The ITCE training program for macrosystems biology

The ITCE program represents a 5-year effort to develop and provide integrated training experiences that will help to launch a generation of scientists prepared to tackle the large-scale challenges presented by the ongoing climatic, ecological, and biogeochemical perturbations affecting the USA and the globe. The program emphasizes the use of stable isotopes in biogeochemical and ecological studies as a focal theme, but on this foundation offers coverage of a broad range of systems and techniques that are widely applicable to problems of spatial analysis, scaling, observation, and modeling of Earth system processes.

The program is founded on the idea of multi-institution, collaborative, cohort-based training and education, and includes the following key elements:

  • Multi-disciplinary and multi-university instruction; cohorts of 25-30 students and 12-16 instructors together in each of two 2-week training courses; further dissemination of these efforts via podcasts and web-based instructional modules

  • Extended post-course training where students will expand thesis foci at other universities and across scales through collaborative research-in-residence experiences with course instructors

  • Postdoctoral research and training involving multi-instructor collaborations with a focus on modeling and syntheses in 4 topics central to continental-scale biology: migration, carbon cycle, water cycle, and disturbance


 

ITCE News!

New Instructional Video Module on Biogeography and Isotope Fractionation in C3 & C4 plants with Christopher Still! Check out all of the videos at the bottom of the 'Summer Courses' tab!


March:

New Publications - Two new papers by SPATIAL alum Sean Brennan involving salmon migration (here) and using dendritic network models to improve Strontium isoscapes (here)!

January:

New Blog Post - Former SPATIAL student Katie Wedemeyer-Strombel discusses her experience as a SPATIAL student last summer! (Check it out here!)

September:

Awards - Former ITCE post-doc Jennifer Cotton has received an NSF Macrosystems Biology Grant. Congratulations, Jen! (Check out the NEON press release here!)

New Publications - Former SPATIAL student Chabi Djagoun's work on carbon isotope niches in herbivores in a west African savannah is now available in Mammalian Biology - Free download until Nov 7th! (Check it out here)

July:

New Publications - Former SPATIAL student Giovanny Mosquera in two new publications involving high elevation tropical ecosystems (Hydrological Processes and Hydrology and Earth System Sciences)

May:

Awards - Congratulations to Jim Ehleringer for receiving the prestigious Rosenblatt Prize for Excellenc! (Read more here.)

April:

Presentations - Several SPATIAL & IsoCamp instructors and past students represented at the 10th annual (ISOECOL meeting in Tokyo!) last week.

Archived ITCE News

 



IsoMAP: WebGIS for Isotopes

IsoMAP is a dynamic, online workspace for spatial analysis, modeling and prediction of stable isotope ratio variation in the natural environment. The initial realease of the IsoMAP gateway is now live and supports precipitation isotope ratio modeling. Visit IsoMAP to learn more or to start making isoscapes today!

IsoMAP