Proposal for ASM workshop follow-up (coPIs: Rusak, Fraterrigo and Turner) Disturbance and Variance: Detecting change in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems Rationale and Conceptual Framework Populations, communities, and ecosystems vary in space and time. Variability is a fundamental property of natural systems, and its quantification and interpretation cross boundaries between many different disciplines. However, our understanding… Read more »
Cross site investigation using LTER Data.
Many LTER sites and research projects outside the LTER Network are demonstrating
Estimating the number of species in a community or ecosystem is a fundamental problem in basic and conservation ecology. Basic researchers use biodiversity estimates to study latitudinal diversity gradients, to determine relationships between local and regional diversity, and as a response variable in manipulative experiments. Conservation ecologists use such estimates to prioritize conservation efforts (Myers et al. 2000) and predict species losses due to fragmentation (Pimm and Askins 1995, Brooks et al. 1997).