The IRCEB program seeks to promote research that integrates across multiple levels of biological organization and across diverse types and
habitats of organisms. Such work should articulate general principles that can begin to re-unify the increasingly fragmented wealth of
biological knowledge that this century has generated.
AND THE GLOBAL DECLINE OF AMPHIBIANS
This NSF funded project is aimed at understanding the role of pathogens in causing the
decline of amphibians. The principal question being asked is: Why are pathogens causing some amphibian populations to decline, even to
extinction? Specific questions include: How do pathogens influence host pathogen dynamics? Have recent environmental changes altered
BIOLOGICAL STOICHIOMETRY FROM GENES TO ECOSYSTEMS
Our project involves a diverse team of researchers that includes a physiologist, a
microbial ecologist, theoretical biologists, evolutionary biologists, limnologists, and a terrestrial ecosystem ecologist. It involves an
explicit, conceptually organized, integration from genes to ecosystems, from microbes to metazoans, and from lakes to deserts. We propose to
use the framework of "biological stoichiometry" to assess how the fundamental chemical balance required for growth links the genetics and
physiology of organisms to ecosystem dynamics.