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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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Mar 07, 2017
Whale Hunting, Data Sharing, and Socio-Environmental Research

Every spring, many indigenous Alaskans go out on the ice to hunt for whales, seals, and Pacific walrus. But in recent years, shrinking Arctic sea ice has threatened the livelihoods of communities who depend on these species as a major source of food and income. Tribal elders witnessing these changes have started sharing stories and observations of animal migratory routes so that their knowledge can be passed on to future generations.


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Feb 28, 2017
Accepting Applications: Bayesian Modeling for Socio-Environmental Data

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) will host a nine-day short course August 15 - 25, 2017 covering basic principles of using Bayesian models to gain insight from data.


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Feb 22, 2017
ESRI Awards Story Map on Coral Reefs

GRID-Arendal won the Most Creative Map prize at the ESRI User Conference in Oslo for their Story Map on human dependence on coral reefs. The Story Map, “Endangered Reefs, Threatened People,” was based on SESYNC-supported research that found ocean acidification and rising temperatures may threaten the livelihoods of millions of people living in coastal areas. 


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Feb 20, 2017
Study Finds Ebola Virus Outbreaks Connected with Deforestation

In December 2013, a 2-year-old boy from a village close to , fell ill with a mysterious illness characterized by a fever, vomiting, and black stool. He died two days later. This was the first human case in West Africa of the of the Ebola virus disease for the 2014 outbreak, the World Health Organization later reported.

How the 2-year-old contracted Ebola is still unclear to scientists, but new research supported by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) provides evidence that outbreaks of the virus were connected with forest fragmentation.


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Jan 23, 2017
SESYNC Welcomes Sabbatical Fellow Ken Conca

This month Dr. Ken Conca will join the SESYNC team as a fellow on sabbatical from his home institution, American University’s School of International Service, where he is a professor of International Relations. 


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