IGN 18-3 - Taking the time: Ecological patterns revealed in long-term studies

Thursday, August 10, 2017
C123, Oregon Convention Center
Julian Resasco, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO
Mary Talbot studied the natural history of ants for 26 years at the E. S. George Reserve in Michigan. The contribution to ecological understanding from long-term studies like this are unparalleled and widely recognized, but such studies remain rare. I give some examples of how long-term, well-documented studies have yielded insights that would have been impossible to gather from short-term studies. I discuss ideas on how to “play the long game” with our ecological data.