An accelerated 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.
Julie Lowndes likens “open data science” to the Force (yes, as in Star Wars), a penetrating energy that empowers scientists to wield their data more quickly and efficiently than they ever could before. In this NCEAS Portrait, she explains how the mentorship program in open data science she just launched, Openscapes, will help empower early career environmental scientists and improve their science.
Jane Carter Ingram builds bridges between environmental science, policy, and economics - and between people. In this NCEAS Portrait, we asked Ingram, a corporate climate change and sustainability expert, about her personal development as a connector for people and nature.
By connecting data and people, two teams of scientists are achieving the difficult task of applying their science to on-the-ground management, while helping Hawaii meet its goals for sustainable marine resources.
Assessing whether conservation is appropriate for improving water quality and reducing flood risk in cities is not easy. A research team from the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) has provided some first steps for decision makers considering natural infrastructure solutions in Latin America's growing cities, with implications that extend broadly to urban areas worldwide.
What happens in the Arctic does not stay in the Arctic. In this NCEAS Portrait, we asked ecologist Ted Schuur how synthesis science informs his research on Arctic permafrost and the global climate.
NCEAS is in a phase of bold growth. Here's a sneak preview of one expansion that will support the next generation of environmental scientists.
A massive dataset and a set of rural communities are helping to sustain salmon and a way of life of many Alaskans. Those are just two of the stories of Alaska's exceptional salmon data, told in this podcast edition of NCEAS Portraits featuring our State of Alaska's Salmon and People project.