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March 2017

Complex effects of payment for ecosystem services in rural areas
Date: Wednesday, March 29, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: 273 Giltner Hall
Speaker: Hongbo Yang, Fisheries and Wildlife and ESPP
Host: ESPP
Contact: Karessa Weir
Series: ESPP Research Colloquia
Note: Abstract Ecosystem degradation is one of the greatest global crises of our time. To address this issue, many governments have implemented payment for ecosystem services (PES) policies in rural areas to encourage eco-friendly activities, often with complex effects on rural sustainability. Although many studies have estimated the socioeconomic and ecological effects of PES policies, some complex ones remain understudied. In this talk, we present two such complex effects: the spatial spillover effect (effect of changes on targeted land induced by PES policy on surrounding non-targeted land) and feedback effect (effect of changes induced by PES policy on the policy itself). We demonstrate these two complex effects with one of the world’s largest PES policies — the Grain-to-Green Program (GTGP) using data collected in China’s Wolong Nature Reserve (Wolong) for giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca). Our results show that afforestation on marginal cropland promoted by the GTGP has spilled over to nearby remaining cropland and significantly intensified crop damage by wildlife there, generating unintended costs borne by local communities. We also found the intensified crop damage on remaining cropland induced by the current GTGP increased local households’ willingness to enroll it in possible future GTGP, indicating a positive feedback exists. Our study highlights that PES policies can cause complex human-nature interactions in rural areas and generate unexpected outcomes. Scientists, policy makers, and conservation practitioners should consider these complex effects in the design and management of PES policies to achieve sustainable development goals in Wolong and many other parts of the world.

Plant Community Reassembly in Response to Climate Change
Date: Thursday, March 30, 3:30 p.m.
Location: 118 Eppley Center
Speaker: Janneke Hille Ris Lambers, Biology Department, University of Wisconsin
Host: Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior
Contact: Phoebe Zarnetske; Jen Lau, KBS
Series: EEBB Spring 2017 Seminars

Biological Assemblage Conditions of Streams and Reservoirs in Brazil: Conservation & Management Implications
Date: Friday, March 31, 3:30 p.m.
Location: 152 Natural Resources Building
Speaker: Dr. Robert Hughes, visiting Senior Scientist with Amnis Opes Institute working in collaboration with Dr. Dana Infante’s Aquatic Landscape Ecology Lab. His current research focuses on biological assessments of streams, lakes, and rivers across large geographic extents in the USA, Europe, Brazil, and China. Dr. Hughes was a Courtesy Associate Professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University, Fulbright Scholar, and past president of the American Fisheries Society.
Host: Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability
Contact: Janet Hsiao at hsiaojan@msu.edu
Series: FW GSO Spring 2017 Seminars
Note: Free and open to the public, light refreshments provided

April 2017

TBA
Date: Thursday, April 6, 11 a.m.
Location: 273 Giltner Hall
Speaker: Ran Duan, ESPP and Journalism
Host: ESPP
Contact: Karessa Weir
Series: ESPP Research Colloquia

Honey Bee Communication, in the form of a Sleep-Restricted Dancer and her Unwitting Followers
Date: Thursday, April 6, 3:30 p.m.
Location: 118 Eppley
Speaker: Barrett A. Klein, Biology Department, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse
Host: Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior
Contact: Eben Gering
Series: EEBB Spring 2017 Seminars

Fate of the Earth Symposium 2017: Climate-Food-Energy-Water Nexus
Date: Wednesday, April 12, 8 a.m.
Location: Big Ten B&C, Kellogg Center
Speaker: Charles Fishman, author of The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water; Michael Mascarenhas, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Lyla Mehta, Professor Research Fellow at Institute of Development Studies, Brighton UK; Lana Pollack, Chair of the U.S. Section, International Joint Commission; Joan Rose, Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research at Michigan State University; Panel Discussion: "The Flint Water Crisis: What Have We Learned?" featuring: Debra Furr-Holden, Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Kent Key, Office of Community Scholars and Partnerships; Susan Masten, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Host: ESPP
Contact: Karessa Weir
Series: Fate of the Earth Symposium

Fate of the Earth Symposium 2017: Scientific Colloquia
Date: Thursday, April 13, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Big Ten B&C, Kellogg Center
Speaker: Shazeen Attari, Indiana University, Bloomington; Jennifer Carrera, MSU Department of Social Science; Rainer Horn, Christian-Albrechts-Universitat zu Kiel; Megan Konar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Vince Tidwell, Sandia National Laboratories; Sergio Villamayor-Tomas, Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin; David Zilberman, University of California Berkeley
Host: ESPP
Contact: Karessa Weir
Series: Fate of the Earth Symposiums

Unknown Unknowns, and How Discoveries Happen
Date: Thursday, April 13, 3:30 p.m.
Location: 118 Eppley Center
Speaker: Terry McGlynn, Department of Biology, California State University-Dominguez Hills
Host: Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior
Contact: Rich Lenski
Series: EEBB Spring 2017 Seminars

Science Advice for Policy Decisions: Is Anyone Listening?
Date: Tuesday, April 18, 4:00 p.m.
Location: MSU Union Ballroom
Speaker: Marcia McNutt is president of the National Academy of Sciences, former editor-in-chief of Science journals and former director of the U.S. Geological Survey.
Host: MSU Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability; Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Series: Rachel Carlson Distinguished Lecture
Note: The lecture is open to the public and will be followed by a reception.

Reverse Ecology: Using Genomes to Understand the Natural Histories of Micro-organisms
Date: Thursday, April 20, 3:30 p.m.
Location: 118 Eppley
Speaker: Ann Pringle, Botany and Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Host: Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior and Kellogg Biological Station
Contact: Klara Scharnagl and Jen Lau, KBS
Series: EEBB Spring 2017 Seminars

Student Research Presentation
Date: Thursday, April 20, 3:30 p.m.
Location: 273 Giltner Hall
Speaker: Sophia Tanner (Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics; ESPP)
Host: ESPP
Contact: Karessa Weir
Series: ESPP Research Colloquia

Social, Political and Scientific Challenges of the Zika Outbreak
Date: Wednesday, April 26, 3:00 p.m.
Location: 273 Giltner Hall
Speaker: Professors Steven Bursian (Animal Science), Amber Pearson (Geography, Environment and Spatial Sciences) and Joe Messina (Geography, Environment and Spatial Science). Moderated by Nick Skaff (Fisheries and Wildlife, ESPP)
Host: ESPP
Contact: Karessa Weir
Series: ESPP Research Colloquia

Climate and Regulation of Mountain Lake Ecosystems by Predators and Resources
Date: Thursday, April 27, 3:30 p.m.
Location: 118 Eppley Center
Speaker: Johnathan B. Shurin, Ecology/Behavior & Evolution, University of California-San Diego
Host: Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior; Kellogg Biological Station
Contact: Phoebe Zarnetske and Elena Litchman, KBS
Series: EEBB Spring 2017 Seminars

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