Feb. 28, 2011

Southwestern China’s Wolong Nature Reserve has been for 15 years the “excellent laboratory” for groundbreaking research mainly supported by the U.S.


Feb. 21, 2011

The choices an individual makes about environmental issues are affected by family, friends and others in a person's social network. Michigan State University scientists are studying how to harness the power of social networks to better communicate sustainability science.


Feb. 20, 2011

Ask any political leader if they are in favor of sustainability, and the pat answer is typically a resounding, “Yes.”

Evaluating its effectiveness, however, is a much trickier endeavor. Thomas Dietz, a sociology and environmental science and policy professor at Michigan State University, took steps to indentify a universal framework to evaluate sustainability at a national gathering of scientists Feb. 20.


Feb. 14, 2011


There’s a delicate, complicated dance between tigers and people in and around the Chitwan National Park in Nepal -- a dance that's duplicated across the world where wild animals and people share a backyard.

Call it the human-nature tango.


Jan. 11, 2011

Jianguo "Jack" Liu, internationally known for his new ways of exploring the relationships between humans and nature and how those intertwined systems affect the environment, has been named a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Liu is an MSU University Distinguished Professor of fisheries and wildlife who holds the Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability and serves as director of the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability at MSU. He is one of six MSU faculty members named AAAS fellows this year.


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.


Nov. 11, 2010

Elinor Ostrom, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, will present the Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture Dec. 10 in the Lincoln Room of the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on the Michigan State University campus.


Oct. 25, 2010

The devastation of China’s 2008 earthquake was substantially lessened by environmental conservation programs for some of the country’s most fragile habitats, according to research published in a journal of the Royal Swedish Academy of Science this week.

Analysis of satellite imagery and field data by scientists at Michigan State University and in China show the quake – and the resulting landslides – affected 10 percent of the forests covering the mountains that are home to endangered species, including giant pandas. But it could have been worse.