Welcome to the Pacific Ecoinformatics and Computational Ecology Lab.
Our "PEaCE" Lab, based in Berkeley, CA, is a non-profit
interdisciplinary research institute founded in 2004 to promote
awareness of ecological interdependence through research, development
and education related to ecoinformatics and computational ecology. More info…
Interested in publications on various topics that lab scientists work on? Check out our Projects page, where you can find sets of pdfs on topics such as informatics; ecological network structure, dynamics, and robustness; human impacts on ecosystems; reviews and commentaries; and field-based research in marine and terrestrial habitats. Check out our Publications page to find the full set of lab scientist references, organized by year.
Interested in food-web data or images? Check out our Webs on the Web project and the "food web gallery"
link to the left.
Interested in working with us? Lab scientists are based in different
places, and we collaborate with researchers from a wide variety of
disciplines. Most of us also advise students and postdocs. Please
contact Lab scientists directly about their interests and opportunities
for collaboration or mentoring.
For more info about research and education opportunities, click here.
Rich Williams co-authored a letter to Science and an associated article in Biological Conservation on the role of scientific research for assessing the impacts of international trade on CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species). The first author is a former post-doc of Rich’s.
Neo Martinez and Jennifer Dunne provided commentary on a 2011 Nature Communications study on “Rescuing ecosystems from extinction cascades through compensatory perturbations” for articles in NatureNews and ScienceNews.
Food security implications of global marine catch losses due to overfishing by Thara Srinivasan and colleagues appeared in the Journal of Bioeconomics on August 17, 2010 (first online). The Pew Environment Group published a research summary called Overfishing trends and the global food crisis, and a press release can be found here. This study and three related ones have been reported in various media outlets, including Reuters, The Vancouver Sun, The Montreal Gazette, and many others. This article was selected as a “must read” paper for Faculty of 1000.
Organismal traits are more important than environment for species interactions in the intertidal zone by Spencer Wood and colleagues appeared in the September 2010 issue of Ecology Letters. This article was selected as a “must read” paper for Faculty of 1000 Biology.
Eric Berlow was named a 2010 TEDGlobal Fellow, and spoke at the associated conference in Oxford in July. Watch his excellent short talk on How complexity leads to simplicity.
invasion success in complex
ecological networks by Tamara Romanuk and other Lab scientists, and Cascading
extinctions and community collapse in model food webs by Jennifer
Dunne and Rich Williams, appeared in
the June 27, 2009 issue of the Philosophical
Transactions of the Royal Society B on "Food-web assembly and
collapse: mathematical models and implications for conservation."
Simple prediction of interaction strengths
in complex food webs by Eric Berlow, Uli Brose and other Lab
scientists appeared in the
of the National Academy of Sciences USA on January 6, 2009. A
summary can be found here.
Neo Martinez was elected to a three year term (2008-2010) to the
Board of Directors of SACNAS,
the Society for Advancement of Chicanos
and Native Americans in Science.
SACNAS is widely recognized as the "premier
organization that promotes
diversity in science careers." Its mission is to encourage
Chicano/Latino and Native
American students to obtain advanced science degrees and to pursue
research, teaching, and leadership careers at all levels.
and network analyses of Cambrian food webs by Jennifer Dunne, Rich
Williams, Neo Martinez, and colleagues appeared in the open-access
journal PLoS Biology on April
29, 2008 (press release). This study
has been reported by Nature, Science, Science
Public Radio, Folha de S. Paolo,
The New Mexican, and was
selected as a "must read" paper for Faculty
of 1000 Biology.
The "Goldilocks factor" in food webs,
a commentary by Eric Berlow, Uli Brose, and Neo Martinez, appeared in
the Proceedings of the
National Academy of Sciences USA on March 18, 2008.
The debt of nations and the
distribution of ecological impacts from human activities by Thara
Srinivasan and colleagues appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of
Sciences USA on February 5, 2008. This study has been reported
Public Radio, World
Press International, The
Telegraph, and other outlets.
Ilmi Yoon and students developed a Parts,
image, and sketch-based 3D modeling method for the study of insects.
and complexity of ecosystems: exploring balance and imbalance in nature,
a video by Neo Martinez, Ilmi Yoon, and others, won second place in
on Visualizing Network Dynamics at NetSci 2007.
Lab research featured in SFI
Bulletin article on Risk in
financial markets: learning from nature.
Lab research and food-web image featured in PLoS Biology article on Restoring
Lab research featured in leading conservation biology magazine Conservation in Practice.
Lab icon of ecological complexity chosen as Math Awareness Month
Recent books co-edited by Jennifer Dunne, published by Oxford
Networks: Linking Structure to Dynamics in Food Webs
Food Webs: An Ecosystem Approach
The Lab hosted an oral session at the Ecological Society of America
90th Annual Meeting in Montreal:
tools and accomplishments for synthetic ecological research across
Ecological networks and ecoinformatics were highlighted in a BioScience article (Green et al. 2005):
Complexity in ecology and conservation:
mathematical, statistical, and computational challenges
Tamara Romanuk receives tenure at Dalhousie University; she is now Associate Professor of Biology (2011).
Uli Brose becomes Professor of Systemic Conservation Biology, J.F. Blumenbach Institute of Zoology and Anthropology, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (2010).
Spencer Wood joins the Pacific Ecoinformatics and Computational Ecology Lab as an affiliated scientist (2009).
Neo Martinez completes appointment as an EU Marie Curie Senior
Research Fellow at Potsdam
University, Berlin (2009).
Neo Martinez is elected to the Board of Directors of SACNAS (2008).
Ilmi Yoon receives tenure at San Francisco State University;
she is now Associate Professor of Computer Science (2007).
Jennifer Dunne joins faculty of the Santa Fe Institute
Neo Martinez completes residency as a Fellow at the National
Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (2007).
Thara Srinivasan joins the Pacific Ecoinformatics and
Computational Ecology Lab as an affiliated scientist (2006).
Tamara Romanuk starts appointment as Assistant Professor of Marine
Invertebrate Zoology at Dalhousie
University, Halifax, Canada (2006).
Rich Williams becomes head of the Computational
Ecology and Environmental Science Group, External Research Office,
Microsoft Research (2006).
Eric Berlow becomes director of the Wawona
Field Station, University of California, Merced (2006).