2008 News and Events

Selected Research Projects

Thomas Dietz appointed to NAS "America's Climate Choices" study; will help lead climate-change study advising next U.S. congress on environmental policy.. (Novermber 2008)

Bill Taylor receives the 2008 Fisheries Conservationist of the Year Award. President Bill Krepps of the Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) presented the 2008 Fisheries Conservationist of the Year to Dr. Bill Taylor at the December MUCC Executive Committee Meeting. In presenting the award, President Krepps recognized Dr. Taylor's internationally renowned expertise on fisheries ecology, population dynamics and Great Lakes fisheries management. Dr. Taylor was also recognized for his 30 years of service at Michigan State University and his 16 years as chair of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. The creation of the Partnership for Ecosystem Research and Management or PERM was highlighted as a significant example of Dr. Taylor's expertise in creating innovative partnerships. PERM brought together MSU, the MDNR and the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and is regarded nationally as a unique approach to applying the research talents of the University to natural resource management problems on a state and regional scale. Dr. Taylor has been described by one of his peers as being "like the Energizer Bunny" with his innovative programs and approaches to teaching and research, and as "one hell of an educator and promoter of fishing and hunting and tourism in Michigan."

Dr. Kimberly Hall was featured as The Great Lakes Town Hall guest blogger during the week of October 13th. Her articles discussed impacts of climate change on bio diversity in the Great Lakes region, and strategies we can incorporate into management and conservation to help species adapt.

National Research Council releases report on public participation in environmental decisionmaking; Tom Dietz chaired the panel that issued the report. (August 2008)

The paper in Conservation Biology on "Household Location Choices" was highlighted in Nature. Recommended in 'Faculty of 1000' and featured in the news media.

MSU has launched a MSU-China web site:
http://special.news.msu.edu/msuinchina/. Two of the four highlights are on research by CSIS.

Science publishes Jack Liu and Jared Diamond's perspectives about China's environmental revolution.

Jack Liu discusses "Integrate Disciplines" in Nature (Vol. 454, p. 401, 24 July, 2008).

Conservation magazine published a profile of Jack Liu's research.

PNAS published an article titled "Ecological and socioeconomic effects of China's policies for ecosystem services".

Jack Liu was quoted in an article on China's forests in Science. Vanessa Hull's panda collaring project was featured at NSF Web News.

WWJ TV's "Building Bridges" program and Video show #3 segment 4 features pandas, Wolong and some of our work in Wolong and our associate Wei Liu are featured in the program.

Dr. Nils Peterson had his paper "Property rights and landscape planning in the intermountain west: The Teton Valley case" published in Landscape and Urban Planning.

A media report about Nils Peterson's paper entitled "Household Location Choices: Implications for Biodiversity Conservation" in Conservation Biology (in press), was featured in Science News.

CSIS was delighted to host Dr. Peter Raven, a world-renowned environmental scientist and botanist. Dr. Raven visited MSU from April 30 to May 3 to receive an Honorary Degree of Science, to deliver the keynote speech at the Advanced Degree Commencement Ceremony, to give a Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture, and to meet faculty, students and administrators at MSU. More information about Dr. Raven is available below.

"Coupling Humans and Complex Ecological Landscapes" is the theme of the 2009 annual conference of US-IALE (US Regional Association, International Association for Landscape Ecology). The conference will be held in Snowbird, Utah, from April 12-16, 2009. More information about the conference can be found here. Background papers about the conference theme can be found at the following links -
CHANS_Science and CHANS_Ambio.

Neil Carter has received an International Pre-dissertation Travel Award ($3000) from International Studies and Programs. He will use the award to study tigers in a coupled human and natural system in Nepal.

Wei Liu has been selected to be a FAST (Future Academic Scholars in Teaching) Fellow by MSU's Graduate School.

Jack Liu has begun his 2-year presidency of US-IALE (US Regional Association, International Association of Landscape Ecology) since April 8 at the annual conference in Madison,WI.

The symposium "Sources, Sinks, and Sustainability" at the 2008 annual US-IALE conference was a great success. It was organized by Jack Liu, Vanessa Hull, Anita Morzillo (Postdoctoral fellow at USEPA), and John Wiens (lead scientist at The Nature Conservancy). A book is being planned for Cambridge University Press.

Dr. Nico Keilman presented a special seminar on “Household changes in industrialized countries: Impirical trends and modelling issues” on Monday, April 14th, 2008.

Dr. Ruth DeFries presented the Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture on Changing Dynamics of Tropical Deforestation and Atmospheric Carbon Emissions on Tuesday, March 18, 2008. Presentation materials are available here.

Jack Liu is quoted in an article published in Scientific America.
The article is entitled "China's Three Gorges Dam".

Mao-Ning Tuanmu won "Honorable Mention" for the best presentation in the recent symposium of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

Environmental Management published an article titled "Distribution of Economic Benefits from Ecotourism: A Case Study of Wolong Nature Reserve for Giant Pandas in China"

Biologial Conservation published a new article in the February 2008 issue.

Dr. Patricia Wright will be presenting “Climate Change in the Tropics: News from the Rainforests of Madagascar” Wednesday March 12 at 3:30pm in 247 Plant Biology .

Wei Liu has received a Bill Burtness Fellowship from the Rocky Mountain Goats Foundation.

Conservation Biology published a new paper Human Impacts on Regional Avian Diversity and Abundance .

Dr. James Millington was published in the Jan. 30, 2008 issue of Landscape Ecology.

Science published the article "Revolutionizing China's Environmental Protection" in the Jan. 4, 2008 issue.

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