Earth’s ecosystems provide essential services to humans such as soil conservation, carbon capture, water treatment, and habitat for pollinators and other animals. The ability of ecosystems to provide these services depends on the diversity of plants; however humans are changing the land and atmosphere in unprecedented ways that are contributing to widespread loss of biodiversity. Two of the greatest current challenges for ecology are understanding how global-scale changes to the land and atmosphere cause loss of biodiversity and understanding the consequences of this biodiversity loss for ecosystem services. While these challenges are global in scale, ecological experiments and sampling must be done at local scales. Distributed research networks are a relatively new approach with the potential to bridge the gaps among site-scale experiments to generate global-scale predictions.
Join internationally recognized ecologist, Elizabeth Borer, to hear how her group is forging a new path for international ecological scientific research in the world's grasslands to inform key global-scale issues. In addition to discussing the approach her group is developing, she will present some of the newest results emerging from this global research collaboration.
A Tenuous Balance: Human Impact on the Environment in the 21st Century