- 3/2010. USDA-Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service: "Risk Analysis database for Optimal Spatio-temporal Targeting of Pathways for Specialty Crops". Manuel Colunga-Garcia, Primary Investigator.
- 1/2010. MEXT (Japan’s Ministry of Science of Education): “Constructing Satellite-based Land and Ecosystem Monitoring System and International Network for Food and Environmental Intelligence”. Jiaguo Qi, collaboration with Yoshio Inoue of Japan’s National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences (NIAES).
- 9/2009. United States Department of Agriculture:
"Limiting Bird Damage to Fruit Crops: A Planning Program to Identitify Research Directions for the Future", Catherine Lindell, Primary Investigator.
- 6/2009. National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants in the Directorate for Biological Sciences: "Bird and Bat Effects on Arthropod Densities and Herbivory in Tropical Forest Restoration Sites". Emily Morrison (Catherine Lindell, advisor).
- 4/2009. National Areonautics and Space Administration:"China's Urbanization and its Sustainability under Future Climate Change", Peilei Fan, Primary Investigator, joined by Joe Messina and Nathan Moore.
- 9/2008. National Science Foundation Coupled Human and Natural Systems (CHANS): "Globalization and the Connection of Remote Communities: Environmental Implications", Daniel Kramer and Gerald Urquhart, co-Primary Investigators.
- May 2008. National Areonautics and Space Administration, Earth & Space Science Fellowship program: Carolina Santos "Complex Land Use & Cover Trajectories in the Northern Choco Bioregion of Columbia".
- An Integrated Assessment of China’s Ecological Restoration Programs, Runsheng Yin, editor. Springer Press
- Special Issue on ‘Genocides of Indigenous Peoples’. Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal. 4(1). Robert K. Hitchcock and Samuel Totten, eds. Toronto: University of Toronto Press
New and Familiar visitors
In 2010, the Center hosted a delegation from the Senegal Agricultural Statistics and Data Collection Visitor Program and their USDA coordinator Terry Holland and MSU Institute for International Agriculture contact Dan Clay (Director of Global Programs in Sustainable Agri-food Systems. Center researchers held a day of workshops in the use of satellite data and modelling in agricultural applications. Concurrently, Center Adjunct Mark Cochrane of the South Dakota State University Center of Excellence was was in Michigan doing field work, and he presented a seminar "Global Climate Change - Should You be concerned?". Mark joined Qi and Dan Clay as they took the Senegalese group to the Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners for several training sessions on site.
Center Director Jiaguo Qi (L)and Dan Clay (R) flank KBS Specialist Justin Kunkle, Mark Cochrane, Gorgui Diallo, Terry Holland, Saul Moussa, Moustapha Niang, Sylvie Dasylva, Moussa Thiam, and Cheickh Fall as the group gathered at the Sundial on the grounds of the Kellogg Biological Station.
MSU-Zhejiang University Partnership
The second class of students from ZJU arrived in August 2009 and started classes that monthl. A reception was held on Friday August 28 at the Center so the the incoming students could meet with the returning ones, as well as with their faculty mentors, friends from ZJU, and some of the MSU staff who assisted with all the logistics of the program.
In this picture, about half of each class of 3+1 students and some of their friends gather with Dr. Qi in the Manly Miles Building lobby. Standing, back row L-R: Huiqing Huang,
, Jiaguo Qi, Junyan Tang, Jarong Guo, Yang Wu.
front row: Yali Wei, Xing (Cindy)Tong, Rui (Emma) Li, Shuyi (Sophia) Chen, Ray Chen, Guanhong Xie. Seated: Fangjin Ye. Not pictured:
Ying Fu, Chenxiao Ling, Ying Tang, Xiaozhong Xia, Hui Xu
The Center participated once again in the Homecoming Tent sponsored by the College of Social Sciences. If you were unable to drop by before the Spartans' victory over Northwestern, here are photos contributed by Geography graduate student Tanita Suepa:
Left: Director Jiaguo Qi shows his Spartan spirit while visiting with an alumna. Computer at his elbow displays the Center's work. Right: Siam Lawawirojwong, Chuan Qin, Jenni van Ravensway and Lindsay Campbell
Workshops & Seminars
- Center faculty member Manuel Colunga-Garcia attended the International Congress on Sustainable Development and Natural Resource Management in Bermejillo, Durango, Mexico during October 2008. A partnership between MSU and the Universidad Autonoma Chapingo is part of the US-Mexico TIES (Training, Internships, Exchanges & Scholarships) program
- Center faculty member Catherine Lindell was an invited speaker at a Tropical Forest Restoration and Conservation Biology workshop funded by the National Science Foundation. The workshop was held in late July 2008 at Las Cruces Biological Station in Costa Rica, around which Catherine does field work.
- Spring 2008 College of Social Science Commencement Speaker Jean Palutikof held round table discussion May 1.
Dr. Palutikof is Head of the Technical Support unit for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) working group II (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability), based in the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research at the UK Government Meteorological Office. The IPCC team was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for the "assessment of current scientific understanding of the impacts of climate change on natural, managed and human systems, the capacity of these systems to adapt and their vulnerability." The award is shared with Former US Vice President Al Gore.
Dr. Jean Palutikof, 3 May 2008
- Dr. Ademola Braimoh, Executive Director of the Global Land Project's Sapporo Nodal Office, spoke at a seminar held at CGCEO on April 15, 2008. Dr. Braimoh addressed " Land Use Change and Environmental Sustainability: Examples from recent resarch of the GLP" (http://www.globallandproject.org/)
Director Jiaguo Qi with Dr. Braimoh
Honors & Distinctions
Faculty member Catherine Lindell's opinion piece
The Value of Animal Behavior in Evaluations of Restoration Success was listed as the top-accessed article in the magazine Restoration Ecology for 2008.
Students who have completed their degree programs
2007 Update Newsletter from December 5 2007 Center-wide lunch meeting
NATO Advanced Research Workshop: Environmental Problems of Central Asia and Their Economic, Social and Security Impacts, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, October 1-5, 2007
NEESPI Workshop, Urumqi China, Sept 16-20, 2007
2007/06/27 Grandparents University
2007/05/02 Seminar Series
2007/03/16 Center Open House
2006/11/08 NEESPI Conference, Beijing, China
2005/February 2-5 LCLUC Conference Harbin, China