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Detail from the cover of Levin, S.A., ed., Princeton Guide to Ecology (Princeton University Press, 2009).

I. CNH: Social-Ecological Complexity and Adaptation in Marine Systems
Source of Support: National Science Foundation

Goals: To understand how the behavior of fishermen is shaped by the ecosystems they harvest from, the technology they use to do so, and the societies they live in, with the overarching goal of using this information to design "bottom up" forms of management such as fishery cooperatives.

II. Evolutionary Construction and Complexity
Source of Support: The John Templeton Foundation

Goals: To understand the multiple mechanisms by which multicellularity has arisen and can arise, with extensions to animal societies.

III. Disease in Motion: Integrating Epidemic and Social Dynamics in the Control of Infectious Agents
Source of Support: U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Goals: An interdisciplinary effort to improve current best practice in Infectious Disease Modeling of Foreign Animal Disease Threats (FADT) and of spatiotemporal disease dynamics in general.

IV. Modeling Anthropogenic Effects in the Spread of Infectious Diseases
Source of Support: Arizona State University/National Institutes of Health

Goals: To extend exisiting epidemiological models by formally incorporating decisions that people make affecting the introduction and spread of infectious diseases.

V. Dynamics of South Africa Vegetation
Source of Support: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Goals: To develop an understanding through empirical and modeling work, of the role of fire and other influences on South African vegetation.

VI. Coordination and Collective Decision Making
Source of Support: Army Research Office

Goals: To develop an understanding, through empircal and modeling work, of the evolution of collective decision-making, especially collective motion.

VII. The Evolution of Incentives and Social Structure Under Imperfect Information
Source of Support: National Science Foundation

Goals: To develop an integrated approach, drawing on evolutionary theory and the economic theory of mechanism design, to the evolution of incentives and social structure under uncertainty.

VIII. Top-Down Controls on Marine Microbial Diversity and Its Effects in Primary Productivity in the Oceans
Source of Support: Cooperative Institute for Climate Change (CICS/NOAA)

Goals: To understand the contribution of microbial functional diversity to the regulation of various biogeochemical fluxes in the ocean and how this diversity is in turn affected by both bottom up and top down controls; overarching goal of enhancing the predictive skill of Earth System Models (ESM).

IX. Conservation in a Changing Climate: Predicting Range Shifts for Marine Spatial Planning
Source of Support: Society for Conservation Biology/David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program

Goals: To identify the life history and physiological traits most important for determing a marine species' ability to shift its range in response to changes in climate.

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