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.


Sept. 16, 2010

Unlike Vegas, what happens in China doesn't stay in China.

The country's environmental challenges have worldwide implications, so more developed nations, such as the United States, need to help China adopt integrated solutions for the sake of global sustainability says an internationally renowned Michigan State University environmental scientist.


July 28, 2010

Although much effort and many resources have been expended to protect the endangered giant panda, research by an international team of scientists shows that much suitable panda habitat is outside the nature reserves and areas where the panda is reported to live.


April 6, 2010

Hundreds of scientists from around the world are involved in a new initiative at Michigan State University to improve cutting-edge research on the increasingly fragile relationship between humans and the environment.

The National Science Foundation recognized this research as a priority and has selected MSU to lead the effort, called the International Network of Research on Coupled Human and Natural Systems, or CHANS-Net. The NSF is supporting the project with a five-year grant.


April 1, 2010

Complex issues have hampered China's environmental protection efforts, but bold innovations can help it become a global sustainability leader, says a noted Michigan State University environmental scientist.