Fall semester 2013


Jianguo "Jack" Liu in Fall semester 2013 taught a class on the key issues and exciting frontiers in research on coupled human and natural systems (CHANS).

Coupled Human and Natural Systems (CHANS): Key Issues and Research Frontier -- FW893 (section 002) -- examined the many complex ways that humans and the environment are intertwined. 


May 22, 2013

What people take from nature – water, food, timber, inspiration, relaxation – are so abundant, it seems self-evident. Until you try to quantitatively understand how and to what extent they contribute to humans.

In today’s world, where competition for and degradation of natural resources increases globally, it becomes ever more crucial to quantify the value of ecosystem services – the precise term that defines nature’s benefits, and even more important to link how different types of ecosystem services affect various components of human well-being.


Feb. 4, 2013

Hot-button issues such as climate change, wildlife conservation and restoring decimated rainforests are renowned scientific playgrounds.

The biological/ecological scientists for years have been in the front row – agronomists, biologists, hydrologist, climatologists, ecologists have weighed in with heavy equipment and heavy data from GPS and satellite imaging.


Sept. 17, 2012

Jack Liu is featured in a Q & A in the AAAS MemberCentral -- produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The article, "Jack Liu tracks our environmental footprint" asks questions such as:

AAAS MemberCentral: You have said before “I always try to let the data speak for itself.” Can you elaborate? Why do you think following the data, even if it doesn’t fit your expectations, is so important?...


To protect a dangerous and endangered animal -- be it a tiger in Nepal or a wolf in Michigan - you really do have to ask people “how do you FEEL about your predatory neighbor?”

Effective conservation calls for not only figuring out what protected species need – like habitat and food sources. It also requires an understanding of what it takes for their human neighbors to tolerate them. A Michigan State University doctoral student studying tigers in Nepal found that those feelings can provide critical information on how best to protect species.


April 13, 2012

It's been five years since Jack Liu and Eunice Yu published pioneering research showing that divorce is bad for the environment. And it's still being talked about.

In the April 13th Psychology Today, Rachel Clark resurrects the research to consider for Earth Day April 22.