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Name of Collaboratory :


Ecological Circuitry Collaboratory (ECC)


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Collaboratory Status :

Operational   Start Date : 2001 End Date : Not Available Info Last Updated : Fri, Dec 5 2003 4:01am PST

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Virtual Learning Community  

Secondary Collaboratory Functions :

  Virtual Community of Practice, Distributed Research Center  

Domain(s) :

  Quantitative ecology, Education/Training  

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :


The Ecological Circuitry Collaboratory (ECC) is an effort to "close the circuit" between empiricists and theoreticians in the ecological sciences and to create a group of quantitatively strong young researchers. The collaboratory is comprised of a set of seven investigators, and their students, funded by the NSF Ecosystem Studies and Ecology programs. Collaboratory researchers study the relationship between system structure (i.e., biodiversity) and the function of that system, and also do work in terrestrial and aquatic habitats ranging from forests to streams to estuaries to grasslands.

The goal of project is to educate young ecologists to combine empirical research methods with quantitative modelling, as well as to show that ecological modeling is a valuable resource in an ecologist's toolkit. Toward this end, students and investigators meet regularly for short courses and exchange of ideas and information. The collaboratory also includes a postdoctoral researcher, who provides leadership and coordination and leads the team in integration and synthesis activities, and engages and supports experienced faculty mentors, who serve as leaders in the use of mathematical and modeling approaches in ecology.


Access to Instruments :

  Not Applicable  

Access to Information Resources :

  Quantitative modeling  

Access to People as Resources :

  Shared expertise between investigators, post-doctoral researchers, and graduate students  

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University of Vermont (UVM)
   Gund Institute for Ecological Economics (GIEE)
Organizations Otherwise Associated:
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Description of organization's role(s):
Institute of Ecosystem Studies (IES)

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Communications Technology Used :

  Email; annual face-to-face meeting/workshop/mini-courses  

Technical Capabilities :

  Support for transition between synch and asynch
Shared calendars
Asynchronous object sharing
Asynchronous conversation
Synchronous conversation
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