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April 14, 2011

Center doctoral student Neil Carter is the latest Spartan Saga to appear on the MSU website. MSU is collecting the stories of the Spartans -- alumni, students, faculty and staff -- who are contributing to the common good in ways both big and small.

Carter explains his research on tiger conservation in Chitwan National Park in the story.

Watch Neil Carter's Spartan Saga.

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April 7, 2011

As climate change causes the surface temperatures of the Great Lakes to rise, lake whitefish are expected to move further north and deeper in the water column, potentially changing the value of this $16-million-per-year industry.

To help fish managers develop optimal harvest strategies in the face of this migration, Abigail Lynch, university distinguished fellow and fisheries doctoral student, and William Taylor, University Distinguished Professor in global fisheries systems, have received a grant from the Great Lakes Regional Sciences and Assessment Center (GLISA) to develop a decision support tool.

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April 6, 2011

Meshing the natural sciences with social sciences to tackle some of the world’s most pressing environmental issues often flies in the face of business-as-usual for universities. 

Yet the approach of coupled human and natural systems (CHANS) – holistically seeking to understand both the human systems and natural systems – offers promise of better understanding and greater impact on problems. 

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April 4, 2011

Twenty-two promising landscape ecology scientists will make presentations at the 2011 annual symposium of the U.S. Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (US-IALE) in Portland, OR, April 3-7 as recipients of a NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Award.

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April 1, 2011

The Earth’s climate is changing, and it is largely due to human activities.

That’s the conclusion — with 80 to 90 percent certainty — that Tom Dietz and the other members of the Panel on the Advancing the Science of Climate Change came to in their report submitted to Congress two years ago.

“Each of those conclusions comes from several different lines of research,” said Dietz, a professor of sociology and affiliated with the Environmental Science and Policy Program.

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March 29, 2011

Labeling products with information on the size of the carbon footprint they leave behind could help both consumers and manufacturers make better, environmentally friendly choices.

A Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability scientist and colleagues, writing in the April issue of the journal Nature Climate Change, said that labeling products, much like food products contain labels with nutritional information, could offer at least a short-term solution.

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March 25, 2011

The research of Neil Carter, doctoral student in the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, and Jack Liu, Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability and center director, is featured in the recently released 2010 MSU President's Report.

The report highlights the ways MSU scientists are working to solve the most pressing problems around the world.

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March 23, 2011

Xiaodong Chen, a former center member, will be honored in this month’s MSU International Award Ceremony for his doctoral work on addressing complex interactions among policies, people, and wildlife habitat in China's Wolong Nature Reserve.

Chen, who now is a Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Fellow in Sustainability Science in the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard's Center for International Development, will receive the Gill-Chin Lim Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Global Studies March 23 at a ceremony at the Spartan Club.

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March 21, 2011

Time marches on, and thanks to Michigan State University research, models of wildlife habitat now can monitor changes over time more accurately and more easily.

“Monitoring and projecting future changes are essential for sustainable management of coupled human and natural systems, including wildlife habitat,” said Jianguo “Jack” Liu, Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability at MSU. “Innovative computer models are urgently needed for effective monitoring and projection.”

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March 20, 2011

Few concepts seem more limitless than the idea of all the fish in the ocean – a comforting assumption that is both false and dangerous and explored in a new book by four center experts and others.

Sustainable Fisheries:  Multi-Level Approaches to a Global Problem presents multi-level approaches to the issue of unsustainable fisheries and provides potential solutions.

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