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Oct 1, 2013 (3 years and 10 months ago)

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Monday afternoon Group 3 Interdisciplinary

Meaney, Robinson, Carey, Hey

Use a problem solving approach to insure interdisciplinarity in research approach,
tool development, computational/bioinformatics
capacity and
student
training
.


Community
-
driven major, important
questions in organism X environment

interactions whose solution requires interdisciplinary
input
,
and likely
development of new intellectual/software/hardware to reach the goal/solve the
problem
.


Emphasis on variation
and embracing power of variation to understand capacity
for adaption, plasticity, response to change, resiliency
.

[need tools and
approaches to determine how much of the observed biological variation is
relevant to the problem at hand.]

Problems should inv
olve

inter/multi
-
disciplinary ap
proach,
include relevant fields
of
organismal biology
as well as

other disciplines such as engineering, math,
ecology/evolution, biochem/molecular/omics, even biomedical community if
appropriate to problem. Pursue novel st
rategies and tool development e.g.,
sensory systems, remote tracking and data collection, emphasis on non
-
invasive/field
-
based
studies when possible (can combine lab & field).

R
ecognize power of model systems
here
; the interdisciplinary teams should
discus
s and then choose the best model system (ideally some component field
-
based) to solve the problem, and that allows use of
intellectual, cyber,

remote
sensing, tacking,

engineering and other

tools etc. to address the problem under
study and that can be used

by wider organismal biology community that might
not work on the model system.
This will allow
leverage
of
the large
-
scale problem
solving approaches for the subset of
projects

that can be supported in a large
scale to indirectly help advance other
problems/species.

Consider broader significance of these large
-
scale interdisciplinary problems

that
intrinsically focus on basic science of animal/environment issues. These could be
impacts of environmental/climate change or disturbance, urbanization, and

human societal impacts such as

public/global health issues

(e.g., vector biology)
,

resource management (e.g. fisheries), conservation,

ecosystem services, human
-
animal interface.