2010 News and Event Roundup

Dec. 31, 2010

Jack Liu published "China's Environmental Challenges and Implications for the World"in Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology.

Anita Morzillo and Jack Liu published "An integration of habitat evaluation, individual based modeling, and graph theory for a potential black bear population recovery in southeastern Texas, USA" in Landscape Ecology.

Bill McConnell published "Environmental change and adaptation in degraded agro-ecosystems: the case of highland Madagascar" in AREA.

Jack Liu published "Sustainability: A Household Word" published in Science.

Neil Carter published "American black bear habitat selection in northern Lower Peninsula, Michigan, USA, using discrete-choice modeling" in Ursus.

Jack Liu and Shuxin Li published "The Largest World's Fair" in Science.

Xiaodong Chen published "Using Cost-Effective Targeting to Enhance the Efficiency of Conservation Investments in Payments for Ecosystem Services" in Conservation Biology.

Jack Liu published "Long-term effects of family planning and other determinants of fertility on population
and environment: agent-based modeling evidence from Wolong Nature Reserve, China" in Population and Environment.

Nick Reo published "Tribal and state ecosystem management regimes influence forest regeneration" in Forest Ecology and Management.

Andrés Viña published "Range-wide analysis of wildlife habitat: Implications for conservation" in Biological Conservation.

Mao-Ning Tuanmu received a NASA Earth System Fellowship.

Tom Dietz served as vice chair for the NAS report on American Climate Choice.

James Millington co-authored "Mind, the gap in landscape-evolution modelling" in Earth Surface Processes and Landforms.

Vanessa Hull received the Bill and Evelyn Taylor Scholarship in Coupled Human and Natural Systems.

Ken Frank spent the week of May 10 at CSIS. He gave a talk on social networks and natural resource usage on May 10 and discussed his work with the Stockholm Resiliency Centre

Chiara Zuccarino-Crowe received a Fenske Fellowship Award. The award was made possible by a generous contribution from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.

Nick Reo received a postdoctoral fellowship offer from the University of Michigan.

Bill Taylor was invited to give a keynote address at the International Forum on Biodiversity in Beijing, which is part of the celebration of the United Nations' Year of Biodiversity.

Mao-Ning TuanMu published "Mapping understory vegetation using phenological characteristics derived from remotely sensed data" in Remote Sensing of Environment.

Peter Esselman published "Overcoming Information Limitations for the Prescription of an Environmental Flow Regime for a Central American River" in Ecology and Science.

Science published "China's Road to Sustainability." The Chinese version was published in World Environment.

Science published "China, India, and the Environment."

Abby Lynch and Chiara Zuccarino-Crowe were the inaugural recipients of the Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt Leadership Awards. This fellowship is awarded by the MSU Graduate School to help further a graduate student's professional development as a future leader in natural resource and conservation based organizations and agencies.

Xiaodong Chen received Harvard University's Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Sustainability Science. Chen also received a USDA-NIFA Professional Enhancement Award to attend and give a presentation in a symposium on bioenergy and biodiversity at the 2010 US-IALE conference in Athens, Georgia.

Mao-Ning Tuanmu received a CHANS Fellowship to attend and give a presentation at the US-IALE conference in Athens, Georgia, April 5-9, 2010.

Wu Yang received a NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Award to attend and give a presentation at the 2010 US-IALE conference in Athens, Georgia.

Vanessa Hull's research was featured on CCTV (China Central Television), China's official and largest television network.

CSIS welcomed the following individuals:

  • Peter Esselman joined CSIS and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife as a research associate.  Esselman is a freshwater landscape ecologist with a strong interest in fish communities, freshwater resource management and sustainable development. His research combines landscape theory, field sampling, and modeling to address problems in fish ecology, freshwater conservation, and sustainable development at local, regional, and continental scales. Esselman is currently conducting a national assessment of the condition of freshwater fish habitats for the US National Fish Habitat Action Plan.

  • John Burke joined CSIS and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife as as a master’s student focusing on the effects of gold mine tailings on productivity and fish populations in southeast Alaska.  He received his undergraduate degree in fisheries science from Virginia Tech and conducted research with Virginia Tech’s Wildlife Ecotoxicology and Physiological Ecology program on the sublethal effects of mercury contamination in amphibians.  Past work also focused on monitoring fecal coliforms and nutrient levels in streams heavily impacted by urban and agricultural runoff with the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.

  • Kiira Siitari joined CSIS and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife as a master's student under the guidance of William Taylor. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2006 and has since been working on various field projects in conservation biology. She is interested in land and water interactions, with plans to research terrestrial predator influences on aquatic communities utilizing Gap analysis planning as key element in her work. Ultimately, she hopes to broaden the scale at which people think about aquatic sustainability and possibly provide successful tools to help implement these ideas.

Neil Carter received a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for his research project "Coupled Human and Natural Systems Approach to Tiger Conservation."

Ken Frank was appointed to the editorial board of Ecology and Society.