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October 8, 2007

salt marsh

Symmetrical Web of Carpinteria Salt Marsh
K. D. Lafferty et al

The authors analyzed the effect of parasites on food-web topology in a salt marsh ecosystem. 
The data set is available via the NCEAS Data Repository.

October 5, 2007

Environmental Science to Solutions Fellowships
Funded by The Henry Luce Foundation
Applications are being accepted from doctoral students at UCSB for an interdisciplinary program focusing on solutions to environmental problems.
Information about the Program   
Application Form

October 5, 2007

Effects of Metabolic Rate on Protein Evolution
James F. Gillooly, Michael W. McCoy and Andrew P. Allen
Biology Letters online, October 2, 2007

September 25, 2007

NCEAS Associates Named MacArthur Fellows

NCEAS Board member Ruth DeFries
Working Group leader Claire Kremen

They are among only 24 MacArthur Fellows named by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for 2007.

September 14, 2007

Ecolunch Seminar Series 2007 Resumes for Fall Quarter

September 4, 2007

mark.urban [at] (Mark C. Urban)
PNAS 104(36) 14377-14382 (2007)

National Geographic

September 4, 2007

KITP Partners with NCEAS to Increase Participation of Ecologists in 2008 Physics of Climate Change Program  
The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at UCSB invites ecologists to participate in a variety of research activities during spring 2008. Deadline: 7 September 2007.

August 13, 2007

Caribbean Food Web
Bascompte J., Melian C., and Sala E.
The authors compiled and analyzed a large, quantitative food web that includes 249 species.  The data set is available via the NCEAS Data Repository.

August 8, 2007

Species Richness, Hotspots, and the Scale Dependence of Range Maps in Ecology and Conservation
Allen H. Hurlbert and Walter Jetz

August 7, 2007

Synthesizing and Analyzing Complex Ecological Networks with Ecoinformatics

NCEAS Sabbatical Fellow Neo Martinez develops new advances in network science and applies them to the study of food webs...


July 23, 2007

Compensatory Mitigation as a Solution to Fisheries Bycatch - Biodiversity Conservation Conflicts

Chris Wilcox and C. Josh Donlan
Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 5, 6 (2007)

July 6, 2007

A Meta-Analysis of Effects of Bt Cotton and Maize on Nontarget Invertebrates
Michelle Marvier, Chanel McCreedy, regetz [at] (Jim Regetz), and Peter Kareiva

Science  316, 5830 (2007)

May 30, 2007

Nontarget Effects of Bt Crops Database
In conjunction with a paper published this month in Science, this database and its accompanying metadata are now available to the public through a searchable web interface.

May 22, 2007

The Faculty Institutes for Reforming Science Teaching (FIRST)
This project, funded by the National Science Foundation, is developing new metadata standards for assessment in ecological education.  This will facilitate data exchange and comparison of different assessment techniques. The team is led by researchers at Michigan State University.
May 22, 2007

Principal investigator: Brad McRae

Where Mountain Lions Roam: Star-P Helps Decipher Threatened Wildlife Migration

April 11, 2007

James F. Gillooly, Andrew Allen, Eric L. Charnov
PLoS Biology4, 8: e248 (2006)
Full Text (Open Access)

PLoS synopsis:
"Math and Fossils Resolve a Debate on Dinosaur Metabolism"

April 11, 2007

Boris Worm, Edward B. Barbier, Nicola Beaumont, J. Emmett Duffy, Carl Folke, halpern [at] (Benjamin S. Halpern), Jeremy B. C. Jackson, Heike K. Lotze, Fiorenza Micheli, Stephen R. Palumbi, Enric Sala, selkoe [at] (Kimberley A. Selkoe), John J. Stachowicz, Reg Watson
Science, 314, 5800 (2006)

April 11, 2007

Benjamin S. Halpern, Karl Cottenie, Bernardo R. Broitman
Science 312, 5777 (2006)
Press Release 


April 11, 2007

Jennifer E. Smith, Morrigan Shaw, Rob A. Edwards, David Obura, Olga Pantos, Enric Sala, Stuart A. Sandin, Steven Smriga, Mark Hatay, Forest L. Rohwer

Ecology Letters 9, 7 (2006)

Reported in ScienceNOW Daily News