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June 13, 2011

photo of the underside of an Emerald Ash Borer, an inch-long, shiny green insect with golden overtones

TIME Magazine article about the destructive outbreak of the invasive emerald ash borer, a beetle native to China.

Deadlier than Dutch Elm: U.S. Trees Stricken by a Plague of Ash Borers

Referenced study:
Cost of potential emerald ash borer damage in U.S. communities, 2009–2019
K.F. Kovacs, R.G. Haight, D.G. McCullough, R.J. Mercader, N.W. Siegert, A.M. Liebhold
Ecological Economics (2010)

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June 13, 2011

Science Magazine article considers mitigation of local causes of ocean acidification using existing laws.

Mitigating Local Causes of Ocean Acidification with Existing Laws
R. P. Kelly, M. M. Foley, W. S. Fisher, R. A. Feely, B. S. Halpern, G. G. Waldbusser, M. R. Caldwell
Science (May 2011)

May 13, 2011

thumbnail photo of a small bird perched on a tree branch Some species are moving farther and faster in response to climate change. The challenge is in predicting these range shifts to inform assessment and conservation efforts.

Do species’ traits predict recent shifts at expanding range edges?
A.L. Angert, L.G. Crozier, L.J. Rissler, S.E. Gilman, J.J. Tewksbury, A.J. Chunco
Ecology Letters (May 2011)

This study was featured in the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) Fall 2011 newsletter
The study was also covered by science-focused news sites Science Daily and Red Orbit.

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May 3, 2011

Contrary to the pattern in terrestrial species, this study found that smaller fish are as prone to overfishing as larger species.

Researchers discover unexpected patterns of fisheries collapse in the world's oceans.
M.L. Pinsky, O.P. Jensen, D. Ricard, and S.R. Palumbi
Proceedings of the National Academies of Science (2011)

Articles about this study appeared in:
CBC News (Canada): Smaller fish just as prone to overfishing (May 2, 2011)
Nature News: Overfishing hits all creatures great and small (May 3, 2011)
Scientific American: Overfishing Hits All Creatures Great and Small (May 3, 2011)
Science Daily: 'Small Fry' Fish Just as Vulnerable to Population Plunges as Sharks or Tuna (May 3, 2011)
Santa Cruz Sentinel: Ocean's food chain: Overfishing not just an issue for big fish (May 14, 2011)
Vancouver Sun (Canada): Overfishing not just a problem for big fish (May 20, 2011)
San Jose Mercury News: Ocean's food chain: Overfishing not just an issue for big fish
Monterey County Herald: Small fish species at risk

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May 3, 2011

The University of New Mexico & DataONE are sponsoring an Environmental Information Management Training Institute open to MS and PhD students. The three-course graduate program provides hands-on training in the design, management, analysis, and preservation of data and information.

DATES: May 23 - June 10, 2011

More information is available on the University of New Mexico's website

May 3, 2011

thumbnail photo of a tightly-packed school of small fish swimming in the oceanCompared to previous analyses of catch trend data, the researchers' use of biomass data from stock assessments found that lower percentages of fisheries are collapsed or over exploited.

Contrasting Global Trends in Marine Fishery Status Obtained from Catches and from Stock Assessments
T.A. Branch, O.P. Jensen, D. Ricard, Y. Ye, R. Hilborn
Conservation Biology 25 (2011)

Articles about this study appeared in:
NY Times Green Blog: One Fish, Two Fish, False-ish, True-ish
New Scientist: Stay of Execution for World's Fish Stocks
InvestSMART (Australia): Count fish in water, not catch, says scientist
Seafood Source: Researcher: Collapsed fish stocks overestimated
Columbia Basin Bulletin: New method for measuring biomass shows fish stocks more stable than we think
Dalje (Croatia): World fish stocks said improved
Science Daily: Plenty More Fish in the Sea?

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May 3, 2011

Ecologists engaged in synthesis work at NCEAS became inspired to develop consistent grassland experiments to facilitate data comparison. The Nutrient Network that grew out of this inspiration found that most introduced plants do not run rampant in their new ranges. They also discovered which species tended to increase in abundance, which should bolster efforts to contain the spread of destructive exotic plants by providing solid data about the likelihood of such events.

Articles about the international Nutrient Network:
Related publications:
Abundance of introduced species at home predicts abundance away in herbaceous communities
Jennifer Firn et al.
Ecology Letters 14(3), Feb 2011

March 21, 2011

thumbnail photo of a bright yellow butterfly with blue and black patterned wings in front of an orange flower

Researchers advise thinking globally, acting locally when studying plants, animals & global warming

Overstretching Attribution
C. Parmesan, C. Duarte, E. Poloczanska, A.J. Richarson, M.C. Singer
Nature Climate Change (20 Mar 2011)

A sample of the media coverage of this research paper:
The Times of India: Deal locally with climate change impact (Mar 21, 2011)
Thaindian News (Thailand): Deal locally with climate change impact (Mar 21, 2011)
ECOS Magazine (Australia): Climate adaptation: think globally, act locally (May 4, 2011)
San Antonio Express News: Deal locally with climate change impact (Mar 21, 2011)

Summary of the affiliated research project

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March 11, 2011

to represent mortality, stylized black and white drawing of human and ape skeletons side by sideStudy in Science finds similar aging and mortality patterns across primates, including humans.

Aging in the Natural World: Comparative Data Reveal Similar Mortality Patterns Across Primates
A.M. Bronikowski, J. Altmann, D.K. Brockman, M. Cords, L.M. Fedigan, A. Pusey, T. Stoinski, W.F. Morris, K.B. Strier, S.C. Alberts
Science 331 (6022), pp. 1325-1328 (11 Mar 2011)

A sample of the international media coverage of this study:
ABC News: Study: Humans, Apes, Have Similar Aging Patterns (Mar 10, 2011)
MSNBC News: What do you mean I'm aging like a baboon?! (Mar 10, 2011)
USA Today: Study: Humans, apes, have similar aging patterns (Mar 11, 2011)
NPR Talk of the Nation: Despite Long Lives, Humans Age Like Other Primates (Mar 11, 2011)
Discovery News: Humans Age at Same Rate as Chimps, Gorillas (Mar 10, 2011)
US News & World Report: Humans Age at Same Pace as Other Primates, Study Finds (Mar 10, 2011)
Daily Mail (UK): More advanced? Humans age and die at the 'same rate as primates (Mar 14, 2011)
ABC Australia: Humans age same as other primates (Mar 16, 2011)
Xinghua (China): Humans age just like apes: study (Mar 11, 2011)
The Hindu (India): Humans, apes have similar aging patterns (Mar 11, 2011)
The Globe & Mail (Canada): When it comes to aging, we're just like monkeys (Mar 13, 2011)
The China Post (Taiwan): Humans, apes aging patterns are similar: study (Mar 12, 2011)
Japan Times (Japan): Study chips away futher at humans' uniqueness (Mar 13, 2011)

More information about this jointly-funded NCEAS-NESCent Working Group, participants, and publications
February 16, 2011

thumbnail photo of a young nerpa seal curled on the ice of Lake Baikal in SiberiaScientists have discovered that Siberia's Lake Baikal, the world's oldest, deepest, and largest freshwater lake, provides insight into the ways that climate change affects water temperature, which in turn affects life in the lake.

Influence of Long-Distance Climate Teleconnection on Seasonality of Water Temperature in the World's Largest Lake - Lake Baikal, Siberia
Stephen L. Katz, Stephanie E. Hampton, Lyubov R. Izmest'eva, Marianne V. Moore
PLoS ONE 6(2): e14688 16 Feb 2011

Media coverage of this study:
Santa Barbara Independent: World's deepest lake mimics the ocean (Feb 19, 2011)
Discovery News: Siberia's Lake Baikal feeling the heat (Feb 18, 2011)
Science Daily: World’s Largest Lake Sheds Light on Ecosystem Responses to Climate Variability (Feb 18, 2011)
China Meterological Administration: government news (Feb 21, 2011)
Scientific Computing: World's largest lake sheds light on ecosystem responses to climate variability
Daily Nexus: Siberian Lake Ecology Linked to Atmosphere (Mar 1, 2011)
Duluth News Tribune: Rising water temps not unique to Lake Superior (Jun 1, 2011)

Summary of the related NCEAS research project

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February 11, 2011

An article by NCEAS scientists in Science outlines the technological and sociological challenges of enabling open data in ecology, as well as the opportunities to overcome these challenges with initiatives such as DataONE.

Challenges and Opportunities of Open Data in Ecology
O.J. Reichman, Matthew B. Jones, Mark P. Schildhauer
Science 331(6018), Feb 2011

More information about DataONE.

January 26, 2011

Experts with backgrounds in the science, policy, and practice of Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP) were convened to identify top priorities for advancing CMSP over the next one to five years. Particular attention was given to the need and opportunity to inform the U.S. National Ocean Council process to develop a strategic action plan in 2011 for implementing CMSP in the United States.

January 21, 2011

NCEAS launches an invasive plant research project through the Center’s Synthetic Undergraduate Networks for Analyzing Ecological Data (Project SUN).

Applying the principles of NCEAS’ success as a pioneer of ecological synthesis, Project SUN offers undergraduates the opportunity to participate in collaborative research in partnership with students from other universities.

December 8, 2010

Researchers evaluate the accumulation rates of non-native forest pests and pathogens in the United States, as well as the damage they cause to trees.

Historical Accumulation of Nonindigenous Forest Pests in the Continental United States
J.E. Aukema, D.G. McCullough, B. Von Holle, A.M. Liebhold, K. Britton and S.J. Frankel
BioScience 60(11), Dec 2010

The following media covered this study:
Los Angeles Times blog: More global trade means more forest pests (Dec 10, 2010)
Washington Post online: Invasive insects are growing threat to trees, forests (Dec 12, 2010)
Washington Post print version: Bugs, beetles and borers put U.S. forests at risk (Dec 13, 2010)
Santa Barbara Independent: Ravenous Foreign Pests Threaten National Forests (Dec 6, 2010)
United Press International (UPI): U.S. forests under attack by foreign pests

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December 2, 2010

photo of a large pink jellyfish in motion, its mushroom-shaped pink crown expanded for propulsion and its bright pink body and willowy filament-like tentacles trailing behind as it passes by a tropical rocky reef Jellyfish scientists from around the world took part in an NCEAS-sponsored outreach event to inform and educate the general public about jellies and jellyfish blooms, the good and the bad aspects of jellies, and their importance to both coastal communities such as Santa Barbara and to ocean ecosystems around the world. Called Jellyfish ROCK: Reaching Out to the Community & Kids, the event generated a lot of enthusiasm from community members eager to learn about the diversity and beauty of jellies! More than 170 attendees converged at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History for the interactive evening of videos, presentations from international jellyfish experts, live jellyfish, and exhibition of children’s artwork from around the world. The event was a BIG success for all involved, and NCEAS is certainly proud to have sponsored both Jellyfish ROCK and the NCEAS jellyfish working group that inspired it!

November 24, 2010

Knowledge Network for Biodiversity (KNB) announces the release of Morpho 1.9.0, an application for managing and sharing ecological and environmental data through the creation of structured metadata. Morpho enables data sharing among scientists through Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity servers.

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November 18, 2010

New article in Nature questions the widely-adopted “fishing down food webs” paradigm as indicator of the health of fisheries

The trophic fingerprint of marine fisheries
T.A. Branch, R. Watson, E.A. Fulton, S. Jennings, C.R. McGilliard, G.T. Pablico, D. Ricard, S.R. Tracey
Nature 468, pp.431-435 (18 Nov 2010)

A sample of the U.S. & international media coverage of this study:
MSNBC: Fish Story: Doubt Cast on Depletion of Big Ocean Species
NineMSN (Australia): Global fish stocks lower than thought
France 24 (France): Some global fish stocks may be lower than thought: study
The Independent (UK): Some global fish stocks may be lower than thought: study
The Star (Malaysia): Big fish seen surviving in depleted oceans - study
Kaleej Times (UAE): Big fish seen surviving in depleted oceans
Reuters (India): Big fish seen surviving in depleted oceans - study
Scientific American: What's the Catch?
Nature News: 'Fishing down food chain' fails global test (Nov 17, 2010)
Science Magazine News of the Week: Key indicator of ocean health may be flawed (Nov 19, 2010)
Thaindian News (Thailand): Scientists question widely adopted indicator of ocean health
China National News: Scientists question widely adopted indicator of ocean health
Philippine Daily Inquirer (Phillipines) blog: Some global fish stocks may be lower than thought--study
Santa Barbara Independent: Health of World's Oceans and Fisheries Inaccurately Measured, Study Claims
Conservation Magazine: Scientists Grapple With Measuring The Human Impact on Global Fisheries
Article in Columbia Basin Bulletin
Article on CLIMATIDE (from NPR affiliate WBGH) (Nov 22, 2010)
Article on CLIMATIDE: "Discovery of the Year" (Jan 4, 2011)

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October 22, 2010

Escape from the Ivory Tower: A Guide to Making Your Science Matter
Nancy Baron
Island Press
Press Release

American Scientist book review
Miller-McCune 2 Sept 2010 article
Nature 468, Nov 2010 feature interview
Yale Forum for Climate Change & the Media 2 Dec 2010 book review

October 20, 2010

Researchers from the NCEAS Jellyfish Working Group are featured in an article on Live Science: "Jellyfish Swarms: Menacing or Misunderstood?"

This group was also featured at Jellyfish Rock: Reaching Out to Community & Kids, an NCEAS-sponsored event at the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum.

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October 14, 2010

aged thumbnail image of a raging river, with a bridge in the distant backgroundScience Magazine publishes NCEAS researcher's findings that a combination of nature and humans is affecting aquatic food webs by leaving an indelible mark on rivers & streams.

The Role of Discharge Variation in Scaling of Drainage Area and Food Chain Length in Rivers
J.L. Sabo, J.C. Findlay, T. Kennedy, D.M. Post
Science 330, pp.965-967 (12 Nov 2010 - online 14 October 2010)

The following is a sample of the media coverage of this study:
Conservation Magazine: Breaking the Chain
Postmedia News (Canada): Human meddling threatens rivers, human food chain: U.S. study
Thaindian News (Thailand): Nature and humans destroying aquatic food webs
Zee News (India): Nature and humans destroying aquatic food webs

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