SESYNC Funds Twelve New Team Synthesis Projects

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) welcomes twelve new projects starting in 2018. The projects include 1 Workshop, 1 Foundation, and 10 Pursuits. Learn more about each project below.

More information about the newly awarded projects can be found below:

  1. Team Synthesis Project (Workshop): Wicked Problems in Food Systems Solutions
    Full Title: Wicked problems in food system solutions
    PIs:Verena Seufert, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology; Graham MacDonald, McGill University
  2. Team Synthesis Project (Foundation): IHOPE
    Full Title: If the past teaches, what does the future learn?
    PIs: Carole Crumley, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Carrie Hritz, SESYNC; Christian Isendahl, University of Gothenburg
  3. Team Synthesis Project: Agrobiodiversity, Food Security, and Nutrition
    Full Title: Diverse pathways to nourishment: Understanding how agricultural biodiversity enhances food security & nutrition
    PIs: Alder Keleman Saxena, Aarhus University; Garrett Graddy-Lovelace, American University School of International Service
  4. Team Synthesis Project: Urban-Rural Food Biodiversity 
    Full Title: Linkages of agrobiodiversity in urban systems and food-producing landscapes
    PIs: Karl Zimmerer, Pennsylvania State University; Karen C. Seto, Yale University
  5. Team Synthesis Project: Sustainable Water Futures
    Full Title: Planning for sustainable water futures in sub-saharan Africa in the context of the SDGs
    PIs: Charles Vörösmarty, The City College of New York; Dave Hole, Conservation International
  6. Team Synthesis Project: Sustainable Agriculture
    Full Title: Understanding dynamic environmental and socio-economic interactions in food systems to support decision-making towards a sustainable and resilient agriculture
    PIs: Xin Zhang, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science; Kimberly Pfeifer, Oxfam America; Eric Davidson, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Appalachian Laboratory
  7. Team Synthesis Project: Soil as Social-Ecological Feedback
    Full Title: Soil as a social-ecological feedback: Mapping the social and ecological processes for agroecosystem resilience in the era of climate change
    PIs: Gabrielle Roesch-McNally, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Andrea Basche, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  8. Team Synthesis Project: Urban Woodlands
    Full Title: Social-ecological drivers of change over time in urban woodlands
    PIs: Lea Johnson, University of Maryland; Michelle Johnson, U.S. Forest Service
  9. Team Synthesis Project: Insect Invasions
    Full Title: Global socioeconomic drivers of insect invasions
    PIs: Andrew Liebhold, U.S. Forest Service; Michael Springborn, University of California, Davis
  10. Team Synthesis Project: Infectious Diseases
    Full title: Synergistic interactions of environmental degradation, socio-economic development and infectious disease dynamics in the Amazon region
    PIs: Andres Baeza, Arizona State University; Mercedes Pascual, University of Chicago
  11. Team Synthesis Project: Modeling Risk Perception
    Full Title: Modeling risk perception, vector-borne diseases, and environmental integrity: Understanding environmental impacts of policy decisions for vector control
    PI: Nina Fefferman, Rutgers University
  12. Team Synthesis Project: Disease, Ecosystem Processes, and Humans
    Full Title: Microbial disease dynamics, ecosystem processes, and human eutrophication of the environment
    PIs: Elizabeth Borer, University of Minnesota; Eric Seabloom, University of Minnesota