postdoctoral Fellows and co-developing socio-environmental synthesis research projects with them.


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Nov 18, 2013
SESYNC Invites Proposals for Data-Intensive or Modeling Projects

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) announces a special invitation for proposals for data-intensive or modeling projects that can advance socio-environmental research.


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Nov 12, 2013
SESYNC Seeks Science Communication Fellows

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) at the University of Maryland seeks applications from motivated science communicators for fellowships that tackle the significant—and vital—cultural challenge of bringing science to life for a broad audience. This new fellowship program is intended to offer science communicators the opportunity to produce content informed by interactions with the diverse transdisciplinary research teams working at SESYNC.


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Nov 07, 2013
People or Parks: The Human Factor in Protecting Wildlife

  
When the United Nations put out its Protected Planet Report in 2012, it touted the news that national governments have designated more than 177,000 protected areas around the world for the long-term conservation of nature, covering an impressive 12.7 percent of the earth’s land surface. Just since 1990, the acreage under protection has increased by 48 percent.

But this encouraging news also masks a significant defect. Setting aside the question of how well officially protected areas actually protect anything, poor planning means these areas often completely omit critical habitats and key species. When a 2004 study in BioSciences looked at a representative sampling of wildlife from around the world, it found that protected areas included little or no habitat for about 90 percent of the threatened or endangered species in the sample. The list of outcasts included 276 mammal species, 940 amphibians, 23 turtles, and 244 birds. Even in parks specifically designed to accommodate certain species, moreover, climate change could make conditions far less accommodating in 50 or 100 years.

Continue reading at Yale Environment 360.


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Nov 07, 2013
SESYNC Welcomes Dr. Kristin Powell

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) is pleased to welcome our newest Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Kristin Powell.


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