Feb. 24, 2020

Whether small-time farmers across the world get swept away by globalization or ride a wave of new opportunities depends largely on how much control they can get, according to a new study that takes a new, big-picture look.


January 1, 2020

Nations across the world are following a United Nations blueprint to build a more sustainable future – but a new study shows that blueprint leads less to a castle in the sky, and more to a house that needs constant remodeling.

Sustainability scientists have developed systematic and comprehensive assessment methods and performed a first assessment of a country’s progress in achieving all 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) not just as a nation, but also at the regional levels, and not just as a snapshot – but over time.


Dec. 13, 2019

Global experts on environmental science and inland fisheries will receive honorary doctorates in science at Michigan State University. Both are long-time colleagues and collaborators of Fisheries and Wildlife researchers.

Harold Mooney

Stanford University ecologist and biology professor Harold Mooney plans to attend the Dec. 14 fall commencement’s advanced degree ceremonies to receive his honorary degree. His research ranges from the physiological ecology of plants to global environmental stability.



Robin Welcomme also will be honored but won’t be in attendance. His research into inland fisheries has boosted awareness of how they contribute to food security, human health and prosperity. Last year, the Robin Welcomme Fellowship Program, was created to recognize scientists who have been working to promote responsible inland fisheries.


Dec. 12, 2019

The survival of Earth’s life is not a battle of humans versus nature. In this week’s Science, an independent group of international experts, including one from Michigan State University (MSU), deliver a sweeping assessment of nature, concluding victory needs both humans and nature to thrive.


Dec. 3, 2019

An international group of sustainability scientists’ landmark cautionary narrative of human-caused mass extinction has been named one of 2019’s “most mind-boggling scientific discoveries.”


Oct. 17, 2019

Organizations looking to lead quests for sustainability can train troops within their ranks, but the traditional boundaries like experience, seniority and departments aren’t where the payoffs lie.


Oct. 14, 2019

When modeling how an animal may be living in its habitat, scientists can find themselves like the Goldilocks of methodology – finding some study areas and resolutions of data too big or too small. In this week’s Scientific Reports, Michigan State University researchers offer ways to make a model just right.


Oct. 20, 2019

In a world filled with stories of urgent conservation problems and heroic quests for solutions, Michigan State University experts this month have created a book full of success stories.


Sept. 26, 2019

Synthesizing new data and assessment methods is showing how freshwater fish is an invisible superhero in the global challenge to feed poor rural populations in many areas of the world.

But there’s a problem: Invisibility is the wrong superpower.


Sept. 23, 2019

Fundamentalist Christians tap into their willingness to sacrifice to conserve water and energy, shop environmentally and protect the Earth, according to a Michigan State University (MSU) study.

 A team of social scientists and sustainability scientists worked to peel off the layers of understanding about how Christianity and environmentalism mix. Their work is reported in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.