Going Macro: Is Scaling Up All the Same?

Monday, August 10, 2015: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
345, Baltimore Convention Center
Margaret Kosmala, Harvard University
Brian J. McGill, University of Maine
Stephen Klosterman, Harvard University
Ecology is increasingly focusing on larger spatial, temporal, and taxonomic scales. Research in the macroecology and macrosystems biology subdisciplines is motivated, at least in part, by the desire to address problems of global change and conservation. Traditional subdisciplines in ecology that focus at the species, community, and ecosystem level are each developing tools and strategies to collect and analyze large datasets, build global databases, and scale models up. But because focal study systems and targeted applications vary among traditional ecology subdisciplines, approaches to scaling up also differ. In this Ignite Session we bring together ecologists from diverse backgrounds ranging from population, community and ecosystem ecology whose research encompasses scaling up to regional, continental, and global scales. We use the session to explore the similarities and differences in scaling up from different ecology subdisciplines and to compare and contrast the challenges in addressing global change and conservation issues at large scales.
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