Moving Forward with Ecological Informatics and Reproducibility

Over the last year it has become increasingly apparent to me that ecologists and environmental scientists must take a more active role in providing access to both data and the analytical techniques used to analyze those data. As our studies become increasingly broad, our analytical capabilities must also expand and, perhaps more importantly, we should be able to more easily share and reproduce complex analyses. My awareness of this...

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Agroforestry for a sustainable life: something to be learned from Chiapas, Mexico

Think ecology and economy don’t mix? Think again. Most of us are used to relate money with industrial technology, bulldozing properties to construct condos, hotels, expensive living complexes, malls, to summarize: everything that has to do with harming the environment. I can’t deny it’s true, it moves our economy, but at what cost? What about the people living in less developed countries? We can’t see it now,...

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SEEDS Field Trip: Hope from Chiapas

A week ago, I had the honor of participating in the SEEDS field trip to Chiapas. I had been to two past field trips, and just couldn’t pass this one up, especially because it was in southern Mexico. I’m a Mexican student finishing my B.S. at El Paso, TX. I have always been proud of being Mexican and have always dreamed of going back to Mexico and helping with the conservation of our natural resources. Mexico is an...

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Sustainable Agriculture, Culture, and an Awesome Experience in Chiapas, Mexico

My name is Jallah Rouse, I am a Biology major at Johnson C. Smith University, and I recently had the extreme pleasure of attending a SEEDS field trip to the Mexican state of Chiapas. Not only did I learn a lot from the experience, but I was also motivated by the organization and determination of the local people. A group of indigenous people from a city in Northern Chiapas were able to band together and create their own sustainable...

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SEEDS from Chiapas, Mexico: A Lesson of Sustainability for Ecologists

Sustainability� sometimes it sounds like an ideal. However, on our SEEDS field trip to Chiapas, Mexico, students from the United States, Puerto Rico and Mexico were able to witness small cooperatives of indigenous agricultural workers working together with scientists to make sustainability a reality.� In Chiapas, we saw indigenous organizations developing, learning, and teaching sustainable agriculture techniques to researchers...

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Will the Ecological Society of America bite the population bullet?

[This letter was prompted by the ESA Action Alert of May 11, 2007 that encouraged our members to urge Congress to provide good funding for science and education in the 2008 federal budget.] Dear Nadine and Members of the ESA Governing Board, These types of alerts always provoke the same reaction from me. It is reasonable for us to look after our own self interest as ecological researchers always needing a generous flow of dollars to...

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