May 04, 2016
SESYNC Releases R Package for Working with PostGIS


Data Scientist

From geotagged social media posts to satellite-based remote sensors, the variety and volume of geodatasets – data items associated with specific spatial coordinates or areas – are rapidly growing, as is their use in socio-environmental systems research. Today, free and open source spatial analysis software offer a level... Read more...

Apr 01, 2016
Emerging Force on Building Resources for Complex, Action-Oriented Team Science: Gabriele Bammer’s Mission to Join Scholarly Knowledge

Gabriele Bammer, Leader of the Building Resources for Complex Action-Oriented Team Science Theme and professor in the Research School of Population Health at The Australian National University (ANU).

Gabriele Bammer, Leader of SESYNC's "Building Resources for Complex, Action-Oriented Team Science" Theme and Professor in the Research School of... Read more...

Feb 16, 2016
Conservation by the Numbers: Mathematical Models Link Illegal Wildlife Trade & Disease Risk

Above image: Wall of cages: wild and domestic birds for sale at a Peruvian animal market, courtesy of Elizabeth Daut.

Communications Coordinator

A new paper recently published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE by... Read more...

Feb 01, 2016
Salamanders at Risk: New Listing Protects from Deadly Pathogen

Above: The California newt is a salamander species endemic to California, in the Western United States. Photo courtesy John Clare via Flickr/Creative Commons.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

Dec 11, 2015
Predicting Forest Recovery from Human Disturbance

How successfully can we restore the world’s degraded lands? A new global meta-analysis seeks to understand what determines forest landscape restoration success and recovery rates.

by Karen D. Holl, Paula Meli, José M. Rey Benayas, and the SESYNC/iDIV Restoration Synthesis Working Group

This blog originally appeared...

Dec 09, 2015
Featured Fellow: Lisa Palmer

What does it take to reconcile the threat of global environmental change with the need to feed a growing population?

Developing countries will be the most vulnerable to changes in climate. A recent government study in India warned that the anticipated rise in global temperatures over the next three decades could reduce wheat yields in the country by as much as 23 percent. Related... Read more...

Nov 17, 2015
What We're Reading

From our reading lists to yours: what National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) researchers and staff are reading.

An equilibrium theory signature in the island biogeography of human parasites and pathogens

Authors: Kévin Jean, William R. Burnside, Lynn...

Nov 11, 2015
From Meta-Studies to Modeling: Synthesizing a Changing Landscape

Communications Coordinator

Question? Research. Answer!

It may be simple and straightforward, yet it’s rarely how the scientific process actually works. Rather, scientific discovery is wrought with complexities that may lead to more questions than answers—but that’s precisely where things get interesting... Read more...

Oct 22, 2015
From Policy to Practice: Integrating Ecosystem Services into Federal Decision Making

Communications Coordinator

Above photo: U.S. federal agencies including the Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Indian Affairs conduct a prescribed burn for prairie restoration in the fall of 2011. Prescribed burning is a management technique used to control invasive grasses on refuge lands.... Read more...

Oct 20, 2015
SESYNC Welcomes Joe Maher

Communications Coordinator

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) is pleased to welcome to our Annapolis center Dr. Joe Maher, a Computational Postdoctoral Fellow. Get to know our newest researcher:

Name: Joe Maher
PhD: Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland
SESYNC...