Macrosystems biology: science journal explores new knowledge in ecological frontier

by Mike Wolterbeek, University of Nevada

A decade of advancement in the field of macrosystems biology – research that encompasses interconnected systems and scales of ecological processes around the world – is summarized in a series of scientific papers published this week.

Flavia Tromboni, College of Science assistant research professor, at the Eg river in Mongolia during a month-long field expedition involving several researchers from the U.S., Europe and Mongolia. Courtesy of Mike Wolterbeek & University of Nebraska, Reno.

The special issue, “Macrosystems Biology – Challenges and Successes,” published Feb. 1 by the Ecological Society of America, includes eight papers by more than 70 authors from around the world.

“This is an emerged and burgeoning field filled with applications, the eight papers exemplify the directions and importance of looking at the connectivity of people, biodiversity and the function within nature, at broader scales across the globe,” Sudeep Chandra, associate professor of biology at the University of Nevada, Reno and a co-editor of the special issue, said.

The special issue in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment was coedited by Kansas State University’s distinguished professor of biology, Walter Dodds, with co-editors Chandra and Songlin Fei, professor of forestry and natural resources at Purdue University.

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