NCEAS Project 2268

Universal Phenomena in Ecology?

  • James H. Brown
  • Crawford S. Holling
  • Simon A. Levin
  • David Tilman

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Working Group10th—12th March 1997Participant List  


We propose to convene a small group of ecologists at the Santa Fe Institute (SFI) in the spring of 1997 to discuss the seemingly universal phenomena in ecology. The workshop is based on two premises: i) there are seemingly universal empirical patterns in ecology, and ii) one way to achieve synthesis will be to develop theoretical and mechanistic explanations for these phenomena. SFI will host the workshop and will contribute half ($10,000) of the expenses. We request that NCEAS co-sponsor the workshop and contribute equal funds. The advantage of holding the working group meeting at SFI, rather than at the NCEAS facility in Santa Barbara, is that ecologists will be able to benefit from the interdisciplinary contributions of the diverse scientists who will be present at SFI.

TypeProduct of NCEAS Research
Report or White Paper Brown, James H. 1997. Report on a workshop on universal phenomena in ecology. (Online version)