To: Dr. James Reichman, Director
From: William A. Reiners, Professor of Botany
The University of Wyoming
Re: Final Report: "Propagation of Ecological Influences....."
A proposal titled "Propagation of Ecological Influences across Landscape Space was
submitted to NCEAS on 9 January 1997. NCEAS generously provided funding for a small
meeting to discuss the general ideas in this proposal. Planning and arranging for this meeting
were handled primarily by Prof. Frank Davis, Associate Director of NCEAS.
This planning meeting was held at NCEAS during portions of 15 and 16 August 1997.
The meetings were primarily between Frank Davis and myself but Michael Goodchild
participated on the morning of 16 August. In preparation for this meeting, I provided a literature
database of research in different disciplines on transport of energy, materials and genetic
information across landscape space, as well as a preliminary review of state-of-the-art transport
models relevant to this topic.
The outcome of the meeting was a realization that the focal area was still rather diffuse
and it was not clear that NCEAS should attempt a larger workshop on the topic in its fullest
form. It was left that I would consider planning a workshop restricted to wind-transported
phenomena as well as a general review paper on the topic. Conversations at this meeting were
extremely valuable and caused me to reconsider my own thinking to a large extent. Eventually I
concluded that the topical areas was too immature and diffuse to bring to NCEAS as a project at
this time. I have personally embarked on some more definite research projects in the area and
probably will be writing a review paper in the future. I will be presenting an oral paper at the
Ecological Society of America meeting in Baltimore summer 1998 that will represent the
evolution of my thinking on this topic. In an earlier communication with NCEAS, I described
my thoughts and informed NCEAS that it did not need to consider further obligations toward this
foray in transport of ecological influences in landscape space.
I am very appreciative of the support, critical review and stimulation provided by NCEAS and the contributions of Frank Davis and Mike Goodchild. The NCEAS staff were highly efficient who made me feel welcome and appreciated. Perhaps the time will come when I will return to NCEAS with a more mature proposal on this subject.