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January 2011

Big city life may make residents lean toward green, study says

Busy street in China

The downsides of China’s explosive urbanization -- like pollution and greenhouse gas emissions -- now are joined by an upside: Better environmental citizens.

It's the first time scientists have weighed employment and leadership when considering environmental behavior in China's cities. In the Jan. 16 edition of the British journal Environmental Conservation, scientists at the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability at Michigan State University and collaborators in the U.S. and China show that city size -- and the good jobs there -- lead people to pro-environmental behavior, like recycling plastic bags and sorting their trash.

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CSIS director honored by AAAS

Jack Liu

Jianguo "Jack" Liu, internationally known for his new ways of exploring the relationships between humans and nature and how those intertwined systems affect the environment, has been named a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Liu is an MSU University Distinguished Professor of fisheries and wildlife who holds the Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability and serves as director of the MSU Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability. He is one of six MSU faculty members named AAAS fellows this year.

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December 2010

Nobel laureate to deliver 2010 Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture

Elinor OstromElinor Ostrom, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, will present the Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture Dec. 10 in the Lincoln Room of the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on the Michigan State University campus.

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China's environmental challenges have global implications

Unlike Vegas, what happens in China doesn't stay in China.

The country's environmental challenges have worldwide implications, so more developed nations, such as the United States, need to help China adopt integrated solutions for the sake of global sustainability says internationally renowned Michigan State University environmental scientist Jack Liu, who is also director of the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability.

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Jianguo Liu had his paper " China's Environmental Challenges and Implications for the World" published in Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology.2010 40:9, 823-851
[on line] DOI: 10.1080/10643389.2010.502645

Anita Morzillo and Jack liu had a paper " An integration of habitat evaluation, individual based modeling, and graph theory for a potential black bear population recovery in southeastern Texas, USA" published in Landscape Ecology.[Article in Press] DOI 10.1007/s10980-010-9536-4

Bill McConnell had his paper "Environmental change and adaptation in degraded agro-ecosystems: the case of highland Madagascar published in AREA 2010 Vol. 42 No. 3, pp. 359-368

Jack Liu had his paper "Sustainability: A Household Word" published in Science July 2010 329:512

Neil Carter had his paper "American black bear habitat selection in northern Lower Peninsula, Michigan, USA, using discrete-choice modeling" published in Ursus 2010 21 (1): 57-71.

Jack Liu and Shuxin Li had an article "The Largest World's Fair" published in Science 2 July 2010 Vol 329 pg 35.

Xiaodong Chen had his paper "Using Cost-Effective Targeting to Enhance the Efficiency of Conservation Investments in Payments for Ecosystem Services" published in Conservation Biology [Article in Press] DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2010.01551.x.

Jack Liu had his paper "Long-term effects of family planning
and other determinants of fertility on population
and environment: agent-based modeling evidence
from Wolong Nature Reserve, China" published in Population and Environment 31: 427-459

Nick Reo had his paper "Tribal and state ecosystem management regimes influence forest regeneration" published in Forest Ecology and Management [Article in Press] doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2010.05.030

Andrés Viña had his paper "Range-wide analysis of wildlife habitat: Implications for conservation" published in Biological Conservation 143: 1960-1969, doi:10.1016 /j.biocon.2010.04.046.

Mao-Ning Tuanmu received a NASA Earth System Fellowship.

Tom Dietz lead an NAS report on American Climate Choice as vice chair. The report as generated numerous new reports.

James Millington co-authored paper "Mind, the gap in landscape-evolution modelling" published in Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 2010 DOI: 10.1002/esp.2008

Vanessa Hull received the Bill and Evelyn Taylor Scholarship in Coupled Human and Natural Systems.

Ken Frank will be spending the week of May 10 at our center.  He’ll be giving a talk related to the attached chapters on social networks and natural resource usage on Monday, May 10th from 3-5 pm in room 105 (Manly Miles Building).  Ken will also relate some of his work with the Stockholm Resiliency Centre. Much of Ken’s time will be consulting and working with graduate students interested in the applications of network analysis to studies related to natural resource use. Ken will also be giving a related CSTAT workshop on social networks on May 13, for which you can sign up. For more on Ken’s work, click here.

Chiara Zuccarino-Crowe was given a Fenske Fellowship Award. The award was made possible by a generous contribution from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.

Nick Reo has received an offer of a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Universtiy of Michigan.

Dr. Bill Taylor has been invited to give a keynote address at the International Forum on Biodiversity in Beijing, which is part of the celebration of the United Nations' Year of Biodiversity.

Mao-Ning TuanMu's paper "Mapping understory vegetation using phenological characteristics derived from remotely sensed data" has been published in Remote Sensing of Environment. 114(8): 1833-1844.

Peter Esselman's paper "Overcoming Information Limitations for the Prescription of an Environmental Flow Regime for a Central American River" has been published in Ecology and Science.

Science published an article titled "China's Road to Sustainability".

Science published an article titled "China, India, and the Environment".

Abby Lynch and Chiara Zuccarino-Crowe are the inaugural recipients of the Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt Leadership Awards. This new fellowship is awarded by MSU's Graduate School to help further a graduate student's professional development as a future leader in natural resource and conservation based organizations and agencies.

Xiaodong Chen is a recipient of Harvard University's Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Sustainability Science. Xiaodong has also received a USDA-NIFA Professional Enhancement Award to attend and give a presentation in a symposium on bioenergy and biodiversity at the 2010 US-IALE conference in Athens, Georgia.

Mao-Ning Tuanmu received a CHANS Fellowship to attend and give a presentation at the US-IALE conference in Athens, Georgia, April 5-9, 2010.

Wu Yang received a NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Award to attend and give a presentation at the 2010 US-IALE conference in Athens, Georgia.

Dr. Bill Taylor interviewed by The State News, February 2010. "Fishing Regulation Vital for Ecosystem"

Vanessa Hull's research is featured in the TV program of CCTV (China Central Television), China's Official and largest TV network.

CSIS was pleased to welcome the following individuals:

  • Dr. Peter Esselman joins CSIS and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife as a Research Associate.  Dr. Esselman is a freshwater landscape ecologist with a strong interest in fish communities, freshwater resource management and sustainable development. His research combines landscape theory, field sampling, and modeling to address problems in fish ecology, freshwater conservation, and sustainable development at local, regional, and continental scales. Dr. Esselman is currently conducting a national assessment of the condition of freshwater fish habitats for the US National Fish Habitat Action Plan.

  • John Burke joins CSIS and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife as as a master’s student focusing on the effects of gold mine tailings on productivity and fish populations in southeast Alaska.  He received his undergraduate degree in fisheries science from Virginia Tech and conducted research with Virginia Tech’s Wildlife Ecotoxicology and Physiological Ecology program on the sublethal effects of mercury contamination in amphibians.  Past work also focused on monitoring fecal coliforms and nutrient levels in streams heavily impacted by urban and agricultural runoff with the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.

  • Kiira Siitari joins CSIS and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife as a M.S. candidate under the guidance of Dr. William Taylor. She graduated from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities in 2006 and has since been working on various field projects in conservation biology. She is interested in land and water interactions, with plans to research terrestrial predator influences on aquatic communities utilizing Gap analysis planning as key element in her work. Ultimately, she hopes to broaden the scale at which people think about aquatic sustainability and possibly provide successful tools to help implement these ideas. .

Neil Carter has received a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for his research project " Coupled Human and Natural Systems Approach to Tiger Conservation".

Ken Frank has been appointed to serve on the editorial board of Ecology and Society.

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