May 10, 2017

As nearly 75 percent of the nation’s largest dams approach the high maintenance years, safety and economics figure large in decisions to fix or replace. A recent study by Michigan State University (MSU) researchers makes a case to consider how those dams affect the streams and fish that live in them.


April 28, 2017

PhD student Emily Dean was selected to participate in the 2017 Great Lakes Leadership Academy Emerging Leaders Program

The program promotes positive change, economic vitality, and resource conservation and enhance the quality of life in Michigan by encouraging leadership for the common good.

Dean's studies are supervised by Dana Infante in the Aquatic Landscape Ecology lab.


April 24, 2017


Min Gon ChungHongbo YangTwo CSIS PhD students have garnered support from MSU’s Environmental Science and Policy (ESPP) to study issues of sustainability in urban environments in China this summer.


April 21, 2017

Doctoral student Thomas Connor will spend a year both seeking to understand the forces that divide wildlife habitat in China and building bridges of understanding between scientists, nature lovers and tourists as a Fulbright Scholar.


April 5, 2017

A veteran at deploying science for the nation’s good will examine how to connect the sciences to policy in the current political climate at the Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture at Michigan State University (MSU) Tuesday, April 18.

Marcia McNutt, president of the National Academy of Sciences, will deliver “Science Advice for Policy Decisions: Is Anyone Listening?” in the MSU Union Ballroom at 4 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception.


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.


March 22, 2017

Marcia McNutt, president of the National Academy of Sciences, will present "Science Advice for Policy Decisions: Is Anyone Listening" as the ninth Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture Tuesday, April 18.


March 21, 2017

The story of wildlife conservation is usually framed as man vs. treasured wildlife. But there’s growing evidence that the narrative deserves to have leading roles for livestock such as sheep, yaks or cows.

A group of researchers from Michigan State University (MSU) and China are building the case that allowing livestock to graze and forage amidst protected wildlife disrupts wildlife already struggling for survival – and that different wildlife react to livestock invasions in different ways. The work is published in the most recent edition of Biological 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.


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.