Infusing ecological theory into the design of environmental monitoring

Principal Investigators:

Peter Kareiva

Monitoring has become one of the most widespread activities in ecology. It is used as a safety net to determine whether controversial environmental decisions are working, as a baseline to keep track of our ecosystem's health, and as a source of data for fundamental research. Unfortunately, the data from monitoring programs are terribly under-used -- because the programs are ill-designed, because tools for using the data remain primitive, and simply because of a lack of awareness about the possibilities. In the past, ecologists have tended to... more

1.) improves our "technology" for using monitoring data when testing hypotheses about environmental degradation

2.) suggests how the design of monitoring programs might be improved so that they better serve a hypothesis-testing framework

3.) illustrates how monitoring can be interesting in a basic and applied setting, and catalyzes more work in the area.


Participants and Meetings

A group photo is coming soon.
ActivityDatesFurther Information
Sabbatical Fellow15th January—30th April 1998Participant List  
Visitor16th—29th March 1998Participant List  

Participant Contact Information

Peter Kareivapkareiva@tnc.orgThe Nature Conservancy
Eli Meiremeir@simbio.comUniversity of Washington
Laura HarttUniversity of Kentucky

Products: Publications, Reports, Datasets, Presentations, Visualizations

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Fagan, William F.; Meir, Eli; Prendergast, John; Folarin, Ayoola; Kareiva, Peter. 2001. Characterizing population vulnerability for 758 species. Ecology Letters. Vol: 4(2). Pages 132.
Book Chapter Kareiva, Peter; Holmes, Elizabeth E. 2000. Can we use focal species to anticipate ecosystem-level consequences of environmental pollutants?. Edited by Albers, P.. Exotoxicology and Wildlife Ecology. Smithsonian Press.
Book Chapter Marvier, Michelle; Meir, Eli; Kareiva, Peter. 2000. How do the design of monitoring and control strategies affect the chance of detecting and containing transgenic weeds?. Edited by Ammann, K.; Jacot, Y.. Risks and Prospects of Transgenic Plants: Where Do We Go From Here?. Birkhauser Press. Basel. Pages 109-122.
"Infusing ecological theory into the design of environmental monitoring" is project ID: 2015