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By David C. Coleman

In great Ecology, David C. Coleman records his traditionally fruitful ecological collaborations within the early years of learning huge ecosystems within the usa. As Coleman explains, the idea that of the ecosystem--a neighborhood organic group and its interactions with its environment--has given upward thrust to many associations and examine courses, just like the nationwide technology Foundation's application for long-term Ecological study. Coleman's insider account of this significant and interesting development towards tremendous technological know-how takes us from the paradigm of collaborative interdisciplinary examine, beginning with the foreign Geophysical 12 months (IGY) of 1957, during the overseas organic application (IBP) of the overdue Sixties and early Seventies, to the long term Ecological examine (LTER) courses of the Nineteen Eighties.

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Mooney, 1999). The bottom line was that none of the junior scientists were willing to sign on to the “mini-Biome” idea of Van Dyne, so we proceeded to work on a series of research projects that were logical offshoots of the IBP Grassland Biome program.  George Innis to work on the ELM model. Several of these postdocs, including William Parton, William Hunt, and Robert Woodmansee, remained at CSU and established distinguished careers as senior scientists in the NREL. They continued to participate in large international programs in East Africa, Asia, South America, and Antarctica.

Plan for participation in the IBP. S. IBP program, after extensive testimony in the House of Representatives by leading ecologists and Dr. Revelle, several million dollars were authorized and appropriated by Congress in the summer of 1967 to establish an Ecosystems Studies program office in the Biological Studies Directorate led by Assistant Director Harve Carlson in the National Science Foundation (NSF) (Blair, 1977). S. IBP fell within two major subgroups: Environmental Management and Human Adaptability.

H. Waddington to throw his support behind this nascent program (Worthington, 1975). This broad approach to the biological basis of productivity included scientists from theoretical and applied disciplines in biology, including forestry, soil science, and freshwater and marine biology. Numerous governmental agencies in Europe provided funding for studies that began from 1963 onward, with Canada and other Commonwealth countries following soon after. The IBP left a lasting imprint on ecosystem ecology, as evidenced by the extensive involvement of IBP alumni in many of the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) studies that have been underway for the past 30 years, 36 years after the formal ending of IBP.

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