Dec 17, 2020
Why Do We Assume Pandemics Result in Devastation?

Researchers found that early doctors and scholars who studied ancient plagues have shaped our fears and expectations of pandemics today.

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Dec 01, 2020
Effects of COVID-19 Meat and Poultry Plant Closures on the Environment and Food Security

SESYNC researchers explain how the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the closure of meat and poultry plant closures, in turn impacting the environment and natioal food security.

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Nov 24, 2020
Keeping Collaborations Moving Forward—Even in an Online World

 PIs from several of our Pursuits and Graduate Pursuits share the practices they’re using to keep their projects moving forward and to maintain strong connections among their team members.  


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Nov 11, 2020
No One Size Fits All to Effectively Protect Fish Populations in Marine Protected Areas in the Face of Climate Change

Researchers find that different Marine Protected Area designs yield varying results for different marine species.

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Oct 26, 2020
Graduate Student Workshop Promotes Increasing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Interdisciplinary Research

This year, SESYNC’s annual Graduate Student Workshop on Socio-Environmental Synthesis took on a new focus—increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in team-based, socio-environmental (S-E) synthesis research. The workshop sought to 1) Celebrate the insights, abilities, and problem-solving capacities gained from embracing diverse backgrounds and identities in socio-environmental synthesis research and on teams; and 2) Provide a research platform to channel such benefits into fully funded, independent, interdisciplinary team experiences (i.e., Graduate Pursuits) that help advance and highlight underrepresented voices and contributions in science.


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Oct 22, 2020
SESYNC Announces Four Newly Supported Projects from Spring 2020 RFP


The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) is pleased to announce four newly supported interdisciplinary research projects. The selected projects came from SESYNC’s Spring 2020 request for proposals (RFP) for collaborative team-based synthesis research Pursuits and Workshops around emerging socio-environmental synthesis topics. 

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Oct 19, 2020
Seminar Speaker Shares Advantages to Taking a System Dynamics Approach To Research

During SESYNC’s most recent virtual seminar, Dr. Devon Payne-Sturges, of the University of Maryland's School of Public Health, spoke about the advantages of using a system dynamics approach to solve complex research problems, particularly in relation to developing interventions for neurodevelopmental disorders in children.


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Sep 25, 2020
SESYNC Researcher Taking Interdisciplinary Approach to Improve Tropical Forest Resilience

SESYNC’s former postdoc and current researcher Xavier Benito, and his colleagues, recently received funding for a small project foucused on improving tropical forest resilience to human-climate pressure from the U21 Resilience Network

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Sep 24, 2020
Kicking Off SESYNC’s Fall Virtual Seminar Series with Guest Lecturer Mysha Clarke

Dr. Mysha Clarke, Assistant Professor of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, in the School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Florida, recently gave a seminar titled, “The Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management: What Is the Role of Mixed Methods Approaches?”  This talk provided a comprehensive look at how researchers can combine quantitative and qualitative social science research methods, also known as the mixed methods approach, to address complex S-E problems.   

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Sep 18, 2020
Global Group of Scientists Sound the Alarm on Plastic Pollution

New study estimates that even if governments around the world adhere to their ambitious global commitments, and others join in efforts to curb plastic pollution, annual plastic emissions may increase to 53 MT of plastic waste to oceans, lakes, and rivers by 2030.

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