IGN 12 - Replication in Ecology

Tuesday, August 8, 2017: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
C124, Oregon Convention Center
Timothy H. Parker, Whitman College
Fiona M. Fidler, University of Melbourne
Timothy H. Parker, Whitman College
Replication is a concept at the core of science, but within the field of ecology, we lack consensus on its proper role or its proper form. This lack of consensus in ecology has become particularly evident recently as failures to replicate findings in other life science disciplines (from cancer biology to psychology) have led to new understanding of the value of replication in those fields. Although many prominent journals and societies in ecology and evolutionary biology have recently endorsed and adopted explicit transparency standards, many of these journals have shown reluctance to publish replications, and funding bodies still do not typically support replication. This ignite session brings together speakers with diverse perspectives to address issues from the philosophical to the practical. What sorts of replication should ecologists pursue? What sorts of replication do ecologists pursue? What tools are available to facilitate replication? The resulting discussion will be an opportunity to seek consensus and common ground on this important topic.
 Replication and mere replication
Fiona Fidler, University of Melbourne
 Redux: Do behavioral ecologists replicate their studies?
Clint Kelly, Université du Québec à Montréal
 Increasing spatial and temporal replication through grassroots science: Examples from the Nutrient Network (NutNet)
Kimberly J. La Pierre, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center; Eric M. Lind, University of Minnesota; Elizabeth T. Borer, University of Minnesota; Eric W. Seabloom, University of Minnesota; Nutrient Network, Multiple Institutions
 How to replicate a data analysis
Emery R. Boose, Harvard University; Aaron M. Ellison, Harvard University; Elizabeth Fong, Mt. Holyoke College; Matthew K Lau, Harvard University; Barbara S. Lerner, Mt. Holyoke College; Thomas Pasquier, Harvard University; Margo Seltzer, Harvard University
 Tools that support replication in ecology
William Michener, University of New Mexico
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