Approaches to advance scientific understanding of macrosystems ecology

Ofir Levy, Rebecca Ball, Ben Bond-Lamberty, Kendra S. Cheruvelil, Andrew O. Finley, Noah R. Lottig, Surangi W. Punyasena, Jingfeng Xiao, Jizhong Zhou, Lauren B. Buckley, Christopher T. Filstrup, Tim H. Keitt, James R. Kellner, Alan K. Knapp, Andrew D. Richardson, David Tcheng, Michael Toomey, Rodrigo Vargas, James W. Voordeckers, Tyler Wagner & 1 others John W. Williams

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

33 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The emergence of macrosystems ecology (MSE), which focuses on regional-to continental-scale ecological patterns and processes, builds upon a history of long-term and broad-scale studies in ecology. Scientists face the difficulty of integrating the many elements that make up macrosystems, which consist of hierarchical processes at interacting spatial and temporal scales. Researchers must also identify the most relevant scales and variables to be considered, the required data resources, and the appropriate study design to provide the proper inferences. The large volumes of multi-thematic data often associated with macrosystem studies typically require validation, standardization, and assimilation. Finally, analytical approaches need to describe how cross-scale and hierarchical dynamics and interactions relate to macroscale phenomena. Here, we elaborate on some key methodological challenges of MSE research and discuss existing and novel approaches to meet them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-23
Number of pages9
JournalFrontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2014

Fingerprint

ecology
standardization
researchers
experimental design
resource
history
assimilation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology

Cite this

Levy, O., Ball, R., Bond-Lamberty, B., Cheruvelil, K. S., Finley, A. O., Lottig, N. R., ... Williams, J. W. (2014). Approaches to advance scientific understanding of macrosystems ecology. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 12(1), 15-23. https://doi.org/10.1890/130019

Approaches to advance scientific understanding of macrosystems ecology. / Levy, Ofir; Ball, Rebecca; Bond-Lamberty, Ben; Cheruvelil, Kendra S.; Finley, Andrew O.; Lottig, Noah R.; Punyasena, Surangi W.; Xiao, Jingfeng; Zhou, Jizhong; Buckley, Lauren B.; Filstrup, Christopher T.; Keitt, Tim H.; Kellner, James R.; Knapp, Alan K.; Richardson, Andrew D.; Tcheng, David; Toomey, Michael; Vargas, Rodrigo; Voordeckers, James W.; Wagner, Tyler; Williams, John W.

In: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Vol. 12, No. 1, 02.2014, p. 15-23.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Levy, O, Ball, R, Bond-Lamberty, B, Cheruvelil, KS, Finley, AO, Lottig, NR, Punyasena, SW, Xiao, J, Zhou, J, Buckley, LB, Filstrup, CT, Keitt, TH, Kellner, JR, Knapp, AK, Richardson, AD, Tcheng, D, Toomey, M, Vargas, R, Voordeckers, JW, Wagner, T & Williams, JW 2014, 'Approaches to advance scientific understanding of macrosystems ecology', Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 15-23. https://doi.org/10.1890/130019
Levy, Ofir ; Ball, Rebecca ; Bond-Lamberty, Ben ; Cheruvelil, Kendra S. ; Finley, Andrew O. ; Lottig, Noah R. ; Punyasena, Surangi W. ; Xiao, Jingfeng ; Zhou, Jizhong ; Buckley, Lauren B. ; Filstrup, Christopher T. ; Keitt, Tim H. ; Kellner, James R. ; Knapp, Alan K. ; Richardson, Andrew D. ; Tcheng, David ; Toomey, Michael ; Vargas, Rodrigo ; Voordeckers, James W. ; Wagner, Tyler ; Williams, John W. / Approaches to advance scientific understanding of macrosystems ecology. In: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 2014 ; Vol. 12, No. 1. pp. 15-23.
@article{0e52830a523c4cb7ba0b50e62a52bb07,
title = "Approaches to advance scientific understanding of macrosystems ecology",
abstract = "The emergence of macrosystems ecology (MSE), which focuses on regional-to continental-scale ecological patterns and processes, builds upon a history of long-term and broad-scale studies in ecology. Scientists face the difficulty of integrating the many elements that make up macrosystems, which consist of hierarchical processes at interacting spatial and temporal scales. Researchers must also identify the most relevant scales and variables to be considered, the required data resources, and the appropriate study design to provide the proper inferences. The large volumes of multi-thematic data often associated with macrosystem studies typically require validation, standardization, and assimilation. Finally, analytical approaches need to describe how cross-scale and hierarchical dynamics and interactions relate to macroscale phenomena. Here, we elaborate on some key methodological challenges of MSE research and discuss existing and novel approaches to meet them.",
author = "Ofir Levy and Rebecca Ball and Ben Bond-Lamberty and Cheruvelil, {Kendra S.} and Finley, {Andrew O.} and Lottig, {Noah R.} and Punyasena, {Surangi W.} and Jingfeng Xiao and Jizhong Zhou and Buckley, {Lauren B.} and Filstrup, {Christopher T.} and Keitt, {Tim H.} and Kellner, {James R.} and Knapp, {Alan K.} and Richardson, {Andrew D.} and David Tcheng and Michael Toomey and Rodrigo Vargas and Voordeckers, {James W.} and Tyler Wagner and Williams, {John W.}",
year = "2014",
month = "2",
doi = "10.1890/130019",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "12",
pages = "15--23",
journal = "Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment",
issn = "1540-9295",
publisher = "Ecological Society of America",
number = "1",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Approaches to advance scientific understanding of macrosystems ecology

AU - Levy, Ofir

AU - Ball, Rebecca

AU - Bond-Lamberty, Ben

AU - Cheruvelil, Kendra S.

AU - Finley, Andrew O.

AU - Lottig, Noah R.

AU - Punyasena, Surangi W.

AU - Xiao, Jingfeng

AU - Zhou, Jizhong

AU - Buckley, Lauren B.

AU - Filstrup, Christopher T.

AU - Keitt, Tim H.

AU - Kellner, James R.

AU - Knapp, Alan K.

AU - Richardson, Andrew D.

AU - Tcheng, David

AU - Toomey, Michael

AU - Vargas, Rodrigo

AU - Voordeckers, James W.

AU - Wagner, Tyler

AU - Williams, John W.

PY - 2014/2

Y1 - 2014/2

N2 - The emergence of macrosystems ecology (MSE), which focuses on regional-to continental-scale ecological patterns and processes, builds upon a history of long-term and broad-scale studies in ecology. Scientists face the difficulty of integrating the many elements that make up macrosystems, which consist of hierarchical processes at interacting spatial and temporal scales. Researchers must also identify the most relevant scales and variables to be considered, the required data resources, and the appropriate study design to provide the proper inferences. The large volumes of multi-thematic data often associated with macrosystem studies typically require validation, standardization, and assimilation. Finally, analytical approaches need to describe how cross-scale and hierarchical dynamics and interactions relate to macroscale phenomena. Here, we elaborate on some key methodological challenges of MSE research and discuss existing and novel approaches to meet them.

AB - The emergence of macrosystems ecology (MSE), which focuses on regional-to continental-scale ecological patterns and processes, builds upon a history of long-term and broad-scale studies in ecology. Scientists face the difficulty of integrating the many elements that make up macrosystems, which consist of hierarchical processes at interacting spatial and temporal scales. Researchers must also identify the most relevant scales and variables to be considered, the required data resources, and the appropriate study design to provide the proper inferences. The large volumes of multi-thematic data often associated with macrosystem studies typically require validation, standardization, and assimilation. Finally, analytical approaches need to describe how cross-scale and hierarchical dynamics and interactions relate to macroscale phenomena. Here, we elaborate on some key methodological challenges of MSE research and discuss existing and novel approaches to meet them.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84894266880&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84894266880&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1890/130019

DO - 10.1890/130019

M3 - Article

VL - 12

SP - 15

EP - 23

JO - Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

JF - Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

SN - 1540-9295

IS - 1

ER -