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One of the dramatic changes in ecological research has been
the recognition of an ability to conduct research at multiple
scales. These multiple scales are spatial, temporal and biological.
As our insights at differing scales grow, so does our capacity
to link information across scales. These linkages enable us,
on the one hand, to develop a richer understanding of the
mechanisms that drive the ecological patterns and processes
that we see, and on the other hand, to understand and demonstrate
the significance of these patterns and processes. The ultimate
result of these linkages will be both greater scientific understanding
and greater capacity to communicate ecological results to
policy communities from local to regional to global scales.
This joint meeting of national and international ecological
societies offers a perfect venue to present and evaluate ecological
information at multiple scales, and especially to focus on
and incubate cross-scale linkages.