Bi-Monthly News from NIMBioS
November-December 2019
Research Omnium-Gatherum
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: a miscellaneous collection
While the cold settles in outside, the research heats up inside at NIMBioS where a steady stream of short-term visits began this fall. Here are some of the research highlights.
Bird Business
Karen Maguire (Economics, Oklahoma State Univ.) is collaborating with Mona Papeş on a project to apply an ecological economics approach to investigate the effects of fracking on bird habitat on the High Plains of Colorado.

Environmental Crises
The broad expertise of an interdisciplinary group is required to determine if timescale mismatches in opinion and ecological change may be an important factor in societal responses to environmental crises.

Social Animals
A core group is collaborating with Nina Fefferman on a project to develop an adaptive framework for generating biologically relevant null models to study animal social behavior.

Quantitative Literacy
A group of researchers and educators from mathematics and biology are collaborating with Suzanne Lenhart and Louis Gross on a project to assess tools for measuring quantitative and reasoning abilities in undergraduate biology students.

NIMBioS has more than a decade of success in providing the kind of environment and support for scientific collaboration that produces results. We support visits of up to one week for groups of one to six people working on projects that conform to the NIMBioS mission to foster interdisciplinary collaborations, research and education at the interface of the quantitative and life sciences. Visits must be concluded by August 2020. Apply online today!
New Book
Remote Sensing of Biodiversity
The NIMBioS Working Group on Remotely Sensing Biodiversity has published a book, Remote Sensing of Plant Biodiversity (Springer, 2019). The Open Access volume aims to methodologically improve our understanding of biodiversity by linking disciplines that incorporate remote sensing and by uniting data and perspectives in the fields of biology, landscape ecology, and geography. The book provides a framework for how biodiversity can be detected and evaluated—focusing particularly on plants—using proximal and remotely sensed hyperspectral data and other tools such as LiDAR.
Pub Highlight
Pathogens and Mutualists: The Race is On
In a paper published in The American Naturalist, the NIMBioS Working Group on Plant-Soil Feedback Theory investigates the implications for plant competition and succession with pathogens and mutualists as joint drivers of host species coexistence and turnover. Former NIMBioS postdoctoral fellow Jiang Jiang was lead author.
Seminar Recording
Public Goods, from Biofilms to Societies
We were honored to host Distinguished Professor Simon Levin at NIMBioS in November. A 2016 recipient of the US National Medal of Science, Levin directs the Center for BioComplexity at Princeton University where he is a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution. Levin uses mathematical modeling and empirical research to understand macroscopic patterns of ecosystems and biodiversity. Levin participated in a visiting research group and gave a seminar, which you can view in full here.
Education Spotlight
Congrats to Former Summer Research Students
A team of undergraduate researchers from the NIMBioS 2019 Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) program received a best poster award this month at the 15th annual Regional Mathematics and Statistics Conference at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Abby Williams, a junior in mathematics at Salem College, presented the poster and in this blog post explains the value of the NIMBioS REU. Applications will be open soon for the 2020 REU program. Click here for more information about REU 2020.
Upcoming Opportunities
NIMBioS events are free but applications are required. In some cases, support is available for travel, meals and lodging. Check the event web page for full details.
What: NIMBioS/SCMB Investigative Workshop on Quantitative Education in Life Science Graduate Programs
An examination of graduate life science education and quantitative training, commonalities in approaches and effectiveness
When: March 16-18, 2020 Application Deadline: Jan. 5, 2020
What: NIMBioS Tutorial on Adaptive Management
An introduction to modeling adaptive management with case studies from environmental and natural resource management
When: April 1-3, 2020
Application Deadline: Jan. 12, 2020
Selected Recent NIMBioS Publications
Cavender-Bares J, Gamon J, Townsend JP (eds.) 2019. Remote Sensing of Plant Biodiversity. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-33157-3 [from NIMBioS Working Group on Remotely Sensing Biodiversity]

Kawano S. 2019. Selection gradients. In Oxford Bibliographies in Evolutionary Biology. Futuyma D (Ed). New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming. [from NIMBioS Postdoctoral Fellowship]

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NIMBioS is supported by the National Science Foundation through NSF Award #DBI-1300426, with additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.