Nov. 10, 2011

Human societies have a lot in common with ant, wolf, dolphin and chimp societies, so adding some biological tools and techniques to the traditional methods used to study can help show these similarities, as well as differences, a group of researchers assert.

Studying human societies using biological tools can expose certain patterns – consistent relationships between economic growth and energy use, and energy use and fertility, for example -- that traditional sociological and anthropological tools may miss.


Nov. 4, 2011

Students who want to expand their professional networks should apply for a 2012 NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Award.

Students who receive the awards give oral or poster presentations at the Annual Symposium of the U.S. Regional Association for the International Association for Landscape Ecology. The 2012 US-IALE Annual Symposium is April 8-12 in Newport, RI.


Oct. 31, 2011

Scholars are invited to apply for resident fellowships in sustainability science for the academic year beginning in September 2012 through the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University.


The U.S. Chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (US-IALE) is accepting abstracts for its 2012 annual meeting in Newport, RI.

Scientists may submit abstracts for either a poster or a 20-minute oral presentation. Abstracts must be 200 words or less and are due by Dec. 16, 2011.

To submit an abstract, use the US-IALE online abstract submission form.


Sept. 19, 2011

For those seeking to understand and manage ecosystems, a key idea has resonated for more than two decades: spatial variation is essential for ecological sustainability over time. Now a new book examines the impact of that revelation.


July 27, 2011

Besides helping each other plant and harvest, rural Chinese neighbors also influence each other’s environmental behavior – farmers are more likely to reenroll their land in a conservation program if they talk to their neighbors about it.


July 15, 2011

The NSF has published new reports on how federal research dollars flowed to colleges and universities in 2009 and the status of graduate students and postdoctoral scientists in research fields in 2008.

The first report contains a wide array of data on the institutions that received the most federal research funds over all and by discipline, for instance; the latter includes statistics on the future work force in academic science by field, gender, institution type and other indicators.


July 7, 2011

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have launched an international joint initiative to address global development challenges.

PEER, "Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research," capitalizes on competitively-awarded investments to support and build scientific and technical capacity in the developing world.


July 14, 2011

The Catalyzing New International Collaborations Program supports the participation of U.S. researchers and students in activities intended to catalyze new international collaborations.

This program provides educational opportunities for undergraduate students, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. This program provides indirect funding for students.


June 24, 2011

The Mountain Research Initiative will bring together a small number of experts on social-ecological research and coupled human-natural system modeling in mountain regions around the world to participate in a synthesis workshop: Building Resilience of Mountain Social-Ecological Systems to Global Change.