April 6, 2017

Anna Herzberger is an MSU Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability doctoral student studying soybean production the Heilongjiang Province in northeastern China and in the United States. She hails from the farmlands of Virginia, Ill.

As the snow retreats and the days grow longer, I am again turning my attention towards summer fieldwork. I have fond memories of relaxing by the pool and spending time with my friends and family during high school and undergraduate summer breaks.

shadow

March 28, 2017

When making management decisions about complex environmental issues, it’s wise to give stakeholders with different points of view a seat at the table – preferably a landscape-shaped table with a computer-generated surface that participants can control with hand motions to get immediate feedback about possible solutions.

shadow

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.

shadow

March 7, 2017

A unified paradigm to meet growing global challenges has been recently recognized by the Ecological Society of America (ESA) as “the greatest contribution” to sustainability science that integrates ecological and social sciences.

The paper, written by Jianguo “Jack” Liu, Michigan State University’s director of the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, and colleagues will receive the Sustainability Science Award at the society’s annual meeting in Portland, Ore., in August.

shadow