SESYNC Funds Twelve New Pursuits and Workshops

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Apr 09, 2018


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.


Wicked problems in food system solutions


  • Verena Seufert, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Graham MacDonald, McGill University


If the past teaches, what does the future learn?


  • Carole Crumley, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Carrie Hritz, SESYNC
  • Christian Isendahl, University of Gothenburg


Diverse pathways to nourishment: Understanding how agricultural biodiversity enhances food security and nutrition


  • Alder Keleman Saxena, Aarhus University
  • Garrett Graddy-Lovelace, American University

Linkages of agrobiodiversity in urban systems and food-producing landscapes


  • Karl Zimmerer, Pennsylvania State University
  • Karen C. Seto, Yale University

Planning for sustainable water futures in sub-Saharan Africa in the context of the SDGs


  • Charles Vorosmarty, The City College of New York
  • David Hole, Conservation International

Understanding dynamic environmental and socio-economic interactions in food systems to support decision-making towards a sustainable and resilient agriculture


  • Xin Zhang, UMCES
  • Kimberly Pfeifer, Oxfam America
  • Eric Davidson, UMCES

Soil as a social ecological feedback: Mapping the social and ecological processes for agroecosystem resilience in the era of climate change


  • Gabrielle Roesch-McNally, USDA
  • Andrea Basche, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Social-ecological drivers of change over time in urban woodlands


  • Lea Johnson, University of Maryland
  • Michelle Johnson, US Forest Service

Global socioeconomic drivers of insect invasions


  • Andrew Liebhold, US Forest Service
  • Michael Springborn, University of California-Davis

Synergistic interactions of environmental degradation, socio-economic development and infectious disease dynamics in the Amazon region


  • Andres Baeza, Arizona State University
  • Mercedes Pascual, University of Chicago

Modeling risk perception, vector-borne diseases, and environmental integrity: Understanding environmental impacts of policy decisions for vector control


  • Nina Fefferman, University of Tennessee

Microbial disease dynamics, ecosystem processes, and human eutrophication of the environment


  • Elizabeth Borer, University of Minnesota
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