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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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October 1, 2010

The Kepler Project has announced the availability of Kepler 2.1 as well as four add module suites. Kepler 2.1 includes a number of new features and bug fixes, and the Reporting, Workflow Run Manager, Provenance, and Tagging add-on suites significantly expand the capabilities of the Kepler system.

July 12, 2010

Paper demonstrates and quantifies the effect of atmospheric stability on annual latent and sensible heat fluxes in a (sub)tropical lake in Africa.

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June 30, 2010

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.

June 30, 2010

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.

Analysis of pelagic species decline in the upper San Francisco Estuary using multivariate autoregressive modeling (MAR)
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)
June 29, 2010

Global fishery development patterns are driven by profit but not trophic level
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:
Conservation Magazine: The little things that count
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)

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June 16, 2010

Mass Animal Extinctions, Not Climate Change, Caused Major Shifts in Plant Communities

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May 21, 2010

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.

Decentralize, adapt and cooperate
> R.D. Sagarin, C.S. Alcorta, S. Atran, D.T. Blumstein, G.P. Dietl, M.E. Hochberg, D.D.P. Johnson, S. Levin, E.M.P. Madin, J.S. Madin, E.M. Prescott, R. Sosis, T. Taylor, J. Tooby, G.J. Vermeij
Nature 465 pp. 292–293 (20 May 2010)

Press Release

May 12, 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).

April 23, 2010

Announcing the availability of the new Primate Life History Database, an online initiative jointly funded by NCEAS and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent).

University of Wisconsin press release about the new database.
April 21, 2010

Ecosystem models clarify the trophic role of whales off Northwest Africa
Lyne Morissette, Kristin Kaschner, Leah R. Gerber
Marine Ecology Progress Series 404: 289-302

April 16, 2010

Global Change Impacts on Landscape Fires
Michael Flannigan

FRAMES, the Fire Research and Management Exchange System, is a system method of exchanging information and technology between wildland fire researchers, managers, and other stakeholders.

April 16, 2010

Sharks on Coral Reefs
Principal Investigator: Julia Baum

There is a critical need to evaluate the status of reef shark populations and to forecast threats to their persistence from human activity.

April 13, 2010

Haridas Chirakkal and Leah R. Gerber
Ecological Applications 20(3) 783-788


April 7, 2010

John L. Orrock, Robert D. Holt, Marissa L. Baskett

April 7, 2010

Stefano Allesina and Mercedes Pascual
Ecology Letters 12(7): 652-662

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April 7, 2010

Eric A. Davidson and Robert W. Howarth
Nature (News and Views) 449, 1000-1001. Online 24 October 2007


April 6, 2010

thumbnail photo of a research ship on glassy waters in Lake BaikalLake Baikal Plankton data set
Lyubov Izmest'eva, Stephanie Hampton, Marianne Moore

Sixty year data set collected at 7-10 day intervals by 3 generations of Russian scientists. The data is analyzed and described in Hampton et al. 2008.

Media outlets around the world covered research based from this data set:
NY Times: Family Science Project Yields Surprising Data About a Siberian Lake
MSNBC: Two women fight to save world's biggest lake
Discovery News: Lake Baikal Warming ID’d by One Family’s Tradition
Fox News: 2 fight to save world's deepest lake in Russia
Bloomberg: Lake with 20% of Earth's fresh water is warming faster than air
Los Angeles Times: Siberian lake is warming rapidly
The Moscow Times (Russia): Baikal challenges global warming idea
Terra (Spain): Temperatura de lago Baikal aumentó más que la media global, según estudio
Al Jazeera: Russia's Endangered Lake Baikal
La Nación (Columbia): Cambio climático: aumenta temperatura de lago siberiano más profundo del mundo
El Universo (Ecuador): Dos mujeres batallan para salvar el mayor lago del mundo
The China Post (Taiwan): Two women fight to save the world's biggest lake
Thaindian News (Thailand): Global warming affects world's largest freshwater lake
Innovations Report (Germany): Global warming affects world's largest freshwater lake

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The Lake Baikal data collected by 3 generations of Russian scientists is available in the NCEAS Data Repository


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