Research in Action Video Series

SESYNC’s Research In Action documentary series explores stories of socio-environmental research teams studying wildfire, invasive insect pathways, and water governance in the United States and beyond.

Wildfire & Salience

To keep pace with wildfire, we need to change the conversation on fire management and risk. Learn how the Salience & Wildfire team critically examines the complex linkage among fire management actions such as fuels treatments, fire risk, and post-fire effects, including risks to water resources and other ecosystem services. 

Plants & Pests 

A globalized economy means there is a consumer demand for consistency across markets, and the commercial trade of live plants is no exception. However, this trade has historically served as a major pathway for introducing invasive pests that have caused major damage to ecosystems. Understanding the extent of environmental and economic risks has been a major focus for a team of economists, biologists, and policy experts. By working in collaboration with regulators, the Global Live Plant Trade team gained a fuller understanding of the policies already in place and where to focus their research efforts.

Plants and Pests is a video featuring the SESYNC Pursuit led by Resources for the Future’s Rebecca Epanchin-Niell and Andrew “Sandy” Liebhold, of the U.S. National Forest Service. They explain how this research collaboration identified cost-efficient strategies for reducing the economic and environmental risks associated with invasive pests from the movement of live plants. The team worked on many projects, but this one in particular was co-developed with regulators to help inform a shift in policy.

Water & Governance

Water resources across the United States have become points of conflict for humans and non-humans who depend on water for life. But how did it get to this point? This question drove several legal scholars, human geographers and ecologists to work across disciplines to seek solutions.  

Watch as the Resilience & Governance team works to better understand the implications of water management decisions and work towards developing a set of tools to help society navigate a more sustainable future. 


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