Category Archives: research

New in Science: Working Group Takes on Transient Dynamics

A review paper published this week in Science by the NIMBioS Working Group on Long Transients and Ecological Forecasting is generating buzz on social media. The paper proposes a classification system for ecological dynamics that persist over ecologically relevant time scales—dozens … Continue reading

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Major Accomplishments: The 10th Annual Report from NIMBioS

NIMBioS’ 10th annual reporting period to the National Science Foundation, which largely supports the institute, recently concluded, and the 173-page report has been submitted to NSF.  NSF requires its funded institutes to provide a variety of data as well as answering … Continue reading

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Save the Salamander: Epidemiological Modeling Deployed to Halt Killer Fungus

We like to hear what former NIMBioS postdocs are up to, so we were happy to learn from UT professor Matt Gray that his mentee Angie Peace was recently awarded part of a large $2.5 million grant from the National … Continue reading

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How Will Species Adapt to Climate Change? g2p2pop Seeks Answers

What is g2p2pop? The catchy abbreviation describes a new effort to model genomes to phenomes to populations in a changing climate. The project grew out of activities of the NIMBioS Working Group on Modeling Organisms-to-Ecosystems, and received a $500,000 Research … Continue reading

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Team Science at NIMBioS Produces Top Paper

This is the story of how researchers from different corners of the scientific universe can come together to create new synthesis — it involves two former NIMBioS postdocs, a former sabbatical fellow and the special alchemy of a NIMBioS Working … Continue reading

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Nature Paper Sheds Light on Human Brain Evolution

Why did the human brain evolved to its unusually large size? Former NIMBioS GRA Mauricio González-Forero has some answers in a new Nature publication that develops a mechanistic model showing brain expansion was likely driven by ecological, not social, processes. … Continue reading

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French Connection: NIMBioS, CESAB Discuss New Collaborations Across the Pond

New collaborations and conversations about future directions took place last week at NIMBioS with a visit from Alison Specht, the director of the Centre for the Synthesis and Analysis of Biodiversity (CESAB) in Provence, France. Specht met with NIMBioS Director … Continue reading

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Landmark Collaborations Lead to UT Successes via NIMBioS

In recent years, NIMBioS has developed productive partnerships with faculty in many units at the University of Tennessee, collaborating on and helping manage a variety of sponsored projects. Totaling more than $3.2 million, these grants, contracts and cooperative agreements span … Continue reading

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US Defense Department Supports New DySoC Research on Political Instability

KNOXVILLE—The Arab Spring, the collapse of democracy in Turkey, civil wars in Africa, and continued violence in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq—imagine the possibilities if we could truly understand the socio-political forces at play, make better predictions about when violent outbreaks … Continue reading

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New Center at NIMBioS Explores Dynamics of Social Complexity

NIMBioS officially rolled out the new Center for the Dynamics of Social Complexity (DySoC) this week. The Center promotes connections and collaborations between researchers focused on human social behavior. Combining system thinking, modeling tools, and big data, DySoC-associated researchers develop … Continue reading

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