2009 News and Events

Selected Research Projects

Dr. Jie Gong joins CSIS and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Jie Gong is an associate professor of Lanzhou University, China. His research interests are landscape pattern and ecological processes, land use change and its driving forces, land degradation and its control, ecological restoration in arid and semiarid area of China.

The paper "Coupled Human and Natural Systems" is ranked as one of the "Most Read Articles" in Ambio.

Jianguo (Jack) Liu interviewed by Nature Dec 2009.

The 2005 Nature paper "China's environment in a globalizing world" by Jianguo (Jack) Liu and Jared Diamond is ranked by the National Science Library of China as one of the top three most highly cited papers in environmental sciences (2004-2008). The National Science Library invited Liu to write an article (Science Focus, 2009, Vol 4 No 6; pg 52-53) on the background of the Nature paper.

Vanessa Hull had her paper "Delayed implantation in giant pandas: the first comprehensive empirical evidence" published in Reproduction (2009) 138; pg 979 - 986.

Tom Dietz had his paper "Household actions can provide a behavioral wedge to rapidly reduce US carbon emissions" published in PNAS.

Human Dimensions of Wildlife published the article "Evaluating Hunter Support for Black Bear Restoration in East Texas" Vol 14, Issue 6, pg. 407 - 418. Nov 2009.

CSIS was delighted to have Dr. Simon A. Levin, a world-renowned ecologist and environmental scientist, give a Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture "Sustainability, Discounting and Cooperation: The Need for New Institutions" on December 10, 2009 and meet with faculty, students and administrators. He also received an Honorary Degree of Science from MSU on December 11, 2009. More information on Dr. Simon Levin below.

CSIS was pleased to welcome the following individuals:
  • Abigail (Abby) Lynch joins CSIS and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife as a Ph.D. candidate with a 2009 MSU University Distinguished Fellowship.  Abby has also received a 2009 Janice Lee Fenske Excellence in Fisheries Management Fellowship, American Fisheries Society Michigan Chapter, 2009.  She will be studying fisheries and climate change for her dissertation and also helping the Michigan DNR Director’s Office implement recommendations from the Governor’s Climate Change Action Council.

  • Mark Rey, former Undersecretary of USDA for natural resources and environment, is on campus, teaching a course on Environmental Advocacy (ANR491). As part of the course Mark has invited a large number of current and former high-level gomernment officials and other distinguished guest speakers from a variety of agencies and organizations to interact with the students in the course as well as other students, faculty and staff. For more information and a list of guest speakers click here.

  • Dr. Yi Xiao joins CSIS and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife as a Visiting Scholar.  Dr. Yi Xiao is an associate professor of the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Her research interest is GIS and its application in wildlife habitat assessment. She has developed nature reserve information management systems.

  • Chiara Zuccarino-Crowe joins CSIS and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife as a Ph.D. student with an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and a MSU University Distinguished Fellowship. Chiara received her Bachelor's degree in biology from Boston College. She has spent the last several years as a Research Fellow in the Great Lakes National Program Office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through a program administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. She will focus on the effectiveness of marine protected areas in fisheries sustainability and an analysis of alternative governance approaches within the Great Lakes fisheries ecosystem as compared to other large marine systems.
PNAS published an article titled "Linking social norms to efficent conservation investment in payments for ecosystem services".
New article "Spatial and temporal patterns of fuelwood
collection in Wolong Nature Reserve: Implications for panda conservation" published in Lanscape and Urban Planning.
  • Article featured in BBC.

Wei Liu and Mao Ning Tuan Mu each received a US-IALE Student Travel Award to attend the US-IALE conference in Snowbird, Utah.

Nick Reo received a NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Award that assisted selected outstanding students in attending US-IALE 2009 (24th annual conference of the U.S. Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology), in Snowbird, Utah, April 12-16, 2009.

Vanessa Hull received a William and Evelyn Taylor Scholarship on International Engagement on Coupled Human and Natural Systems.

Neil Carter received a NASA Fellowship.

Ken Frank received a Fulbright Specialist grant to visit the University of Turku in Finland. Frank shared his expertise on social network analysis with the University of Turku in March by teaching a course and providing guidance to graduate students and faculty members.

Wei Liu received (1) CANR Alumni Association Scholarship, and (2) MSU's First Graduate Academic Conference Showcase Session #2, First Place.

The Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture series presents Billie Lee Turner II who spoke on "Land Architecture, Sustainability, and the Southern Yucatan". The lecture was held on January 28, 2009 at the Kellogg Center at 3:00 p.m. in the Lincoln room. More information on Billie Lee Turner is available below.

On Monday, January 12th, Mark Rey (USDA's Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment) presented a lecture at Room 105, Manly Miles.Rey oversees the programs of the U.S. Forest Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, with a budget of nearly $8 billion. The agencies manage the 192 million acre National Forest System as well as conservation projects on 210 million acres of farm and ranch lands. More information about Rey is available here.

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