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National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Project Description

As ecologists continue to gather long-term data at site, regional, continental and global scales, there will be an increasing need for tools to measure the pattern and rate of change in plant and animal communities in response to multiple environmental drivers. The National Science Foundation (NSF) Advances in Biological Informatics (ABI) program has recently funded the NCEAS Informatics team and collaborators to gather together multiple metrics of ecological dynamics into one toolbox that will provide ecologists with a new set of tools for quantifying how communities change over time. Their approach builds upon many recent informatics developments (Kepler, DataONE, and Ecological Metadata Language) to advance ecological research. The toolbox will make community analysis more accessible, expose a variety of indices to wider use, and, with existing workflows, will help reduce data preparation efforts and foster unprecedented potential for collaboration.
Working Group Participants

Principal Investigator(s)

Matthew B. Jones, Scott L. Collins, Corinna Gries

Project Dates

Start: April 1, 2013

End: March 31, 2017



Ilkay Altintas
University of California, San Diego
Meghan L. Avolio
University of Utah
Carl Boettiger
University of California, Santa Cruz
Sam Christel
University of Wisconsin
Erica Christensen
Utah State University
Elsa E. Cleland
University of California, San Diego
Scott L. Collins
University of New Mexico
Samuel Fey
Dartmouth College
Corinna Gries
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Lauren M. Hallett
University of California, Berkeley
W. Stanley Harpole
Iowa State University
David J. Harris
University of California, Davis
Matthew B. Jones
University of California, Santa Barbara
Sydney Jones
University of New Mexico
Sarah E. Koerner
Duke University
Kimberly J. Komatsu
University of California, Berkeley
Laura Ladwig
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Andrew MacDonald
University of British Columbia
Jenny Noble
University of New Mexico
Julie Ripplinger
Arizona State University
Andrew L. Rypel
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
David Seekel
University of Virginia
Elizabeth Siddon
University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Peter Slaughter
University of California, Santa Barbara
Eric R. Sokol
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Elizabeth M. Wolkovich
Harvard University


  1. Journal Article / 2018

    Temporal heterogeneity increases with spatial heterogeneity in ecological communities

  2. Journal Article / 2016

    Codyn: An R package of community dynamics metrics