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Elizabeth Borer - Abstract

Elizabeth Borer

Emergent properties of cooperative science: the whole is greater than the sum of its parts

Even though two of the most globally-pervasive human impacts are alteration of global budgets of the resources that limit primary production and changes in the abundance and identity of consumers, there have been no globally coordinated experiments to quantify the general impacts of these perturbations on ecological systems.

I am collaborating with Eric Seabloom, John Orrock, Mendy Smith, Stan Harpole, and Peter Adler to develop and coordinate this grassroots research effort composed of more than 50 sites and 70 collaborators worldwide.

These Nutrient Network, or NutNet, participants are performing coordinated, long-term experimental research to gain a general understanding of the extent to which multiple resource limitation and consumers influence community dynamics and ecosystem functioning.

Background Photo by: Nicole Hansen - Jornada (JRN) LTER