Producing clean energy, reducing waste (/news/?id=1153) Published: Friday, 12 Apr 2013
MSU scientists collaborate with leading researchers in Costa Rica and Nicaragua to bring clean energy to rural areas.
Economic growth in Malawi (/news/?id=1152) Published: Thursday, 04 Apr 2013
Michigan State University's collaboration with Lincoln University and the University of Malawi to help find new ways to contribute more effectively to African development and transformation through agriculture-led economic growth.
Conservation: One Bird Song at a Time (/news/?id=1151) Published: Tuesday, 26 Mar 2013
A passionate ornithologist builds a scientifically valuable bird sound database.
To know a tiger is at least to start tolerating them, study shows (http://csis.msu.edu/news/MSU_know_tiger) Published: Tuesday, 31 Jul 2012
To protect a dangerous and endangered animal -- be it a tiger in Nepal or a wolf in Michigan - you really do have to ask people “how do you FEEL about your predatory neighbor?”
Entrepreneurial Approach Benefits Michigan (/news/?id=865) Published: Thursday, 26 Apr 2012
When the Swedish government announced that the country would stop using oil by 2020, it was clear that its leaders were concerned about the environment.
But there was another obvious motivation behind the decision: Sweden has no domestic oil industry, and importing petroleum had become costly.
“And when you don’t have any oil, you get good at not using it,” says Kris Berglund, a University Distinguished Professor of forestry and chemical engineering.
Carbon Assessment Project Picked Up by United Nations (/news/?id=866) Published: Thursday, 26 Apr 2012
Leading a team of forestry and engineering researchers from MSU, in collaboration with researchers from Colorado State University, the World Agroforestry Center in Kenya and the Center for International Forestry Research in Indonesia (among others), Skole hopes to create a model that development programs worldwide could adopt to assess their carbon footprint.
Gender and Ethnicity on Nicaragua’s Mosquito Coast (/news/?id=867) Published: Thursday, 26 Apr 2012
A team of researchers from MSU was recently awarded a grant from the NSF Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems program to study the impact of a new road connecting Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, with Pearl Lagoon, a previously remote area of the country. The study will monitor the flow of people, technology and markets, along with the resulting impacts on the natural systems in which the people reside.
Spartans VS. Mosquitoes: MSU Researchers Battle Mosquito Borne Virus (/news/?id=846) Published: Monday, 23 Apr 2012
Severe headache, intense pain behind the eyes, muscle and bone pain, joint pain, high fever, rash and mild bleeding of the nose or gums are all symptoms of dengue fever, leaving little doubt as to why the disease is also known as break-bone fever and bone crusher disease.
Spartans Spring into Action to Aid East African Farmers (/news/?id=851) Published: Monday, 23 Apr 2012
Devastating droughts in East Africa are not new. However, since the 1980s, villagers have noticed changes in the rainy seasons. Year by year, erratic rainfall has led to more failed harvests. In the past 10 years, droughts have started to occur more frequently — every 3 or 4 years. Meanwhile, temperatures have been rising, and crops and forage plants are drying out faster. The combination of warming temperatures and unreliable rainfall is spelling disaster for the region’s farm
Malawi Partnerships Encourage Innovation (/news/?id=852) Published: Monday, 23 Apr 2012
Sieglinde Snapp, an associate professor of Crop and Soil Sciences with MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, is putting the university’s strong agricultural heritage to work in Malawi in southern Africa.
A Fulbright scholar in Diversity Dimensions of Healthy Agroecosystems, Snapp sees the ongoing communication and cooperation between biological and social scientists, as well as local farmers, as key in developing new innovations in sustainable farming t
MSU Leads Global Effort to Study Link Between People, Planet (/news/?id=853) Published: Monday, 23 Apr 2012
Hundreds of scientists from around the world are involved in a new initiative at Michigan State University to improve cutting-edge research on the increasingly fragile relationship between humans and the environment.
The National Science Foundation recognized this research as a priority and has selected MSU to lead the effort, called the International Network of Research on Coupled Human and Natural Systems, or CHANS-net. The NSF is supporting the project with a $1.5 million, fi
Study Says Brazil’s Policies Protect the Amazon (/news/?id=854) Published: Monday, 23 Apr 2012
Brazil’s policy of protecting portions of the Amazonian forest from development is capable of buffering the Amazon from climate change, according to a new study led by Michigan State University researcher Robert Walker, professor of geography.
Farmers more likely to be green if they talk to their neighbors (/news/?id=837) Published: Friday, 20 Apr 2012
MSU researchers find that farmers are more likely to reenroll their land in a conservation program if they talk to their neighbors about it.
Scientists from MSU’s Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability used a simulation model to study the amount of land farmers in the Wolong Nature Reserve in southwestern China reenrolled in the Grain-to-Green Program (GTGP), which aims to reduce soil erosion by converting sloping cropland to forest or grassland. Farmers receive
Protecting that Simple Compound – H20 (/news/?id=834) Published: Thursday, 19 Apr 2012
An MSU-led consortium of researchers earned the prestigious $2.3 million Partnerships for International Research in Education (PIRE) grant.Their research will focus on the development of nanotechnology tools to better understand how mebranes work and how to make them better.
Tigers Out of Sight are Far From Out of Mind (/news/?id=835) Published: Thursday, 19 Apr 2012
It doesn’t matter that Neil Carter has only twice caught fleeting glimpses of a tiger in all the months he’s spent in Nepal. In fact, it’s kind of fitting. Carter, a doctoral student in MSU’s Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, approaches conservation and sustainability in a way that’s not just about a charismatic animal. It’s about connectivity and the delicate, complicated dance between tigers and people in Nepal.
Globalization in a Biodiversity Hotspot (/news/?id=836) Published: Thursday, 19 Apr 2012
Previously thought extinct in Nicaragua, a small Baird’s Tapir population was recently found to be alive and well and living in the Caribbean Coast rainforest. Thanks to MSU researchers, together with Nicaraguan colleagues from the Universidad de las Regiones Autonomas de la Costa Caribe Nicaraguense (URACCAN), important data on these tapirs—large mammals similar in shape to a pig, but with a short prehensile snout like an elephant’s-- will be passed on to those scientist
A video interview with a Tropical Forester: Salleh Mohd. Nohr, MSU Alum and Senior Fellow of Academ (/news/?id=749) Published: Thursday, 16 Feb 2012
MSU alum Salleh Mohd. Nohr discusses his experiences and views as a tropical forester and how he benefited from his education at Michigan State University.
A video interview with MSU alum and senior forestry officer with the African Development Bank Albert (/news/?id=748) Published: Thursday, 02 Feb 2012
MSU forestry alum and senior forestry officer with the African Development Bank, Albert Mwangi, discuss forestry management and significance to economic development in Africa.
MSU alum, Boen Purnama, discusses timber markets and sustainable forest management (/news/?id=747) Published: Thursday, 26 Jan 2012
MSU alumni Boen Purnama discusses the importance of forestry management .
Three grad students win support for environmental work (/news/?id=532) Published: Thursday, 09 Jun 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich-- Spring has brought a crop of honors and opportunity to three doctoral candidates in the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability.
Two fellowships and an award will help open doors to research projects that help advance the understanding of how humans and nature interact – and how both can achieve sustainability and thrive. From fisheries in Australia to the comings and goings of pandas in China and how climate change may ultimately affect thei