Future of Field Stations and Marine Labs: A strategic planning effort

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Future of Field Stations and Marine
Labs: A strategic planning effort

Supported by NSF, DBI
-
1126161 to
Ian C.
Billick

(PI),
Brian
Kloeppel
,
Ivar

G. Babb,
James G. Sanders, Jo
-
Ann C.
Leong
.


Global Gross

National Product

$18 trillion

Ecosystem

Services

$
33
trillion

Costanza

et al. 1999, Nature

Natural Capital

Hawkens

and
Lovins

Edward
Glaeser
, Oct. 20, 2009, NY Times,
Economix

How do we plan for the FSML’s of the
future?

What do we invest in? Broadband, sensors,
housing, research space, lab equipment,
databases, long
-
term monitoring,
experiments, etc.

Why is Planning Important?


Limited funds;



FSML’s embody a substantial investment;



Inertia
---

how do we match up slowing moving
facilities with dynamic and innovative science


Strategic Planning


Workshop


Where is research, education, and
resource management headed?



Survey


What is status of existing
infrastructure?



Final report


Recommendations about future
investments, best practices

Structure
-

Steering Committee

OBFS: Ian
Billick
, Jan
Hodder
, Brian
Kloeppel
,
Hilary Swain


NAML:
Ivar

Babb, Joanne Leong, Jim Sanders

Structure
-

Work Groups

Macrosystems
-

Jim
Gosz

(Idaho)

Organismal

and Population Biology
-

Cindy van
Dover (Duke)

Molecular Biology and Genomics
-

Mitch
Sogin

Environmental Change
-

Craig Williamson (Miami)

Ecosystems
-

Lindsey Rusted (USFS)

Education
-

Kathleen Waters

Resource Management
-

Peter Stine (USFS)


Structure: Staff Support


Jessica
Ruvinsky
-

Professional science writer


Apex Education
-

Survey


Sonda

Donovan
-

Project Manager


What do we need to know?


How important are
FSMLs;

Opportunities for networking and
collaboration;

Critical components of FSMLs;

Current status;

Where to invest;

Best practices.



Scientific Trends


Gene regulation in natural environments
(FSML’s as bridges);






Processes happening on greater temporal and
spatial scales (regional networking, climate
change, bioinformatics);

Profusion in environmental sensors
(bandwidth, bioinformatics);

Value of place
-
based research (model
ecosystems, complex processes that
require sustained research).


Where are research, education, and resource
management headed?



What do we need to understand about
existing infrastructure?



What are the critical investments?

Talking Points
for Discussions


Unique value of FSML’s


Value Proposition


Real value, not PR exercise


When possible, integrate public benefit and
scientific merit


Develop logic


Identify data/assessment holes


Prioritize