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Scott Isard is Professor of Aerobiology Penn State University. He is also Affiliate/Adjunct Professor at Illinois State Water Survey, Illinois Natural History Survey, Dept. Natural Resources and ...Click here for more information.
Stuart H. Gage is a world leader in complex biological systems analysis. He was honored with a Michigan State University Distinguished Faculty Award in January, 2005. He is Professor of Entomology at Michigan State University where he is director of the Computational Ecology and Visualization Laboratory. Gage also serves on the USDA North Central Regional Committee on the Movement and Dispersal of Biota and the Regional committee on Agricultural Meteorology. His multidisciplinary research program addresses issues of organism distribution in space and time such as gypsy moth invasion into the Midwest, corn phenology across the United States, and patterns of human development in Michigan and elsewhere. His contributions range from modeling the effects of environmental conditions on pest and natural-enemy ecology to examining atmospheric transport of insects and developing cutting-edge computational methods for predicting biological events. As a result of a unique research collaboration with the San Diego Supercomputer Center, he is at the forefront of assessing ecosystem health and predicting future pressures on natural resources. His recent research in environmental acoustics has led to research activities in Australia and New Zealand.Click here for more information.
Flow of Life in the Atmosphere
As we enter the twenty-first century the
ultimate objective of environmental management
programs should be to manipulate ecosystems so
that they fulfill the needs of humans and at the
same time maintain their integrity. In this new
ground-breaking work, Scott Isard and Stuart
Gage look at the importance of anticipating
consequences of the aerial flow of biota as new
strategies to understand and manage our
environment. A sound understanding of the
biological and meteorological interactions that
govern the movement of organisms in the
atmosphere is a prerequisite to the development
of successful management strategies for
terrestrial ecosystems. Inflows and outflows of
organisms to and from habitats can be as
important as birth and death rates in regulating
the dynamics of populations.
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