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ESPP Founding Director Thomas Dietz named University Distinguished Professor
Thomas Dietz: Professor, Department of Sociology, College of Social Science; professor of environmental science and policy; professor of animal studies; Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability has been named University Distinguished Professor in recognition of his achievements in the classroom, laboratory and community. More»
Winning climate strategy demands details
Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability
When understanding a country’s climate – especially vast countries like the United States or China – to protect food security, biodiversity and human health, the devil is in the details. Scientists at Michigan State University show that examining the daily minutia of climate, not just temperature, but also sunshine, precipitation and soil moisture simultaneously all over a country gives a better understanding of how variable a land’s climate can be. That information is crucial when countries are setting policies aimed at growing food, protecting water supplies and the environment and stemming disease outbreaks. The findings were reported in this week’s Scientific Reports. “There is much talk about how climate is changing and what should be done about it, but in reality, it is the variabilities – those many changes above and below the norm – that can have a great impact on coupled human and natural systems,” said Jianguo “Jack” Liu, MSU’s Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability and director of the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability. “A holistic view of our world gives us the most useful information.” More»
Steve Hamilton named inaugural society for freshwater science fellow
Stephen Hamilton, Michigan State University professor of ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry was named an inaugural fellow of the Society for Freshwater Science. More»