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.


March 6, 2017

Around the world, thousands of migratory animals travel hundreds or even thousands of miles each year. The journey of migratory animals is more important than their destination. Scientists use the endangered Kirtland’s warblers to show how connecting all migration’s points can chart a way to sustainability.


Feb. 22, 2017

Understanding how the Earth is changing, and how that change affects people, has advanced substantially thanks to investments by the federal government.  That is the conclusion of a  National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report issued this week, that includes the input of a Michigan State University (MSU) scholar.


Feb. 7, 2017

Michigan State University graduate students are invited to apply for a Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited (SWMTU) Graduate Fellowship, up to $3,400, administered by the MSU Graduate School. This fellowship was established in 1987 by Sis Schrems, whose husband, Cornelius “Cornie” Schrems’, was a founding member of Trout Unlimited.


Dec. 27, 2016

The world is tightly connected as never before by things like information, labor, goods and products. These interactions not only affect people, but also change natural systems, yet have been largely downplayed or ignored in conservation practices.


Dec. 9, 2016

The article Telecoupling in urban water systems: an examination of Beijing’s imported water supply by Jill Deines and Jack Liu has made it to the high impact research collection of Routledge Geography, Planning and Urban Studies academic publishers and made free to access until June 2


Dec. 6, 2016

Global sustainability is a demanding taskmaster in the research world because achieving sustainability requires everything to be understood simultaneously. Blind spots can mean missing critical opportunities to affect positive change.


Nov. 30, 2016

SMEP logoThe Sustainable Michigan Endowed Project (SMEP) is seeking talented and creative sustainability doctoral students for its SMEP Scholar Program.

Scholars receive:

  • a one-time allocation of $25,000, disbursed to the student’s major professor, used to support the student’s Ph.D. studies (e.g., tuition, research, or travel costs)
  • professional development in sustainability studies, including time and space to develop sustainability concepts, research, and interventions; networking with peers and leaders in the field; and exposure to community engaged scholarship in Michigan
  • access to discretionary funds for group trainings, trips, or other efforts that can be designed by the scholars