DGE Newsletter, January 2005
Please join us for another great quarter of Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology Seminar Series. The seminars will be on the Wednesdays indicated below, from 4-5 p.m., with refreshments to follow. Please note that the first week of March we will have a talk on both Tuesday and Wednesday. The schedule (with updated titles) will also be available at (click on seminars).

Jan. 12 - Ramakrishna Nemani - NASA Ames "Biospheric Monitoring and Forecasting. Details of this work may be seen at <>

Jan. 19 - Lars Hedin - Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University
Title: The space between: evolution, nutrients and ecosystems. Lars is developing some Global Rules that may help us to think about the Complexity of Evolution in relationship to Nutrients (especially nitrogen and phosphorus) and various Ecosystems.

Jan. 28th was Lars' last day at the Department before the end of his sabattical and return to Princeton Univ. It was commemorated by lunch with the Field Lab. In turn, he presented Chris with three framed photos that he had taken of a beach at Monterey, redwoods in the fog, and salmon spawning in Muir Creek. On his drive back across the country, he plans to spend at least a day at Kirkwood to ski and a visit to Death Valley.
Field Lab. Meetings
Winter Quarter, the FLAB will be meeting on Fridays at noon. The discussions will center around Scientific Publishing. Policies of different journals which accept articles related to ecology will be considered.
Jan 14th: Statistics such as Impact Factors and Half-Life of papers from a number of Journals and Publishers were compared. Also possible consequences of Open Access Journals were considered such as reliability (lack of peer review) and sustainability for citing these papers.
For the Jan. 21st meeting, members were asked to investigate their assigned journal more in depth, particularly the time between submission and publication of papers.
On Jan. 28, discussion of the various Journals with regard to their policies and reputations continued and was conbined with a farewell to Lars (see above).
On Feb. 4, a Stanford Librarian has been invited to speak to us.
Asner Lab. News
Greg Asner, Robin Martin, Kim Carlson and David Knapp are working in Hawaii during this month. They will be collecting and analyzing data from AVIRIS (Airborne Visible/Infrared Imaging Spectrometer) as it is flown over the islands (the rainforest in particular). These data will be used to access the health and/or possible changes in vegetation with climate factors.
We welcome Natalie Boelman, a recent PhD graduate from Columbia University, to begin a Post Doc position. She will be using Remote Sensing to study a part of the Global Change Experiment at Jasper Ridge. Natalie is a native of Vancouver, BC and did her undergraduate work at McGill Univ.
Alison Appling is the newest member of the Lab. Tech. team working on Jasper Ridge data-collecting. She graduated from Stanford in the Spring of 2004 and worked part time at the Ridge last summer.
Chris Field is teaching a Freshman course for eight students on Climate Change: Drivers, Impacts & Solutions. The Course meets twice a week for two hrs each time during Winter Quarter.

David Lobell is leading a Graduate Seminar on Ecosystem Modeling for six students during Winter Quarter. The Course meets for two hours on Mondays. David also recently received an EPA Star Fellowship to continue to support his graduate work.

Editor Jan Brown
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