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Short Courses

Bayesian Modeling for Socio-Environmental Data
SESYNC will host a nine-day short course June 3 - June 13, 2019 covering basic principles of using Bayesian models to gain insight from data. 
Details here. Deadline March 15.

Introduction to Social and Ecological Network Analysis
This 5-day short course, which will take place 10-14 of June 2019, will serve as an introduction to the theory and practice of social and ecological network analysis. 
Details here. Deadline April 2.

Teaching with Case Studies
This four day short course brings together a diverse group of scholars and educators to develop socio-environmental synthesis teaching case studies.
Details here. Deadline April 12.

Summer Institute
SESYNC invites applications to a short course on data and coding skills for socio-environmental synthesis from July 23 - 25, 2019.  The short course will combine lectures, hands-on computer labs, and project consultation designed to accelerate the adoption of cyber  resources for all phases of data-driven research and dissemination.
Details here. Deadline April 19.

Save the Date

Announcing New Themes for RFP
Applications for Pursuits and Workshops will open in early-March. Start brainstorming today!
  • Social and Environmental Dimensions of the Food-Water-Energy Nexus
  • Global Change and Health
  • Freshwater and Ecosystems in a Changing World
  • Socio-Environmental Implications of Large-Scale Infrastructure Projects

More from SESYNC

Why do we waste so much food?

Six garbage trucks full of edible food are wasted every second. SESYNC postdoc Quentin Read is trying to fix the problem.


Read Quentin's blog post.

History Holds Key

When using the archeological past to examine sustainability, humans provide key functions in environments they inhabit.

How Climate Change May Affect Winter "Weather Whiplash"

Wild swings from pipe-bursting cold to spring-like warmth seem to be on the rise

SESYNC Publications

Aggregation but Not Organo-Metal Complexes Contributed to C Storage in Tidal Freshwater Wetland Soils.  Published in Soil Science of America  by SESYNC researcher Christine Maietta and colleagues.

Trade-Offs and Synergies Between Biodiversity Conservation and Productivity in the Context of Increasing Demands on Landscapes. Published in Atlas of Ecosystem Services by Ralf Seppelt and colleagues as part of the Pursuit, Land Use-Biodiversity-Ecosystem Services Trade-offs.

Pesticides and pollinators: A socioecological synthesis. Published in the   Science of the Total Environment by  Douglas Sponsler and colleagues as part of the Pursuit,   Putting pesticides on the map to guide conservation of pollinators and their ecosystem services.

The underutilized role of community gardens in improving cities' adaptation to climate change: A review. Published in   People, Place, and Policy by Mysha Clarke and colleagues as part of the Graduate Pursuit, Examining a Vacant Lot to Urban Garden Transitions to Determine Drivers of Ecological Wealth and Dearth.

Effective modeling for Integrated Water Resource Management: A guide to contextual practices by phases and steps and future opportunities. Published in Environmental Modelling and Software by Jennifer Badham and colleagues as part of the Pursuit, Core Modeling Practices.

Greening in style: Urban form, architecture and the structure of front and backyard vegetation. Published in Landscape and Urban Planning by  Alessandro Ossola and colleagues, including SESYNC postdoc Dexter Locke.

Defining the economic scope for ecosystem-based fishery management. Published in PNAS by Kailin Kroetz and colleagues.

Try, try again: Lessons learned from success and failure in participatory modeling. Published in Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene by Eleanor Sterling and colleagues as part of the Pursuit, Participatory Modeling.
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