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Socio-Environmental Immersion Postdoctoral Fellowship Program: 
Successful candidates will use  synthesis methods  to address a problem arising from, or associated with, the relationship between humans and nature.
Details here. Apply by October 24, 2018.




Natural habitat can help farmers control pests

Songbirds and coffee farms in Central America. Ladybugs and soybean fields in the Midwest. These are well-known, win-win stories of how conserving natural habitat can benefit farmers.

An international team of authors found that natural habitat surrounding farm fields is not always an effective pest-control tool for farmers worldwide. 



Wildfires are inevitable - increasing home losses, fatalities and costs are not

Shaped by ignitions, climate and fuels, wildfires are likely to become more  frequent and severe with climate change . The 2017 experience of the largest and most damaging wildfires in California history, and ongoing destructive fires in 2018, provide a window of opportunity for learning to better  coexist  with wildfire.

Water & Governance

"Water is essential for life," states Barb Cosens in the new short documentary, 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 the latest Research-in-Action video.
Voices of SESYNC

To help navigate the effects of climate change on watersheds, an interdisciplinary team of researchers led by Barbara Cosens, University of Idaho, and Lance Gunderson, Emory University, assessed six water basins across the United States.

SESYNC asked Cosens about the importance of and driving questions behind this research.


SESYNC Publications

Lake regionalization and diatom metacommunity structuring in tropical South America. Published in Ecology and Evolution by SESYNC postdoc Xavier Benito and colleagues.

Grounding traffic: The cocaine commodity chain and land grabbing in eastern Honduras. By Kendra McSweeney and colleagues in Geoforum.

Wealthy countries dominate industrial fishing. Published in Science Advances by Douglas McCauley and colleagues as part of the Pursuit, Fisheries & Food Security.

Crop pests and predators exhibit inconsistent responses to surrounding landscape composition. By Daniel Karp and colleagues in PNAS as part of the Pursuit, Decision-Support Tools for Pest Control.

Twelve Questions for the Participatory Modeling Community. Commentary published by Rebecca Jordan and colleagues in Earth's Future as part of the Pursuit, Participatory Modeling.

Local extinctions of insular avifauna on the most remote inhabited island in the world. Published by Alexander Bond, SESYNC Postdoc Colin Carlson, and Kevin Burgio in the Journal of Ornithology.

Frontiers in socio-environmental research: components, connections, scale, and context. Published in Ecology and Society by Simone Pulver and colleagues, including former SESYNC postdocs Steven Alexander and Jampell Dell'Angelo.

Impacts of forests on children's diet in rural areas across 27 developing countries. Publishes in Science Advances by  Ranaivo Rasolofoson and colleagues as part of the Pursuit, Evaluating relationships among human health & welfare, ecological condition & natural resource governance.

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