Themes & Pursuits

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) supports education research projects through its Themes and Pursuits program.

The "Learning to Integrate Across Natural and Social Sciences" Theme builds upon existing knowledge from various disciplines to advance our understanding of:

  1. how undergraduate and graduate students learn to integrate data, concepts, techniques, approaches, tools, perspectives, theories, etc. from natural and social sciences to understand environmental problems and inform solutions, and
  2. pedagogies that support the development of this cognitive ability in a socio-environmental context at the undergraduate or graduate level.

This education-focused Theme currently supports the Pursuit projects below, funded in 2013.

The "Enhancing Socio-Environmental Research & Education: Building Resources for Action-Oriented Team Science Through Syntheses of Practices & Theories" Theme aims to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize the practices, tools, methods, and strategies of action-oriented team science to significantly improve research teams' effectiveness at understanding socio-environmental problems and informing socio-environmental decisions.

This education-focused Theme currently supports the Pursuit projects below, funded in 2015.

Project Title Year Funded Principal Investigator
The death and life of biodiversity: modeling extinction and resilience on islands 2018 Siobhán B. Cooke, Johns Hopkins University, Liliana M. Dávalos, Stony Brook University
Legal Design Principles of Government-Supported Adaptation: Designing Effective Decentralization Programs in Cities and Vital Water Social-Ecological Systems 2018 Daniel A. DeCaro, University of Louisville, Edella Schlager, The University of Arizona, Tucson
New Scenarios and Models for Climate Engineering 2018 Simon Nicholson, American University, Christopher Trisos, SESYNC
Food-Energy-Water Interdependencies of the Global Agrarian Transition 2018 Jampel Dell’Angelo, VU University Amsterdam, Paolo D’Odorico, University of California Berkeley
Understanding causal pathways and feedbacks within complex water management systems 2018 Albert Ruhi, University of California Berkeley
Planning for sustainable water futures in sub-Saharan Africa in the context of the SDGs 2018 Charles Vorosmarty, The City College of New York, David Hole, Conservation International
Diverse pathways to nourishment: Understanding how agricultural biodiversity enhances food security and nutrition 2018 Alder Keleman Saxena, Aarhus University, Garrett Graddy-Lovelace, American University
Linkages of agrobiodiversity in urban systems and food-producing landscapes 2018 Karl Zimmerer, Pennsylvania State University, Karen C. Seto, Yale University
Understanding dynamic environmental and socio-economic interactions in food systems to support decision-making towards a sustainable and resilient agriculture 2018 Xin Zhang, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Kimberly Pfeifer, Oxfam America, Eric Davidson,University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Soil as a social ecological feedback: Mapping the social and ecological processes for agroecosystem resilience in the era of climate change 2018 Gabrielle Roesch-McNally, USDA, Andrea Basche, University of Nebraska-Lincoln