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Oct. 31, 2014

Today’s natural resource manager tending to the health of a stream in Louisiana needs to look upstream. Way upstream - like Montana. Michigan State University (MSU) scientists have invented a way to more easily manage the extensive nature of streams.

There are 2.6 million stream reaches in the contiguous United States that are intricately interconnected. It’s impossible to address the health of one reach without knowing what’s happening upstream.

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Sept. 15, 2014

The first big revelation in conservation sciences was that studying the people on the scene as well as nature conservation was crucial. Now, as this science matures, researchers are showing that it’s useful to compare apples and oranges.

Or, more accurately, tigers and pandas.

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Aug. 20, 2014

China’s 35-year quest to prosperity has exacted a steep price from its coastal ecosystems, a team of American and Chinese scientists report.

It’s not total human population growth that has degraded marine life along China’s coast to a near-irreversible point. Rather, scientists, including Michigan State University’s Jianguo “Jack” Liu, say the booming industrialization that began in 1978 has shifted populations to newly developed coasts, bringing with them pollution, coastal degradation and over fishing.

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July 22, 2016

Students, post-docs and junior researchers (e.g. assistant professors) across the world who want to expand their professional networks should apply for a 2017 NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Award. This will mark the program's 20th year. 

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July 21, 2014

As science identifies more and more connections between important -- but often seemingly unrelated --  phenomena that span the globe, it's showing us how tightly wound the Earth is.  Indeed: the drivers of climate change, food security and wildlife conservation wrap around the globe like stitching binds a baseball.

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July 18, 2014

Jing Sun, a post-doctoral scholar working with Jack Liu, has published a paper in this week’s Applied Geography. He explores new ways of understanding deforestation in the Amazon.

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