NCEAS Project 2278

Establishing Structure for the Synthesis and Integration of Progress in Ecosystem Science

  • Michael L. Pace

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Workshop19th—20th September 1996Participant List  

Abstract
We are beginning a major synthesis effort to evaluate "successes, limitations and frontiers in ecosystem science." This effort will include several publications, an electronic forum and conferences (described below). However, the first priority of this effort is to establish a uniform structure for evaluation. We have several hypotheses about the factors driving developments in ecosystem science and ideas about the key factors determining successes and limitations in this field. This "fast track" workshop provides an opportunity for us to assemble a group of scientists to establish a structure for our effort; to evaluate our hypotheses and develop a unified approach to evaluation of successes, limitations and frontiers. The NCEAS Symposium on Synthesis, to be held in November 1996, will be an ideal venue for us to present this structure to a wider community, at an early stage of our effort.

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Book Chapter Folke, Carl. 1998. Ecosystem approaches to the management and allocation of critical resources. Edited by Pace, Michael; Groffman, Peter. Successes, Limitations and Frontiers in Ecosystem Science. Springer-Verlag. New York. Pages 313-345.
Book Chapter Groffman, Peter M.; Pace, Michael L. 1998. Synthesis: What kind of a discipline is this anyhow?. Edited by Pace, Michael; Groffman, Peter. Successes, Limitations and Frontiers in Ecosystem Science. Springer-Verlag. New York. Pages 29.
Book Chapter Lauenroth, William; Canham, C.; Poiani, Karen; Kemp, W.; Running, Steven W. 1998. Simulation modeling in ecosystem science. Edited by Pace, Michael; Groffman, Peter. Successes, Limitations and Frontiers in Ecosystem Science. Springer-Verlag. New York. Pages 404-415.
Book Chapter Likens, Gene. 1998. Limitations to intellectual progress in ecosystem science. Edited by Pace, Michael; Groffman, Peter. Successes, Limitations and Frontiers in Ecosystem Science. Springer-Verlag. New York. Pages 247-271.
Book Chapter Lowrance, Richard. 1998. Riparian forest ecosystems as filters for nonpoint-source pollution. Edited by Pace, Michael; Groffman, Peter. Successes, Limitations and Frontiers in Ecosystem Science. Springer-Verlag. New York. Pages 113-141.
Book Chapter MacMahon, James A. 1998. Empirical and theoretical ecology as a basis for restoration: An ecological success story. Edited by Pace, Michael; Groffman, Peter. Successes, Limitations and Frontiers in Ecosystem Science. Springer-Verlag. New York. Pages 220-246.
Report or White Paper Pace, Michael L. 1996. Final Report. (Online version)
Report or White Paper Pace, Michael L. 1998. Ecosystem science: Understanding nature's complexity, guiding society's problem-solving.
Book Chapter Pace, Michael L.; Groffman, Peter M. 1998. Introduction: Needs and concerns in ecosystem science. Edited by Pace, Michael; Groffman, Peter. Successes, Limitations and Frontiers in Ecosystem Science. Springer-Verlag. New York. Pages 1-6.
Book Pace, Michael L.; Groffman, Peter M. 1998. Successes, Limitations and Frontiers in Ecosystem Science. Springer-Verlag. New York.
Journal Article Pace, Michael L.; Groffman, Peter M. 1998. Successes, limitations, and frontiers in ecosystem science: Reflections on the seventh Cary Conference. Ecosystems. Vol: 1. Pages 137-142.
Book Chapter Robertson, G. Philip; Eldor, Paul. 1998. Ecological research in agricultural ecosystems: Contributions to ecosystem science and to the management of agronomic resources. Edited by Pace, Michael; Groffman, Peter. Successes, Limitations and Frontiers in Ecosystem Science. Springer-Verlag. New York. Pages 142-164.
Book Chapter Smith, Val H. 1998. Cultural eutrophication of inland, estuarine, and coastal waters. Edited by Pace, Michael; Groffman, Peter. Successes, Limitations and Frontiers in Ecosystem Science. Springer-Verlag. New York. Pages 7-49.
Journal Article Snelgrove, Paul; Smith, Craig. 2002. A riot of species in an environmental calm: The paradox of the species-rich deep sea floor. Oceanography and Marine Biology. Vol: 40. Pages 331-342.
Book Chapter Tilman, David. 1998. Species composition, species diversity, and ecosystem processes: Understanding the impacts of global change. Edited by Pace, Michael; Groffman, Peter. Successes, Limitations and Frontiers in Ecosystem Science. Springer-Verlag. New York. Pages 452-472.
Book Chapter Vitousek, Peter; Hedin, Lars; Matson, Pamela; Fownes, James; Neff, Jason C. 1998. Within-system element cycles, input-output budgets, and nutrient limitation. Edited by Pace, Michael; Groffman, Peter. Successes, Limitations and Frontiers in Ecosystem Science. Springer-Verlag. New York. Pages 432-451.
Book Chapter Walters, Carl J. 1998. Improving links between ecosystem scientists and managers. Edited by Pace, Michael; Groffman, Peter. Successes, Limitations and Frontiers in Ecosystem Science. Springer-Verlag. New York. Pages 272 - 286.
Book Chapter Weathers, Kathleen C.; Lovett, Gary M. 1998. Acid deposition research and ecosystem science: Synergistic successes. Edited by Pace, Michael; Groffman, Peter. Successes, Limitations and Frontiers in Ecosystem Science. Springer-Verlag. New York. Pages 195-219.
Book Chapter Wessman, Carol A.; Asner, Gregory P. 1998. Ecosystems and problems of measurement at large spatial scales. Edited by Pace, Michael; Groffman, Peter. Successes, Limitations and Frontiers in Ecosystem Science. Springer-Verlag. New York. Pages 346-371.
Book Chapter Zak, Donald R.; Pregitzer, Kurt S. 1998. Integration of ecophysiological and biogeochemical approaches to ecosystem dynamics. Edited by Pace, Michael; Groffman, Peter. Successes, Limitations and Frontiers in Ecosystem Science. Springer-Verlag. New York. Pages 372-403.
Book Chapter Zedler, Joy; Fellows, Meghan; Trnka, Sally. 1998. Wastelands to wetlands: Links between habitat protection and ecosystem science. Edited by Pace, Michael; Groffman, Peter. Successes, Limitations and Frontiers in Ecosystem Science. Springer-Verlag. New York. Pages 69-112.