[SESYNC Seminar] A Tale of Two Networks: Women, Social Media, & Sustainability

Sustainability, social media, and women are a unique combination. How do people network around concepts of sustainability, and what is the role of social media and social networks in particular? The Global Women Scholars Research Network uses the platform of the Commission for Sustainable Development, Rio+20 to look at how women network around a science issue, particularly sustainability and climate change.

SESYNC Seminar - Redefining our relationship to nature: Alternative environmental metaphors and socio-environmental synthesis

Redefining our Relationship to Nature: Alternative Environmental Metaphors and Socio-environmental Synthesis

Our approach to conservation—and to nature—is shaped in part by our metaphors. In this presentation, I examine alternative ways of conceptualizing invasive species (e.g., “invasional meltdown” versus “novel ecosystems”) and evaluate their implications for socio-environmental synthesis and, more broadly, for our relationship with nature.

Cyberinfrastructure Priorities & Needs of NSF BIO Centers

A meeting of cyberinfrastructure officers and/or center Directors was facilitated by NSF program officers to help identify and prioritize cyberinfrastructure needs. Additionally, a goal of the meeting was to determine the extent of coordination necessary to allow an independent network of biological research centers and center-like organizations to thrive and add value to existing and future investments across the research community.

SESYNC Graduate Scholars Program

The SESYNC Graduate Scholars Program harnessed the creative abilities of graduate students from both the social and natural sciences to identify socio-environmental topics that are ripe for synthesis. The SESYNC Graduate Scholars represent a diversity of academic disciplines and geographic regions. The program included a Theme Identification component amongst the Graduate Scholars, as well as an online social networking component between each Graduate Scholar and his/her own network of other graduate students.

Advancing Tools & Visualization Techniques for Representing Modeled Ecosystem Service Outcomes in Simulated Multi-player Game Environments

Researchers will convene a workshop to build a prototype system that combines elements of choice modeling, ecosystem modeling, and interactive multiplayer games all focused on capturing the economic value individuals on alternative levels and qualities of ecosystem services. Participants will develop a novel tool that will involve an interactive gaming platform linked to an ecosystem simulation model. This will allow individuals to “play” the system to create their version of the “best” landscape.

Learning Exchanges for Conservation: An Examination of Lessons Learned (LExCELL)

Overfishing, the leading social-ecological problem in the marine realm, has modified ecosystem functioning and is jeopardizing the well-being of the billion people that depend on seafood as their primary source of protein. Over the past decade, fisher learning exchanges, in which representatives from different fisher communities are brought together to share knowledge, have become key tools in improving fisheries management.

Microbial Ecosystem Services

Microbial communities directly or indirectly support a range of ecosystem services, including the provisioning of clean air and water, abundant food supply, nutrient transformations, aesthetics, and human health support. While some microbial genes, functions, and processes are well-studied, the majority remain poorly-described or undescribed. Here we ask: How well can microbial research inform decision making in an ecosystem services framework?

Land Use Change & Infectious Diseases

Land-use change is rapidly converting forests and savannas into land whose primary focus is agriculture or production of other goods and services of direct benefit to the human economy. This significantly alters the interactions between the environment, disease vector species, and populations of humans and domestic livestock.


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