Aug. 20, 2014

Mountain pine beetles, tiny bark beetles the size of grains of rice, have become widespread pests. The insects infest tree after tree in western North America, killing off entire swaths of forests during outbreaks.

The effects of climate change and other factors have led to the unprecedented epidemic. Tens of millions of acres of trees have been killed over the past 20 years.


June 22, 2015

Scientists are certain: We’re entering a mass extinction that threatens humanity’s existence.

Paul Ehrlich, CHANS-Net member and senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, and his coauthors call for fast action to conserve threatened species, populations, and habitat, but warn that the window of opportunity is rapidly closing.

"[The study] shows without any significant doubt that we are now entering the sixth great mass extinction event," said Ehrlich, professor of population studies in biology.


June 3, 2015

The dynamic interplay of natural and human factors drives human and ecosystem adaptations in Mongolia and Inner Mongolia according to new research.


April 6, 2015

The stereotypical trappings of urban living -- fine restaurants, boutique shopping, amazing people-watching – need to accommodate one more city dweller: wildlife.

Cities are traditionally seen as places for people, but many species of wildlife thrive in urban areas. Interactions between humans and wildlife happen more often in urban areas than any other place on Earth. These interactions affect human health, safety and welfare, in both positive and negative ways.


April 2, 2015

By comparing and reflecting on their previous research, five former CHANS fellows from the class of 2012 have developed an analytic framework that other scholars can use when designing future interdisciplinary studies on farmer decision-making.


March 6, 2015

Weather changes and the risks they pose are one of the biggest variables in agriculture. In many cases, farmers can reduce some of these risks by adapting their cropping practices to be more compatible with weather situations.

But not all farmers react to weather changes the same way. To better identify how farmers make weather-related decisions, two CHANS-Net researchers and their colleagues developed a framework to understand the causes and consequences of the decisions.


Oct. 9, 2014

The Mountain Research Initiative invites all researchers studying global change in mountain regions to its Key Contact Workshop on Dec. 14 in San Francisco, just before the AGU Fall Meeting.


Aug. 11, 2014

A new modeling framework will help managers estimate the effects of land use change and agricultural conservation practices on water quality.

The soil and water assessment tool (SWAT), was developed by CHANS-Net members Irem Daloglu, Joan Iverson Nassauer and Rick Riolo, as well as Donald Scavia. All the scientists are at the University of Michigan.


July 28, 2014

Students, post-docs and junior researchers (e.g. assistant professors) across the world who want to expand their professional networks should apply for a 2015 NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Award.


July 8, 2012

A group of CHANS-Net scientists have published in the journal Regional Environmental Change.  The release, below, is courtesy of The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, funded through a National Science Foundation grant to the University of Maryland. The CHANS-Net members are Nicholas R. MaglioccaThomas K.