Events

Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

Landscapes across the world are increasingly interconnected, both ecologically and socioeconomically. To understand and manage such complex interconnections, a new integrated framework of telecoupling is proposed (www.csis.msu.edu/telecoupling). Telecouplings are socioeconomic and ecological interactions between multiple coupled human and natural systems (e.g., landscapes) over distances. They occur during trade, water transfer, payment for ecosystem services, foreign investment, migration, and tourism.

Monday, March 21, 2016 - 10:00am - 11:30am

Pandas and People: Coupling Human and Natural Systems for Sustainability

Jack LiuGiant pandas are an endangered species and conservation icon. This talk will highlight the interdisciplinary research that addresses complex dynamics between humans and the natural world.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

An Analysis of Public Hearings and Meetings for the Construction of Highways and Related Infrastructure in Cave and Karst Ecosystems, Three Case Studies: Texas, Kentucky and Puerto Rico

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 11:00am - 11:20am

ABSTRACT: The sustainability of freshwater fisheries is increasingly affected by modifications to terrestrial and aquatic environments that influence water quality, quantity, and ecosystem productivity. Drivers of ecological change include warming air temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns, instream habitat alteration, and invasive species.

Monday, January 25, 2016 - 3:20pm - 3:40pm

ABSTRACT: Aquatic based zoonotic diseases (e.g., fish diseases) pose a threat to fish populations and the livelihoods of people that depend on those fish populations. Although in general they do not pose a great risk to humans, fish diseases pose a risk to the environment; recreational, commercial, charter, and tribal fishing; and the culture of fishing. Besides the natural movement of fish pathogens, humans play a role in the transmission of fish pathogens between bodies of water.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Talk Abstract: Understanding the drivers and patterns of thermal complexity is essential for effective management of aquatic systems. Such efforts require a combination of extensive empirical data collection and new modeling approaches.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm
CONSERVATION AND HEALTH PART 1

Efforts to conserve biodiversity have long emphasized the creation of national parks and other protected areas. The creation of parks is a challenge in tropical regions, where rural population densities are high, land ownership is often contested, and local livelihoods and health depend on natural resources. Should conservation goals be achieved by strictly excluding people from large portions of the landscape? Given the complexities of the problem, how can conflicts between conservation and human needs be managed?

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 3:00pm
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm

This talk is describing and discussing the four factors that will combine to strongly change conservation in the new century, compared to as we have known it in the 20th century.  This “Perfect Storm”, the combining of the factors, will cause interaction with surprising consequences for the conservation of nature and the outdoor recreation economy.  The institutions that provide conservation of natural resources…the government agencies, universities and conservation organizations will need to reset their strategies or will lose relevance in this new sett