Dear All,

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center<> 
(SESYNC) in Annapolis, Maryland, USA invites proposals from highly qualified 
PhD students interested in conducting collaborative, socio-environmental 
synthesis research (i.e. “Graduate Pursuits”) alongside their doctoral degrees.

Graduate Pursuits are supported for a period of 18 months as part of the 
first-of-its kind Graduate Student Research 
Program<> at 
SESYNC. Support centers around travel, meals, and lodging for 3–4 in-person 
meetings at SESYNC, as well as a suite of services ranging from team 
facilitation and leadership training, to computational and cyber infrastructure 
resources and data acquisition, to science communication and outreach.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, SESYNC is particularly interested in 
Graduate Pursuit proposals that bring together diverse backgrounds, 
disciplines, and data in novel, integrative ways to solve increasingly complex 
environmental issues. Graduate Pursuit proposals that are designed to be 
applicable or generalizable across multiple locations and scales and those with 
potential to contribute to decision-making and non-academic communities are 
also of special interest.

Multiple teams are currently in development and looking to add student 
collaborators interested in the following broad topics:

  *   Spatial trends of water quality inequality in Rural America (in need of 
GIS expertise)
  *   Feedbacks between public perceptions, policies and mangrove ecosystem 
biodiversity (in need of policy, human geography expertise)
  *   S-E outcomes of international agricultural trade relations (in need of 
trade, ag. and conservation policy and economy expertise)
  *   Fire management and S-E effects in an era of wildfire intensification (in 
need of governance, economic geography, sociology, public health expertise)
  *   Food-energy relations in the wake of large-scale disasters (in need of 
remote sensing, geomorphological, climate modeling expertise)

Contact Dr. Nicole Motzer – SESYNC Graduate Program Manager – at<> for additional details, to 
connect with a team, or to pitch a Graduate Pursuit idea of your own! The 
Request for Proposals can be found 
 while previously supported graduate teams are listed 
 Proposals are due November 2, 2018. International students and those attending 
institutions outside of the US are encouraged to apply.

Thanks very much!

Nicole Motzer, PhD
Graduate Program Manager
Interdisciplinary Researcher & Coordinator
Environmental Dynamics & Food Systems Theme Leader
National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)
University of Maryland, College Park

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