National Academies webinar to explore continental scale biology

The second in a series event will provide a platform for creative collaboration among experts from multiple fields, organizations, and sectors.

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The National Academies will host the second of three webinars in a series on Thursday, June 15 at 12:30-5 p.m. ET about how biological (e.g., ecological, evolutionary) research at multiple scales (e.g., molecular to global) can inform the development of a continental scale biology.

Leading scientists from the US and other countries will highlight frontier research efforts and insights related to practices that have been used successfully to translate knowledge and methods from small-scale biological research to regional- and continental scales, challenges that prevent uptake of these practices and specific research questions that could serve as pilots for implementing research projects that integrate one or more successful practices.

This webinar Paving the Way for Continental Scale Biology: Tools and Approaches for Connecting Research Across Scales will focus on the applications of networks, theories, analytical and sampling tools, and data integration approaches to continental scale biology, and challenges that limit their applications. This event will provide a platform for creative collaboration among experts from multiple fields, organizations, and sectors. It will also lay a foundation for the report of the National Academies Committee on Research at Multiple Scales.

Jianguo “Jack” Liu, University Distinguished Professor and Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability in the department of fisheries and wildlife chairs the Continental Scale Biology Committee. The effort, Research at Multiple Scales: A Vision for Continental Scale Biology of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will conduct a consensus study to identify important themes and theory for biological research connecting micro to macro scales and describe how such research would most effectively be structured. This study will explore pathways to realizing the promise of continental-scale biology, building on National Science Foundation initiatives.

Phoebe Zarnetske, an associate professor of spatial and community ecology in the department of integrative biology, is a committee member. Both are members of MSU

Register now to receive the Zoom link for the webinar and updates as they are made available.

To learn more about the project, visit the project webpage.  

The Committee also looks for and appreciates input and feedback from all researchers (including students) who have done or have perspectives on research at multiple scales. The input and feedback (e.g., practices and challenges in conducting research at multiple scales, research questions for future projects) can be provided through the website.

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