The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) is pleased to invite applications from early-career researchers for a 3-week intensive training workshop in ecological analysis and synthesis, to take place at NCEAS in Santa Barbara CA June 19-July 10, 2013.
Happy New Year from Santa Barbara! As we proceed into 2013, we would like to take a moment to share with you some of NCEAS' 2012 highlights.
California exhibits one of the richest floras on the planet, with more than 5,500 native plant species, approximately 40% of which are endemic. This study, published in Evolution, shows that California’s current biodiversity primarily results from low extinction rates, as opposed to elevated specialization or immigration rates, as previously believed.
How healthy are our oceans?
with Dr. Ben Halpern, Director, Center for Marine Assessment and Planning
Thursday, December 13, 5:30-6:30 PM (Pacific Daylight Time)
Basement auditorium, 735 State Street, Santa Barbara
This event is free and open to all.
The talk will also be broadcast live on the internet.
A study published in Global Change Biology finds an invasive grass species may be one reason fires are bigger and more frequent in certain regions of the western United States. Results demonstrate that cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) invasion has substantially altered the regional fire regime. Although this result has been suspected by managers for decades, this study is the first to document recent cheatgrass-driven fire regimes at a regional scale.
Synthesizing frontiers in modeling drought- and insect-induced tree mortality with climate change
Principal Investigator(s): William Anderegg, Jeffrey Hicke, and Rosie Fisher
Establishing an open-source animal-tracking analysis platform for archival geolocators
Principal Investigator(s): Eli Bridge, David Winkler, Eldar Rakhimberdiev, and Nathaniel Seavy
Global impacts of climate change on kelp forest ecosystems
Principal Investigator(s): Jarrett Byrnes, Sean Connell, and Mark Novak
Land use change and infectious diseases
Principal Investigator(s): Andrew Dobson, Nita Bharti, and Matt Bonds
Developing comprehensive management models for marine mammals
Principal Investigator(s): Leah Gerber
Dance with neighbors: What have we learned about species coexistence in tree communities from the global stem-mapped forest plots?
Principal Investigator(s): Fangliang He, Rick Condit, Stephen Hubbell, and Thorsten Wiegand
When is a mutualist a cheater? A synthesis of conceptual and data-based perspectives on the causes and consequences of variation in mutualist quality
Principal Investigator(s): Emily Jones and Maren Friesen
Warming food webs
Principal Investigator(s): Mary O'Connor and Hamish Greig
Synthesizing top-down and bottom-up approaches to ecological energetics
Principal Investigator(s): Jane Shevtsov
A standard assessment framework for ecosystem services
Principal Investigator(s): Dean Urban, Lydia Olander, and Pat Comer
Fungal pathogens and disease-induced extinction: Are fungal diseases different?
Principal Investigator(s): Jamie Voyles, Cheryl Briggs, and Marm Kilpatrick
Lake Baikal, the Sacred Sea of Siberia
with Dr. Stephanie Hampton, Deputy Director, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS)
Thursday, September 13, 5:30-6:30 PM (Pacific Daylight Time)
NCEAS lounge, 3rd floor, 735 State Street, Santa Barbara
This event is free, open to all, and will feature light refreshments.
From the many millions who count on ocean fisheries for their livelihoods to the uncounted lives saved by intact coral reefs during the 2004 Asian tsunami, people all over the world depend upon healthy oceans. But how healthy are our oceans? A new measurement tool, the Ocean Health Index, answers that question for every coastal country in the world. The Index goes far beyond just the "pristineness" of the world's oceans to measure the overall benefits people are receiving from the oceans.
In response to the growing need for a way to easily access and analyze massive amounts of heterogeneous data in the fields of earth and environmental sciences, UC Santa Barbara’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, a core partner in a joint effort to streamline such research, presents DataONE, the Data Observation Network for Earth.
Far more wild plant species may be responding to global warming than previous large-scale estimates have suggested. It follows a detailed NCEAS working group study, released in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study shows that many plant species, which appear to not be affected by warmer spring temperatures, are in fact responding as much to warmer winters.
Benjamin I. Cook, Elizabeth M. Wolkovich, and Camille Parmesan
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, May 21, 2012 (online)
UCSB press release
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