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Press Release 11-160

NSF Grants Foster Understanding of Biological Systems on Regional to Continental Scales

"Macrosystems biology" funding supports predictive understanding of large-scale biological responses to climate, land-use change

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A photo of a lake with grass and trees.

Thousands of lakes will be cross-compared in a macrosystems biology award from NSF.

Credit: Patricia Soranno


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Prairie potholes in an agricultural landscape in North Dakota.

Prairie potholes in an agricultural landscape in North Dakota are the subject of an NSF study.

Credit: Chris Wright


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Core from a Douglas fir tree showing the annual growth of the stem.

Core from a Douglas fir tree near Tucson; it shows annual growth of the stem.

Credit: Daniel Griffin


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Three young ecology students with a "camera trap" in the woods.

Young ecology students with a "camera trap" that snaps photos of animals passing by.

Credit: Roland Kays


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Lizards lined up showing the variation in sizes among them.

Variation among lizards; changes in lizards say much about biosphere health.

Credit: Adam Leache


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A webcam monitoring the phenology, or seasonal change, of a forest canopy.

A webcam is set up to monitor the phenology, or seasonal change, of a forest canopy.

Credit: Andrew Richardson


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