conservation

March 14, 2017

Two CSIS members have received awards to assist them in their research.

Kelly KapsarKelly Kapsar, a PhD student studying with Jianguo “Jack” Liu, has been awarded the Vera M. Wallach Scholarship for Wildlife Ecology or Management of Wildlife, which supports graduate students studying wildlife management, wildlife ecology, or natural resource management, or conducting Arctic and Antarctic research, with emphasis on the protection and preservation of wildlife in those regions.

The $3,100 award will help support Kapsar’s work to better understand interactions between the Arctic and non-Arctic regions and the role that zoos can play in mediating these interactions. She will be building upon her previous work with the St. Louis Zoo and their partnership with Alaska Native communities to better understand relationship development between geographically distant communities and its impacts on coupled human and natural systems

Erin TracyErin Tracy, a master’s student working with Dana Infante in the Aquatic Landscape Ecology Lab, has been named as the John Robertson – Theodore Roosevelt Conservation and Environmental Leadership Fellow. She plans to use the $2,500 award to attend the Great Lakes Leadership Academy Emerging Leaders Program. Tracy is researching how landscape factors affect lotic fish habitat and working to more fully understand the underlying principles in the field and prepare for a career in fisheries management.

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 In the media

March 27, 2015

Reclusive giant pandas fascinate the world, yet precious little is known about how they spend their time in the Chinese bamboo forests. Until now.

A team of Michigan State University (MSU) researchers who have been electronically stalking five pandas in the wild, courtesy of advanced GPS collars, have finished crunching months of data and has published some panda surprises in this month’s Journal of Mammalogy.

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Jan. 30, 2013

Paying people to protect their natural environment is a popular conservation tool around the world – but figure out that return on investment, for both people and nature, is a thorny problem, especially since such efforts typically stretch on for years.

“Short attention-span worlds with long attention-span problems” is how Xiaodong Chen, a former Michigan State University doctoral student now on faculty at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill sums it up.

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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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