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.
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.
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.
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:
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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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!
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.
New article in Nature questions the widely-adopted “fishing down food webs” paradigm as indicator of the health of 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:
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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Science 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.
J.L. Sabo, J.C. Findlay, T. Kennedy, D.M. Post
Science 330, pp.965-967 (12 Nov 2010 - online 14 October 2010)
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Piet Verburg & Jason P. Antenucci
Journal of Geophysical Research 115 (June 2010)
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The Kepler Project announced the availability of Kepler 2.0, a major update to the Kepler scientific workflow system. Representing the combined efforts of numerous individuals and projects, Kepler is a user-friendly, open-source application for analyzing, modeling, and sharing scientific data and analytical processes.
Study uses modelling to identify the main factors in the decline of four fish species in the San Francisco Estuary in California, USA: delta smelt, longfin smelt, striped bass and threadfin shad.
R. Mac Nally, J.R. Thomson, W.J. Kimmerer, F. Feyrer, K.B. Newman, A. Sih, W.A. Bennett, L. Brown, E. Fleishman, S.D. Culberson, G. Castillo
Ecological Applications 20(5), pp.1417-1430 (2010)
Asymmetric Density Dependence Shapes Species Abundances in a Tropical Tree Community
Liza S. Comita et al.
Science 329, pp. 330-332 (16 July 2010 - online 24 June 2010)
Suresh A. Sethi, Trevor A. Branch, Reg Watson
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences online 21 June 2010
A sample of the media coverage of this study:
Seattle Post Globe: Industry fishing for profits, not predators, UW reports (Jun 24, 2010)
Pacific Fishing: Study: Fishermen fish for top profits (August 2010)
Science Daily: Industry fishing for profits, not predators (Jun 24, 2010)
PhysOrg: Industry fishing for profits, not predators (Jun 24, 2010)
Article in National Fisherman (Sept 2010)
Article in Over Seas (Vol. 12 No. 3, July, 2010)
Mass Animal Extinctions, Not Climate Change, Caused Major Shifts in Plant Communities
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NCEAS Working Group members suggest that security organizations could be more effective if officials learn from nature, in the May 20 issue of the journal Nature.
Nature 465 pp. 292–293 (20 May 2010)
NCEAS Postdoctoral Associate Josephine Rodriguez has been selected for the Leadership Institute at the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science.
Rodriguez is among 30 candidates chosen for this premier training program developed in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Identifying Conservation Areas on the Basis of Alternative Distribution Data Sets
Jared G. Underwood, Caterina D'Agrosa, Leah R. Gerber
Conservation Biology 24(1) 162-170