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Press Release 14-019

Data-intensive ecology needed to understand what makes the biosphere tick

Journal special issue reports new findings on macrosystems biology: biological sciences writ large

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cover of the special issue of Frontiers in Ecology journal

This special issue highlights research conducted through NSF's MacroSystems Biology program.

Credit: Ecological Society of America


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View an animation of ecology in a world of big data.

Credit: MSU


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lake surrounded by trees

Thousands of lakes are being compared through a macrosystems biology grant from NSF.

Credit: Patricia Soranno


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The ecological homogenization of urban America is the subject of an NSF macrosystems biology award.

Credit: UMN


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Macrosystems biologists are entering the realm of "big data;" here a visualization of street trees.

Credit: Wikimedia Commons


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aerial view of land with various uses

NSF-supported macrosystems biologists are studying agricultural landscapes in North Dakota.

Credit: Chris Wright


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Macrosystems biologists are conducting research on the resilience of river basins.

Credit: KE McCluney


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