Lu et al. 2009                                                     Diuk-Wasser 2012                  Δ NPP               Δ...
e details Matter:                                                   Natural History                                      ...
e details Matter:                                             Natural History                                            ...
Importance:                           Natural History                      and predictive ecology                       • ...
Importance:           Natural History      and predictive ecologye ideal scientist thinks like a poet and works   like a ...
Importance:                                                                    Natural History                            ...
Decline                         Exposure, Experts, Access     “Curiosity isinsubordination in its     purest form” (Vladim...
DeclineExposure, Experts, Access
Exposure:minimum natural historyrequired for a BS in Biology
Exposure  Is declining                                                                   “To pay attention,               ...
Exposurenatural history in introductorybiology texts from 1930 to 2011
Exposure    is declining                                         Natural history material in college                      ...
ExpertsNatural History ingraduate education First full facts,then interpretations(T. C. Chamberlain 1890)
Experts                           Proportion of PhDs by Discipline (U.S.A)                                                ...
Access Consolidation of collections                                                   Pay attention to the mystery. Redisc...
Access                                             US and Europe have been Consolidation of                               ...
Importance:                           Natural History                      and predictive ecology                       • ...
Future:                          A prescription for 21st century ecology                                           •  21st...
Nat. History Section Mixer     All art used in6:30, Doubletree             collaboration withthree sisters room           ...
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  1. 1. Lu et al. 2009 Diuk-Wasser 2012 Δ NPP Δ NPP summer Ciais et al. 2005 Dry DaysIPPC 2007
  2. 2. e details Matter: Natural History Serving Society Joshua Tewksbury Walker Professor of Natural History, Department of Biology and College of the Environment, University of Washington“Staying out of the fray is not Kirsten Rowelltaking the high ground; it is Curator of Malacology, Burke Museum of Natural just passing the buck” History Culture, University of Washington (Steve Schneider)
  3. 3. e details Matter: Natural History Serving Society Stephanie Hampton, Jonathan Bakker, Noelle Machnicki, Jennifer Ruesink, John Anderson, Tim Billo, Terry Wheeler, Carlos Martinez del Rio,“Staying out of the fray is not Doug Levey, Liam Stacey, Petertaking the high ground; it is just passing the buck” Dunwiddie, Steve Trombulak, Martha (Steve Schneider) Groom, Mary Power, Anne Salomon
  4. 4. Importance: Natural History and predictive ecology •  Importance •  Decline? –  Exposure –  Experts“Accuse not Nature. –  Access She has done her part; Do ou but ine” (John Milton, •  FutureParadise Lost 1667)
  5. 5. Importance: Natural History and predictive ecologye ideal scientist thinks like a poet and works like a bookkeeper. (E.O. Wilson, 1998) Spencer et al. 1991
  6. 6. Importance: Natural History and predictive ecology 1.2 Cases of Cholera per 1000 1.0 0.8 chlorophyll 0.6Natural 0.4History 0.2protects low highhuman Colwell et al. 2003, 0.0 Control Nylon Sari health Huq et al 1996
  7. 7. Decline Exposure, Experts, Access “Curiosity isinsubordination in its purest form” (Vladimir Nabokov)
  8. 8. DeclineExposure, Experts, Access
  9. 9. Exposure:minimum natural historyrequired for a BS in Biology
  10. 10. Exposure Is declining “To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.” (Mary Oliver) 2.25 2.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 Year: P < 0.0001 (LRT test) (GLLM w/ 35 institutions; institution as random effect, Poisson error structure)
  11. 11. Exposurenatural history in introductorybiology texts from 1930 to 2011
  12. 12. Exposure is declining Natural history material in college biology textbooks (prop. of total) courses for a BS in Biology Minimum natural history 0.6 “To pay attention, 3 this is our endless and 0.4 proper work.” (Mary Oliver) 2 0.2 1 0.0 Modified Logistic [y =y0 + a/(1+(x/x0)b)] w/ 38 texts): RSS / TSS = 0.92
  13. 13. ExpertsNatural History ingraduate education First full facts,then interpretations(T. C. Chamberlain 1890)
  14. 14. Experts Proportion of PhDs by Discipline (U.S.A) PhDs per year in Biological Sciences (U.S.) 0.5 7000Natural History in Naturalgraduate education history rich 6000 0.4 DisciplinesWe are 5000 0.3entering the 4000molecular 0.2age… microbiology and molecular biology 3000 0.1 2000 First full facts, 0.0 1000then interpretations(T. C. Chamberlain 1890)
  15. 15. Access Consolidation of collections Pay attention to the mystery. Rediscover in nature“Do  bblack  rapes  oof  he   New York “Do  lack  g grapes  f  t the   B. iers, in your own biology. Write and speak with desert  have    a  basic   desert  have  a basic   Botanicaltears?”   thirst  for   Gardens Virtual appreciation for all you have been gifted. thirst  for  tears?”   (Barry Lopez) -­‐P.  NNeruda   -­‐P.   eruda   Herbarium. (2012)
  16. 16. Access US and Europe have been Consolidation of losing herberia since 1990 collections Europe Europe Global US North America“Do  bblack  rapes  oof  he   New York “Do  lack  g grapes  f  t the   B. iers, in desert  have    a  basic   desert  have  a basic   Botanicaltears?”   thirst  for   Gardens Virtual thirst  for  tears?”   -­‐P.  NNeruda   -­‐P.   eruda   Herbarium. (2012)
  17. 17. Importance: Natural History and predictive ecology •  Importance •  Decline –  Exposure –  Experts“Accuse not Nature. –  Access She has done her part; Do ou but ine” (John Milton, •  FutureParadise Lost 1667)
  18. 18. Future: A prescription for 21st century ecology •  21st century – Collaboration – Curation – Transparency – Technology •  Science as Civics“In the depth of winter – Saving the I finally learned that there was in me an world in our invincible summer” spare time (Albert Camas)
  19. 19. Nat. History Section Mixer All art used in6:30, Doubletree collaboration withthree sisters room the artistse Initiative:Natural History Networke Burke Museum of NaturalHistory and Culture,Prescott College,BDSJS.COM, NCEASFunding: National ScienceFoundation and e Collegeof Environment, UW

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