I am joining the workshop “Embracing complexity: looking at Chilean fisheries socio-ecological systems” organized by Sergio Navarrete and colleagues at the Centro de conservacion marina, Las Cruces, Chile. The objective is to use an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to describe and understand the complex socio-ecosystem of Chilean fisheries in order to find ways in which these interconnected networks can be understood to foster a sustainable usage of marine resources and preserve coastal biodiversity (workshop program).
I am joining the editor board of the ESA journal Ecosphere. Ecosphere publishes papers on the broadest range of ecologically related topics. In addition to the traditional sub-disciplines of ecology, we are interested in multi- and interdisciplinary studies (e.g., ecohydrology, land-atmosphere interactions, Earth system science, complex systems, conservation ecology) as well as submissions from all sections and chapters in ESA (e.g., environmental justice, traditional ecological knowledge, applied ecology, education). The journal's goal is to provide a rapid-publication, online-only, open-access alternative to ESA's other journals, while maintaining the rigorous standards of peer review for which ESA publications are renowned.
I am co-organizing a conference in Montpellier with Nicolas Mouquet: « the web of life in a changing world ». The aim of this conference was to bring together experts on ecological networks to synthesize existing approaches of ecological complexity in the context of global changes.
The new FP7 project CASCADE is about catastrophic shifts within ecosystems in drylands, and how we can prevent ecosystem degradation. This project will improve our understanding of the biogeochemical mechanisms underlying sudden and catastrophic shifts, and of the key factors influencing these processes. Based on these analyses, CASCADE will develop ways to predict the proximity of the CASCADE’s dryland ecosystems to thresholds in such a way that these predictions can be used by policymakers and land users for more sustainable management of drylands worldwide.