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Doing Business As Name:University of California-Santa Barbara
  • Frank W Davis
  • (805) 893-7529
  • Stephanie E Hampton
Award Date:09/23/2006
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 18,402,599
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 18,402,599
  • FY 2009=$3,707,721
  • FY 2008=$3,891,522
  • FY 2006=$3,418,276
  • FY 2010=$3,703,738
  • FY 2007=$3,681,342
Start Date:10/01/2006
End Date:09/30/2013
Transaction Type: Cooperative Agreements
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.074
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:NCEAS: National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
Federal Award ID Number:0553768
DUNS ID:094878394
Parent DUNS ID:071549000

Awardee Location

Street:Office of Research
City:Santa Barbara
County:Santa Barbara
Awardee Cong. District:24

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:University of California-Santa Barbara
Street:Office of Research
City:Santa Barbara
County:Santa Barbara
Cong. District:24

Abstract at Time of Award

The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) was established at the University of California at Santa Barbara to promote interactions between scientists and facilitate the use of existing information to address important ecological questions. This award will renew NCEAS in Santa Barbara for an additional five years. NCEAS has six goals: (1) To develop opportunities that accelerate and initiate paradigms shifts, (2) To provide a facility where scientists analyze and synthesize existing ecological information using creative approaches, (3) To maintain an international character and broad perspective in all of its activities, (4) To enable and enhance the delivery of well-documented, digital information and scientific results to environmental scientists, natural resource managers, and policy makers, (5) To provide an environment that fosters intellectual exchange and collaboration, and (6) To develop and implement a more comprehensive strategy for education and outreach. An emphasis on broadening participation will focus the strengths of the center on a more active recruitment of underrepresented groups into all NCEAS activities. NCEAS addresses its goals through three primary modes: Working Groups, Postdoctoral Associates, and Sabbatical Fellows. Students are supported directly, as well as through participation in Distributed (virtual) Graduate Seminars. The NCEAS model for collaboration has been particularly successful promoting interdisciplinary syntheses that bring together people who have not collaborated before to focus on novel questions and approaches. Broader impacts of NCEAS include making more potential users aware of opportunities at NCEAS, informing the general public about its activities and results, engaging the local student community and maintaining a bilingual "Kids Do Ecology" website as part of NCEAS's K-12 education program, expanding training in the use of emerging ecological informatics tools, emphasizing graduate student involvement in all its functions, and more fully engaging social scientists. NCEAS is a national center for ecological informatics, utilizing core support primarily to provide premier computational support to its Postdoctoral Associates, Sabbatical Fellows, and Working Groups. It has been highly successful leveraging support for developing technology to massively increase capabilities to discover, access, integrate, analyze, synthesize and preserve existing data by building new capabilities in ecology and allied disciplines that advance the general community-wide information technology capabilities over the longer-term.

Publications Produced as a Result of this Research

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Madin, JS; Connolly, SR "Ecological consequences of major hydrodynamic disturbances on coral reefs" NATURE, v.444, 2006, p.477. doi:10.1038/nature0532  View record at Web of Science

Downing, JA; Prairie, YT; Cole, JJ; Duarte, CM; Tranvik, LJ; Striegl, RG; McDowell, WH; Kortelainen, P; Caraco, NF; Melack, JM; Middelburg, JJ "The global abundance and size distribution of lakes, ponds, and impoundments" LIMNOLOGY AND OCEANOGRAPHY, v.51, 2006, p.2388. View record at Web of Science

Gerwing, JJ; Schnitzer, SA; Burnham, RJ; Bongers, F; Chave, J; DeWalt, SJ; Ewango, CEN; Foster, R; Kenfack, D; Martinez-Ramos, M; Parren, M; Parthasarathy, N; Perez-Salicrup, DR; Putz, FE; Thomas, DW "A standard protocol for liana censuses" BIOTROPICA, v.38, 2006, p.256. doi:10.1111/j.1744-7429.2006.00134.  View record at Web of Science

Mayer, B; Boyer, EW; Goodale, C; Jaworski, NA; Van Breemen, N; Howarth, RW; Seitzinger, S; Billen, G; Lajtha, LJ; Nosal, M; Paustian, K "Sources of nitrate in rivers draining sixteen watersheds in the northeastern US: Isotopic constraints" BIOGEOCHEMISTRY, v.57, 2002, p.171. View record at Web of Science

Halpern, BS; Regan, HM; Possingham, HP; McCarthy, MA "Accounting for uncertainty in marine reserve design" ECOLOGY LETTERS, v.9, 2006, p.2. doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2005.00827.  View record at Web of Science

Drake, JM; Randin, C; Guisan, A "Modelling ecological niches with support vector machines" JOURNAL OF APPLIED ECOLOGY, v.43, 2006, p.424. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2664.2006.01141.  View record at Web of Science

McCullough, DG; Work, TT; Cavey, JF; Liebhold, AM; Marshall, D "Interceptions of nonindigenous plant pests at US ports of entry and border crossings over a 17-year period" BIOLOGICAL INVASIONS, v.8, 2006, p.611. doi:10.1007/s10530-005-1798-  View record at Web of Science

Ludascher, B; Altintas, I; Berkley, C; Higgins, D; Jaeger, E; Jones, M; Lee, EA; Tao, J; Zhao, Y "Scientific workflow management and the Kepler system" CONCURRENCY AND COMPUTATION-PRACTICE & EXPERIENCE, v.18, 2006, p.1039. doi:10.1002/cpe.99  View record at Web of Science

McCain, CM "Elevational gradients in diversity of small mammals" ECOLOGY, v.86, 2005, p.366. View record at Web of Science

Crowder, LB; Osherenko, G; Young, OR; Airame, S; Norse, EA; Baron, N; Day, JC; Bouvere, F; Ehler, CN; Halpern, BS; Langdon, SJ; McLeod, KL; Ogden, JC; Peach, RE; Rosenberg, AA; Wilson, JA "Sustainability - Resolving mismatches in US ocean governance" SCIENCE, v.313, 2006, p.617. doi:10.1126/science.112970  View record at Web of Science

Byers, JE; Cuddington, K; Jones, CG; Talley, TS; Hastings, A; Lambrinos, JG; Crooks, JA; Wilson, WG "Using ecosystem engineers to restore ecological systems" TRENDS IN ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION, v.21, 2006, p.493. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2006.06.00  View record at Web of Science

McPeek, MA "The macroevolutionary consequences of ecological differences among species" PALAEONTOLOGY, v.50, 2007, p.111. View record at Web of Science

Drake, JM "Limits to forecasting precision for outbreaks of directly transmitted diseases" PLOS MEDICINE, v.3, 2006, p.57. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.003000  View record at Web of Science

Halpern, BS; Gaines, SD; Warner, RR "Habitat size, recruitment, and longevity as factors limiting population size in stage-structured species" AMERICAN NATURALIST, v.165, 2005, p.82. View record at Web of Science

Gillooly, JF; Allen, AP; Brown, JH; Elser, JJ; del Rio, CM; Savage, VM; West, GB; Woodruff, WH; Woods, HA "The metabolic basis of whole-organism RNA and phosphorus content" PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, v.102, 2005, p.11923. doi:10.1073/pnas.050475610  View record at Web of Science

McPeek, MA; Brown, JM "Clade age and not diversification rate explains species richness among animal taxa" AMERICAN NATURALIST, v.169, 2007, p.E97. View record at Web of Science

Allen, CR; Garmestani, AS; Havlicek, TD; Marquet, PA; Peterson, GD; Restrepo, C; Stow, CA; Weeks, BE "Patterns in body mass distributions: sifting among alternative hypotheses" ECOLOGY LETTERS, v.9, 2006, p.630. doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2006.00902.  View record at Web of Science

Hastings, A; Byers, JE; Crooks, JA; Cuddington, K; Jones, CG; Lambrinos, JG; Talley, TS; Wilson, WG "Ecosystem engineering in space and time" ECOLOGY LETTERS, v.10, 2007, p.153. doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2006.00997.  View record at Web of Science

Michalet, R; Brooker, RW; Cavieres, LA; Kikvidze, Z; Lortie, CJ; Pugnaire, FI; Valiente-Banuet, A; Callaway, RM "Do biotic interactions shape both sides of the humped-back model of species richness in plant communities?" ECOLOGY LETTERS, v.9, 2006, p.767. doi:10.1111/j.1561-0248.2006.00935.  View record at Web of Science

Brooks, TM; Bakarr, MI; Boucher, T; Da Fonseca, GAB; Hilton-Taylor, C; Hoekstra, JM; Moritz, T; Olivier, S; Parrish, J; Pressey, RL; Rodrigues, ASL; Sechrest, W; Stattersfield, A; Strahm, W; Stuart, SN "Coverage provided by the global protected-area system: Is it enough?" BIOSCIENCE, v.54, 2004, p.1081. View record at Web of Science

Mitchell, CE; Agrawal, AA; Bever, JD; Gilbert, GS; Hufbauer, RA; Klironomos, JN; Maron, JL; Morris, WF; Parker, IM; Power, AG; Seabloom, EW; Torchin, ME; Vazquez, DP "Biotic interactions and plant invasions" ECOLOGY LETTERS, v.9, 2006, p.726. doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2006.00908.  View record at Web of Science

Adler, PB; HilleRisLambers, J; Kyriakidis, PC; Guan, QF; Levine, JM "Climate variability has a stabilizing effect on the coexistence of prairie grasses" PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, v.103, 2006, p.12793. doi:10.1073/pnas.060059910  View record at Web of Science

Mittelbach, GG; Schemske, DW; Cornell, HV; Allen, AP; Brown, JM; Bush, MB; Harrison, SP; Hurlbert, AH; Knowlton, N; Lessios, HA; McCain, CM; McCune, AR; McDade, LA; McPeek, MA; Near, TJ; Price, TD; Ricklefs, RE; Roy, K; Sax, DF; Schluter, D; Sobel, JM; Tu "Evolution and the latitudinal diversity gradient: speciation, extinction and biogeography" ECOLOGY LETTERS, v.10, 2007, p.315. doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2007.01020.  View record at Web of Science

Duffy, JE "Biodiversity and the functioning of seagrass ecosystems" MARINE ECOLOGY-PROGRESS SERIES, v.311, 2006, p.233. View record at Web of Science

Morgan, MT; Wilson, WG "Self-fertilization and the escape from pollen limitation in variable pollination environments" EVOLUTION, v.59, 2005, p.1143. View record at Web of Science

Hudson, PJ; Dobson, AP; Lafferty, KD "Is a healthy ecosystem one that is rich in parasites?" TRENDS IN ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION, v.21, 2006, p.381. View record at Web of Science

Gillooly, JF; Allen, AP; Charnov, EL "Dinosaur fossils predict body temperatures" PLOS BIOLOGY, v.4, 2006, p.1467. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.004024  View record at Web of Science

Anderson, KJ; Allen, AP; Gillooly, JF; Brown, JH "Temperature-dependence of biomass accumulation rates during secondary succession" ECOLOGY LETTERS, v.9, 2006, p.673. doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2006.00914.  View record at Web of Science

Munday, PL; Buston, PM; Warner, RR "Diversity and flexibility of sex-change strategies in animals" TRENDS IN ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION, v.21, 2006, p.89. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2005.10.02  View record at Web of Science

Davis, FW; Costello, C; Stoms, D "Efficient conservation in a utility-maximization framework" ECOLOGY AND SOCIETY, v.11, 2006, p.. View record at Web of Science

O'Connor, MI; Bruno, JF; Gaines, SD; Halpern, BS; Lester, SE; Kinlan, BP; Weiss, JM "Temperature control of larval dispersal and the implications for marine ecology, evolution, and conservation" PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, v.104, 2007, p.1266. doi:10.1073/pnas.060342210  View record at Web of Science

Drake, JM "Extinction times in experimental populations" ECOLOGY, v.87, 2006, p.2215. View record at Web of Science

Johnson, NC; Hoeksema, JD; Bever, JD; Chaudhary, VB; Gehring, C; Klironomos, J; Koide, R; Miller, RM; Moore, J; Moutoglis, P; Schwartz, M; Simard, S; Swenson, W; Umbanhowar, J; Wilson, G; Zabinski, C "From Lilliput to Brobdingnag: Extending models of mycorrhizal function across scales" BIOSCIENCE, v.56, 2006, p.889. View record at Web of Science

Orth, RJ; Carruthers, TJB; Dennison, WC; Duarte, CM; Fourqurean, JW; Heck, KL; Hughes, AR; Kendrick, GA; Kenworthy, WJ; Olyarnik, S; Short, FT; Waycott, M; Williams, SL "A global crisis for seagrass ecosystems" BIOSCIENCE, v.56, 2006, p.987. View record at Web of Science

Halpern, BS; Cottenie, K; Broitman, BR "Strong top-down control in southern California kelp forest ecosystems" SCIENCE, v.312, 2006, p.1230. doi:10.1126/science.112861  View record at Web of Science

Parton, W; Silver, WL "Global-scale similarities in nitrogen release patterns during long-term decomposition (vol 315, pg 361, 2007)" SCIENCE, v.315, 2007, p.940. View record at Web of Science

Ricklefs, RE "Global variation in the diversification rate of passerine birds" ECOLOGY, v.87, 2006, p.2468. View record at Web of Science

Gross, JE; McAllister, RRJ; Abel, N; Smith, DMS; Maru, Y "Australian rangelands as complex adaptive systems: A conceptual model and preliminary results" ENVIRONMENTAL MODELLING & SOFTWARE, v.21, 2006, p.1264. doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2005.04.02  View record at Web of Science

Rodrigues, ASL; Akcakaya, HR; Andelman, SJ; Bakarr, MI; Boitani, L; Brooks, TM; Chanson, JS; Fishpool, LDC; Da Fonseca, GAB; Gaston, KJ; Hoffmann, M; Marquet, PA; Pilgrim, JD; Pressey, RL; Schipper, J; Sechrest, W; Stuart, SN; Underhill, LG; Waller, RW; W "Global gap analysis: Priority regions for expanding the global protected-area network" BIOSCIENCE, v.54, 2004, p.1092. View record at Web of Science

Klein, AM; Vaissiere, BE; Cane, JH; Steffan-Dewenter, I; Cunningham, SA; Kremen, C; Tscharntke, T "Importance of pollinators in changing landscapes for world crops" PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, v.274, 2007, p.303. doi:10.1098/rspb.2006.372  View record at Web of Science

Duffy, JE; Stachowicz, JJ "Why biodiversity is important to oceanography: potential roles of genetic, species, and trophic diversity in pelagic ecosystem processes" MARINE ECOLOGY-PROGRESS SERIES, v.311, 2006, p.179. View record at Web of Science

Drake, JM; Drury, KLS; Lodge, DM; Blukacz, A; Yan, ND; Dwyer, G "Demographic stochasticity, environmental variability, and windows of invasion risk for Bythotrephes longimanus in North America" BIOLOGICAL INVASIONS, v.8, 2006, p.843. doi:10.1007/s10530-005-4205-  View record at Web of Science

Cressman, R; Krivan, V "Migration dynamics for the ideal free distribution" AMERICAN NATURALIST, v.168, 2006, p.384. View record at Web of Science

Rodrigues, ASL; Pilgrim, JD; Lamoreux, JF; Hoffmann, M; Brooks, TM "The value of the IUCN Red List for conservation" TRENDS IN ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION, v.21, 2006, p.71. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2005.10.01  View record at Web of Science

Kortelainen, P; Rantakari, M; Huttunen, JT; Mattsson, T; Alm, J; Juutinen, S; Larmola, T; Silvola, J; Martikainen, PJ "Sediment respiration and lake trophic state are important predictors of large CO2 evasion from small boreal lakes" GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY, v.12, 2006, p.1554. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2006.01167.  View record at Web of Science

Rosenthal, S. K.; Lodge, David M.; Muohi, W.; Ochieng, P.; Mkoji, G. M.; Mavuti, K. M.. "Comparing macrophyte herbivory by introduced Louisiana crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) (Crustacea: Cambardae) and native dytiscid beetles (Cybister tripunctatus) (Coleoptera: Dystiscidae), in Kenya" African Journal of Aquatic Science, v.30, 2005, p..

Russell, GJ; Brooks, TM; McKinney, MM; Anderson, CG "Present and future taxonomic selectivity in bird and mammal extinctions" CONSERVATION BIOLOGY, v.12, 1998, p.1365. View record at Web of Science

Gamon, JA; Rahman, AF; Dungan, JL; Schildhauer, M; Huemmrich, KF "Spectral Network (SpecNet) - What is it and why do we need it?" REMOTE SENSING OF ENVIRONMENT, v.103, 2006, p.227. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2006.04.00  View record at Web of Science

Schwartz, MW; Hoeksema, JD; Gehring, CA; Johnson, NC; Klironomos, JN; Abbott, LK; Pringle, A "The promise and the potential consequences of the global transport of mycorrhizal fungal inoculum" ECOLOGY LETTERS, v.9, 2006, p.501. doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2006.00910.  View record at Web of Science

Sitompul, AF; Kinnaird, MF; O'Brien, TG "Size matters: the effects of forest fragmentation and resource availability on the endemic Sumba Hornbill Aceros everetti" BIRD CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL, v.14, 2004, p.S23. doi:10.1017/S095927090400032  View record at Web of Science

Kremen, C; Williams, NM; Aizen, MA; Gemmill-Herren, B; LeBuhn, G; Minckley, R; Packer, L; Potts, SG; Roulston, T; Steffan-Dewenter, I; Vazquez, DP; Winfree, R; Adams, L; Crone, EE; Greenleaf, SS; Keitt, TH; Klein, AM; Regetz, J; Ricketts, TH "Pollination and other ecosystem services produced by mobile organisms: a conceptual framework for the effects of land-use change" ECOLOGY LETTERS, v.10, 2007, p.299. doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2007.01018.  View record at Web of Science

Vellend, M; Knight, TM; Drake, JM "Antagonistic effects of seed dispersal and herbivory on plant migration" ECOLOGY LETTERS, v.9, 2006, p.316. doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2005.00878.  View record at Web of Science

Vellend, M "The consequences of genetic diversity in competitive communities" ECOLOGY, v.87, 2006, p.304. View record at Web of Science

Allen, AP; Gillooly, JF "Assessing latitudinal gradients in speciation rates and biodiversity at the global scale" ECOLOGY LETTERS, v.9, 2006, p.947. doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2006.00946.  View record at Web of Science

Cary, GJ; Keane, RE; Gardner, RH; Lavorel, S; Flannigan, MD; Davies, ID; Li, C; Lenihan, JM; Rupp, TS; Mouillot, F "Comparison of the sensitivity of landscape-fire-succession models to variation in terrain, fuel pattern, climate and weather" LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY, v.21, 2006, p.121. doi:10.1007/s10980-005-7302-  View record at Web of Science

Hadiprakarsa, YY; Kinnaird, MF "Foraging characteristics of an assemblage of four Sumatran hornbill species" BIRD CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL, v.14, 2004, p.S53. doi:10.1017/S0959270904000034  View record at Web of Science

Webb, CO; Losos, JB; Agrawal, AA "Integrating phylogenies into community ecology" ECOLOGY, v.87, 2006, p.S1. View record at Web of Science

Worm, B; Barbier, EB; Beaumont, N; Duffy, JE; Folke, C; Halpern, BS; Jackson, JBC; Lotze, HK; Micheli, F; Palumbi, SR; Sala, E; Selkoe, KA; Stachowicz, JJ; Watson, R "Response to comments on "Impacts of biodiversity loss on ocean ecosystem services"" SCIENCE, v.316, 2007, p.. doi:10.1126/science.113846  View record at Web of Science

Allen, AP; Gillooly, JF; Savages, VM; Brown, JH "Kinetic effects of temperature on rates of genetic divergence and speciation" PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, v.103, 2006, p.9130. doi:10.1073/pnas.060358710  View record at Web of Science

Krivan, V; Eisner, J "The effect of the Holling type II functional response on apparent competition" THEORETICAL POPULATION BIOLOGY, v.70, 2006, p.421. doi:10.1016/j.tpb.2006.07.00  View record at Web of Science

Cottingham, KL; Carpenter, SR; St Amand, AL "Responses of epilimnetic phytoplankton to experimental nutrient enrichment in three small seepage lakes" JOURNAL OF PLANKTON RESEARCH, v.20, 1998, p.1889. View record at Web of Science

Worm, B; Barbier, EB; Beaumont, N; Duffy, JE; Folke, C; Halpern, BS; Jackson, JBC; Lotze, HK; Micheli, F; Palumbi, SR; Sala, E; Selkoe, KA; Stachowicz, JJ; Watson, R "Impacts of biodiversity loss on ocean ecosystem services" SCIENCE, v.314, 2006, p.787. doi:10.1126/science.113229  View record at Web of Science

Adler, Peter B.; Hille Ris Lambers, Janneke; Levine, Jonathan M. "A niche for neutrality" Ecology Letters, v.10, 2007, p..

Adler, Peter B.; Levine, Jonathan M. "Contrasting relationships between precipitation and species richness in space and time." Oikos, v.116, 2007, p..

Lafferty, KD "Can the common brain parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, influence human culture?" PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, v.273, 2006, p.2749. doi:10.1098/rspb.2006.364  View record at Web of Science

Aizen, Marcelo A.; Harder, Lawrence D. "Expanding the limits of the pollen-limitation concept: effects of pollen quantity and quality." Ecology, v.88, 2007, p..

Allen, Andrew P.; Gillooly, James F.; Brown, James H.. "Linking the global carbon cycle to individual metabolism" Functional Ecology, v.19, 2005, p..

Drake, JM; Lodge, DM "Forecasting potential distributions of nonindigenous species with a genetic algorithm" FISHERIES, v.31, 2006, p.9. View record at Web of Science

Halpern, BS "Are mangroves a limiting resource for two coral reef fishes?" MARINE ECOLOGY-PROGRESS SERIES, v.272, 2004, p.93. View record at Web of Science

Carpenter, Steve R.; Cottingham, Kathryn L. "Resilience and restoration of lakes" Conservation Ecology, v.1, 1997, p..

Cleveland, CJ; Betke, M; Federico, P; Frank, JD; Hallam, TG; Horn, J; Lopez, JD; McCracken, GF; Medellin, RA; Moreno-Valdez, A; Sansone, CG; Westbrook, JK; Kunz, TH "Economic value of the pest control service provided by Brazilian free-tailed bats in south-central Texas" FRONTIERS IN ECOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT, v.4, 2006, p.238. View record at Web of Science

Field, JC; Francis, RC "Considering ecosystem-based fisheries management in the California Current" MARINE POLICY, v.30, 2006, p.552. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2005.07.00  View record at Web of Science

Leibold, MA; McPeek, MA "Coexistence of the niche and neutral perspectives in community ecology" ECOLOGY, v.87, 2006, p.1399. View record at Web of Science

Green, Jessica L.; Bohannan, Brendan "Spatial scaling of bacterial biodiversity." Trends in Ecology and Evolution, v.21, 2006, p..

Drake, JM "Heterosis, the catapult effect and establishment success of a colonizing bird" BIOLOGY LETTERS, v.2, 2006, p.304. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2006.045  View record at Web of Science

Prairie, Y.T.; Duarte, C.M. "Direct and indirect metabolic CO2 release by humanity." Biogeosciences, v.4, 2007, p..

Halpern, BS "Habitat bottlenecks in stage-structured species: hermit crabs as a model system" MARINE ECOLOGY-PROGRESS SERIES, v.276, 2004, p.197. View record at Web of Science

Lotze, HK; Lenihan, HS; Bourque, BJ; Bradbury, RH; Cooke, RG; Kay, MC; Kidwell, SM; Kirby, MX; Peterson, CH; Jackson, JBC "Depletion, degradation, and recovery potential of estuaries and coastal seas" SCIENCE, v.312, 2006, p.1806. doi:10.1126/science.112803  View record at Web of Science

Luo, YQ; Hui, DF; Zhang, DQ "Elevated CO2 stimulates net accumulations of carbon and nitrogen in land ecosystems: A meta-analysis" ECOLOGY, v.87, 2006, p.53. View record at Web of Science

Project Outcomes Report


This Project Outcomes Report for the General Public is displayed verbatim as submitted by the Principal Investigator (PI) for this award. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this Report are those of the PI and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation; NSF has not approved or endorsed its content.

Established in 1995, the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) is a research center of the University of California, Santa Barbara and was the first national synthesis center of its kind. There is broad acknowledgement that NCEAS has significantly altered the way ecological science is conducted, towards being more collaborative, open, integrative, relevant, and technologically informed.

Different from the scientific tradition of solitary lab or fieldwork, NCEAS fosters collaborative synthesis research – assembling interdisciplinary teams to distill existing data, ideas, theories, or methods drawn from many sources, across multiple fields of inquiry, to accelerate the generation of new scientific knowledge at a broad scale.

NCEAS has helped create a large community of scientists from multiple disciplines, eager to collaborate to answer some of the toughest environmental questions facing society. Through collective Working Group projects scientists share data and methods, synthesize vast amounts of information, and discover new insights and understanding to improve lives and the environment. Some examples of the Center’s research include:

  • Environmental Science Benefiting Human Livelihoods
  • Ecological Effects of Climate Change
  • Ecology of Infectious Disease
  • Marine Ecology and Conservation
  • Economics and Ecology

NCEAS has hosted more than 5,000 scientists and nearly 500 projects to date, created innovative new informatic approaches to support data synthesis, and helped build the capacity of the scientific community by providing a range of training opportunities for scientists throughout their careers. The Center has earned a reputation as one of the most productive science institutions in the country and as such, the NCEAS model has since been replicated by many other synthesis centers around the world.

In addition to visiting scientists, NCEAS has supported over 100 Postdoctoral Fellows and roughly 90 Sabbatical Fellows from a wide range of disciplines. Postdocs have been chosen from a highly diverse, competitive applicant pool and represent some of the best young scientists in the world. Postdocs are mentored in a new culture of collaboration, synthesis, and interdisciplinary research, allowing their scholarship to flourish. This unique postdoctoral experience was highlighted in an article in Nature. Several have received Young Investigator Awards, and one the ASN President's Award. Other awards include the Buell award (best paper by a graduate student), the Tom Frost award (best paper in limnology by a young scientist), and the W. S. Cooper Award (outstanding contributor to the field of geobotany from ESA).

To date, the total number of publications from NCEAS activities now exceeds 2,400.  A number of NCEAS articles have ranked in the top 10 of highly-cited articles in high-impact journals such as  Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics; Ecology 1998-2013, Ecology Letters, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, and Global Ecology and Biogeography.

NCEAS maintains a data policy which encourages and facilitates the sharing of data, while respecting the intellectual property rights of data owners. A number of projects have developed major synthetic data sets that will have significance to the broader ecological community. NCEAS provides access to a data repository containing information about research data sets collected and collated as part of NCEAS' funded activities. Information in the NCEAS Data Repository is concurrently available through the Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity (KNB), an international data repository.

While the NCEAS model has proven to be highly cost-effective, the Center attracts funders and research partners primarily due to its ...

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