Sep 20, 2019
SESYNC Director Co-Authors a Review on Restoration of River Flow Regimes in Science

SESYNC Director Margaret Palmer recently co-authored a review published in Science, titled “Linkages between flow regime, biota, and ecosystem processes: Implications for river restoration.” Palmer wrote the review with former SESYNC postdoctoral fellow Albert Ruhi, who is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental, Science, Policy, and Management, at the University of California, Berkeley. 

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Sep 19, 2019
In The New York Times: Hurricanes May Kill Some Birds, but Humans Are the Real Threat

Study by SESYNC’s Chris Field reveals coastal bird populations are resilient to hurricanes

In a catastrophic hurricane like Dorian, the loss of lives and homes can be overwhelming. But even in the midst of devastating sadness and disbelief, a far less urgent but perennial question can tug at the back of the mind. What is the impact of these storms on wild creatures, like birds?

It is too soon to know the extent of Dorian’s impact, and really too soon to ask. Ecological post-mortems are nowhere near the first order of business. But interviews with scientists and the findings in a paper published Monday by Ecology Letters suggest that many birds are resilient, and that when a hurricane does push a species over the brink, it is almost always a species that we have put there in the first place. 

If what we’re worried about is extinction, “we’re the driving force,” said David Steadman, curator of ornithology at the Florida Museum of Science, who has done a vast amount of research on Caribbean birds.

Continue reading at The New York Times.



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Sep 18, 2019
Coastal Birds Can Weather the Storm, but Not the Sea

Study reveals that coastal bird populations are resilient to hurricanes

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Sep 12, 2019
Risk, Data, and Plant Inspections: How an Interdisciplinary Science Team at SESYNC Informed a Policy Shift

Research entomologist Dr. Andrew (Sandy) Liebhold, of the USDA Forest Service, and resource economist Dr. Rebecca Epanchin-Niell, of Resources for the Future, recently led an interdisciplinary science team in a research pursuit at SESYNC titled “Globalization of the Live Plant Trade: Informing Efficient Strategies for Reducing Non-Native Pest Invasion Risk.” This science team sought to develop efficient strategies that regulators could adopt to lower the risk of invasive species entering ecosystems via live plants. Liebhold, Epanchin-Niell, and agriculture quarantine inspection expert Robert Griffin (retired USDA APHIS) recently spoke with SESYNC about the impacts of their research in a new documentary video, titled Plants & Pests, part of SESYNC’s Research in Action series.

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Aug 29, 2019
SESYNC Announces Fall 2019 Seminar Series

Join us on Tuesday mornings in Annapolis at 11 am for the Fall 2019 Seminar Series, beginning September 10.

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Aug 28, 2019
From the Archives: Monarch Butterflies Declining Faster than Previously Thought

A team of SESYNC researchers mobilized citizen science data to better understand changing monarch populations  

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Aug 14, 2019
Join Us for Networks-of-Networks Workshop Livestream

Pre-register now to join livestream of the International Networks-of-Networks Workshop on Sept 12-13, 2019

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Aug 05, 2019
Reducing Food Loss and Waste

A SESYNC science team assesses food sustainability interventions through an economic lens 


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Aug 05, 2019
From the Archives: New Look at Old Trees

A road map for utilities and policy makers to assess green infrastructure 

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Jul 25, 2019
SESYNC Invites Proposals for Interdisciplinary Team-Based Research

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) requests proposals for collaborative and interdisciplinary team-based research projects under two programs: Pursuits and Workshops.

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