SESYNC Fall Seminar Series Kicks Off with Guest Lecture by Allen Carroll

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Sep 01, 2016

Allen Carroll, ArcGIS Online Content Program Manager at Esri.

The first seminar in our fall series is dedicated to the critical intersection of socio-environmental synthesis and how to tell data-driven stories. 

Allen Carroll heads the Environmental Systems Research Institute's (Esri) story maps team. You may have heard of Esri, but chances are you are more familiar with their Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping product, ArcGIS. Carroll works to harness the power of ArcGIS and its mapping capabilities to tell stories.

Carroll first came to Esri in 2010 after 27 years at National Geogrpahic, the last 12 of which he was the Society's chief cartographer. Now as the head of Esri's GIS-driven storytelling platform, Story Maps, he will lend his expertise on visual storytelling to improve understanding of socio-environmental synthesis and research. Story Maps are single-purpose web-apps that combine interactive maps, text, and multimedia to tell stories. The apps are designed to work on a variety of screen sizes, and include builder functions that enable creation of sophisticated narratives without requiring specialized web development skills.

Visual storytelling has the power to not only illuminate problems but also highlight actionable science. This SESYNC seminar will include demos of story maps and a discussion of their current and potential use in socio-environmental synthesis research. SESYNC seminars are open to all interested attendees. Join us in Annapolis!

SESYNC Seminars are held on Tuesdays throughout the fall, unless otherwise indicated. The full list of seminar speakers for the fall can be found below! All seminars begin at 11am, are open to the public, and are held at SESYNC's facilities in Annapolis, MD. Two seminars, highlighted below, are presenting their talk as part of SESYNC's Socio-Environmental Immersion Program. Seminar speakers and topics are still being finalized, so stay tuned! 

Date Seminar Speaker Speaker Title Speaker Affiliation Seminar Title
Tues, Sep 20 Allen Carroll ArcGIS Online Content Program Manager, Story Maps Esri “Harnessing the Power of Maps to Tell Stories”
Tues, Sep 27 Maggie Zimmer PhD Candidate in Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences Duke Unicersity “The characteristics and importance of temporary streams”
Tues, Oct 4 Tamma Carleton EPA STAR Fellow and PhD student in Agricultural & Resource Economics University of California, Berkeley “Using econometrics to uncover the social and economic impacts of climate”
Tues, Oct 18 Emily Minor Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences and Institute for Environmental Science and Policy University of Illinois at Chicago “Effects of socioeconomics and neighbor mimicry on vegetation and biodiversity in residential neighborhoods”
Tues, Oct 25 Sam White Associate Professor, Department of History Ohio State University “Climate History: Progress and Prospects in an Emerging Interdisciplinary Field”
Tues, Nov 1 Andrew Bell Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies New York University “Mobile tools to inform agent-based models”
THURS, Nov 10 Dan Faith Senior Principal Research Scientist Australian Museum “Biodiversity and its Histories: on the option value of biodiversity”
FRI, Nov 18 Jesse Ribot Professor of Geography University of Illinois “Climate and Social Vulnerability: Analytics of Cause and Responsibility”
Tues, Nov 29 Elizabeth Demaray Associate Professor of Fine Arts Rutgers University TBD (art and science collaboration)
Tues, Dec 6 Joe Maher Postdoctoral Fellow SESYNC “Forest Policy: Impacts on Energy and Climate”
Tues, Dec 13 Jenny Zambrano Postdoctoral Fellow SESYNC “Combined effects of local neighborhood and regional climate suitability explained tree performance in temperate and tropical forests”


The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, funded through an award to the University of Maryland from the National Science Foundation, is a research center dedicated to accelerating data-driven scientific discovery at the interface of human and ecological systems. Visit us online at and follow us on Twitter @SESYNC.

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