There’s a lot of natural resource management data to be collected—but what data will best facilitate an analysis of human well-being? In an article recently published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, co-author Dr. Jim Boyd, SESYNC’s Director of Social Science and Policy, investigates a clear framework that could result in more useful and relevant data collection.
SESYNC, a national research center funded through a grant to the University of Maryland, seeks to hire an undergraduate intern to work with its Communications Coordinator and IT department to produce educational and promotional materials for SESYNC.
As De Solla Price noted in 1965, scholarly literature forms a vast network - where the nodes are the millions of papers published in scholarly journals and the links are the hundreds of millions of citations connecting these papers. New approaches to measuring and mapping citation networks are improving our ability to identify influential articles, scholars, and institutions that have spurred new fields of research or bridged existing
A defining characteristic of socio-environmental systems, meaning linked systems of human communities and their environmental contexts, is the diversity of their economic or livelihood base. Members of an agrarian community can, for example, grow one strain of corn, multiple strains of corn, or some mix of corn, beans, and peaches.
The dramatic feature of social media is that it gives everyone a voice: anyone can speak out and express their opinion to a crowd of followers with little or no cost or effort, which creates a loud and potentially overwhelming marketplace of ideas. The good news is that organizations have more data than ever about what their consumers are saying about their brand. The bad news is that this huge amount of data is difficult to sift through.
Arctic communities are experiencing unprecedented challenges caused by global forces of climatic, economic, ecological, political, and cultural change. The mixed cash-subsistence economies of rural villages reflect the complex interplay among these forces, so understanding the relationship between contemporary practices and accumulated cultural values, norms, and institutions can guide efforts to assess individual adaptability and community resilience.
The rapid acceleration of 21st century science has revealed that nature is rife with complexity, but the gap between science practice and science education is widening.
Heat wave-related mortality is higher than that of all other disasters combined. With climate change, heat waves are an increasing threat to health. This presentation will explore two facets of this situation. Drawing from in-depth qualitative research in Detroit, New York City, Philadelphia, and Phoenix, I explore why vulnerable populations and local governments have difficulty responding to this increased risk. Second, I present a new approach to addressing heat risk for vulnerable populations—individual biosensors.
The U.S. Endangered Species Act requires not only protection of all listed threatened and endangered species, but also recovery of species so that they are no longer at risk of extinction. Determining when species are recovered has proven to be difficult, in part because we do not know how to systematically measure the effects of the various factors that contribute to extinction risk. As a result, it is difficult to determine how much of those factors must be alleviated for species recovery.
Change is constant for Pastoral Social Ecological Systems (PSES), which have had to respond to social environmental change over the millennia. Livestock domestication, provision of 10% of the planet's meat, and the use of 20% of Earth's land exemplify the scope and scale of PSES responses.