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Title: Priorities for synthesis research in ecology and environmental science
Authors: Halpern, Benjamin S.; Boettiger, Carl; Dietze, Michael C.; Gephart, Jessica A.; Gonzalez, Patrick; Grimm, Nancy B.; Groffman, Peter M.; Gurevitch, Jessica; Hobbie, Sarah E.; Komatsu, Kimberly J.; Kroeker, Kristy J.; Lahr, Heather J.; Lodge, David M.; Lortie, Christopher J.; Lowndes, Julie S. S.; Micheli, Fiorenza; Possingham, Hugh P.; Ruckelshaus, Mary H.; Scarborough, Courtney; Wood, Chelsea L.; Wu, Grace C.; Aoyama, Lina; Arroyo, Eva E.; Bahlai, Christie A.; Beller, Erin E.; Blake, Rachael E.; Bork, Karrigan S.; Branch, Trevor A.; Brown, Norah E. M.; Brun, Julien; Bruna, Emilio M.; Buckley, Lauren B.; Burnett, Jessica L.; Castorani, Max C. N.; Cheng, Samantha H.; Cohen, Sarah C.; Couture, Jessica L.; Crowder, Larry B.; Dee, Laura E.; Dias, Arildo S.; Diaz-Maroto, Ignacio J.; Downs, Martha R.; Dudney, Joan C.; Ellis, Erle C.; Emery, Kyle A.; Eurich, Jacob G.; Ferriss, Bridget E.; Fredston, Alexa; Furukawa, Hikaru; Gagne, Sara A.; Garlick, Sarah R.; Garroway, Colin J.; Gaynor, Kaitlyn M.; Gonzalez, Angelica L.; Grames, Eliza M.; Guy-Haim, Tamar; Hackett, Ed; Hallett, Lauren M.; Harms, Tamara K.; Haulsee, Danielle E.; Haynes, Kyle J.; Hazen, Elliott L.; Jarvis, Rebecca M.; Jones, Kristal; Kandlikar, Gaurav S.; Kincaid, Dustin W.; Knope, Matthew L.; Koirala, Anil; Kolasa, Jurek; Kominoski, John S.; Koricheva, Julia; Lancaster, Lesley T.; Lawlor, Jake A.; Lowman, Heili E.; Muller-Karger, Frank E.; Norman, Kari E. A.; Nourn, Nan; O'Hara, Casey C.; Ou, Suzanne X.; Padilla-Gamino, Jacqueline L.; Pappalardo, Paula; Peek, Ryan A.; Pelletier, Dominique; Plont, Stephen; Ponisio, Lauren C.; Portales-Reyes, Cristina; Provete, Diogo B.; Raes, Eric J.; Ramirez-Reyes, Carlos; Ramos, Irene; Record, Sydne; Richardson, Anthony J.; Salguero-Gomez, Roberto; Satterthwaite, V, Erin; Schmidt, Chloe; Schwartz, Aaron J.; See, Craig R.; Shea, Brendan D.; Smith, Rachel S.; Sokol, Eric R.; Solomon, Christopher T.; Spanbauer, Trisha; Stefanoudis, V, Paris; Sterner, Beckett W.; Sudbrack, Vitor; Tonkin, Jonathan D.; Townes, Ashley R.; Valle, Mireia; Walter, Jonathan A.; Wheeler, I, Kathryn; Wieder, William R.; Williams, David R.; Winter, Marten; Winterova, Barbora; Woodall, Lucy C.; Wymore, Adam S.; Youngflesh, Casey
Abstract: Synthesis research in ecology and environmental science improves understanding, advances theory, identifies research priorities, and supports management strategies by linking data, ideas, and tools. Accelerating environmental challenges increases the need to focus synthesis science on the most pressing questions. To leverage input from the broader research community, we convened a virtual workshop with participants from many countries and disciplines to examine how and where synthesis can address key questions and themes in ecology and environmental science in the coming decade. Seven priority research topics emerged: (1) diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ), (2) human and natural systems, (3) actionable and use-inspired science, (4) scale, (5) generality, (6) complexity and resilience, and (7) predictability. Additionally, two issues regarding the general practice of synthesis emerged: the need for increased participant diversity and inclusive research practices; and increased and improved data flow, access, and skill-building. These topics and practices provide a strategic vision for future synthesis in ecology and environmental science.
Keywords: complexity; coupled systems; diversity; ecological scale; justice; predictability; use-inspired science; OPPORTUNITIES; CONSERVATION; CHALLENGES; DIVERSITY
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: WILEY
Type: Article
DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.4342
ISSN: 2150-8925
Funder: National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS)
National Science Foundation [1940692]
Direct For Biological Sciences
Division Of Environmental Biology [1940692] Funding Source: National Science Foundation
Appears in Publication types:Artículos científicos

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