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Pursuit: Actionable Science in Transboundary River Basins

 

Actionable Science in Transboundary River Basins

Around the world, intensifying demands for water resources, changes in the hydro-climatic cycle, and degrading water quality pose threats to human and ecosystems. These risks are particularly of concern in transboundary river basins, where coordination across international political boundaries adds complexity to already challenging governance issues.

Pursuit: Saving Africa's Vultures

 

Saving Africa's Vultures

The “African vulture crisis” describes the decade long decline in populations of 7 of 11 vulture species in Africa that have recently been reclassified as Critically-Endangered or Endangered using IUCN criteria.

Pursuit: Accounting for US Ecosystem Services at National and Subnational Scales

 

Accounting for US Ecosystem Services at National and Subnational Scales

This Pursuit convenes a team of legal scholars, social and environmental scientists, government officials, and NGOs to examine when, why, and how government-supported adaptation succeeds or fails. We address two important socio-environmental issues: governance of vital water resource systems (e.g., river basins) and city resources (e.g., community greenspaces, vacant lots).

Pursuit: Legal Design Principles of Government-Supported Adaptation: Designing Effective Decentralization Programs in Cities and Vital Water Social-Ecological Systems

 

Legal Design Principles of Government-Supported Adaptation: Designing Effective Decentralization Programs in Cities and Vital Water Social-Ecological Systems

This Pursuit convenes a team of legal scholars, social and environmental scientists, government officials, and NGOs to examine when, why, and how government-supported adaptation succeeds or fails.

Pursuit: Soil as a social ecological feedback: Mapping the social and ecological processes for agroecosystem resilience in the era of climate change

 

Soil as a social ecological feedback: Mapping the social and ecological processes for agroecosystem resilience in the era of climate change

The goal of this Pursuit is to bring together a diverse team of collaborators to examine how soil health can act as a social-ecological feedback at the level of individual farmers, agencies and policy makers’ decisions to use or encourage soil enhancing practices through a transdisciplinary integration of biophysical, climatic and social science data at multiple scales (spa

Pursuit: Linkages of agrobiodiversity in urban systems and food-producing landscapes

 

Linkages of agrobiodiversity in urban systems and food-producing landscapes

The overarching questions addressed by this Pursuit are: How do food-producing systems correspond to characteristic landscapes and connect to food supply chains and in turn how do these factors shape agrobiodiversity? How does the process of urbanization reshape the demand for food systems, and how does this in turn shape food diversity and landscapes?

Pursuit: Synergistic interactions of environmental degradation, socio-economic development and infectious disease dynamics in the Amazon region

 

Synergistic interactions of environmental degradation, socio-economic development and infectious disease dynamics in the Amazon region

This Pursuit will use data from land-use changes, disease records, and socio-economic surveys to map spatio-temporal patterns of disease transmission onto socio-economic changes underway in the Amazon, and vice-versa. The team will deliver a framework for formulating and parameterizing models of vector-borne diseases in landscapes undergoing rapid transformation.

Pursuit: Socio-spatial Ecology of the Bed Bug and its Control

 

Socio-spatial Ecology of the Bed Bug and its Control

Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are a resurgent problem in cities worldwide. Over the past decade bed bugs have reestablished themselves as a common urban pest throughout the United States. Bed bugs present significant public health and economic concerns.

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