A Letter from the Director
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.
Through the creation of online data hubs, this partnership will help governments and scientists make targeted improvements to regional marine environments.
Through a partnership with Future Earth and the Global Biodiversity Center at Colorado State University, called PEGASuS 2: Ocean Sustainability, we welcome two working groups to our community.
Our artist-in-residence program is motivated by the idea that synergies between science and art can expand the ways we understand and solve environmental challenges. Meet our first cohort of artists - a photographer, a composer, and a poet.
Our planet’s ecosystems are changing fast. To keep the scientific understanding apace, experts are in increasing need of new research methods that can help reveal the bigger picture on these changes and their potential future impacts. Synthesis science is helping to meet this need.
Despite widespread perceptions that fire science is a hotbed of debate over the role and management of feral flames in fire-prone ecosystems, a new report shows there is actually a lot common ground within the research community, providing hope for managing wildfire effectively in a changing climate.
In this NCEAS Portrait, we asked the Global Fellows from our Ocean Health Index initiative a burning question: what was it actually like to reproduce the annual global assessment of ocean health?
Cattle ranching and conservation in the American West may seem like an unusual pair, but new research reveals a clear link between the economic health of ranches and the ability to maintain habitat for an iconic wild bird that has been at the center of public land policy debate for years, the greater sage grouse.
Meghan Avolio explores how changes at the planetary scale, such as climate change, are altering the plants that make up grasslands across the world, and what those changes could ultimately mean for people and the benefits we get from plants. Through her synthesis working group with the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network, she hopes to improve scientists' ability to predict how future environmental changes will affect communities of plants and people.
Researchers from NCEAS' Conservation Aquaculture Research Team have published the first comprehensive analysis of how climate change could affect marine aquaculture production, specifically of finfish and bivalves (e.g., oysters), around the world. Published September 10th in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, their study reveals that climate change is not only a threat to global production in the future, but it is also affecting producers today.
As more and more of the scientific community embraces the idea of data sharing and open science, data rescue could be an important facilitator of synthesis and a useful tool in the arsenal of the modern, data-savvy ecologist.
A team supported by the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) has released new guidance to help practitioners assess the value of ecosystem services within important areas protected for nature conservation. They developed the report on behalf of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s World Commission on Protected Areas to support efforts to understand how protected areas benefit people.
A survey of environmental research shows only 26 percent of the projects made their data accessible, despite data-sharing requirements from funders. In this commentary, lead author Jessica Couture urges data sharing for open science.
What experiences have shaped your perspective on science?
Ecologists Elizabeth Borer and John Drake share how their time as postdocs at NCEAS in the early years of ecological synthesis has influenced their work and perspectives on science.
A new report by a team of diverse experts and students from across the University of California system identifies opportunities for empowering and enabling more involvement from campus communities and decision makers to help the UC meets its goals of carbon neutrality by 2025. Their findings have implications for other universities and institutions with similar goals.
Will you be at the Ecological Society of America's Annual Meeting in New Orleans? We hope you'll join us for these events.
A letter from the Director
In a mid-year message, Executive Director Ben Halpern shares the news of new efforts to employ collaborative synthesis science to solve pressing environmental challenges: new working groups on sustainable food production and an artist-in-residence program.
Despite a growing recognition of the need for data science skills in the environmental sciences, opportunities to get applied knowledge and experience are few. For this reason, NCEAS started a Data Science Fellowship program for early career researchers, and we feature four of them in this NCEAS Portrait series.
A working group from the Science and Nature for People Partnership (SNAPP) posits that it is time for river management to account for a crucial element of river ecosystems: people.