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.
Boat International awards NCEAS' executive director Ben Halpern for his work to include oceans in the Planetary Boundaries framework. Halpern catches us up on that work and what this award means for ocean health.
If our future global population ate more seafood from aquatic farming, or aquaculture, to satisfy the anticipated growth in their protein needs, we may be able to substantially reduce one of the biggest environmental impacts of meat production – land use – without giving up meat entirely.
The diversity of relationships between salmon and people in Alaska have been largely absent from the thinking that typically informs salmon management. A research collaboration is seeking to remedy this and support management by making visible the multiplicity of human experiences that are both impacting and impacted by salmon systems in the state.
Eric Ward epitomizes a synthesis scientist. By combining ecology, statistics, mathematical modeling, and even economics, he brings together multiple disciplines to study how ecosystems in the Northwestern U.S. respond to environmental change.
A quantitative ecologist and fisheries expert, Ward co-leads our Gulf of Alaska Portfolio Effects working group. His team is using novel methods to improve understanding of the effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and other environmental changes on aquatic species and fisheries.
Recording-setting abundance of some salmon species in the North Pacific may be having negative impacts on other salmon species, namely the prized Chinook. This is the first study to emerge from our partnership project The State of Alaska Salmon and People (SASAP).
In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th, we are doing our part to raise the profile of women in science by highlighting five of the nearly 1700 remarkable women in the NCEAS community for an expanded edition of NCEAS Portraits.
The Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) announced the launch of five new multi-disciplinary teams aimed at tackling global issues including water quantity, poverty, sanitation, livestock disease, and drought.