The University of California has an array of unparalleled world-class research, reserve and forestry centers. This project will bring together efforts from ANR/REC, NRS and CFF and join them with the historical depth provide by the BNHMs and cutting edge ecoinfomatics of the Keck funded Ecoinformatics Engine. This project will develop tools and lay the groundwork for future cross-unit efforts addressing critical natural resource questions and issues. The primary focal area of this project is to address the shifting spatial structure of California's natural resources in three of our research centers in northern California by analyzing historical specimen data held in collections and looking for significant change or stasis with regard to environmental change and disparate land use and management regimes. The secondary focal area addresses tools for land change science, and in particular, to engage students through their inclusion in the project and the broader public using both the citizen science online experience and in sessions of the Californian Naturalist Program.
Early in 2007 the US National Science Foundation created the new Critical Zone Observatory (CZO) program, which addresses pressing interdisciplinary scientific questions concerning geological, physical, chemical, and biological processes and their couplings that govern critical zone system dynamics. Each observatory must contribute to strengthening the scientific basis for decision-making, particularly with regards to impacts on health, safety, and environment due to observed and predicted changes in the critical zone. For more information on the Eel River Critical Zone Observatory please visit here or for more information on the Critical Zone Observatory Program go here.
In this Award from the NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows (SEES Fellows Program) Dr. Robby Q. Cuthrell from the University of California - Berkeley will explore how Traditional Resource and Environmental Management (TREM) practices can be re-implemented to manage lands more sustainably. The proposed work will: (1) incorporate archaeological biological data into the "Predictive Biosystems Informatics Engine," an integrative database that synthesizes ecological modeling, ecosystems dynamics and human-environmental interactions; (2) conduct integrative historical ecological research on indigenous resource use and TREM practices in California; and (3) bring together multiple stakeholders (public agencies, researchers and descendent communities) to develop, implement, and evaluate the sustainability implications of TREM-based management of California public lands. The work concentrates on the land in the greater San Francisco Bay Area of California. Please click here for more information.
Informatics Engine for Understanding Biotic Response to Global Change
The W. M. Keck Foundation was established in 1954 in Los Angeles by William Myron Keck, founder of The Superior Oil Company. This Foundation is one of the nation's largest philanthropic organizations, with assets of more than $1 billion. Their Science and Engineering Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by supporting projects that are distinctive and novel in their approach, question the prevailing paradigm, or have the potential to break open new territory in their field. For more information, visit www.wmkeck.org and for more details on the Engine click here.
Global Change Forecasting for Biological Systems in California
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, established in 2000, seeks to advance environmental conservation and cutting-edge scientific research around the world and improve the quality of life in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, visit www.moore.org. This Grant is in support of catalyzing the startup of the Berkeley Initiative for Global Change Biology by supporting seven integrated research projects focused on global change forecasting for California ecosystems. For more details on these projects click here.
Seed funding supports the current BiGCB infrastructure and coordination, and enables continued collaboration and cross-fertilization of researchers across different disciplines at UC Berkeley.