Human+Nature Blog

Jan. 10, 2014

Jackie Hulina was a master's student in the Michigan State University's Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability. 

You can’t blame scientists for doing what they do best.  Integrative research can be a noble goal, but is it feasible?

To give you the short answer, yes.  However, it takes a lot more effort than disciplinary research. 

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Dec. 16, 2013

Jackie Hulina was a master's student in the Michigan State University's Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability. 

When last we met, I threw a bunch of jargon around. 

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Nov. 12, 2013

Jackie Hulina was a master's student in the Michigan State University's Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability. 

Where do I fit into this picture?  How can I possibly help to sustain an entire species? 

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Oct. 17, 2013

Jackie Hulina was a master's student in the Michigan State University's Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability.

How many of your teachers have told you that knowledge is the key to success? 

That’s why when people started to notice that Kirtland’s warblers were declining – and fast – they realized the need to learn more about the bird.

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Oct. 9, 2013

Jackie Hulina was a master's student in the Michigan State University's Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability.

So you're wondering what it takes to be a researcher? Be a book-worm.  

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Oct. 3, 2013

Jackie Hulina was a master's student in the Michigan State University's Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability.

If I had a name-tag, it would say "Hello, My name is Jackie," but my friends like to call me "The Girl Who Lived With Wolves."  

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Blogger: Marielle Peschiera: Master's student

I am part of the first cohorts of graduate students participating in the MSU and University of Puerto Rico partnership. MSU in coordination with UPR fund Puerto Rican graduate students to take classes at MSU and conduct research in Puerto Rico on issues relevant to environmental assessment and management of the Island’s resources. Here at Michigan State University, I am part of the Center for System Integration and Sustainability in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

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Blogger: Abigail Lynch: PhD student

Resilient fisheries, resilient ecosystems, resilient communities. The term “resilience” has such a positive connotation that I find that it is often sprinkled among research interests, objectives and outcomes like cayenne pepper in a spicy chili recipe. A pinch of resilience here, a dash of sustainability there. Until recently, I took that as the recipe for a well-managed fishery. Until recently, I took the definition of resilience for granted.

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Blogger: Kelsey Schlee: Master's student

My nervousness about delivering my first scientific presentation had been ramping up for months prior to our departure for Russia. Not only was this a new experience for me, but I would be speaking to a group of very specialized and experienced charr researchers about the very beginnings of my master’s project. It was my hope that they could help provide some insight for my own research and help steer me down the best scientific path.

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Blogger: Abigail Lynch: PhD student

As difficult as it is for me to present a scientific presentation, I cannot fully comprehend what it must be like to present in another language. We did, however, have a bit of a window into the difficulties of communicating across language barriers this week at Институт Биологии Внутренних Вод (Institute of Biology of Inland Waters) in Borok, Russia.

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