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Ellis Adams

Ellis Adams

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Global Studies Institute and Department of Geosciences, Georgia State University

MSU Department: Geography

Email: eadams23@gsu.edu

Dissertation: Decentralization, Institutions and Access to Potable Water in Malawi's Peri Urban Settlements

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Jelili Adebiyi

Jelili Adebiyi

Department: Community Sustainability

Email: adebiyi@msu.edu

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Stephen Aldrich

Stephen Aldrich

Current Position: Interim Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Systems, Indiana State University

MSU Department: Geography

Email: steve.aldrich@indstate.edu

Dissertation: Largeholder deforestation and land conflict in the Eastern Brazilian Amazon

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Doe Andovor

Doe Andovor

Current Position: USAID Food and Enterprise Development Extension Specialist

MSU Department: Agricultural Economics

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David Bidwell

David Bidwell

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Marine Affairs, University of Rhode Island

MSU Department: Sociology

Email: dbidwell@uri.edu

Dissertation: The Structure and Strength of Public Attitudes Towards Wind Farm Development

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Victoria Campbell-Arvai

Victoria Campbell-Arvai

Current Position: Assistant Research Scientist, School of Natural Resources & Environment, University of Michigan

MSU Department: CARRS (Community, Agriculture, Recreation, and Resource Studies)

Email: vcarvai@umich.edu

Dissertation: Incorporating environmental concerns into decisions about food: contributions from research on decision-making

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Edgar Castro

Edgar Castro

Current Position:

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Email: castroag@msu.edu

Dissertation:

Biosketch: I am a Ph. D. student at the School of Packaging (SoP) working in Dr. Auras research group. I studied Electromechanical Engineering in my home country, Mexico, and later I received my M.S. in Packaging at the SoP. During my Masters studies, I designed and constructed a system to assess the aerobic biodegradation of polymers under composting conditions. I am currently working on a multidisciplinary research project that seeks to understand if the addition of nanoparticles to biodegradable polymers affects their biodegradation rate and overall biodegradability, and if the presence of nanoparticles in the material affects the microbial population present in the compost environment. My interest in the Environmental Sciences and Policy Program emerged because I consider vital to translate scientific research findings into solutions for the contemporary environmental issues and actions that benefit both the society and the planet.

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John Clements

John Clements

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Foundational Sciences, College of Medicine, Central Michigan University

MSU Department: Sociology

Email: cleme3jm@cmich.edu

Dissertation: The influence of religion and messages from religious authorities : attitudes about science and environmental concern

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Kim Hiller Connell

Kim Hiller Connell

Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design, Kansas State University

MSU Department: Human Environment and Design

Email: kyhc@ksu.edu

Dissertation: Ecological Consumer Decision Making: Nature, Process, and Barriers in Apparel Acquisition

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Joseph Lee Cullin

Joseph Lee Cullin

Department: Geological Science

Email: cullinjo@msu.edu

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Zach Curtis

Zach Curtis

Current Position:

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Email: curtisza@msu.edu

Dissertation:

Biosketch: There’s a quote by Albert Einstein that reads, “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” Zach brings this worldview to his current pursuit of a PhD in Environmental Engineering from Michigan State University. His goal: Help communities develop and better understand water resource sustainability — at  a time when water resources are threatened and under growing duress locally, nationally and abroad. Zach, a native of mid-Michigan, will utilize groundwater and watershed modeling for his PhD research of a water resource hazard in “his own back yard”—brine upwelling into lowland and coastal areas of Michigan. Zach’s love for science has taken him from point A to pursing a PhD. Everything in between(i.e., a BS degree in Astrophysics; summer research in Boulder, Colorado; brief graduate studies at Boston University and a MS degree from MSU in Environmental Engineering) has prepared him for the next step in his academic career. In addition to his research, Zach has served as a Teaching Assistant for the CoRe Engineering program in the College of Engineering and enjoys serving as a boys’ and girls’ soccer coach at a local high school.  Hiking/camping, live music and live sports, and photography are just a few of his personal interests.

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Saul Daniel Ddumba

Saul Daniel Ddumba

Current Position: Lecturer, Department of Geography, Geoinformatics & Climatic Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda; Founder and Chairman of Redan Consults

Department: Geography

Email: dddumba@caes.mak.ac.ug

Dissertation: Impacts of climate variability and change on crop production in Uganda

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Riva Denny

Riva Denny

MSU Department: Sociology

Email: rchdenny@msu.edu

Biosketch: A Cross-Scale Examination of How Knowledge and the Physical Environment Influence the Use of Conservation Practices in US Commodity Agriculture

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Micaleila Desotelle

Micaleila Desotelle

Department: Zoology

Email: desotell@msu.edu

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Robert Drost

Robert Drost

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Integrative Geosciences, Michigan State University

MSU Department: Geological Sciences

Email: drostrob@msu.edu

Dissertation: The role of memory in decision-making during exposure to natural hazard risk

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Ran Duan

Ran Duan

Department: Media and Information

Email: duanran3@msu.edu

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Mahlet Garedew

Mahlet Garedew

Current Position: Donnelley Postdoctoral Environmental Fellow at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Department: Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

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Molly Good

Molly Good

Current Position: Fish and Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

MSU Department: Fisheries & Wildlife

Email: goodmoll@msu.edu

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Benjamin Gramig

Benjamin Gramig

Current Position: Associate Professor, Agriculture and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

MSU Department: Agricultural Economics

Email: bgramig@illinois.edu

Dissertation: Essays on the Economics of Livestock Disease Management: On-Farm Biosecurity Adoption, Asymmetric Information in Policy Design, and Decentralized Bioeconomic Dynamics

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Matt Grisko

Matt Grisko

Current Position: Learning Assistant, Rogers Park Montessori School

MSU Department: Philosophy

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Ryan Gunderson

Ryan Gunderson

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Sociology and Social Justice Sciences, Miami (OH) University

MSU Department: Sociology

Email: gunderrm@miamioh.edu

Dissertation: Nature, Sociology and the Frankfurt School

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Erin Haacker

Erin Haacker

Current Position: Research Associate, Daugherty Global Institute, University of Nebraska

Department: Geological Sciences

Email: ehaacker2@unl.edu

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Ellen Holste

Ellen Holste

Current Position: Program Coordinator, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute

MSU Department: Forestry

Email: holstee@cedarcreekinstitute.org

Dissertation: The role of mycorrhizal fungi and soil nutrients in tropical reforestation

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Marcia JnBaptiste

Marcia JnBaptiste

Current Position: Soil Science Society of America

MSU Department: Crop and Soil Sciences

Email: marcia.jean-baptiste@gmail.com

Dissertation: Effects of gypsum, compost and cover crops on soil nutrient availability, corn yield and quality and soil quality

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Jason Karl

Jason Karl

Current Position: USDA Agricultural Research Service, Jornada Experimental Range, Las Cruces, New Mexico

MSU Department: Fisheries & Wildlife

Email: jkarl@nmsu.edu

Dissertation: Object-based image analysis for scaling properties of rangeland ecosystems: Linking field and image data for management decision making

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Jennifer R. Kelly

Jennifer R. Kelly

Current Position: Visting Assistant Professor, Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, Boston College

Department: Sociology

Email: kellyajf@bc.edu

Biosketch: Considering the lives of humans (homo sapiens,) Jaguars (puma concolor) in the nation of Nature: Measuring the capacity for coexistence with large predators in the Mesoamerican biological corridor

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Thitisilp Kijchavengkul

Thitisilp Kijchavengkul

Current Position: Lecturer in Food Technology program at Kanchanaburi Campus at Mahidol University (Thailand)

Department: Packaging

Email: thitisilp@gmail.com

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Ryan Klataske

Ryan Klataske

Department: Anthropology

Email: rklataske@gmail.com

Dissertation: Wildlife Management and Conservation on Private Land in Namibia : An Ethnographic Account

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Nicole Lamp

Nicole Lamp

Current Position: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Endangered Species Program, Atlanta, GA

MSU Department: Fisheries & Wildlife

Dissertation: Organizational change in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Strategic Habitat Conservation (SHC) as the next conservation approach

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Zarraz Lee

Zarraz Lee

Current Position: Post-Doc, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University

MSU Department: Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Email: zarraz.lee@asu.edu

Dissertation: Bacterial Growth Efficiency (BGE) of bacterial community in soil and factors that influence BGE.

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Shengpan Lin

Shengpan Lin

Department: Integrative Biology

Email: shengpan@msu.edu

Dissertation: Climate Change and Algal Bloom

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Cheng-Hua Liu

Cheng-Hua Liu

Department: Crop and Soil Sciences

Email: liuchen6@msu.edu

Dissertation: Sorption of Antibiotics to Black Carbon Sorbents and its Impact on Transport of Antibiotics in Soils

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Abigail Lynch

Abigail Lynch

Current Position: Research scientist, National Wildlife and Climate Science Center, USGS

MSU Department: Fisheries & Wildlife

Email: lynchabi@msu.edu

Dissertation: Fisheries & Wildlife and climate change.

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Erin Maloney

Erin Maloney

Current Position: Research Director at University of Pennsylvania

MSU Department: Communication

Email: emaloney@asc.upenn.edu

Dissertation: Social influence in online health discussions: an evaluation of online graduate student support groups  

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Elizabeth Mauritz

Elizabeth Mauritz

MSU Department: Philosophy

Email: mauritze@msu.edu

Dissertation: Moral Economy: Claims for the Common Good

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Colleen McClean

Colleen McClean

Current Position: Department of Geological and Environmental Science, Youngstown State University, Ohio

MSU Department: Geological Sciences

Email: cemclean@ysu.edu

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Bonnie McGill

Bonnie McGill

Current Position: David H. Smith Fellow & Postdoctoral Researcher, the Univerity of Kansas

MSU Department: Integrative Biology

Email: bonniemcgill@gmail.com

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Max Melstrom

Max Melstrom

Current Position: Assistant Endowed Professor of Ecological Economics and Environmental Policy at Loyola University Chicago

MSU Department: Economics and Agricultural Economics

Email: rmelstrom@luc.edu

Dissertation: Three papers in resource economics. Two papers model demand for Michigan recreational angling opportunities; the third is about optimal management of a prey-predator system.

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Stephanie Miller

Stephanie Miller

MSU Department: Zoology

Email: mill1571@msu.edu

Dissertation: Nutrient-mediated relationships between algae and heterotrophic bacteria: implications for Mycobacterium ulcerans and other bacterial pathogens.

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Jakob Nalley

Jakob Nalley

Department: Integrative Biology

Dissertation: Optimizing the productivity and sustainability of algal biofuel systems: Investigating the benefits of algal diversity and utilizing brewery wastewater for cultivation

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Norbismi Nordin

Norbismi Nordin

Current Position: Department of Process and Food Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Putrajaya

MSU Department: Packaging

Email: nordinno@msu.edu

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Emily Norton

Emily Norton

Current Position: Assistant Director of PACE Program Development and Open Campus Coordinator at Oregon State University

Department: Fisheries & Wildlife

Email: emily.henry@oregonstate.edu

Dissertation: The effects of lake shoreline development on painted turtle nest site selection and reproductive success.

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Linda Novitski

Linda Novitski

Current Position: Assistant Researcher, University of Michigan

Department: Zoology

Email: lindanovitski@gmail.com

Dissertation: Microcystis in the Ohio River, analyzing population dynamics of an algal taxon with toxin-forming potential.

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Hogeun Park

Hogeun Park

Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California San Diego

Department: School of Planning, Design and Construction

Email: parkhoge@msu.edu

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Perdinan

Perdinan

Current Position: Lecturer, Department of Geophysics and Meteorology, Bogor Agricultural University in Indonesia

MSU Department: Geography; Environmental Science and Policy Program

Email: perdinan@gmail.com

Dissertation: Crop production and future climate change in a high latitude region : a case study for the Upper Great Lakes region of the United States

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Zachary Piso

Zachary Piso

Current Position: University of Dayton

Department: Philosophy

Email: zacharypiso@gmail.com

Dissertation: Social-Ecological Systems, Values, and the Science of People Management

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Carson Reeling

Carson Reeling

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University

Department: Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics

Email: creeling@purdue.edu

Dissertation: Strategic Interactions, Relatively Endogenous Risk, and Coordinated Policy Design in Environmental Economics 

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Allison Rober-Wyatt

Allison Rober-Wyatt

Current Position: Assistant professor in the Department of Biology at Ball State University in Muncie, IN

MSU Department: Zoology; Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, & Behavior Program; Environmental Science and Policy Program

Email: arrober@bsu.edu

Dissertation: The role of abiotic and biotic factors in structuring benthic algal dynamics in northern boreal wetland food-webs

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Steven Roels

Steven Roels

Current Position:

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Email: steveroels@gmail.com

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Biosketch: I am PhD student in the lab of Dr. Catherine Lindell with expertise in conservation biology, restoration ecology, and ornithology. I have done research in Texas, Michigan, Kansas, Vietnam, and Panama. My Master's thesis focused on herbivory and seedling ecology of a threatened prairie plant, Mead's Milkweed. For my doctorate, I am studying avian ecology and trophic cascades in Panamanian forest restorations.

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Melissa Rojas

Melissa Rojas

MSU Department: Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

Email: rojasma@msu.edu

Dissertation: Evaluating the Impacts of Climate Change and Variability on Grazing Dairy Production

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Leilei Ruan

Leilei Ruan

Current Position: Analytics Scientists, Ford Credit

MSU Department: Crop and Soil Sciences

Email: leilei.ruan@wayne.edu

Dissertation: Impacts of biofuel crops on greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural ecosystems

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Kateri Salk

Kateri Salk

Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor of Water Resources at Duke University

Department: Integrative Biology

Email: krsalkgundersen@uwaterloo.ca

Dissertation: Discerning the role of denitrification, anammox, and N2O production in aquatic systems

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Carolina Santos

Carolina Santos

MSU Department: Geography

Email: santosca@msu.edu

Dissertation: Complex Land Use and Cover Trajectories in the Northern Chocó Bioregion of Colombia

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Krishna Shrestha

Krishna Shrestha

Current Position: Policy Advisor, Ministry of Government Services, Ontario Public Service

Department: Community Sustainability

Email: shresth2@msu.edu

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Rachel Shwom

Rachel Shwom

Current Position: Department of Human Ecology, Rutgers University

MSU Department: Sociology

Email: shwomrac@rci.rutgers.edu

Dissertation: Greens, Suits, and Bureaucrats: A Sociological Perspective on Interorganizational Relations in Appliance Energy Efficiency Policy

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Samuel Smidt

Samuel Smidt

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Soil and Water Sciences Department/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida

Department: Geological Sciences

Email: ssmidt@ufl.edu

Dissertation: Redefining Water and Land Management Strategies for the early 21st Century

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Sara Parr Syswerda

Sara Parr Syswerda

Current Position: Field Station Director, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute

MSU Department: Crop and Soil Sciences

Email: syswerdas@cedarcreekinstitute.org

Dissertation: Ecosystem services from agriculture across a management intensity gradient in Southwest Michigan

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Lisa Szymecko

Lisa Szymecko

Current Position: Research Area Specialist, Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, University of Michigan

Department: Community Sustainability

Email: szymecko@umich.edu

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Sara Tanis

Sara Tanis

Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Biology, Kalamazoo College

Department: Forestry

Email: stanis@kzoo.edu

Dissertation: Host plant interactions between emergy ash borer and five fraxinus species

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Sophia Tanner

Sophia Tanner

Department: Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics

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Sheldon Turner

Sheldon Turner

Current Position: Environmenal Science Faculty, Triton College

MSU Department: Geological Sciences

Email: sheldonturner@triton.edu

Dissertation: Understanding human-earth system interactions: The role of visual representations

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Mamta  Vardhan

Mamta Vardhan

Current Position: Instructor, Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton

MSU Department: CARRS (Community, Agriculture, Recreation, and Resource Studies)

Email: vardhan@ualberta.ca

Dissertation: Implications of incentive-based conservation programs for governance, gender and collective action in the Uluguru Mountains, Tanzania

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Pariwate Varnakovida

Pariwate Varnakovida

Current Position: Director, KMUTT Geospatial Engineering and Innovation Center, Bangkok, Thailand

MSU Department: Geography

Email: pvarnakovida@lssu.edu

Dissertation: Human-environment interactions in urban environment and sustainable development: Spatial modeling and landscape prediction in northeast Thailand

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Stephen Vrla

Stephen Vrla

Current Position: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Michigan State University

Department: Sociology

Email: vrlastep@msu.edu

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Cameron Whitley

Cameron Whitley

Department: Sociology

Email: cameron.whitley@ gmail.com

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Leigh Whittinghill

Leigh Whittinghill

Current Position: Professor, Department of Urban Agriculture, Kentucky State University

MSU Department: Horticulture

Email: leigh.whittinghill@kysu.edu

Dissertation: The use of green roof technology for growing vegetables

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Hongbo Yang

Hongbo Yang

Department: Fisheries & Wildlife

Email: yangwu@msu.edu

Dissertation: Complex Effects of Telecoupling on a Coupled Human and Natural System

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Wu Yang

Wu Yang

Current Position: Professor, Department of Environmental Policy and Sustainability, Zhejiang University-China

Department: Fisheries and Wildlife

Email: yangwu@msu.edu

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Barbara Zawedde

Barbara Zawedde

Current Position: Coordinator, Uganda Biosciences Information Center

Department: Horticulture

Email: zawedde@msu.edu

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