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November 14, 2019

An ecologist early in her career, Cristy Portales-Reyes is forging an exceptional path. She has practically grown up as a scientist in the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network and is one of the rare graduate students who gets involved in a synthesis research project, an experience that she says is shaping her career.

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November 11, 2019

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Scientific debate over how much carbon soils can store and help counter climate change are undermining the potential for policies that can encourage building soil carbon for other environmental and agricultural benefits, say a team from the Science for Nature and People Partnership in a new paper.

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November 6, 2019

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A team of researchers is shepherding a cultural transformation in marine ecology, with the intent to create a global network of the people and data that are monitoing the health of marine species to help protect them amid a fast-changing world.

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October 30, 2019

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Eat less meat is a common refrain for a climate-friendly diet, but we still don't have a big-picture view of all foods' impacts on the climate and environment. Four experts talk about the need for a bigger lay of the foodscape for more informed food choices. 

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October 22, 2019

The Arctic Data Center, operated by NCEAS, is part of a new partnership that is creating the Permafrost Discovery Gateway, funded by the National Science Foundation. This online resource will make data and other scientific information about changing permafrost accessible and usable to industry, conservation organizations, and people who live and work in the Arctic.

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October 16, 2019

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Using a unique combination of data, Jessica Gephart is trying to help complete the big picture of what a sustainable diet could look like worldwide, with a particular focus on an often-missing ingredient in analyses of food impacts: seafood.

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October 10, 2019

The release of Ecological Metadata Language 2.2.0 gives reason to talk about how better data communication can lead to better science, a commentary by one of the maintainers of this structured metadata language developed by NCEAS and partners. 

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September 25, 2019

Science alone can't make the case for sustaining biodiversity, but it can show us what's at stake. An ecologist, an economist, and a conservation scientist provide new insights from synthesis research. 

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September 12, 2019

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.

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September 10, 2019

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 Office organizes scientific synthesis, communication, training, and education activities for the hundreds of scientists from across the Network's 28 research sites. 

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August 28, 2019

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. 

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August 26, 2019

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. 

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August 9, 2019

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. 

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July 31, 2019

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. 

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July 29, 2019

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.

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July 10, 2019

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.

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June 28, 2019

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.

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June 24, 2019

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.

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June 10, 2019

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.

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May 30, 2019

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.

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