Grace, Jon, and Jeff examine the meaning and importance of "ecological theory" from the perspectives of different research areas and degrees of interaction with theoretical ecology. The gang also give some highlights and favorite papers from 2016.
Our Favorite papers from 2016:
Jon's pick - Temporally increasing spatial synchrony of North American temperature and bird populations, Koening and Liebhold in Nature Climate Change
Grace's pick - Recovery of lakes and coastal marine ecosystems from eutrophication: A global meta-analysis, from McCrackin et al. in Limnology and Oceanography
Jeff's pick - The value of soil respiration measurements for interpreting and modeling terrestrial carbon cycling, Phillips et al. in Plant and Soil
Grace, Jon, and Jeff are joined by Blair St. Ledger-Olson, a former congressional staffer, and Dr. Jessica Gephart, from SESYNC to talk about how scientists can learn about policy, how policy decisions are made, and how scientists can inform scientist. The role of scientific societies also comes up--and we think you should join!