2007 News and Events

Selected Research Projects

AMBIO published the article "Coupled Human and Natural Systems" in the December 2007 issue.

Vanessa Hull's work with tracking giant pandas has been highlighted by the NSF. Vanessa's quest is being documented by MSU's University Relations and can be followed here.

PNAS published "Environmental Impacts of Divorce".
For A PDF copy of the Article click here. For comments, press releases and news reports click here.

Dr. William C. Clark presented the Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, December 6, 2007 here at MSU on the topic of Sustainability Science. Materials on the lecture can be found here.

Dr. Zai Liang presented a seminar titled "Migration Networks and Migration Processes: The Case of China" at the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability on November 29, 2007.

Science published "Complexity of Coupled Human and Natural Systems"
(1) for an online copy of the article at the Science Magazine website, see http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/317/5844/1513
(2) for a PDF copy of the document click here.
(3) for a press release, see

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) will be holding a conference on Landscape Ecology and Forest Management - Challenges and Solutions in Chengdu, Sichuan, PR China from Sept. 16-18, 2008. For more information please see the conference advertisement.

Dr. Bill Taylor was named University Distinguished Professor.

Dr. James Millington has joined CSIS as a Research Associate after completing his PhD in LUCC/Ecological Modelling at King’s College London.

Megan Matonis comes to CSIS and the Forestry Department after earning her bachelor’s degree at Colorado State University and will continue her education by pursuing her Master’s degree. Megan has also been awarded an Academic Achievement Graduate Assistantship through the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources for Fall of 2007 and Spring of 2008.

Nils Peterson will complete his PhD in August and has accepted a position as Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University.

Nancy Leonard returned from the Study Abroad Course “An Island Apart: Cultural and Natural Resources of Madagascar”, that she co-taught. Students learned the natural history of endemic species as well as the challenges of balancing the needs of fisheries and wildlife with the needs of Malagasies. Students had a hands-on experience; observing species in their natural habitats; and meeting with villagers, representatives of non-government organizations, researchers, and naturalists working in the national forests and reserves.

Nils Peterson recently had a paper published in The Journal of Wildlife Management.

Jianguo (Jack) Liu has been elected as the President-elect of the
US-IALE (US Regional Association, International Association for Landscape Ecology) (www.usiale.org). He will serve US-IALE as the president from 2008-2010.

Nick Reo has received a 3-year Ford Foundation Fellowship.

Former Ph.D. student Christopher Lepczyk has accepted an offer to become a tenure-track assistant professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa starting in August.

Neil Carter will join CSIS as a Ph.D. student with a University Distinguished Fellowship in August after finishing his Master's degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Jianguo (Jack) Liu has been awarded the 2007 Ralph H. Smuckler Award for Advancing International Studies and Programs at MSU. This is the University's most prestigious award related to internationalization. More information can be found at the MSU Newsroom.

The Center has recently moved to the newly renovated space in the Manly Miles Building. An Open House is scheduled for March 27, noon-2:00 pm, in 115 Manly Miles Building, 1405 South Harrison Road, East Lansing.

Merritt Turetsky has been chosen to serve on the editorial board for the journal Ecosystems. (Jack Liu’s 2nd term on the editorial board is ending this year.)

Vanessa Hull has been selected to receive a Rocky Mountain Goat Foundation Bill Burtness Award.

Jack Liu was invited to write an opinion piece for PBS on China’s environmental future.

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