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Science to Solutions: Interdisciplinary Collaboration at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

James Reichman

  • Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Director, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) was formed 11 years ago to promote the use of existing information to address important ecological questions. The Center supports working groups (400-600 individuals per year), sabbaticals (six per year) and postdoctoral associates (18 per year) whose research focuses on ecology and allied disciplines. Studies have shown that this model fosters significant levels of distinctly effective collaboration.

Research at NCEAS includes investigations into conservation, resource management, and the basic properties of natural systems. In all these areas, domains adjacent to ecology, including many in the social sciences, are essential to understanding and managing natural resources. This presentation will consider the nature and scope of interdisciplinary collaborations that lead to effective understanding of ecological systems.

Monday, April 17, 2006
Social with refreshments 3:00 p.m.
Event begins 3:30 p.m.