NCEAS Portraits: Special Women-in-Science Edition

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.



Announcing Five New SNAPP Working Groups

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.



Before Reefs Become Marine Deserts

As a way of understanding which factors had the biggest impacts on Hawaii’s corals, a group of researchers from the collaborative Ocean Tipping Points project, which is co-led by the National Center for Ecological Analysis (NCEAS), completed the first-ever comprehensive map of how both humans and natural events influence overall reef health. This new study was published March 1 in PLOS One



A Three-Step Plan for Carbon Neutrality

Universities across the United States have set ambitious goals to shrink their carbon footprints, including the University of California, which launched its Carbon Neutrality Initiative in 2013, aiming for carbon neutrality by 2025. But amid broad support for climate action within the UC system, a big question looms: how to actually hit that target.

Now, a 27-member team uniquely comprised of researchers, facilities managers, sustainability officers and students from across the UC campuses has released a report that helps answer this important “how” question. They present a feasible strategy to achieve a measure that would be especially game changing: replacing natural gas with climate-friendlier options.  



Figure for Thought: Making Nature Count in Decisions for Sustainable Development

Managing landscapes to maintain or improve their ability to deliver ecosystem services could help countries advance their progress toward the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals, says the Making Ecosystems Count team from the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP).  



NCEAS Portrait: Eric Sokol wants to foster community through the study of metacommunities

Eric Sokol seems to like cold places. His research on metacommunities in freshwater and polar ecosystems has sent him to Alaska, Antarctica, Colorado, Idaho, and Michigan. As a coder, he has used his data and those of others to develop R statistical language to test hypotheses about how metacommunities can impact local and ecosystem-scale biodiversity.

A quantitative ecologist for the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) and the lead principal investigator for the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network’s Metacommunities Synthesis working group, Sokol is hoping his work will build community, inclusiveness, and collaboration among ecologists who are asking similar questions about biodiversity.




Fighting poverty with synthesis science

Using synthesis science, researchers from the Science for Nature and People Partnership are providing evidence for the case that good environmental stewardship can be a useful tool in addressing poverty and improving a nation’s wealth, health, and food security.



Kristen Weiss

LTER Synthesis Webinar Series

What have the Long-Term Ecological Research Network (LTER) synthesis working groups been learning? The LTER Network Communications Office and NCEAS are co-hosting a webinar series that will highlight the progress and process of these groups. 

The webinars will take place on the second Thursday of each month at 11am Pacific Standard Time.



NCEAS Portrait: Jensen Montambault, a Voyager in Conservation Science

Nicaragua, Rwanda, Tonga, Botswana, Guyana – Jensen Montambault’s passion for conservation has taken her to many remote places, such as these, to understand how human conflict and behaviors impact natural resources. The journey of figuring out the answers to intractable problems fuels her passion for this work.

Recently, Montambault has ventured into a new role, as the interim executive director for the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP). We spoke to Montambault for this month’s Portrait to get a better idea of what’s to come under her leadership.




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