Science and Synthesis Research

NCEAS Science

NCEAS scientific projects leverage NCEAS’ core strengths – unleashing the power of collaboration to advance the analysis and synthesis of existing data. Our projects are inspired both by the interests and needs of the scientific community and the goal of directly informing policy and sustainable management practices. Periodically NCEAS issues “Calls for Proposals” to the scientific community to solicit project ideas for new Working Group collaborations. In Spring 2014, there were two Calls for Proposals: 1) Long-Term Synthesis in the Gulf of Alaska, and 2) Science for Nature and People (SNAP) 2014.

Scientific research activities supported by NCEAS include:

  • Working Groups collaborate at NCEAS through periodic meetings, and virtually through sustained shared cyberinfrastructure over a course of months to years.
  • In-residence Scholars carry out synthetic research projects based on existing information and play an integral role in supporting NCEAS' mission.
  • Distributed Graduate Seminars engage hundreds of students in collaborative research.

Science and Research Highlights

NCEAS science spans a wide variety of topical areas across many disciplines. The following research highlights summarize a small sample of the diverse themes that have emerged from NCEAS Working Group collaborations:

  • Science for Nature and People (SNAP):  An innovative partnership for NCEAS with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to address some of the world's biggest issues at the intersection of nature conservation and human well-being.  More
  •  Ecological Effects of Climate Change  NCEAS scientists examine environmental, economic and social impacts of modern changes in temperature (global warming), atmospheric gases, precipitation, wind patterns, and the severity of storms. More
  • Marine Ecology and Conservation  Marine studies at NCEAS address fundamental questions about ecological and evolutionary processes, and provide information to resource management and conservation professionals. More
  • Ecology of Infectious Disease  Ecologists, evolutionary biologists, medical researchers, and social scientists increasingly seek crossdisciplinary collaboration to understand the interplay of disease, humans, and their environments. More
  • Economics and Ecology  By bringing economists to work with ecologists and environmental scientists at NCEAS, we gain both analytical expertise and knowledge of the economic factors that play an important role in conservation and management decisions. More


A listing and short description of all of NCEAS' current research is available. Specific Working Group projects and publications can be found using this website’s search function.