NCEAS Project 12573

Community ecology in transition

  • Gary G. Mittelbach

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Abstract
I propose to spend five months of my upcoming sabbatical leave at NCEAS working on two projects. My primary goal during this sabbatical is to complete a graduate-level text in Community Ecology (currently, about 60% written). I believe NCEAS is an ideal setting for this work. The stimulating intellectual environment of NCEAS, with its excellent cadre of resident postdoctoral fellows, sabbatical fellows, and visiting scientists, will provide unparalleled exposure to the latest ideas in ecology, as well as the opportunity to get broad feedback on the contents and organization of the book. Not only will this benefit me by improving the quality of the final text and making it more useful to the ecological community, but this project will also benefit the NCEAS community. I will use Ecolunch and other informal opportunities to share my ideas for how the subject of community ecology may be organized and taught (I have taught a graduate-level class in community ecology at Michigan State University for >20 years). I am anxious to share this knowledge with others and to gather their input as well. In particular, I believe the NCEAS postdoctoral fellows, many of whom will end up with faculty positions teaching ecology, will profit from this interaction. Thus, I envision a productive synergy between this sabbatical project and the intellectual community at NCEAS. In addition, while at NCEAS, I will be working with Howard Cornell, Kaustuv Roy, and Doug Schemske on research examining the role of biotic interactions in driving latitudinal variation in rates of diversification.

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Book Mittelbach, Gary G. 2012. Community Ecology. Sinauer Associates, Inc.. Pages 1-400.
Presentations Mittelbach, Gary G. 2012. Keynote Speaker. 19th Annual Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Spring Symposium, Iowa State University, Iowa, January 2012.
Presentations Mittelbach, Gary G. 2012. Saving a Changing World: Ecology in the Public Eye. Graduate Student Sponsored Seminar Series, Saving a Changing World: Ecology in the Public Eye, Pennsylvania State University, PA, March 2012 .