Daniel Brown is a Professor in the School for Environment and Sustainability. He is the Director of the Environmental Spatial Analysis Laboratory, and a Research Professor in the Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research. His research focuses on linking landscape patterns with ecological and social processes. Professor Brown has studied vegetation types and patterns, land use and changes, climate changes and effect for over 25 years. His recent research focuses on the social and ecological aspects of land use in China, Mongolia and Africa, as well as land-use in South East Michigan and in the US Great Plains. His research requires the use of multiple methods, including Geographic information systems (GIS), computer modeling, remote sensing, social surveys and statistics.
George Alter is Research Professor at ICPSR and the Population Studies Center and Professor of History at the University of Michigan. His research grows out of interests in the history of the family, demography, and economic history, and recent projects have examined the effects of early life conditions on health in old age and new ways of describing fertility transitions. He is also involved in international efforts to promote research transparency and data sharing.