PhD students and professors whose research focus is population dynamics return to New York City after a visit to CIESIN at the Lamont Campus, May 16, 2019. Part of the Leadership for Ecozoic (L4E) network, the group met with CIESIN staff to help gain a broad multidisciplinary understanding of global population issues.
Eleven doctoral students whose research focus is population dynamics visited CIESIN at the Lamont Campus the morning of May 16. The students from McGill University and the University of Vermont are part of the Leadership for Ecozoic (L4E) network, a global partnership that aims to help PhD students better understand global population issues. Leiwen Jiang, senior associate at the Population Council, organized a week-long trip to New York City together with Professors Peter Brown of McGill University, Jon Erikson of the University of Vermont, and Kate Greswold of the TOSA Foundation. At CIESIN the visitors met with research scientist Susana Adamo, who gave an overview of CIESIN’s extensive population-related work, including population data products and services available through the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) operated by CIESIN. Associate director for Geospatial Applications Greg Yetman talked about CIESIN’s approach to population modelling and collaborative efforts with external partners such as Facebook's Connectivity Lab. Senior research associate Emilie Schnarr described the Geo-Referenced Infrastructure and Demographic Data for Development (GRID3) program, for which CIESIN serves as coordinating partner, and the activities under way in five African countries. The L4E network advances its goals through joint courses, lectures, research projects, and service on doctoral committees, and is working towards establishing a global campus.