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Pursuit: Global socioeconomic drivers of insect invasions

 

Global socioeconomic drivers of insect invasions

Biological invasions are largely an unintended consequence of globalization. With increasing mobility, humans have accidentally transported organisms around the world, breaking the geographical boundaries that separated species ranges that persisted for millions of years of evolution.

Pursuit: Social-ecological drivers of change over time in urban woodlands

 

Social-ecological drivers of change over time in urban woodlands

Remnant and regenerating forest patches are hotspots of biodiversity and ecosystem services in urban regions. Social uses and benefits, abrupt forest edges, introduced and invasive species, and urban climate warming combine to create novel ecological conditions and management challenges in urban woodlands. An array of public, private, and non-profit organizations engage in management and stewardship of these urban woodland patches.

Venture: Food Waste and The Environment

 

Food Waste and The Environment

Prior studies have measured the environmental impacts of the food system in general, of food waste specifically, or of changes in food consumption patterns based on the dietary guidelines or other trends. The types of environmental impacts studied include use of land, water, nitrogen, fossil fuels, and energy, and emissions of greenhouse gases. Approaches used include life cycle assessment, input-output analysis, and other types of modeling or accounting approaches.

Pursuit: Plastic Mitigation

 

Mitigating oceanic plastic pollution: modeling inputs, interventions and future scenarios to direct mitigation strategies for achieving measurable improvements to marine ecosystems

The objective of this Pursuit is to develop and validate an online and user-friendly tool for groups to evaluate intervention scenarios aimed at addressing the global challenge of marine plastic pollution.

Pursuit: Expanding Access to Data-intensive Remote Sensing Algorithms through Collaboration with the Socio-Environmental Science Research Community

 

Expanding Access to Data-intensive Remote Sensing Algorithms through Collaboration with the Socio-Environmental Science Research Community

In the proposed Pursuit, we seek to overcome these long-standing, enviro-climatic and disciplinary limitations by convening a diverse group of interdisciplinary, socio-environmental researchers with ongoing projects in understudied regions.

Graduate Pursuit: Moving beyond random acts of restoration to robust adaptive resilience: a case comparison between the U.S. and Canadian coasts of Lake Erie

 

Moving beyond random acts of restoration to robust adaptive resilience: a case comparison between the U.S. and Canadian coasts of Lake Erie

Lakes are important socio-ecological systems that provide a multitude of benefits including water for domestic and irrigation use, fish and aquatic habitat, recreation, energy and economic resources, regulation of river flows, and a linkage to groundwater.

Foundation: If the past teaches, what does the future learn?

 

If the past teaches, what does the future learn?

To ensure the human future, it is of utmost importance that the conditions, ideas, and practices that nurture both the planet and our species be implemented. Of particular concern are today’s cities, many of which are not sited or planned for long-term sustainability. IHOPE asserts that the laboratory of the past is where sustainable urban forms can be identified and their characteristics evaluated for future use.

Pursuit: Linking Trade, Biology, and Pet Owner Decisions to the Risk of Vertebrate Invasions in the US

 

Linking Trade, Biology, and Pet Owner Decisions to the Risk of Vertebrate Invasions in the US

Hundreds of millions of exotic pets are sold legally in markets worldwide. As this market grows, so too does the risk that it results in vertebrate invasions, often from species originally imported as household and aquarium pets. Invasive vertebrates are known to cause substanatial economic and ecological harm, yet the links between pet trade volume and the introduction of invasive vertebrates are not well known.

Graduate Pursuit: Hurricanes and the social-ecological system

 

Hurricanes and the social-ecological system: how ecosystem changes, managing institutions, and public perception are interrelated in the Gulf Coast and Southern Atlantic Region

Our Pursuit explores the relationships between social and ecological systems in the face of sudden onset perturbations due to hurricanes. As hurricanes and extreme weather events increase in both frequency and intensity, it is imperative to understand how human systems perceive and respond to sudden and gradual ecological changes.

Pursuit: Saving Africa's Vultures

 

Saving Africa's Vultures

The “African vulture crisis” describes the decade long decline in populations of 7 of 11 vulture species in Africa that have recently been reclassified as Critically-Endangered or Endangered using IUCN criteria.

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