About Us

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CHANS-Net: International Network of Research on Coupled Human and Natural Systems facilitates communication and collaboration among scholars from around the world who are interested in coupled human and natural systems (e.g., coupled human-environment systems, social-ecological systems, ecological-economic systems, population-environment systems) and who strive to find sustainable solutions that both benefit the environment and enable people to thrive.

CHANS-Net is sponsored by the Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems program of the National Science Foundation, with coordination provided by the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability at Michigan State University.


Advisory Board

Avatar Stephen Carpenter
Stephen Alfred Forbes Professor of Zoology
Center for Limnology
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Avatar William Clark
Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy and Human Development
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University

Avatar Ruth DeFries
Denning Professor of Sustainable Development
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology (E3B)
Columbia University

Avatar Thomas Dietz
Director, Environmental Science and Policy Program
Assistant Vice President for Environmental Research
Michigan State University

Avatar Carl Folke
Director, The Beijer Institute, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Science Director, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University

Avatar Simon Levin
Moffett Professor of Biology
Director, Center for BioComplexity
Princeton University

Avatar Elinor Ostrom
Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science
Co-Director, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis
Indiana University, Bloomington
Research Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Founding Director, Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

Avatar Billie Lee Turner II
Gilbert F. White Professor of Environment and Society, Arizona State Univerity
Research Professor, Clark University

Avatar Brian Walker
Research Fellow, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
Program Director and Chair of Board, Resilience Alliance


Avatar Jianguo (Jack) Liu, CHANS-Net Principal Investigator
Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability
University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Director of the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability
Michigan State University

Avatar William J. (Bill) McConnell, CHANS-Net Co-PI
Associate Director of the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability
Michigan State University


If you have questions about CHANS-Net or have suggestions and questions, please contact: The Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI   517-432-0206, csis@csis.msu.edu.