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VizSearch: Visualizing NCEAS Research Projects and Publications

In the past two decades, researchers at NCEAS have produced over 2200 peer-reviewed publications as part of nearly 500 projects. These products include groundbreaking innovations in synthesis science and encompass a broad range of topics, from the ecological effects of climate change to foundational concepts in evolution and community ecology. Over time, the scope of research at NCEAS has continued to expand to encompass conservation and resource management challenges and critical issues at the nexus of nature conservation and human well-being. Given the volume and range of NCEAS research over the past 20 years, NCEAS has sought to create new tools to help understand and communicate both the scope and impact of our collective work. Through this process, sixteen themes have emerged that best describe NCEAS papers and projects.

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Informatics, Modeling & Analytics

The NCEAS projects and products most closely related to Informatics, Modeling & Analytics describe innovative models and data analysis methods for ecological synthesis.

Representative terms models, data, methods, uncertainty, analysis

Circles represent NCEAS research projects or Working Groups and squares represent individual NCEAS products, such as articles or reviews. The brightness of the circles and squares indicates how closely related the product or project is to the chosen topic.

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Biodiversity Conservation & Management

These papers and projects address critical questions about how to protect biodiversity and manage scarce resources in the face of uncertainty.

Representative terms conservation, biodiversity, species, threats

NCEAS Science Highlights

Circles represent NCEAS research projects or Working Groups and squares represent individual NCEAS products, such as articles or reviews. The brightness of the circles and squares indicates how closely related the product or project is to the chosen topic.

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Ecosystem Services

NCEAS research has developed quantitative approaches and tools to evaluate the benefits people obtain from ecosystems.

Representative terms ecosystem services, restoration, land, management

NCEAS Science Highlights

Circles represent NCEAS research projects or Working Groups and squares represent individual NCEAS products, such as articles or reviews. The brightness of the circles and squares indicates how closely related the product or project is to the chosen topic.

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Marine Ecology and Resources Management

These papers and projects focus on interdisciplinary marine ecosystem science, and many of them have informed effective policy and management.

Representative terms fisheries, marine reserves, ocean, management

NCEAS Science Highlights

Circles represent NCEAS research projects or Working Groups and squares represent individual NCEAS products, such as articles or reviews. The brightness of the circles and squares indicates how closely related the product or project is to the chosen topic.

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Community Ecology

Papers and projects most closely related to Community Ecology focus on community-scale determinants of species richness, diversity, and coexistence.

Representative terms species, communities, diversity, productivity, species richness

Circles represent NCEAS research projects or Working Groups and squares represent individual NCEAS products, such as articles or reviews. The brightness of the circles and squares indicates how closely related the product or project is to the chosen topic.

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Ecological Effects of Climate Change

Over 100 NCEAS projects have focused on climate change feedbacks and the effects of climate change on organisms and ecosystems.

Representative terms climate change, temperature, vegetation, responses, precipitation

NCEAS Science Highlights

Circles represent NCEAS research projects or Working Groups and squares represent individual NCEAS products, such as articles or reviews. The brightness of the circles and squares indicates how closely related the product or project is to the chosen topic.

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Landscape Ecology

NCEAS papers and projects on Landscape Ecology examine how species move through habitat patches and corridors.

Representative terms dispersal, habitat, populations, landscape, patches

Circles represent NCEAS research projects or Working Groups and squares represent individual NCEAS products, such as articles or reviews. The brightness of the circles and squares indicates how closely related the product or project is to the chosen topic.

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Population Dynamics

These papers and projects have contributed foundation science analyzing survival, mortality, and how populations change over time.

Representative terms populations, individuals, dynamics, mortality, survival

Circles represent NCEAS research projects or Working Groups and squares represent individual NCEAS products, such as articles or reviews. The brightness of the circles and squares indicates how closely related the product or project is to the chosen topic.

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Biogeography

Biogeography studies global patterns of species distribution, abundance, and biodiversity and their causes.

Representative terms patterns, species, range, distribution

Circles represent NCEAS research projects or Working Groups and squares represent individual NCEAS products, such as articles or reviews. The brightness of the circles and squares indicates how closely related the product or project is to the chosen topic.

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Nutrient Cycling and Productivity

These papers and projects examine how carbon, nitrogen, and other nutrients move through ecosystems.

Representative terms global, npp, soil, decomposition

Circles represent NCEAS research projects or Working Groups and squares represent individual NCEAS products, such as articles or reviews. The brightness of the circles and squares indicates how closely related the product or project is to the chosen topic.

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Foodweb Ecology

NCEAS research in this area has improved our understanding of interactions between predators, prey, and competitors.

Representative terms prey, predators, food webs, coexistence

Circles represent NCEAS research projects or Working Groups and squares represent individual NCEAS products, such as articles or reviews. The brightness of the circles and squares indicates how closely related the product or project is to the chosen topic.

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Paleoecology

NCEAS researchers have developed new approaches to reconstructing the history of biodiversity on Earth.

Representative terms diversity, extinction, taxa, time, fossil record

Circles represent NCEAS research projects or Working Groups and squares represent individual NCEAS products, such as articles or reviews. The brightness of the circles and squares indicates how closely related the product or project is to the chosen topic.

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Evolution

Papers and projects related to Evolution address foundational concepts in selection, speciation, adaptation, and phylogenetics.

Representative terms evolution, selection, traits, species

Circles represent NCEAS research projects or Working Groups and squares represent individual NCEAS products, such as articles or reviews. The brightness of the circles and squares indicates how closely related the product or project is to the chosen topic.

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Forest Ecology

These papers and projects study how tropical and temperate forests grow and change.

Representative terms forest, plants, growth

Circles represent NCEAS research projects or Working Groups and squares represent individual NCEAS products, such as articles or reviews. The brightness of the circles and squares indicates how closely related the product or project is to the chosen topic.

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Disturbances and Invasive Species

Research in this area examines ecosystem responses to fire, invasions, and other disturbances.

Representative terms invasion, disturbance, establishment, success

Circles represent NCEAS research projects or Working Groups and squares represent individual NCEAS products, such as articles or reviews. The brightness of the circles and squares indicates how closely related the product or project is to the chosen topic.

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Infectious Disease

These papers and projects have contributed new knowledge about the drivers of the spread of disease in human and wild populations.

Representative terms disease, parasites, host, pathogens, transmission

NCEAS Science Highlights

Circles represent NCEAS research projects or Working Groups and squares represent individual NCEAS products, such as articles or reviews. The brightness of the circles and squares indicates how closely related the product or project is to the chosen topic.