Accelerate synthesis in ecology and environmental sciences

Stephen R. Carpenter, E. Virginia Armbrust, Peter W. Arzberger, F. Stuart Chapín, James J. Elser, Edward J. Hackett, Anthony R. Ives, Peter M. Kareiva, Mathew A. Leibold, Per Lundberg, Marc Mangel, Nirav Merchant, William W. Murdoch, Margaret A. Palmer, Debra P.C. Peters, Steward T.A. Pickett, Kathleen K. Smith, Diana H. Wall, Ann S. Zimmerman

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Abstract

Ecology is a leading discipline in the synthesis of diverse knowledge. Ecologists have had considerable experience in bringing together diverse, multinational data sets, disciplines, and cultural perspectives to address a wide range of issues in basic and applied science. Now is the time to build on this foundation and invest in ecological synthesis through new national or international programs. While synthesis takes place through many mechanisms, including individual efforts, working groups, and research networks, centers are extraordinarily effective institutional settings for advancing synthesis projects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)699-701
Number of pages3
JournalBioScience
Volume59
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009

Keywords

  • Centers
  • Ecology
  • Environmental sciences
  • Knowledge integration
  • Synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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    Carpenter, S. R., Armbrust, E. V., Arzberger, P. W., Chapín, F. S., Elser, J. J., Hackett, E. J., Ives, A. R., Kareiva, P. M., Leibold, M. A., Lundberg, P., Mangel, M., Merchant, N., Murdoch, W. W., Palmer, M. A., Peters, D. P. C., Pickett, S. T. A., Smith, K. K., Wall, D. H., & Zimmerman, A. S. (2009). Accelerate synthesis in ecology and environmental sciences. BioScience, 59(8), 699-701. https://doi.org/10.1525/bio.2009.59.8.11