Impact of Climate
Biodiversity, Community Interactions, & Ecosystem Functions
In June, 1997, the Mellon Foundation sponsored a
workshop on multi-trophic interactions that was held at the La Selva Biological
Station in Costa Rica. As a follow-up to this workshop, a group
of individuals associate with the Area de Conservacion de Guanacaste
the Organization for Tropical Studies
and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
are organizing a multi-site
collaboration to study the impact of climate on Neotropical forests.
We will place information about this collaboration on the Web
as it becomes available. Below is information on a planning workshop that
we are organizing.
The ACG will host a workshop 12-15 January, 1998. The workshop's goals are
to gain a broad spectrum of input, seek consensus, detail a research plan,
and draft grant proposals. The workshop will be at the ACG's Santa Rosa
field station in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, starting after lunch on Monday, 12 January.
We intend for participants to assemble for dinner in San Jose on the 11th.
We will take ground transportation to Santa Rosa, leaving the capital
city at 7:30AM.
The workshop is limited by space to 50 participants. Currently
we anticipate attendance by representatives from the ACG, ACOsa (Area de Conservacion
de La Osa, Costa Rica), ECOSUR (El Colegio de La Frontera Sur, Chiapas, Mexico),
INBio (Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad, Costa Rica), NSF (U. S. National Science
Foundation), OTS, STRI, the Universidad of Costa Rica, the Universidad de Panama, and
faculty and graduate students from other universities. Click
for a partial list of invitees.
Proposal for a Mellon Workshop in Tropical Biology
The following proposal to help cover the planning workshop's expenses is pending. If it
is successful, we will cover participants' costs within Costa Rica
and contribute to the travel expenses of selected individuals to and from Costa Rica,
including individuals who are unlikely to attend without support. Nevertheless, because
enough individuals are committed to participating even
without support, we will hold the workshop regardless of whether it is sponsored.
Multi-site collaboration to study the impact of climate on biodivesity,
community interactions, and ecosystem functions in Neotropical forests.
e-mailed to OTS-STRI Mellon Grant Steering Committee, 2 September, 1997.
Please Contact Us
If you are interested in joining this collaboration or wish
to obtain more information about it, please contact
or any of the other co-organizers.