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The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)—funded through a National Science Foundation grant to the University of Maryland—is dedicated to solving society’s most challenging and complex environmental problems. As one of only a few U.S. transdisciplinary research centers, SESYNC brings together different disciplines and stakeholders to increase knowledge on the complex interactions between human and ecological systems.

Recent Submissions

  • The Blind Spot in the Green Revolution: Temples, Terraces, and Rice Farmers of Bali 

    Wei, Cynthia; Burnside, William; Che-Castaldo, Judy (2013-07)
    This case explores the complex interactions in a socio-environmental system, the Balinese wet rice cultivation system. Using a combination of the interrupted case and directed case methods, students are presented with an ...
  • Socio-Environmental Synthesis Tutorials 

    Wei, Cynthia (SESYNC, 2015-01)
    Socio-environmental (S-E) synthesis advances the understanding of S-E systems. These tutorials introduce fundamental concepts about S-E systems. Each tutorial consists of written text and accompanying resources that ...
  • Save the Turtles! And the Grizzlies? Or the Woodpeckers? Prioritizing Endangered Species Conservation 

    Che-Castaldo, Judy; Burnside, William; Wei, Cynthia (SESYNC, 2013-07)
    This case study explores the complexities involved in endangered species management and provides an opportunity for students to perform an exercise in socio-environmental synthesis. Developed for introductory undergraduate ...
  • Best Practices for Integrating Ecosystem Services into Federal Decision Making 

    Olander, Lydia; Johnston, Robert J.; Tallis, Heather; Kagan, Jimmy; Maquire, Lynn; Boyd, James; Polasky, Stephen; Wainger, Lisa (2015)
    Federal agencies take many actions on behalf of the American public that influence ecosystem conditions and change the provision of a variety of ecosystem services valued by the public. To date, most decisions affecting ...