Feb 13, 2019
History Holds Key

In her seminar at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), Dr. Stefani Crabtree discussed how she explored past human-environment interactions as experiments in sustainability, where the archaeological record could improve the understanding of more resilient interactions with environments today. 

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Feb 11, 2019
Announcing New Themes for Pursuit and Workshop RFP

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) invites proposals for collaborative team-based synthesis research (pursuits or workshops) around emerging SES topics. We encourage proposals that synthesize data, develop and apply models, and couple quantitative and qualitative data/information in new ways.  

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Jan 24, 2019
Spring Seminar Schedule 2019

Join us Tuesdays at 11am for the SESYNC Seminar Series on topics spanning ecology, geography, social science, and more. All seminars are free and open to the public.

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Jan 23, 2019
Q&A with SESYNC Postdoc Lee Mordechai

SESYNC is excited to welcome our newest postdoc Lee Mordechai! Learn more about Lee and his SESYNC research project.

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Jan 18, 2019
Accepting Applications: Bayesian Modeling for Socio-Environmental Data 2019

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) will host an 11 day short course “Bayesian Modeling for Socio-Environmental Data" from June 3 - June 13, 2019 covering basic principles of using Bayesian models to gain insight from data.

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Jan 10, 2019
Mosquito net fishing exemplifies conflict among Sustainable Development Goals

I was home in South Africa in 2016 when a friend arrived for dinner, happy to have avoided mosquito bites on a recent trip to Zambia but angry to have seen the same insecticide-treated bed nets they slept under being used to catch fish. In 2017, there were an estimated 219 million cases of malaria in 90 countries, with 435,000 deaths, 93% of them in Africa​. Insecticide-treated bed nets are estimated to have averted 450 million malaria cases in Africa between 2000 and 2015, the largest contribution among the interventions assessed. More than 1.2 billion bed nets have been distributed in Africa since 2000­, and an even greater flow of nets will be needed to achieve the World Health Organization’s goal of reducing malaria incidence by 90% by 2030.

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Dec 10, 2018
SESYNC is Hiring for Two Positions!

SESYNC seeks applications for an Assistant Research Scientist to lead our Data Science Team and a Science Communications Coordinator to lead communciations activities at the center. 

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Nov 28, 2018
Beyond the muddy boots: making summer internships count through synthesis workshops

It’s a searing summer day on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and in chest-high waders carrying 30 pounds of soil on your back, the humidity is almost unbearable. We have spent long hours in the field and the lab as a budding undergraduate and graduate researchers, wading through wetlands and tromping through fields for the sake of “research.” The question arises in each of us – “Why am I doing this?”

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Nov 14, 2018
Negative biotic interactions drive predictions of distributions for species from a grassland community

Where are you likely to see your favourite plant or animal in the wild?

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Nov 13, 2018
First assessment of planetary boundaries for antibiotic and pesticide resistance shows several already crossed

Resistance to antibiotics and pesticides is rising at alarming rates. Yet, currently there is no global framework to track the threat to human health and crops. 

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