Michael Dietze, an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth & Environment and a Faculty Research Fellow at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, recently gave a talk at the Center for Geospatial Analytics at NC State University.
In his talk, titled “Forecasting Ecology in a Changing World,” Prof. Dietze discussed the challenges and opportunities of iterative ecological forecasting, exploring the ways in which this interdisciplinary research area can help manage ecosystems and better predict ecological processes in the future.
The talk was part of the Geospatial Forum at the Center for Geospatial Analytics, which brings together researchers, educators, practitioners, and students for a series of presentations and discussions on cutting-edge work in the geospatial sciences.
As a Pardee Center Faculty Research Fellow, Dietze leads Ecological Forecasting Initiative (EFI), which he launched in 2018. EFI is a grassroots consortium aimed at building and supporting an interdisciplinary community of practice around near-term ecological forecasts, an emerging research area focused on accelerating environmental research and making it more relevant to society. In May, the Pardee Center co-sponsored the 2019 EFI Conference at AAAS headquarters in Washington, DC. Over 100 people of all career stages were in attendance for the meeting, representing a broad range of academic disciplines, federal agencies, and NGOs.