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Nov. 12, 2015

Andrew Carlson, a CSIS doctoral student, will be paired with a Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) executive to analyze results from the 2015 Inland Trout Angler Survey with the help of the Janice Lee Fenske Excellence in Fisheries Management Fellowship.

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Oct. 7, 2015

The life of tourist destinations unfold with success, peril -- and lessons. Tourism is a telecoupling process, which involves socioeconomic and environmental interactions over distances. As global tourism booms, researchers at Michigan State University work to extract those lessons.

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Oct.1, 2015

This just in from the pandas nestled in a remote corner of China: Their influence spans the globe.

In this week’s international journal Ecology and Society, sustainability scholars from Michigan State University apply a new integrated framework to the decades of work they’ve done to understand how pandas and local people in pandas’ fragile environment interact across the world.

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Sept. 18, 2015

China’s struggle – mirrored across the globe -- to balance public concern over the safety of genetically modified (GM) crops with a swelling demand for affordable food crops has left a disconnect:  In China’s case, shrinking fields of domestic soybean – by law non-GM -- and massive imports of cheaper soybeans that are the very GM crop consumers profess to shun.

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Sept. 11, 2015

In today’s globalized world, humans and nature are inextricably linked. The coupled human and natural systems (CHANS) framework provides a lens with which to understand such complex interactions.

One of the central components of the CHANS framework involves examining feedbacks among human and natural systems, which form when effects from one system on another system feed back to affect the first system.

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Aug. 18, 2015

Michigan State University fishing expert Bill Taylor has been honored – and tapped for service – by the American Fisheries Association.

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Aug. 11, 2015

Three Michigan State University PhD students will work to understand how people and nature interact from Scandinavia to China thanks to The William W. and Evelyn M. Taylor Endowed Fellowship for International Engagement in Coupled Human and Natural Systems.


 

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July 22, 2015

The benefits people reap from nature – or the harm they can suffer from natural disasters – can seem as obvious as an earthquake. Yet putting numbers to changes in those ecosystem services and how human well-being is affected has fallen short, until now.

A team of researchers from Michigan State University (MSU) and Chinese Academy of Sciences are advancing new modeling technology to quantify human dependence on nature, human well-being, and relationships between the two. The latest step is published in this week’s Ecosystem Health and Sustainability journal.

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June 15, 2015

The environmental movement is making a difference – nudging greenhouse gas emissions down in states with strong green voices, according to a Michigan State University (MSU) study.

Social scientist Thomas Dietz and Kenneth Frank, MSU Foundation professor of sociometrics, have teamed up to find a way to tell if a state jumping on the environmental bandwagon can mitigate other human factors – population growth and economic affluence – known to hurt the environment.  

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