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[Computational-biology] Call for Applications: Species' Range Shifts in a Warming World, a NIMBioS Investigative Workshop

Catherine Crawley via comp-bio%40net.bio.net (by ccrawley from nimbios.org)
Mon Nov 28 12:39:42 EST 2016

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis 
(NIMBioS) is now accepting applications for its Investigative Workshop, 
"Species' Range Shifts in a Warming World,"to be held May 3-5, 2017, at 

*Objectives: *Climate change is dramatically altering species' ranges 
and community composition, which will impact forest productivity, carbon 
cycling, and global biodiversity. Understanding how species and 
communities responded to past climatic changes, especially to dramatic 
warming following Ice Ages, can help us predict and mitigate future 
outcomes. However, our current understanding of historic ranges and 
species' dynamics, based on single data types and outdated methods, is 
deficient (and sometimes misleading). Moreover, we lack a framework for 
explicit hypothesis testing of post-Ice Age biogeographical inference. 
This workshop aims to improve our ability to understand species' and 
community response to climate change by identifying new modeling and 
analytical tools for integrating currently isolated datasets and fields 
of research on large-scale ecosystem shifts. Specifically, this workshop 
will focus on integrating paleoclimatic niche modeling, fossil pollen 
data, simulations of forest stand processes, and genetic marker data. 
These approaches vary in spatial and temporal resolution. At this 
workshop, researchers from diverse fields will: explicate the advantages 
and assumptions of each data type; discuss ways to analyze disparate 
data in a statistically coherent manner, while quantifying uncertainty 
across scales; and define a framework to examine species jointly at the 
community level rather than individually, leveraging power from many 
datasets. Synthesis findings from the workshop will be published, and a 
funding application will be organized to test this framework. 
Accomplishing these goals requires combining mathematical and 
computational approaches from very different fields – an exciting 
prospect. This workshop will help link and utilize large but underused 
datasets developed over decades, and lay foundations for genuinely 
interdisciplinary, collaborative paleoecological science.

*Location: *NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville;

*Co-Organizers: *Sean Hoban (Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL); Allan Strand 
(Biology, College of Charleston, SC); Andria Dawson (Statistics, Univ. 
of California, Berkeley, and Geosciences, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson); and 
Michelle Lawing (Ecosystem Science and Management, Texas A&M Univ., 
College Station)

For more information about the workshop and a link to the online 
application form, go to http://www.nimbios.org/workshops/WS_rangeshifts

Participation in NIMBioS workshops is by application only. Individuals 
with a strong interest in the topic are encouraged to apply, and 
successful applicants will be notified within two weeks after the 
application deadline. If needed, financial support for travel, meals, 
and lodging is available for workshop attendees.

*Application deadline:* February 1, 2017

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis 
(NIMBioS) (http://www.nimbios.org) brings together researchers from 
around the world to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to 
investigate solutions to basic and applied problems in the life 
sciences. NIMBioS is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, with 
additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


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