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New scientific field looks at the big picture


February 3, 2014

cover of the issue of Frontiers in Ecology journal Big data is changing the field of ecology. The shift is dramatic enough to warrant the creation of an entirely new field: Macrosystems ecology. "Ecologists can no longer sample and study just one or even a handful of ecosystems," said Patricia Soranno, a Michigan State University professor of fisheries and wildlife and macrosystems ecology pioneer. Full Story

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