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Saying Farewell to SESYNC Postdocs Xavier Benito & Florian Gollnow


This week, SESYNC sadly bids adieu to two of our resident postdocs, Xavier Benito and Florian Gollnow, as they prepare to embark on their next great adventures. To celebrate their time here at SESYNC, we’re highlighting their research and achievements below. 

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Coastal Communities and the Marine Environment

There has been a sustained increase in the development and number of marine spatial plans over the past two decades. Managers and governments have embraced the approach as a way to maintain ecological integrity of marine environments while ensuring continued provisioning of economic, social and cultural benefits. However, there is limited empirical evidence that plans and associated management measures have effectively achieved stated goals.

Understanding Disease Modeling

SESYNC Postdoc Lauren White gives an introduction to disease modeling to help improve understanding of the impacts of COVID-19.

Who knew? Virtual meetings less scary than climate change

By: Rachel Mason

I’m a million-mile flier with one of the big airlines, and that’s a bittersweet thing to say. The sweetness comes from memories of people and experiences all over the world, but bitterness rises when I think of the carbon footprint of those travels. Most of that flying took place during my previous career as a professional astronomer. Now that my research deals with the effects of rising CO2, abundant travel really doesn’t sit right. 

Risk Perception of Political Leadership

The current project Putting people into climate models: A multi-model approach to integrating human behavior and climate change, led by Drs Brian Beckage and Katherine Lacasse, aims to develop an expanded integrated climate-social model. This model will include a range of human behavior theories and economic feedback, and will be integrated into a system dynamics implementation of an Earth systems model to examine multiple state variables and processes beyond greenhouse gas emissions.

Air Quality and Pediatric Asthma in Washington, DC

Nationally, 8.4% of children have asthma. Air quality has been identified as a key factor in the development of respiratory conditions. However, health conditions and developmental state are not the only factors that increase an individual’s risk for adverse respiratory outcomes associated with poor air quality.

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