Center News

Feb 09, 2018
Accepting Applications: Three Summer Short Courses

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), located in Annapolis, MD, invites applications for three summer short courses in Bayesian modeling, spatial agent-based modeling, and social network analysis. 


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Jan 31, 2018
SESYNC Welcomes Postdoctoral Fellow Colin Carlson

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) is pleased to welcome Dr. Colin Carlson as a new Postdoctoral Fellow. Colin recently finished his Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, & Management at the University of California, Berkeley. Get to know our newest researcher:


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Jan 22, 2018
Geoengineering could have animals running for their lives

To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, scientists have started researching the potential costs and benefits of solar geoengineering - injecting aerosols into the atmosphere to reflect sunlight back to space - as a tool for artificially cooling the planet. 

Although interest in solar geoengineering is growing, research has been lacking on how it would affect animals and ecosystems around the globe. Now, new research from the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), Yale University, Stony Brook University, and Rutgers University shows that starting or stopping geoengineering too quickly could escalate the rate of climate change to unprecedented speeds, having catastrophic impacts on most groups of animals.

Read the full article at Nature Ecology and Evolution.


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Jan 17, 2018
Accepting Applications: Introduction to Spatial Agent-Based Modeling: June 2018

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), located in Annapolis, Maryland, invites applications for a 5-day short course that will serve as an introduction to the theory and practice of spatially-explicit agent-based modeling (ABM).


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Jan 11, 2018
Accepting Applications: Bayesian Modeling for Socio-Environmental Data 2018

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) will host a nine-day short course May 29 - June 8, 2018 covering basic principles of using Bayesian models to gain insight from data. 


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Jan 09, 2018
Graduate research team seeks a PhD student from economics-related fields

An interdisciplinary graduate research team recently funded by SESYNC is seeking a PhD student from economics-related fields. 


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Jan 02, 2018
Curbing Climate Change: Study Finds Strong Rationale for the Human Factor

Humans may be the dominant cause of global temperature rise, but they may also be a crucial factor in helping to reduce it, according to a new study that for the first time builds a novel model to measure the effects of behavior on climate.


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Dec 13, 2017
SESYNC Partner GSI Offering Geospatial Workshops

SESYNC is a partner in an NSF-funded effort to conceptualize a national Geospatial Software Institute, envisioned as a long-term hub of excellence in software infrastructure that can serve diverse research and education communities. A suite of community workshops will be convened to design the GSI.


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Dec 11, 2017
SESYNC Welcomes New Postdocs

SESYNC is excited to welcome two new postdocs to our current cohort of fellows.


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Dec 11, 2017
New research shows hydropower dams can be managed without an all-or-nothing choice between energy and fisheries

Arizona State University professor John Sabo; Albert Ruhi, Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) at the University of Maryland; and collaborators have proposed a solution to this problem in the Dec. 8 issue of Science Magazine that allows dam operators to generate power in ways that also protect – and possibly improve – food supplies and businesses throughout the Mekong river basin. The proposed solution, the first of its kind for this problem, can be applied to other large river systems around the world facing similar tradeoffs.


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