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


Nov. 28, 2016

At first glance, people and fish don’t seem to have much in common. But the more than 322 million people in the United States and the more than 3,000 species of fish all depend on the same water for survival.

Dana InfanteThe latest assessment report from the National Fish Habitat Partnership offers insights on the effect humans have had on fish habitat and fish sustainability. Dana Infante, Michigan State University associate professor of fisheries and wildlife and director of the Aquatic Landscape Ecology Lab in the MSU Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, was one of the report’s authors and led the inland stream assessment team.


Nov. 4, 2016

While China is building a gigantic modern-day upgrade of the famed ancient Silk Road resplendent in global cooperation in the name of economic expansion, a group of sustainability scholars point out that the Belt and Road Initiative (B&R) also could be a superhighway of environmental progress.

China’s initiative is essentially supersizing the ancient Silk Road – which connects China to the Mediterranean – and weaving it into the Maritime Silk Road’s ocean-based routes to connect China with Asia, Europe, and Africa, as well as along the Indian Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.


Oct. 14, 2016

Emilio Moran, a renowned social and environmental scientist and Michigan State University Hannah Distinguished Professor, has been appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Science Board of the National Science Foundation.

A pioneer in the field of environmental research, Moran will begin his six-year term after he is sworn in at the board’s next meeting in early November.

Moran is a CSIS member. Read the full story here.


October 12, 2016

Just as there are two sides to every story, sustainability challenges have at least two stories to reach every solution. Scientists report new ways to understand and integrate those tales.


Sept. 20, 2016

The only guarantee of change is that it will come – a truth that has been acknowledged and embraced by the Great Lakes Fishery Commission (GLFC). CSIS PhD student Molly Good partnered with Bill Taylor to help the organization examine the prospects of change and explore options for its current and future involvement in Great Lakes fisheries management


Sept. 14, 2016

When it comes to understanding how giant pandas pick habitat – a crucial piece of conservation intelligentsia – researchers get a much better picture by watching their whole journey, not just the potty breaks.


Sept. 7, 2016

An international group of scientists and stakeholders grappling with some of the greatest – and most complicated – challenges faced by humanity and the natural world will be wielding a tool created at Michigan State University.


July 27, 2016

Do you have a project involving telecoupling? Submit an abstract for a special session on telecoupling at the AGU Fall Meeting Dec. 12-16, 2016, in San Francisco.

The session title is "Telecoupling framework as an integrated platform to capture, study and manage complexity in a changing world." Deadline for abstract submissions is Aug. 3, 2016.

For more information, visit this call for abstracts page on the CHANS-Net website.


July 18, 2016

Inland fisheries around the world – and the people who depend on them for food, livelihoods, and well-being – need international action to improve the sustainability of freshwater aquatic resources, according to recommendations supported at the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) meeting at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome.