This workshop focuses on network science and ecology and will feature lectures and discussions withDr. Jennifer Dunne, Professor and Vice President for Science at the Santa Fe Institute. As Vice President for Science, Jennifer manages all science-related activities at SFI, including the resident and external faculty, postdoctoral programs, seminar series, scientific visitors, working groups and workshops, sponsored research, and communications.
Dr. Dunne's research interests are in analysis, modeling, and theory related to the organization, dynamics, and function of ecosystems. Much of this work focuses on ecological networks, in particular food webs, which specify the complex feeding interactions among species in a given habitat. Food webs provide a way to track and quantify the flow of energy and resources in ecosystems and thus play a central role in ecological and evolutionary dynamics. Drawing on cross-system analysis and computational modeling, Jennifer and her collaborators seek to identify fundamental patterns and principles of ecological network structure and dynamics at multiple spatial and temporal scales. Such research provides a useful framework for understanding the coexistence of species and the robustness, persistence, and stability of ecosystems, including how humans fit into and impact ancient, historic, and current ecosystems. In addition to basic research, Jennifer and her collaborators develop ecoinformatic technologies to facilitate sharing, synthesis, visualization, analysis, and modeling of data related to biocomplexity research.
Dr. Dunne will also give a SESYNC seminar on Tuesday, March 28 at 11am, "Human roles in and impacts on ecosystems-an ecological network approach." This seminar will also be live streamed and recorded. To view the live stream, please click the link below.
Tuesday, March 28
11:00 am- 12:00 pm
Traditionally, most ecological research has studied ecosystems separate from humans. Network approaches provide a potentially powerful quantitative framework for understanding the roles and impacts of humans as a part of ecosystems, in terms of their direct and indirect interactions with other species. This talk will discuss recent approaches to data compilation, analysis, and modeling of food webs and interaction networks that explicitly include humans, with an initial focus on non-industrial systems. Such research can provide a new lens for understanding aspects of the sustainability of coupled natural-human systems