Thanks to funding from the ESPP Interdisciplinary Travel Grant, I had the pleasure of attending the American Geophysical Union fall meeting in San Francisco, CA. This conference brings together over 22,000 scientists from around the globe to share scientific knowledge relating to the geophysical sciences. The crowd includes scientists from universities, various branches of the government, and private industry. This year, I was able to join the ranks of students who attend the meeting to gain exposure for their research, hone their presentation skills, and network with scientists in related fields.
With the aid of funding from ESPP, I attended the 5th World Conference on Ecological Restoration in Madison, WI from October 6-10. Madison was a natural location for the meeting, as the University of Wisconsin is generally regarded as one of the birthplaces of restoration ecology. The university arboretum is home to the world’s oldest restored prairie and, while a professor at UW, famous writer and ecologist Aldo Leopold began experimenting with restoration of his “Sand County” farm. Our conference center, Monona Terrace, was designed by Wisconsin native Frank Lloyd Wright, whose famous architecture was often inspired by nature. Central Wisconsin is also home to the International Crane Foundation, dedicated to conservation of the world’s fifteen crane species.
The MARE conference: People and the Sea hosted by University of Amsterdam Centre for Maritime Research is an interdisciplinary conference aimed at creating a forum for debate about maritime and coastal issues. The theme of this year’s conference was Maritime Futures and it focused on marine governance and knowledge production. As a student of Fisheries & Wildlife, I was fortunate to be able to attend this conference with the help of an ESPP Interdisciplinary Conference Travel Grant. My research is in the fisheries sector in Tamil Nadu, India and the great thing about this conference is that many people who also do work in that region were also there. I built a strong network of colleagues and laid the groundwork for possible future collaborations. It was also incredibly inspiring to be at a conference that was smaller (less than 200 people) and specific to my research interests. I left having met half of the conference attendees and inspired by really innovative and thought provoking work that will help me develop my research plans as a PhD student. Some of this work included the application and adaptation of social wellbeing framework in various post-conflict fisheries zones to understand how historically marginalized fishing populations can be better empowered and included in fisheries governance. Other topics ranged from marine spatial planning to fisher identity to gender issues within the fisheries sector. Additionally, I presented two research projects and received positive feedback and great constructive criticism that will help me become a better researcher. All in all I left the conference full of ideas and contacts for how to move both my research and career forward, which is pretty amazing considering it was just 3 days!
By Bonnie McGill (Zoology)
The earth and our society face such “gi-normous” problems like climate change, pollution, biodiversity loss, food security—what can a little person like me do about it?
My labmate and good friend Dustin Kincaid (right) was doing an experimental draw-down of the Kellogg Forest pond last summer. Here, my dog, Bowie-wan Kenobi, and I are helping him install lysimeters, which allowed him to collect samples of the water within the pond muck at different depths. About 5 minutes after Steve Hamilton took this photo, Dustin and I were waist-deep in pond muck–so much fun!
Fatoumata B. Barry, PhD Student in the Geography
Department at MSU, made this presentation at the annual Association of American Geographers this April. Click here for his Powerpoint presentation.
Dr. Emilio Moran, Visiting Hannah Professor of Geography and member of the National Academy of Scientists, will teach ESP 802, “Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change.” It will be offered Tuesdays 9:10 a.m. to noon in 273 Giltner Hall.
The goals of the course include:
1. Introduce the major issues in global environmental change (GEC), focusing on the human dimensions of landscape change. This seminar investigates the human causes of global change, contextualizing the “driving forces” within the larger body of research on the impacts of global change on society and the environment.
2. Examine the statements by expert panels on global environmental change, and critique this agenda and explore how to link questions of local and regional interest within this global change agenda. Issues of sampling, criteria for site selection, and how to ensure comparability of data across highly diverse sites
3. The following thematic and methodological areas will be emphasized:
The socioeconomic and environmental causes and consequences of GEC; Land use and cover change (LUCC) as a predominant form of GEC; food security and climate change; Transformation of tropical forests, grasslands and urban areas as proximate sources of LUCC; Institutional dimensions of GEC; Spatially explicit methodologies in GEC research; Coupled human-environment systems;
Carbon markets and international environmental treaties; Mitigation/adaptation approaches; Climate change and food security
Earlier this year ESPP, with the support of MSU’s Office of Research Facilitation and Dissemination, provided travel support to MSU faculty to attend the National Science Foundation Grants Conference in Washington, D.C. on March 11-12, 2013. Travel grant recipients included faculty from 5 MSU colleges: Drs. Rafael Auras (Packaging; CANR), Bruno Basso (Geological Sciences; CNS), Sophan Chhin (Forestry; CANR), Hui Li (Crop and Soil Sciences, CANR), Peter Lillehoj (Mechanical Engineering; CEng), Robert Richardson (CARRS; CSS), Laura Schmitt Olabisi (CARRS; CSS/ESPP, CANR), Bruno Takahashi (Journalism, CAS), and Wei Zhang (Crop and Soil Sciences, CANR, CSS/ESPP). ESPP was also represented by Drs. canadian pharmacy no prescription Volodymyr Tarabara and Jon McDonagh-Dumler.
This two-day conference was designed especially for new faculty, researchers and administrators to gain key insights into a wide range of current issues at NSF. NSF administration representatives and directorate program officers provided up-to-date information about specific funding opportunities and were available to answer questions during breakout sessions. An overview of the conference and links to key presentations are provided below.
The Environmental Science and Policy Program is pleased to announce the awarding of a $ 199,000 National Science Foundation grant to continue the work of Dr. Arika Ligmann-Zielinska for her project titled Collaborative Research: A Spatiotemporal Approach to Sensitivity Analysis in Human-Environment System Models. A summary of the project is below:
Collaborative Research: A Spatiotemporal Approach to Sensitivity Analysis in Human-Environment Systems Models
Arika Ligmann-Zielinska, Daniel Kramer, and Piotr Jankowski
Michigan State University has been named one of the nation’s top 16 schools in sustainability and environmental education. The school now goes on to compete with the other 15 “Sustainable 16″ finalists for places in the “Environmental Eight”, “Finest Four,” and “National Champion.”
The competition is sponsored by Enviance and judged by a panel of environmental and educational professionals. The National Champion receives a $5,000 prize and will be announced
The Environmental March Madness Tournament was designed to evaluate colleges and universities on environmental degree programs and curriculum, environmental opportunities for students, and campus sustainability efforts. Each participating school completed a survey covering factors ranging from internship opportunities, environmental awareness campaigns, clean energy implementations, and a variety of other considerations. The submissions were then evaluated by a panel of distinguished judges to determine the “Sustainable 16.”
Ian Werkheiser (Philosophy) reports back from last spring’s first land use policy symposium in New York
From June first through third, I had the pleasure of attending the Inaugural Symposium on Land Use and Ethics, held by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and buy cialis online delivering a panel talk and a separate paper. The symposium was meant to be an interdisciplinary look at the ethical implications of the way we as individuals, communities, and societies interact with the land. It was held in SUNY ESF’s Forestry Institute, which is a beautiful wildlife preserve in the Adirondacks in upstate New York on the shores of a lake, and which has miles of wonderful hiking trails throughout the grounds. Despite these temptations, all the talks were well attended and great discussions followed nearly all of them.