Announcements


Grasslands Conference

Aug. 12-14, 2013

A conference co-hosted by the National Wildlife Federation and Kansas State University "America's Grasslands: The Future of Grasslands in a Changing Landscape" will be Aug. 12-14, 2013.

See the direct link to the call for presentations.

Deadline for Abstracts: April 12, 2013.


iEvoBio Meeting

June 25-26 Snowbird, Utah

Are you interested in the intersection of biology, software, and mathematics? Come to Snowbird, Utah for the iEvoBio Meeting, June 25-26 - in conjunction with Evolution 2013!

The iEvoBio Meeting (ievobio.org) brings together biologists working in evolution, systematics and biodiversity, with software developers, and mathematicians.

We are now accepting submissions for participation in the conference. There are three ways to participate:

Lightning Talk: present for 5 min on a method, idea, or software product about bioinformatics. Software Bazaar: Demo your open-source software product. Birds of a Feather: Suggest or participate in an informal group of folks with a common interest. Suggestions will be considered both before and during the meeting.

Meeting website: http://ievobio.org/


Smithsonian Botanical Symposium

April 19-20, 2013 Washington, D.C.

Registration and poster abstract submission are now open.

"Avoiding Extinction: Contemporary Approaches to Conservation Science" Presented by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany In collaboration with the United States Botanic Garden Supported by the Cuatrecasas Family Foundation Conservation science seeks to provide a rational framework for the protection of species and their habitats. At the inception of the discipline, scientists recognized that environmental problems, including land use change and pollution effects, were significant challenges to sustaining biodiversity. Scientists now acknowledge that, while these problems remain, other issues such as invasive species, interspecific hybridization, and climate change impose additional threats to species survival. Furthermore, paleoecologists have used the fossil record to contextualize the current loss of biodiversity based on knowledge of past extinctions and paleoclimates, and now models of predicted future climates are helping to anticipate new challenges.

Forty years ago, the U.S. Endangered Species Act was signed into law. This landmark piece of legislation was designed to protect plant and animal species from extinction based on our knowledge of conservation science at the time. The Act has led to many success stories, primarily due to the growing sophistication of the conservation science it spurred, but will not be sufficient on its own to address new conservation goals. With new landmark conservation legislation unlikely in the near future, how will scientists continue to move forward in their quest to preserve biodiversity? The 11th Smithsonian Botanical Symposium will highlight past efforts and new threats to conservation goals, as well as new approaches underway that promise to safeguard biodiversity both here in the U.S. and around the world.

The invited speakers will cover a wide range of endangered organisms, with a special focus on plants, to illustrate the challenges of modern-day conservation science in a rapidly changing world.

Symposium speakers * Scott P. Carroll, University of California-Davis * Andrea T. Kramer, Chicago Botanic Garden * Stuart Pimm, Duke University * Chris D. Thomas, University of York * Stephen Weller, University of California-Irvine * Dennis Whigham, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center * Scott Wing, National Museum of Natural History

Friday, April 19 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Opening Reception and Poster Session, United States Botanic Garden Saturday, April 20 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. Lectures and Discussion, Baird Auditorium, NMNH 6:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Reception and Dinner, Museum Rotunda, NMNH Information, registration, and poster abstract instructions at http://botany.si.edu/sbs Fax: 202-786-2563 - e-mail: sbs@si.edu


Tall Timbers 25th Fire Ecology Conference - Call for Presentations

Restoring Fire Regimes in Northern Temperate Ecosystems
October 27 - 31, 2013
Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis, MA

Information available online at: http://talltimbers.org/FEconference/


A training workshop for Macrosystems research

13-14 May 2013, Thomas Center, Duke University

Integrating evidence on forest response to climate change: physiology to regional abundance.

At the 2012 annual workshop for the NSF Macrosystems research program we discussed training opportunities for advanced graduate students and postdoctoral studies in eco-informatics and modeling. Our own macrosystems project has several leader in this area who have agreed to present a training workshop.

We can invite a small group of grads/postdocs for this activity that will take place at Duke University on 13-14 May 2013. Methods focus on synthesis of evidence for the effects of climate change on forest processes. Goals of the workshop are to engage state-of-the-art experimental and observational data analyses from physiological to species distribution modeling in the development of synthetic models. We can train a small group (8 to 12) of advanced graduate students and post-docs. Presentations for the 2-day training activity will combine modeling and computation, including hands-on experience with software in R. Participants will be asked to cover travel expenses. We can cover costs of the workshop, including lodging and meals.

To apply please send to jimclark@duke.edu a current cv and a paragraph describing 1) your background in quantitative methods and 2) your thoughts on how this workshop could benefit your own research. We will accept applications through 15 Apr, but will give preference in order of receipt.

Agenda

Sunday, 12 May pm arrival and reception

Monday, 13 May 8:30 Clark Welcome, logistics, overview; summarize motivation, goals of the 2-day workshop, schedule of activities
am session Clark Individual scale, regional consequences: the macrosystems approach State space modeling of demographic rates from tree census data
pm session Finley/McMahon Spatial modeling of forest attributes using high-dimensional remotely sensed data and field inventories group projects
pm group dinner

Tuesday, 14 May
am session Dietze Integrating forest data into ecosystem models
pm session Gelfand Spatial scaling of integral projection models: individuals to populations group session and wrap up

Methods workshop abstracts:

Clark
The two goals of this session are 1) to introduce the motivation for individual scale analysis for regional scale interpretation, and 2) to discuss modeling and computation issues for hierarchical dynamic models of demography. The modeling topics include structure and assumptions, use of prediction to evaluate models and identify important input variables. Computation will be included using software in R.

Dietze
This session will focus on how to apply Bayesian approaches to the calibration of processes-based ecosystem models and the propagation of uncertainty into model forecasts. Building on the previous sessions, we will focus on the integration of forest inventory, tree ring, and remote sensing data. In addition, we will utilize the PEcAn workflow system and R to apply these methods to a simple ecosystem model (SIPNET) and a sophisticated terrestrial biosphere model (ED2).

Finley/McMahon
The session will blend modeling, computing, and data analysis using a variety of LiDAR and experimental forest inventory data. We will briefly cover LiDAR and forest inventory data preprocessing using R, hierarchical spatial Bayesian model specification, parameter estimation, prediction, and inference. Some advanced topics will include multivariate models with missing data and settings where the number of observations is too large to efficiently fit the desired hierarchical models. Special attention will be given to exploration and visualization of data and the practical and accessible implementation of spatial models using R and lower-level programming languages.

Gelfand
Integral projection models (IPMs) are used to estimate demographic functions (survival, growth, fecundity). The approach does not align projected distributions with the observed data, and it introduces an inherent mismatch in scales. Parameter estimates on individuals do not allow population-level interpretation. I discuss a new three-stage hierarchical model to infer dynamics within a Bayesian framework. Exact Bayesian model fitting is computationally challenging; we offer approximate strategies to facilitate computation. We illustrate with simulated data examples as well as well as a set of annual tree growth data from Duke Forest in North Carolina.


Symposia announcement Intecol 2013

We like to invite you to contribute to our symposium at the INTECOL 2013 conference in London (18 - 23 August 2013) by submitting an abstract to:

Forest resilience, tipping points and global change processes

We welcome contributions presenting results from experiments, observations, and models across different spatial and temporal scales to provide a deeper understanding of the impacts of global change on forest ecosystems, possible solutions for the adaptation of forests to global change, and important connections to other research areas. Confirmed speakers include Marten Scheffer, Belinda Medlyn, David Ellsworth, Milena Holmgren and Sebastian Leuzinger.

The goal of this symposium is to highlight crucial research areas for the next decades that foster the understanding of forest resilience and tipping points under global change, which is required to sustain the provision of ecosystem functions and services. Such a long-term vision is necessary to establish a framework that allows for integrating results from experiments, observations and modelling across different temporal and spatial scales.

More specifically our objectives are:

1. To provide a global assessment of forest ecosystems’ sensitivity to global change.

2. To integrate research on forest responses to global change at different spatial and temporal scales.

3. To provide an overview of innovative ways for increasing forest resilience into the future.

With this symposium, we would like to provide a forum that will help bring together and progress the current state of the science. Furthermore, our symposium will offer an overview of the challenges that ecology faces in addressing increasingly multidisciplinary research questions of critical societal importance into the future.

Detailed information on the conference and the symposium can be found at:

http://www.intecol2013.org/

Deadline for abstract submission - 22 March 2013

For further questions contact: Christopher Reyer (reyer@pik-potsdam.de)


Workshop on Biodemography

Stanford University - May 6-8, 2013

Deadline for Applications: March 22, 2013.

The Stanford Centers for Population Research and the Demography and Economics of Health & Aging announce a workshop on Biodemography. This year's topics include: mortality disparity (patterns, causes, change); genes and aging (expression data, GWAS and SNPS, EWAS); quantitative traits, environments and variation; and evolutionary data and theory. Faculty in attendance will include Shripad Tujlapurkar (Stanford), Hal Caswell (WHOI) and Carol Horvitz (Miami), among others.

Applications for this 3-day workshop are invited from advanced students, postdocs and junior faculty. We provide materials and meals at the workshop. Students are expected to arrange for their own travel. A limited number of scholarships are available to help pay for lodging and/or travel.

To apply for the workshop, please email your CV and a short statement of research interest by Friday, March 22, 2013, to Neesha Joseph (neesha.joseph@stanford.edu). To apply for a scholarship, specify whether you are requesting support for travel, lodging or both and include a recommendation letter from your faculty advisor.

Sponsors: National Institute on Aging, Stanford's Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, Stanford's Center for Population Research, Stanford's Center on the Demography and Economics of Health and Aging, and the Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging at the University of California, Berkeley.


Funding Opportunity - Carbon Cycle Science

Registration is now open for a new social media skills course designed especially for science and environmental professionals. The Duke Environmental Leadership (DEL) Program is offering a six-week, distance-learning course “Social Media for Environmental Communications”. Participants will explore both popular and underutilized social media platforms and to choose the correct tools to integrate posts, tweets, and images effectively into a larger media plan. This course is designed by marine scientists Andrew Thaler (Duke), Amy Freitag (Duke), and David Shiffman (University of Miami), founders of the popular Southern Fried Science blog.

Social Media for Environmental Communications will be held from March 25 to May 3, 2013. A global cohort of environmental professionals interact via weekly discussions led by our instructors. Assigned readings, social media projects, and discussion boards allow for customized instructor feedback and peer review. This course can be taken for graduate credit; register before March 4, 2013 for the reduced tuition rate. Registration is extremely limited! More information on the DEL website (linked above) and, of course, at our social media sites.

Questions? Please feel free to contact Allison Besch (allison.besch@duke.edu).


Funding Opportunity - Carbon Cycle Science

The US Department of Energy, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, is participating in a multi-agency solicitation for carbon cycle research.

This will be the only DOE Terrestrial Ecosystem Science funding opportunity for FY 2014.

On February 14 NASA released its annual omnibus solicitation, Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science (ROSES). One component of that solicitation is Program A.5 - Carbon Cycle Science. That component includes research topics solicited by DOE, NASA, NOAA, and USDA. Agency interest in each topic is noted in the topic title.

Note the critical deadlines for this topics:
Step 1 proposals (two pages) are due May 1, 2013
Step 1 proposals are required in order to submit a Step 2 proposal.
Step 1 proposals will receive a non-binding review recommendation of either encourage or discourage

Step 2 proposals (15 pages) are due July 31, 2013

DOE stresses that this will be the only Terrestrial Ecosystem Science funding opportunity for FY 2014.

Please contact Mike Kuperberg or Dan Stover (daniel.stover@science.doe.gov) if you have questions about the DOE aspects of this opportunity.

Daniel B. Stover, PhD
Program Manager, Terrestrial Ecosystem Sciences


Workshop in Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) is pleased to invite applications from early-career researchers for a 3-week intensive workshop in ecological analysis and synthesis, to take place at NCEAS in Santa Barbara CA June 19-July 10, 2013.

All travel and living expenses of participants will be covered during the workshop, thanks to generous support from the Packard Foundation.

Applications are due March 1. For more information and application instructions, go to: http://www.nceas.ucsb.edu/news/nceas-summer-institute-2013

We hope that you'll personally encourage your early-career colleagues to contact us with any questions and apply to come work with us this summer! This workshop is a first for us, so we are especially interested in feedback, and flexible on the guidelines for applicants. We want to find out what works for the community.


Transcriptomics Workshop: The Art of Gene Expression Analysis

For all ecologists and organismal biologists who want to adopt gene expression analysis in their work: in June 12-28, 2013, we will be running back-to-back workshops on tag-based RNA-seq and on quantitative PCR. We endeavor to introduce people with minimal or even no prior molecular and bioinformatic experience to the analysis of global gene expression using a low-cost version of RNA-seq ($50/sample, Meyer et al, Mol Ecol 2011, 17: 3599-3616), and right after that we will teach quantitative PCR, the gold standard for validating RNA-seq results.

Please see the details (why we are doing it, what exactly do we offer, how much it costs, and how to apply) here: The Art of Gene Expression Analysis (AGEA) The deadline for applications is April 15, 2013.


Conference: Evolution 2013 Registration Now Open

Evolution 2013 - the annual evolution meeting, jointly sponsored by the American Society of Naturalists (asn), the Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB) and the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE): http://www.evolutionmeeting.org/

Registration and talk title submission is now open
-The meeting schedule will follow that of recent years with a few modifications
-On Monday there will be a 1/2 day recess for recreation and field trips
-There will be an all-society mixer/award ceremony instead of a banquet on Tuesday evening INCLUDED with your registration fee

The meeting will be held June 21-25, 2013 at the Meeting and Conference Center Snowbird, Utah, USA. The Snowbird Conference Center and Alpine Pedestrian Village is located at 2365 m (7,760 ft) elevation, just a short distance from Salt Lake City International Airport in Little Cottonwood Canyon on the west slope of the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains. Recreation opportunities abound in and near the village/conference site with easy access to hiking, biking, and skiing (conditions permitting). All lodging, meeting rooms, restaurants, shopping, and childcare facilities are just a few minutes walk from each other and all located within the village. Snowbird is surrounded by spectacular views of mountain slopes covered with alpine meadows, cottonwoods, conifers, and impressive rock formations.

Reservations for lodging in the Snowbird Alpine Village can now be made
-For reservations by phone please call 800-453-3000
-Please remember to mention "EVOLUTION 2013" when you reserve by phone.
-Your reservation for lodging with Snowbird helps reduce registration costs

Student participation is supported by student awards offered by the societies (ASN, SSB, and SSE) and by volunteer opportunities for students with society affiliation to help with the meeting in exchange for free registration.


Smithsonian Botanical Symposium

April 19-20, 2013 Washington, D.C.

"Avoiding Extinction: Contemporary Approaches to Conservation Science"

Conservation science seeks to provide a rational framework for the protection of species and their habitats. At the inception of the discipline, scientists recognized that environmental problems, including land use change and pollution effects, were significant challenges to sustaining biodiversity. Scientists now acknowledge that, while these problems remain, other issues such as invasive species, interspecific hybridization, and climate change impose additional threats to species survival. Furthermore, paleoecologists have used the fossil record to contextualize the current loss of biodiversity based on knowledge of past extinctions and paleoclimates, and now models of predicted future climates are helping to anticipate new challenges.

Forty years ago, the U.S. Endangered Species Act was signed into law. This landmark piece of legislation was designed to protect plant and animal species from extinction based on our knowledge of conservation science at the time. The Act has led to many success stories, primarily due to the growing sophistication of the conservation science it spurred, but will not be sufficient on its own to address new conservation goals. With new landmark conservation legislation unlikely in the near future, how will scientists continue to move forward in their quest to preserve biodiversity?

The 11th Smithsonian Botanical Symposium, hosted by the Department of Botany and the United States Botanic Garden, will highlight past efforts and new threats to conservation goals, as well as new approaches underway that promise to safeguard biodiversity both here in the U.S. and around the world. The invited speakers will cover a wide range of endangered organisms, with a special focus on plants, to illustrate the challenges of modern-day conservation science in a rapidly changing world.

Symposium speakers

Information, registration, and poster abstract instructions at http://botany.si.edu/sbs/


Association of Field Ornithologists Annual Meeting 2013

The Association of Field Ornithologists will hold their annual meeting this year from March 27-30 at Archbold Biological Station, Venus, Florida. In addition to talks and posters, the meeting offers morning bird walks and post-meeting field trips. Housing on-station is limited, shared, but inexpensive; however, there are several nearby (5-6 miles) hotels. Lodging and meal costs should be relatively inexpensive.

The deadline for meeting registration, abstract submission and application for student travel awards has been extended to Feb. 15. Registration forms: http://www.afonet.org/meetings/

For more information, contact the Local Committee Chair at rbowman@archbold-station.org.


International Symposium on Global Change Research 2013: Coupled Natural & Human Systems

June 18-20, 2013
Nanjing, China

The Earth is entering into a new era of Anthropocene, which faces climate change, ecosystem degradation, loss of biodiversity, and many other environmental issues. To confront this grand challenge, we bring international leading scientists from relevant field and discuss

Invited keynote speakers (confirmed):

Call for Abstracts: Submit abstracts by 31 May 2013
Abstracts for oral and poster presentations are invited on the above topics and should be submitted to the contact below.

Conference Language: English

Scientific Committee: Jianwu Tang (Co-Chair), Jingfeng Xiao (Co-Chair), Ge Sun, Yaoqi Zhang,Yongqiang Liu, Peilei Fan, Yiqi Luo, Zhiqiu Gao, Xuhui Lee, and Jiquan Chen

Organizer: The International Center for Ecology, Meteorology, and Environment (ICEME), Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (NUIST)

Contact: Dr. Fangmin Zhang (Chair, Organization Committee), zfmnuist@gmail.com, office: (1) 416-9463058, fax: (1) 416-9463058.
Dr. Tingting Shi (Secretary), carolstt@gmail.com, office: (86) 025-58699957, cell phone: (86)15295746527.


2013 WEBS Symposium for Early Career Female Biologists

We are writing to introduce you to WEBS (Women Evolving Biological Sciences), an annual three-day symposium aimed at addressing the retention of female scientists and issues related to the transition of women from early career stages to tenure track positions and leadership roles in academic and research settings. Past WEBS symposia in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011 were huge successes. Early career participants as well as our senior scientist panelists reported feeling inspired and equipped with new connections and tools that they expect will help them in their career in the years to come. We would appreciate your assistance in passing along this information to any of your colleagues who you think will be interested in our program.

WEBS will target early career women in the Biological Sciences with an emphasis on ecology and evolutionary biology. In particular, it will focus on women who have earned their doctoral degrees within the past two to eight years and who do not have tenure in order to address the critical transition period from graduate studies and post-doctoral positions to permanent research and teaching positions. The symposium will provide a forum for professional development, including awareness and improvement of academic leadership skills; opportunities to establish mentoring relationships; and resources for developing professional networks. The 2013 symposium will be held at NESCent (National Evolutionary Synthesis Center) in Durham, NC, October 16-19, 2013.

Please visit our website (linked above) for details and application materials. Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have (websinfo@u.washington.edu). Applications open March 1, 2013 and will be due on April 15, 2013.


Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution Conference
May 12th - 15th, 2013

On behalf of the local organizing committee, I would like to announce the 8th annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.

Early registration and abstract submission is now open.
Deadline: March 1st, 2013

Conference Theme: “Range margins in a rapidly changing world”

Location: University of British Columbia, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

Conference Dates: May 12th – May 15th, 2013


Two ESA workshops in June

Workshop Application Deadline Approaching (Feb. 8th)
Scaling Up Workshops on Continental-Scale Ecology
Concurrent Workshops for Students and Early Career Scientists
Organized by the Ecological Society of America (ESA)

June 2013 at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute
Linthicum Heights, MD (near Baltimore)

ESA is organizing two concurrent workshops to address new scientific questions at the continental scale and the use of large-scale data in education. Applications close on Friday, February 8th at 5:00pm Eastern. Please see the Scaling Up website for more details on eligibility, selection, and how to apply to each workshop.

For Early Career Scientists:
Scaling Up: Population and Community Ecology Workshop
Early Career Scientists (no more than 8 years post-PhD) will explore key questions and tools in Population and Community Ecology, as well as identify needs and capabilities for developing new tools to address continental-scale questions. Participants will have opportunities to develop research agendas and practical applications of continental-scale data across disciplines, examine broader impacts of their research, and form new collaborative research teams. If you have questions about the early career workshop, please contact Jill Parsons (jill@esa.org).

For Students:
Scaling Up: Future of Environmental Decisions Workshop
Current students and recent graduates will learn about the role of continental-scale science in helping citizens and decision-makers better understand the interaction of local and regional issues and the complexity of environmental decision-making using a case study of the Chesapeake Bay. Participants will have opportunities to work in groups with scientific experts to explore geospatial datasets, present findings to peers and environmental professionals, and explore scientific research practices in the Chesapeake Bay. If you have questions about the student workshop, please contact Andrea McMillen (andrea@esa.org).


Evolutionary Biology of the Built Environment Working Group

We are organizing the first working group aimed at understanding the evolutionary biology of the built environment—our bedrooms, our houses, our backyards and our cities. This working group will occur June 10 – 14, 2013, in Durham, North Carolina. We are now inviting applications for participants in the working group.

As recently as 100,000 years ago the indoor environment did not exist. Yet, this is now where most humans spend the majority of their life. An emerging body of literature shows that hundreds of multicellular species and thousands of unicellular species can be found in houses and buildings more generally. Among the species found in homes are those whose presence (or absence) is likely to have a large impact on human health and well-being, species including beneficial microbiota on the body but also pathogens and potential pathogens or toxic species such as extremophilic fungi. Yet, with the exception of a few deadly, the evolutionary history of most of the species with which we most intimately interact in our homes remains unknown.

To remedy our lack of knowledge and take advantage of recent advances in disparate fields we will bring together scientists studying both the fauna (microbiologists, entomologists) and environment (engineers, architects) along with social scientists (anthropologists) and evolutionary biologists (e.g. theoreticians, bioinformaticians, geneticists) to begin to build a framework for the evolution of the indoor and more generally built biome. *Our goal is to develop a framework for a comprehensive understanding of the evolution of the species we most intimately interact with, particularly in the context of considering how to build and design our environments so as to favor beneficial (rather than dangerous) evolutionary trajectories.*

We are currently accepting applications a diverse group of scientists and practitioners at various stages in their careers. Online application here: http://bit.ly/Zm3mdB - APPLY TODAY! Deadline January 25, 2013.

Sponsored by a partnership between the Sloan Foundation and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent).

Project Leaders: Jonathan Eisen (UC Davis), Rob Dunn (NC State), Kerry Kinney (UT-Austin) and Craig McClain (NESCent).


Link Foundation Ocean Engineering and Instrumentation Ph.D. Fellowship

The Link Foundation is offering $26,000, 1-year Ph.D. fellowships to support research related to all areas of ocean engineering and ocean instrumentation (which includes the development of instrumentation to support oceanographic research). The fellowships are tenable at any university in the US and Canada and do not have any restrictions on citizenship. Further information and online application instructions can be found at www.linkoe.org.


Workshop: A network perspective and retrospective: the contributions of Systems Ecology
April 12-14, 2013

A workshop in honor of the 45th anniversary of Professor Bernard C. Patten at University of Georgia

April 12-14, 2013
University of Georgia and Athens Botanical Gardens
Athens, Georgia, USA

Invited Confirmed Speakers
Sven Jorgensen, Prof Emeritus, Environmental Chemistry, Danish Univ. of Pharmaceutical Science
Robert E. Ulanowicz, Prof. Emeritus, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland
Timothy F.H. Allen, Professor of Botany, University of Wisconsin, Madison

For more information contact Stuart Whipple [whipplesj@gmail.com], Brian Fath [bfath@towson.edu], or Stuart Borrett [borretts@uncw.edu]


Announcement of Opportunity for Synthesis Activities in Earth System Science

The John Wesley Powell Center for Earth System Science Analysis and Synthesis fosters innovative thinking in Earth system science through collaborative synthesis activities. This mission is driven by the growing recognition that synthesis is critical to solving complex problems facing Society. We invite interdisciplinary Working Groups comprised of USGS researchers and their national and international colleagues in academia and government to submit proposals. Working Groups collaborate to promote understanding through analysis of existing data and information. Groups that submit successful proposals will receive computing and data management support, funding for a Fellow, opportunities for meetings in Fort Collins, CO, and between-meeting collaborative tools. Proposals are invited for projects that will begin on or after October 1, 2013.

Proposal Deadline: April 30, 2013

Some proposals may be jointly funded by USGS and NSF/GEO/EAR. Potential USGS/EAR proposals should follow Powell submission guidelines and will be processed through the Powell Center Science Advisory Board review process. Instructions for proposal preparation and submission are available at the Powell Center link above.


Call for Submissions to ESA's TIEE: Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology

Do your students actively explore data or use figures to investigate ecological issues? Are your students asking questions, making observations, and designing experiments in lab or field? Have you developed activities and experiments for your students to use? If so, then consider sharing your teaching resources with other ecology educators by contributing to TIEE: Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology, a project of the Committee on Diversity and Education of the Ecological Society of America (ESA).

TIEE is currently accepting submissions of issue-based activities and inquiry-based experiments. Visit http://tiee.esa.org/misc/submit.html for submission guidelines. Submissions will be peer-reviewed as they are received. Anticipated time between submission and initial decision is 6 weeks. Articles are published online as they are ready.

TIEE Issues can be used in lecture (even in large classes), lab, and for homework. They focus on core ecological concepts and subjects plus "hot topics." Issues can be either datasets or figure sets

TIEE Experiments are a collection of peer-reviewed laboratory activities. Each experiment is based upon student-active inquiry, and therefore they teach key ecological concepts as well as engaging students in the process of ecological research.

Current volumes of TIEE can be accessed through http://tiee.esa.org and are also disseminated through ESA EcoEd Digital Library, www.esa.org/ecoed.

If you have any questions please contact:

Christopher Beck
Lead Editor
TIEESubmissions@esa.org


Call for Presentations USIALE 2013

The organizing committee of the 28th Annual Symposium of the U.S. Chapter of the International Association of Landscape Ecologists invites you to present your research in Austin, Texas this April 14-18, 2013. Our theme this year is “Landscape Dynamics Along Environmental Gradients.” Presentation abstracts must be submitted by January 8, 2013. Notification of abstract acceptance will be given by February 1, 2013.

The meeting will attract educators and practitioners in the fields of ecology, biology, geography, geology, and landscape preservation and design dedicated to preserving and protecting our natural resources. Highlights will include workshops, plenary sessions, symposia, field trips, oral presentations and posters.

Austin and the Central Texas area are uniquely situated at the intersection of the Blackland Prairies, Cross Timbers and Edwards Plateau ecoregions. As such, the area is home to a large diversity of species and landscapes including iconic species such as the endangered golden-cheeked warbler and Barton Springs salamander. Mean daily low and high temperatures in April are 60F and 80F. Field trips will highlight unique environments of Central Texas including local research facilities, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and excursions into the Hill Country.

To submit your abstract, please visit: http://www.usiale.org/austin2013/


Symposium on C4 and CAM Plant Biology
6-9th August, 2013

Today, C4 and CAM plants are amongst the world’s most important crops for food and fuel, as well as key drivers of ecosystem function in grasslands and arid regions.

Tomorrow, C4 and CAM plants are also likely to be major feedstocks for cellulosic biofuel production and lessons from their specialized metabolism are being incorporated into engineering of improved crop performance.

Although the basic biochemistry of C4 and CAM photosynthesis has been largely revealed, our current understanding of the developmental process, evolution and systems coordination of C4 and CAM photosynthesis is incomplete. Our knowledge about the adaptation and acclimation of C4 and CAM photosynthesis under diverse environmental conditions is also incomplete. However, it is recognized that the natural evolution of the C4 and CAM pathways provides important insights into ways by which humanity can engineer improved crop performance. To enable C4 and CAM photosynthesis to better serve humanity, systematic and coordinated research on various areas of C4 and CAM biology is urgently needed.

In 2013, the symposium will be held at the I-Hotel and Conference Center on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from the 6-9th August. The meeting will include field trips to the nearby SoyFACE experimental facility for study of crop responses to climate change and the Energy Farm of the Energy Bioscience Institute. Interested participants may travel on to the International Photosynthetic Congress in St Louis, Missouri, starting Aug 11th.

Our plenary and symposium speakers include leaders in the genomics, evolution, ecology and ecophysiology of C4 and CAM plants. They study C4 and CAM species in the context of food crops, biofuels and natural ecosystems. In addition, speakers will be selected from submitted abstracts to report on the newest and most exciting developments in the subject area.

For more details, see http://conferences.igb.illinois.edu/c4cam/


DISCCRS VIII Interdisciplinary Climate Change Research Symposium

October 12-19, 2013
La Foret Conference and Retreat Center (Colorado)

Application Deadline: February 28, 2013
Participation limited to 30 early-career Ph.D. scholars
Airfare and on-site expenses are supported through grants from NSF and NASA

The DISsertations initiative for the advancement of Climate Change ReSearch (DISCCRS, pronounced discourse) hosts symposia for early-career climate change researchers. Our goal is to catalyze international, interdisciplinary collegial networks and foster collaborative interdisciplinary research and dynamic interactions between science and society to enable us to better understand and respond to the myriad challenges posed by climate change.

During the weeklong symposium, 30 competitively selected recent Ph.D. graduates will share their research, engage in discussions with peers, mentors, and funding agency representatives, and hone their teambuilding and communication skills. Most importantly, scholars will depart from the symposium with a collegial peer network that extends across the full range of climate science.

Eligibility: Ph.D. requirements completed between September 1, 2010 - February 28, 2013 in any field. Applicants should be conducting research relevant to the study of climate change, its impacts, or its societal implications. We encourage applicants from the biological, physical, and social sciences, mathematics, engineering, and other fields. While U.S. citizens and residents have preference, some funds are available for non-U.S. participants.


Announcing the Evolutionary Demography Society

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the formation of the

Evolutionary Demography Society (EvoDemoS)

and to invite interested researchers to join. While many societies include life-history evolution or evolutionary demography within the range of topics they consider, no active society focuses on these topics across taxa and disciplines. EvoDemoS is intended to fill this gap.

EvoDemoS is an interdisciplinary scientific society dedicated to the study of the interactions of ecology and evolutionary biology with demography, including but not limited to patterns of mortality, reproduction and migration over age, stage and state and the evolutionary processes that produce those patterns. All taxa and methodologies are of interest. Our primary goal is to facilitate communication between researchers, and as such we are pleased to offer free membership for 2013 to any interested researcher. We invite members from students to established experts. We will organize yearly meetings to provide a specific forum for evolutionary demography. Our first meeting will be in Odense, Denmark in October of 2013, and will be open only to society members. Membership can be gained by emailing your name, preferred email address, affiliation and a sentence describing your research interests to: evodemo-list@demogr.mpg.de

Questions and comments can be addressed to this same address.

Please feel free to distribute this announcement broadly.

Sincerely,
The Board of the Evolutionary Demography Society

President
James W. Vaupel, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research and University of Southern Denmark

Vice President
Shripad Tuljapurkar (Tulja), Stanford University

Secretary/Treasurer
Daniel A. Levitis, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research and University of Southern Denmark

Board Members
Anne M. Bronikowksi, Iowa State University
James R. Carey, University of California, Davis
Hal Caswell, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Charlotte Jessica E. Metcalf, University of Oxford
Tim Coulson, Imperial College London
Timothy Gage, State University of New York at Albany
Jean-Michel Gaillard, Université de Lyon and Centre national de la recherche scientifique
Thomas B. Kirkwood, Newcastle University
Daniel H. Nussey, University of Edinburgh
Fanie Pelletier, L'Université de Sherbrooke
Deborah Roach, University of Virginia
Rudi G.J. Westendorp, Leiden University


International Conference on Evolutionary Patterns

1ST CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Horizontal and Vertical Transmission and Micro- and Macroevolutionary Patterns of Biological and Sociocultural Evolution

May 27-29th, 2013 | Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal

Website: http://evolutionarypatterns.fc.ul.pt

The 3-day International Conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary platform where evolutionary scholars from the exact, technological, life, human and sociocultural sciences can exchange ideas and techniques on how to conceptualize, model, and quantify biological and sociocultural evolution. The Conference is organized by the Applied Evolutionary Epistemology Lab of the Centre for Philosophy of Science of the University of Lisbon, in collaboration with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and with the support of the John Templeton Foundation.

Submissions Deadline: February 5, 2013


New Phytologist Symposia for 2013

31st New Phytologist Symposium
Orchid symbioses: models for evolutionary ecology
Calabria, Italy.
14–16 May, 2013

32nd New Phytologist Symposium
Plant interactions with other organisms: Molecules, ecology and evolution
Universidad Católica, Puerto Madero Campus, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
20–23 November, 2013


Workshop on Data Mining in Earth System Science

Fourth Workshop on Data Mining in Earth System Science (DMESS 2013)

Co-convened by:
Forrest M. Hoffman, Jitendra Kumar, J. Walter Larson, and Miguel D. Mahecha

Held in Conjunction with:
International Conference on Computational Science (ICCS 2013)
Barcelona, Spain
June 5--7, 2013

Workshop Description:

Spanning many orders of magnitude in time and space scales, Earth science data are increasingly large and complex, and often represent very long time series, making such data difficult to analyze, visualize, interpret, and understand. Moreover, advanced electronic data storage technologies have enabled the creation of large repositories of observational data, while modern high performance computing capacity has enabled the creation of detailed empirical and process-based models that produce copious output across all these time and space scales. The resulting "explosion" of heterogeneous, multi-disciplinary Earth science data have rendered traditional means of integration and analysis ineffective, necessitating the application of new analysis methods and the development of highly scalable software tools for synthesis, assimilation, comparison, and visualization. This workshop explores various data mining approaches to understanding Earth science processes, emphasizing the unique technological challenges associated with utilizing very large and long time series geospatial data sets. Especially encouraged are original research papers describing applications of statistical and data mining methods---including cluster analysis, empirical orthogonal functions (EOFs), genetic algorithms, neural networks, automated data assimilation, and other machine learning techniques---that support analysis and discovery in climate, water resources, geology, ecology, and environmental sciences research.

Important Dates:
* Full paper submission: January 14, 2013
* Notification of paper acceptance: February 10, 2013
* Final camera-ready papers due: March 1, 2013
* Early registration opens: February 10, 2013
* Early registration closes: April 25, 2013
* Tutorials, Welcome reception: June 4, 2013
* Conference sessions: June 5-7, 2013


New program: Emerging Leaders in Science & Society

Dear graduate and professional students:

Do you like to discuss current events and to learn about the latest breakthroughs and ideas in areas outside of your field? Do you want to make a difference in the world, but aren’t quite sure yet exactly how to do it? If your answers to these questions are a resounding “yes,” we invite you to join the signature drive in support of a new program for people just like you.

Emerging Leaders in Science & Society (ELISS) is hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. It is a grassroots effort developed by former grad students who believe that you are a valuable resource for society and have heard your pleas for more opportunities to contribute to solutions for real-world problems. Through a competitive selection process, ELISS will create cross-disciplinary, national teams of students and advisors in theme areas such as health, environment, community, or economy. Each team will work to inform local and national understanding of a particular challenge within their theme area, which might range from the role of universities in regional economic development to food security in a drought.

Solving tough challenges requires innovative solutions at the boundaries of disciplines and collaboration among people with a variety of experience, skills, and perspectives. That’s why ELISS welcomes talented graduate and professional students from ALL fields, including natural and social sciences, engineering, business, law, medicine, humanities, and the arts. It welcomes basic and applied researchers and those who are training to become practitioners in fields ranging from journalism to health care. Imagine what you could accomplish as part of this community of talented people who want to change the world, both during the program and throughout your career -- be it in academia, industry, government or a non-profit.

Interested? Here’s the catch -- only students at partner campuses may apply for ELISS. If you would like your campus to be considered for participation, see the link above. Campus partners will be selected based on the number of students who sign and disciplines represented.

We anticipate releasing a call for applications in Spring of 2013.


Call for Abstracts: Local Knowledge for Climate Change Adaption

The Society of Ethnobiology's 36th Annual Conference

To be held at University of North Texas, Denton, May 15-18, 2013.

The IPCC Working Group II Report (2007) stated that, those who will be the most effected by climate change have the least ability to adapt to changing conditions. It is the traditional and indigenous populations of the world who live closely connected to their local landscapes that are both more likely to feel the impacts of climate change and the least likely to be able to mitigate them. Despite the fact that traditional and indigenous peoples are likely to feel the impacts of climate change first, scientific models and predictions have done little to help them prepare. Indigenous and traditional communities have rich histories of ethnophenology – the cultural perception of the timing of recurrent natural history events – that have been recorded orally, ethnographically, and still used today. This ethnophenological knowledge, which is both place and time specific, has the potential to be applied to a more detailed understanding of the impacts of climate change and local community management strategies for cultural survival. Indigenous communities themselves have recognized the importance of their knowledge for scientific assessment of climate change and have encouraged it to be recognized as an equal tool in research. We invite scholars engaged in research that focuses on some aspect of local knowledge on climate to submit papers for a session(s) focusing on empirical and theoretical work.

For conference information, abstract submission, and to register go to: http://www.ethnobiology.org/conference/upcoming

Please contact Kimberlee Chambers if you are interested in contributing to this session: kimberleeJ.chambers@gmail.com

Plenary Session: Climate Change & Ethnobiology
Keynote Speaker: Gary Paul Nabhan


Evolution Meeting
Snowbird, Utah June 21-25, 2013

The Website for the annual Evolution Meeting, jointly sponsored by the American Society of Naturalists, the Society of Systematic Biologists and the Society for the Study of Evolution, is now functioning. The meeting will be held June 21-25, 2013 at the Meeting and Conference CenterSnowbird, Utah, USA. For details, see http://www.evolutionmeeting.org/


Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) -Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) 2013 Meeting

CALL FOR SYMPOSIUM PROPOSALS IS NOW OPEN ( – through a new extended deadline of 15 NOVEMBER, 2012)

We invite symposium proposals for the joint 50th Anniversary Meeting of ATBC and OTS to be held from the 23-27 June, at the Ramada Herradura Convention Center in San José, Costa Rica.

Symposia are central to the scientific program of ATBC annual meetings. Each symposium should address a specific theme, with a goal of providing the research frontier on a topic of interest to many attendants, conceptual synthesis from contrasting views on scientific and conservation issues that are actively debated, or introducing novel perspectives and approaches. Proposals addressing the meeting theme, “Research Frontier for the Next 50 Years”, are particularly welcome, but any timely and coherent topic will be considered.

This meeting will include up to 30 symposia. Each symposium will receive a 2-hour block. In rare cases, proposals with strong scientific merit of broad interest may be planned for two 2-hour blocks. Individual talks in symposia range from 15 to 30 minutes. The symposium organizers are encouraged to allocate time to an introductory overview and/or a closing summary to promote conceptual synthesis within the allocated time block. The symposium organizers also must be willing to accept requests from the Scientific Program Committee to accommodate additional presenters on the basis of scientific merits, topic compatibility and logistical reasons.

The proposals must be received on or before THURSDAY, 15 NOVEMBER, 2012. You must visit and follow directions on the online session submission page.

MORE INFORMATION: http://atbc2013.org/program/symposia/


AAG 2013 session - Urban Ecosystems: Linking Biogeography and Biogeochemistry

We invite you to submit an abstract for a session linking biogeochemistry and biogeography in urban landscapes at next spring's AAG meeting. We hope to fill two sessions.

Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) -Los Angeles, California, 9-13 April 2013

Urban Ecosystems: Linking Biogeography and Biogeochemistry (I and II)

Organizers:
Erika Marín-Spiotta, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Emily Atkinson, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Alexandra Ponette-González, University of North Texas
Daniela Cusack, University of California, Los Angeles

Urban ecosystems have a distinct and complex ecology, possessing unique biophysical characteristics while hosting a majority of the global human population. Increasing human pressure makes these stressed systems research priorities as we seek to understand how their structure and function can have significant consequences for ecosystem processes and services. This session will bring together research on plant, soil, nutrient and hydrological dynamics in human-dominated urban ecosystems so that we may address links between biodiversity and ecosystem function and introduce new ideas regarding drivers of plant-soil processes, productivity, hydro-ecological processes and biogeochemical cycling in these systems. We invite studies that measure plant, soil, nutrient and hydrological dynamics in urban ecosystems and address topics such as biodiversity patterns, carbon and nitrogen cycling, urban-rural ecological gradients, hydro-ecology and trace gas fluxes.

Please send 250 word abstracts to Erika Marín-Spiotta (marinspiotta@wisc.edu) or Emily Atkinson (eeatkinson@wisc.edu) by October 19, 2012. Detailed abstract guidelines. Posted: 10/16/12.


AmeriDendro 2013: Second American Dendrochronology Conference
13-17 May 2013 (Tucson, Arizona)

CALL FOR PAPERS AND PARTICIPATION

The Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research and AmeriDendro 2013 program committee kindly invites you to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations at AmeriDendro 2013, which will take place in Tucson, AZ, May 13-17, 2013. Details are available at: http://www.treeringsociety.org/ameridendro2013/


North American Forest Ecology Workshop

First Call for Abstracts
9th Biennial North American Forest Ecology Workshop
"Piecing Together the Fragments: Sustaining Forest Ecosystems in the 21st Century"
June 16-20, 2013
Bloomington, Indiana

Please join fellow researchers and land managers to discuss basic and applied ecological research in forests throughout North America. Fragmentation is a pervasive issue in forest management. Nowhere is the issue as pronounced as in the Central Hardwood Region where agriculture and urbanization continue to reduce the forested land base. This conference will not only highlight ecology of these hardwood ecosystems, but will also include concurrent sessions on:

The conference will include day-long tours of the following (others to be announced):

DEADLINES:
Selected papers from this workshop will be published in a special issue of Forest Science in mid-2014. Authors who wish for their presentation to be considered for this issue should submit an extended abstract. Please visit the website for abstract submittal guidelines and online submission.

January 15, 2013 Presentation abstracts (300 word maximum) and extended abstracts (1500 word maximum)
March 1, 2013 Poster abstracts (300 word maximum)
May 15, 2013 Early registration deadline

For more information see www.nafew.org or contact msaunder@purdue.edu.


DOE Climate and Environmental Sciences Division Strategic Plan

The US Department of Energy, Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) is pleased to announce the release of the strategic plan for the Climate and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD).

Office of Biological and Environmental Research within the Office of Science, is the intellectual home for fundamental research to understand the energy-environment-climate connections and their implications for energy production, use, sustainability, and security. This strategic plan addresses the mission and goals of nine CESD programs/user facilities:

Daniel B. Stover, PhD
Program Manager, Terrestrial Ecosystem Sciences
Climate and Environmental Sciences Division
Office of Biological and Environmental Research
U.S. Department of Energy


Conference: 2014 meeting of the American Society of Naturalists

I am pleased to announce that on January 13-15, 2014, the American Society of Naturalists will hold a conference at the Asilomar Conference Center, on the spectacular Monterey peninsula in coastal California. The conference is titled "Next generation naturalists: new perspectives on integrating evolution ecology and behavior".

The American Society of Naturalists is the oldest scientific society in North America and is associated with the journal The American Naturalist. The society's goal is to advance and to diffuse knowledge of organic evolution and other broad biological principles so as to enhance the conceptual unification of the biological sciences. In keeping with this goal and the diverse subject matter in the American Naturalist, the Asilomar conference will emphasize:

  1. interdisciplinary research spanning the areas of evolution, ecology, and behavior,
  2. effective integration of theory, field and lab experimental research, and emerging genomic and bioinformatic perspectives

The conference will take on a unique format in order to provide both a venue for presenting your own research, as well as a setting for public discussions to define an intellectual agenda for our disciplines. We especially wish to encourage ecologists and behavior researchers to attend the meeting, as well as evolutionary biologists, as the former often do not attend the ASN summer meetings that are held jointly with the Society for the Study of Evolution and the Society for Systematic Biology. ASN will continue to meet jointly with SSE and SSB during the summer, but plans to use this more intimate winter meeting to attract a more diverse interdisciplinary audience, attract individuals whose summer research schedule does conflicts with summer meetings, and provide a unique conference experience.

We hope that you will set aside the dates of January 13-15 2014 to attend the Asilomar meeting. To be put on a mailing list for future announcements regarding registration, conference format, and calls for symposium proposals, please email amsocnaturalists@gmail.com with the subject line "Subscribe to Asilomar emails: (your email)".

Anyone interested in helping to plan the logistics or scientific agenda for the meeting can contact Daniel Bolnick, ASN Secretary (danbolnick@austin.utexas.edu).


Conference on Hydrology and Ecology

Rennes, France, 13-16 May 2013

4th International Multidisciplinary Conference on Hydrology and Ecology: Emerging Patterns, Breakthroughs and Challenges

Abstract submission is now open and the deadline is 30 September 2012.

More information is available at http://osur.univ-rennes1.fr/HydroEco2013/ or by contacting gilles.pinay@univ-rennes1.fr or karel.kovar@pbl.nl

OBJECTIVES AND SCOPE

A considerable amount of interdisciplinary research has been developed at the interface between hydrology and ecology during the last decade. The increasing number of peer-reviewed papers on the topic demonstrates the vitality of this theme. This interest in coupling hydrological and ecological studies has been triggered by purely scientific questions related to the quantification of the role of interactions between hydrological and biological processes on surface and groundwater resources and quality, but also by the importance of these physical and biological interactions at small, local and regional scales. These scales are of paramount importance for applied environmental issues related to air and water quality or biodiversity dynamics for instance.

The aim of this fourth HydroEco conference after the three last ones in Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad), Czech Republic in 2006, and in Vienna (Austria) in 2009 and 2011, is fourfold: i) to present new findings and approaches on interactions between hydrology and ecology, ii) to promote interdisciplinary interactions on water related issues between hydrology, hydrogeology, biogeochemistry, microbial ecology and ecology, iii) to explore emerging patterns, breakthroughs and Challenges, and iv) to provide management applications and guidelines to tackle environmental issues.

To address the relevant issues, the conference aims to bring together experts from different disciplines, including hydrologists (groundwater, surface water), ecologists, biologists, subsurface microbiologists, environmental biogeochemists, eco-technologists, geomorphologists, hydraulic engineers, forest managers, nature reserve managers, regional and landscape planners, as well as experts from governmental institutions.


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