Reduced diversity of populations can have far-reaching consequences for ecosystem functioning and resilience when it results in lost capacity for individuals to adapt or acclimate to changing environmental conditions. Such losses are of concern for species such as the submersed aquatic plant species Vallisneria americana that have experienced large declines due to anthropogenic factors.
Sustainability, social media, and women are a unique combination. How do people network around concepts of sustainability, and what is the role of social media and social networks in particular? The Global Women Scholars Research Network uses the platform of the Commission for Sustainable Development, Rio+20 to look at how women network around a science issue, particularly sustainability and climate change.
Redefining our Relationship to Nature: Alternative Environmental Metaphors and Socio-environmental Synthesis
Our approach to conservation—and to nature—is shaped in part by our metaphors. In this presentation, I examine alternative ways of conceptualizing invasive species (e.g., “invasional meltdown” versus “novel ecosystems”) and evaluate their implications for socio-environmental synthesis and, more broadly, for our relationship with nature.
The SESYNC Graduate Scholars Program harnessed the creative abilities of graduate students from both the social and natural sciences to identify socio-environmental topics that are ripe for synthesis. The SESYNC Graduate Scholars represent a diversity of academic disciplines and geographic regions. The program included a Theme Identification component amongst the Graduate Scholars, as well as an online social networking component between each Graduate Scholar and his/her own network of other graduate students.
We will address two urgent problems: (1) designing and delivering undergraduate STEM courses that better engage students and increase their learning; and (2) preparing citizens to address global challenges (e.g., energy, environment, health, food) that are coupled with strong economic development. Research indicates that both problems can be addressed by connecting STEM education with real-world problems in sustainability.
The Socio-Environmental Synthesis (SES) Teaching Study is a SESYNC Venture addressing a number of critical questions:
Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.
Before applying, prospective applicants should first contact SESYNC at firstname.lastname@example.org to express interest in this opportunity. See the Short Course Proposal Development section for further details.
The first SESYNC education workshop titled: “Socio-Environmental Synthesis Education: Goals, Resources and Tools” was held June 4-5, hosting 39 scholars, practitioners and media professionals from 3 countries at SESYNC in Annapolis. A series of plenary presentations, small group discussions and workshop-wide synthesis discussions, discussed:
The first SESYNC education workshop titled: “Socio-Environmental Synthesis Education: Goals, Resources and Tools” was held June 4–5, 2012, hosting 39 scholars, practitioners, and media professionals from three countries.
A series of plenary presentations, small group discussions and workshop-wide synthesis discussions, discussed: