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
A socio-environmental synthesis of the linkages between water scarcity induced conflict and land use/land cover change in Africa to enhance multi-scalar decision making 2019 Erin L. Bunting, Michigan State University, Elizabeth A. Mack, Michigan State University
Can enhancing diversity help scale up agriculture's benefits to people and the environment? 2019 Zia Mehrabi, University of British Columbia, Claire Kremen, University of British Columbia
Simultaneously managing scale and uncertainty using innovative software design concepts in a tiered, system-of-systems modeling framework 2019 John Little, Virginia Tech, Hsiao-Hsuan (Rose) Wang, Texas A&M University
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, African Climate and Development Initiative
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
Diverse pathways to nourishment: Understanding how agricultural biodiversity enhances food security and nutrition 2018 Alder Keleman Saxena, Aarhus University, Garrett Graddy-Lovelace, American University School of International Service
Linkages of agrobiodiversity in urban systems and food-producing landscapes 2018 Karl Zimmerer, Pennsylvania State University, Karen C. Seto, Yale University