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Call for Applications: Species' Range Shifts in a Warming World, aNIMBioS Investigative Workshop

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Default Call for Applications: Species' Range Shifts in a Warming World, aNIMBioS Investigative Workshop

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species' dynamics, based on single data types and outdated methods, is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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