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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Sep 02, 2020
Globalization Is Reweaving the Web of Life

Introduced species are reshaping how plants and animals interact in ecosystems worldwide

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Aug 24, 2020
Join SESYNC for our Virtual Seminar Series This Fall

Join SESYNC on Tuesdays this fall for our virtual seminar series. 

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Aug 21, 2020
Teams Put Skills Gained from the Summer Institute to Use in Interdisciplinary Research


Although online this year, SESYNC's 2020 Summer Institute gave teams the skills needed to advance their research in meaningful ways. 

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Aug 05, 2020
Building A Network for Network Analysis

Former SESYNC postdocs Phillip Staniczenko and Lorien Jasny recently led a new online version of their SESYNC short course Introduction to Social and Ecological Network Analysis.  



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