A new paper in PNAS highlights blind spots in environmental assessments of food and calls for full accounting of the global food system, so people, companies and policymakers can make smarter choices about sustainable consumption.
The National Science Foundation has awarded UC Santa Barbara a $4.3 million, five-year cooperative agreement to operate the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network Office through NCEAS. The LTER Network consists of 28 research sites around the United States and hundreds of scientists from many disciplines.
A first-ever global assessment, published in the journal Current Biology, shows offsetting carbon through seaweed aquaculture could be a promising tool in the toolbox to fight climate change.
How a community born of a common programming language could help science become more diverse and inclusive, and how NCEAS is part of the movement.
A new study by NCEAS researchers shows the cumulative impacts humans are having on oceans could double again in the next decade without adequate action, and actions do make a difference.
The recent surge of attention on biodiversity loss begs a big question: what sustains biodiversity? Four ecologists from the US Long-Term Ecological Research Network share some big insights from their synthesis research.
Access to data and research about Alaska’s salmon has never been more important, and now there is a wealth of such information available at Alaskans’ fingertips. Our State of Alaska's Salmon and People project has launched a first-ever knowledge and data web portal, designed to increase salmon literacy and public engagement with decision-making.
A Google-inspired process of prototyping, called a design sprint, could give scientific teams a clearer and quicker path to success in turning their evidence into useful tools for improving nature and human lives.
For the past year, NCEAS has hosted poet Emily Vizzo as one of our artists in residence. Emerging from her time with us is a collection of poems called BIO, and here she shares some excerpts and how the collection reflects her experience.
Sparkle Malone's passion for ecology is driven by the diversity of unknowns waiting to be discovered, and practicing open science to share the data and methods underlying her discoveries - what was once practically taboo among scientists - has become an important part of her process. In this NCEAS Portrait, Malone shares her experience learning and practicing open science to solve nature's mysteries.
Five experts share big insights and hopes for thriving oceans in this 'roundtable-style' Q&A, the first in a series called The Big Picture.
Sarah Inman studies people who are studying salmon. A data ethnographer on our State of Alaska's Salmon and People Project, she shares what can be learned from tracing the ways researchers collect, archive, and share data and how that knowledge can improve the efficiency and inclusivity of data synthesis.
Before reaching consensus on solutions, collaborations of diverse experts must navigate through the challenging, often uncomfortable Groan Zone. In this commentary, senior fellow and professional facilitator Carrie Kappel offers some advice on how to turn the groan zone into a growth zone.
Conserving some rare species may help us hedge bets against climate change and protect human well-being. A new study by a synthesis working group from the Long-Term Ecological Research Network presents a research agenda to uncover the benefits of rare species to people.
A Letter from the Director
NCEAS is working hard to help build and support diverse and inclusive scientific communities. Our Director shares the recent steps we have taken.
Our new five-day immersion course “Reproducible Research Techniques for Synthesis” is open to environmental researchers across career levels and sectors. Scheduled to run quarterly, the first session will take place August 5-9, 2019 at NCEAS in Santa Barbara, CA.
The global Ocean Health Index is based on synthesis and big data, but it is designed to be useful to regional ocean planning. Representatives from four regional OHI projects share lessons learned for tailoring this global framework to local contexts, with applicability to other science-to-planning endeavors.
Eric Seabloom has spent his career searching for common threads across ecosystems, including co-founding a grassroots research collective to help ecologists unearth such generalities, called the Nutrient Network. In this NCEAS Portrait, Seabloom explains how commons and generalities can advance our knowledge of nature.
It's collaboration--but that only works when it's voluntary, not imposed. In this commentary, David Wilkie asserts the importance of willingness in successful scientific collaborations and of models that enable it, such as Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP).
NCEAS and the US Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network are tag-teaming on #WhyISynthesize, a Twitter campaign to celebrate the value of a synthesis approach to solving big-picture environmental and ecological questions. Anyone can participate, even if you're not on Twitter.