Synergy is the name of the game at NIMBioS, where visiting researchers from a variety of different backgrounds come together to learn from one another and produce great science. Hence, the combined effect is indeed greater than the sum of the individual parts. So was the case this week when Working Group participants visited the new Spatial Analysis Lab (SAL) at NIMBioS.
The Modeling Molecules-to-Organisms and Modeling Organisms-to-Ecosystems Working Groups were in residence this week at NIMBioS. Both groups coordinate closely with each other to achieve their goal to develop new modeling frameworks that link molecular responses through whole organism responses to ecosystem service delivery. This week’s meetings mark the fourth and final meetings for both groups, which have met three times at NIMBioS since 2015.
During a break in the proceedings, group members had a chance to tour the new SAL facilities. The lab offers state-of-the-art spatial analysis capabilities to researchers interested in understanding biological, geographic, and socio-economic processes. Services include large-scale data capture, collection, analysis, visualization, storage, training and outreach. The lab is directed by Mona Papes, an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UT, along with Eric Carr as science coordinator. Carr is also NIMBioS’ computational data engineer. Read more about SAL.