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After the rapid-fire madness of 15 back-to-back two-minute presentations, the audience flocked to Victor Leshyk's screen. The topic was science-art integration, and in two minutes Victor had explained his vision about the role for the didactic in the intersection of art and passion. In the discussion session he presented his works showing a range of visual metaphor. This is not elitist art - all are welcome. It's art for learning, art for science literacy, and art for science and society: Ecoss.  
Brooks Range, Alaska

Findings of a new study organized by the Permafrost Carbon Network suggest that putting more effective greenhouse gas controls in place for the rest of this century could help mitigate the effects of climate change on the release of carbon from thawing soils of the northern permafrost region. Brooks Range, Alaska (photo credit Christina Schaedel) Ecoss' Research professors Ted Schuur and Christina Schädel are leading the Permafrost Carbon Network and are co-authors of a new publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read the publication here Read the NAU news article here

The Center for Ecosystem Science and Society and the McAllister Program in Community, Culture, and Environment at Northern Arizona University invite proposals for student projects that enable the arts, cultural, scientific, and environmental institutions of the Colorado Plateau to meet the long term needs of the communities they serve. Full time undergraduate and graduate students at Northern Arizona University from any discipline are eligible. Projects will address shared interests and concerns within the region to serve its cultural, aesthetic, economic, and environmental needs.   Budget: up to $3,500 for one year for undergraduate students, $5,000 for one year for graduate students Funding Period: Projects may begin 1 July 2018 and funds must be spent by 30 May 2019  Eligibility: Each student PI must be enrolled as a full time NAU student (in any discipline) for the duration of the CCE award; all students involved...

A new paper by Northern Arizona University professor Andrew Richardson published in the journal Scientific Data describes a vast network of digital cameras designed to capture millions of images documenting seasonal changes of vegetation across North America. The network, dubbed PhenoCam, is the result of a 10-year collaboration between Richardson, who led the effort, and scientists from the University of New Hampshire and Boston University to develop a reliable continental-scale observatory of phenological phenomena. Vegetation phenology is what determines the seasonal events in the life cycle of plants, such as dormancy, budding, leafing and flowering. Highly sensitive to climate change, phenology is an important indicator for understanding how ecosystem processes are affected by longer growing seasons brought about by warmer climates. Read the full NAU press release here and a blog post in Springer Nature here.

The Center for Ecosystem Science and Society has a job opening for a creative bridge builder, writer, and organizer. This individual will program and coordinate events, translate science, interact and collaborate with our large network on- and off-campus, engage in outreach, and advance the work of the center that expresses the “society” in our name. The successful applicant will be interested in the environment, the arts, culture, and our Colorado Plateau community; will be a skilled organizer; will be an excellent writer; and will be comfortable seeking integration across disciplines for powerful expression. This is an opportunity to join a vibrant group dedicated to communicating discovery to motivate understanding and change. Apply through NAU’s HR system, position number 603662.  
Yiqi LLuo headshot

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) has elected Northern Arizona University biological sciences professor Yiqi Luo as a 2018 fellow.  Fellows are members of the ESA who have influenced a variety of fields, including advancement or application of ecological knowledge in academics, government, non-profit organizations and the broader society. Luo was recognized for his fundamental contributions in understanding ecosystem dynamics in response to global change and theory development in terrestrial carbon and nitrogen cycles, as well as his pioneering approaches and applications of data assimilation techniques in ecological research. Since elected, Luo will be a fellow for life.  The ESA is the world’s largest community of professional ecologists dedicated to furthering our understanding of life on Earth.  

Ecooss is looking for a new postdoc. The postdoctoral research associate will conduct research at the interface between quantitative ecology and microbial genomics. The postdoc will use tools in bioinformatics, statistics, ecological modeling, as well as laboratory and field experiments, to develop new quantitative models describing how microorganisms grow and interact in the environment. The postdoc will also use existing tools developed within Ecoss to analyze existing datasets and prepare manuscripts for publication. Work will address topics in the microbiome of soils, aquatic ecosystems, and the human microbiome. The scope of work will depend on the successful applicant’s interests and skills. We seek to recruit a creative thinker, analyst, and writer who will work at the cutting edge of microbial ecology to quantitatively integrate genomic and experimental data. The postdoc will collaborate with a large and interactive team working in...

A team of scientists from Northern Arizona University’s Center for Ecosystem Science and Society (Ecoss) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) recently announced a major achievement in ecosystem science. Their research, published as “Estimating taxon-specific population dynamics in diverse microbial communities” in the journal Ecosphere, illustrates a powerful new technique to simultaneously measure the growth rates of hundreds of individual bacterial taxa in any given soil sample. “Measuring the rate at which each microbe grows within an environmental sample is fundamental to understanding which organisms play the most important roles in natural and engineered environments that matter most to people, such as natural and agricultural soils, freshwaters and the human microbiome,” said lead author Ben Koch, senior research associate with Ecoss. Read the full NAU press release here

Julia Stuart, Ecoss PhD student in the Mack Lab, won an Outstanding Student Poster Award in Biogeosciences at the 2017 meeting of the American Geophysical Union, New Orleans, LA. Her poster was titled “Plant, microbiome, and biogeochemistry: Quantifying moss-associated N2 fixation in Alaska”
burning forest

Professor Scott Goetz of NAU’s School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems (SICCS) is the lead principal investigator on the project, and professor Michelle Mack of NAU’s Center for Ecosystem Science and Society (Ecoss) is a co-principal investigator along with researchers from the Woods Hole Research Center and a private environmental research firm based in Fairbanks. The project, which represents one of the first collaborations between SICCS and Ecoss, will build on work the researchers have been doing for many years throughout the Arctic. The project is funded by nearly $2 million from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to assess the resiliency and vulnerability of the boreal forest on DoD lands across central Alaska. Read the NAU News article here
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