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The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) brings together the science of the natural world with the science of human behavior and decision-making to find solutions to complex environmental problems. We convene science teams to work on broad issues of national and international relevance, such as water resources management, land management, agriculture, species protection, among other areas of study. By supporting interdisciplinary science teams and researchers with diverse skills, data, and perspectives, SESYNC seeks to lead in-depth research and scholarship that will inform decisions and accelerate scientific discovery. SESYNC is funded by an award to the University of Maryland from the National Science Foundation. Learn more about SESYNC.

Associate Director for Research

Associate Director for Research

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Associate Director for Research will provide support for interdisciplinary synthesis research teams conducting long-term (2-year) projects and other participants who come to the Center for single workshops and individual scholarship.  He/she will provide scientific support during the development and implementation of projects.

New Study: Ecosystem Disturbance and the Recovery Debt


Ecological restoration is seen as a key tool for building back biodiversity and resilience in ecosystems that have been disturbed. But new research found that even if complete ecosystem recovery is reached, disturbed ecosystems typically incur decades of lost biodiversity and ecosystem function such as carbon and nitrogen cycling. 


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