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May 16, 2019

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.

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May 15, 2019

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.

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May 13, 2019

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.

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April 29, 2019

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.

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April 24, 2019

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.

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April 11, 2019

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).

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April 1, 2019

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. 

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March 13, 2019

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.

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February 27, 2019

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.

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February 5, 2019

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.

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January 29, 2019

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.

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January 17, 2019

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.

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January 11, 2019

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.

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December 22, 2018

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.

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December 3, 2018

Through the creation of online data hubs, this partnership will help governments and scientists make targeted improvements to regional marine environments.  

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November 14, 2018

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.  

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November 7, 2018

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. 

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October 24, 2018

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.

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October 17, 2018

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. 

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October 15, 2018

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?

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