Meeting Summary: A common goal of macroecology and microecology is to understand the dynamic properties and relationships between organisms and their environment. However, these fields operate at different spatiotemporal scales, and differentially utilize experimental methods and theoretical approaches. As such, despite shared interests, there is little cross-talk between these two fields. What can be learned by integrating approaches from these fields to understand the ecology of the biosphere across scales? How are common themes described and how are similar questions addressed in these fields? Often discussed, but rarely implemented, how can these fields synergize in the coming years? To address these questions, this SFI Working Group will bring together thought leaders from each fields to engage in intensive, collaborative dialogue to push the frontiers of their respective fields. The outcome of this meeting will be a review paper outlining the need and potential advances of integrating macro and microecology fields. We will also plan for a future, larger gathering to follow-up on some of the most relevant synergies.
This meeting is funded in part by the ASU-SFI Center for Biosocial Complex Systems.
Brendan Bohannan, University of Oregon
Elhanan Borenstein, University of Washington
Bradley Cardinale, University of Michigan
Kevin Foster, University of Oxford
Deborah Gordon, Stanford University
Andrew Hryckowian, Stanford University
Sara Jackrel, University of Michigan
Adam Jones, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Britt Koskella, University of California, Berkeley
C. Jessica Metcalf, Princeton University
Mary Power, University of California, Berkeley
David Relman, Stanford University
Forest Rohwer, San Diego Stat University
Carolina Tropini, Stanford University