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Apr 20, 2017
Fisheries are Critical to Global Food Security

Globally, more than one billion people depend on fisheries and aquaculture as a primary source of protein, and an essential source of micronutrients such as zinc, vitamin B12, and omega-3 fatty acids. SESYNC has supported a growing body of literature highlighting the importance of fisheries to human nutrition, and the threats to the sustainability of fisheries. 

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Apr 05, 2017
Diversity dividends: The economic value of grassland species for carbon storage

A collaboration of scientists has developed one of the first models to assign a dollar value to the loss or gain of species in an ecosystem. The new work offers an economic argument for preserving biodiversity. The findings were published April 5 in Science Advances. The lead author of the paper is Bruce Hungate of Northern Arizona University. The team of scientists, which included economists and ecologists, was brought together by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC).

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Mar 30, 2017
Is soil the great new integrator?

Is soil the great new integrator?


From the drought-plagued Valle del Cauca in Colombia to the High Plains of West Texas, farmers are learning to work with the land instead of against it.

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Mar 28, 2017
Environmental Research Letters Names SESYNC-Supported Study Best of 2016

The journal Environmental Research Letters (ERL) announced earlier this month (March 16) that they have selected an article supported by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) as the ‘Best Paper in 2016.’

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Mar 28, 2017
Need Help with Data Wrangling? SESYNC’s Summer Institute Can Help!

Socio-Environmental Synthesis involves bringing together existing data, methods, and tools from different disciplines, which can sometimes present challenges. The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center's (SESYNC's) cyberinfrastructure program provides the human and computing resources needed to overcome these challenges.

SESYNC invites applications for a four-day short course on data and software skills for socio-environmental synthesis. The fourth annual Summer Institute will be held July 18-21 at SESYNC in Annapolis, Maryland. The short course will combine lectures, hands-on computer labs, and project consultation designed to accelerate the adoption of cyber resources for all phases of data-driven research and dissemination.

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Mar 24, 2017
SESYNC and Georgetown University announce a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship opportunity

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center and Georgetown University invite applications for a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship opportunity, focused on Network Modeling for Wildlife Conservation. The postdoc opportunity is for August 2017 through August 2019, and is open to applicants who have completed their PhD in a relevant field no later than July 1, 2017 and no earlier than July 1, 2014.

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Mar 23, 2017
SESYNC Invites Proposals for Collaborative & Interdisciplinary Team-Based Research

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) requests proposals for collaborative and interdisciplinary team-based research projects under two programs: Pursuits and Workshops. 

SESYNC is a synthesis research center that brings together diverse groups in new, interdisciplinary collaborations to identify solutions to society’s most challenging and complex environmental problems. Proposals are invited for synthesis projects focused on tools, methods, and other practices applicable to actionable team research on socio-environmental problems.

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Mar 22, 2017
Lack of Staffing, Funds Prevent Marine Protected Areas from Realizing Full Potential

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are an increasingly popular strategy for protecting marine biodiversity, but a new global study demonstrates that widespread lack of personnel and funds are preventing MPAs from reaching their full potential. Only 9 percent of MPAs reported having adequate staff.

The findings are published in the journal Nature on March 22.

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Mar 10, 2017
Apply for SESYNC's Short Course on Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) invites applications for the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course to be held July 25-28, 2017, at SESYNC in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Mar 09, 2017
SESYNC Requests Proposals for Graduate Student Socio-Environmental Research

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) seeks proposals from highly-qualified graduate students interested in conducting team-based Socio-Environmental Synthesis research (i.e. “Graduate Pursuits”).

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