Shahid Naeem :: Principle Coordinator
Daniel Bunker :: Associate Coordinator
Attn: S. Naeem
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental
1200 Amsterdam Ave MC5557
New York, NY 10027
Tel. 212 854-8189
Fax. 212 854-8665
BioMERGE (Biotic Mechanisms of Ecosystem Regulation
in the Global Environment), is an NSF
funded research coordinating network that is dedicated to
fostering the merger of the study of biodiversity with the
study of ecosystem processes.
It will serve as a research coordinating hub, linking
those that study the distribution of biodiversity with those
that study its functioning.
Its 5-year goal is to develop and apply biodiversity-functioning
mechanisms (e.g., sampling, niche complementarity, and others)
to biodiversity and ecosystem functioning data across terrestrial
biomes (grasslands, forests, freshwater, and wetlands).
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of BioMERGE. Serves to see that it fulfills its mission
to advance BEF research by unifying research through the
development of standards, clear terminology, effective protocol,
and by promoting synthesis and consensus.
Coordinator acts as liaison between network participants,
manages resources, coordinates and contributes to conferences
In close collaboration with the Principle Coordinator
and Contributing Participants, a GIS data base of diversity
will be prepared and employed in the scenario and
solutions exercise of ASW-IV.
The Associate Coordinator is expected to work at
the level of co-author in the majority of BioMERGE publications.
Open to all individuals interested in
biodiversity and ecosystem function
Click here to see current list of participants or become
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Wright, J.P., Naeem, S.,
Hector, A., Lehman, C., Reich, P.B., Schmid, B., & Tilman,
D. (2006) Conventional functional classification schemes
underestimate the relationship with ecosystem functioning.
Ecology Letters, 9, 111-120.
Bunker, D.E., DeClerck,
F., Bradford, J.C., Colwell, R.K., Perfecto, I., Phillips,
O.L., Sankaran, M., & Naeem, S. (2005) Species Loss
and Above-ground Carbon Storage in a Tropical Forest. Science,
Solan, M., Cardinale, B.J.,
Downing, A.L., Engelhardt, K.A.M., Ruesink, J.L., &
Srivastava, D.S. (2004) Extinction and ecosystem function
in the marine benthos. Science, 306, 1177-1180.
Naeem, S. & Wright,
J.P. (2003) Disentangling biodiversity effects on ecosystem
functioning: deriving solutions to a seemingly insurmountable
problem. Ecology Letters, 6, 567-579.
material is based upon work supported by the National
Science Foundation under Grant No. 0435178. Any opinions,
findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in
this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily
reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.