Icebreaker: Images of BiocomplexityEach image below represents the interest of one of the workshop participants. These images show the broad spectrum of biocomplexity.
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The Lipayo Hot Spring in the central Philippines hosts diverse bacterial populations consisting of Hydrogenobacter acidophilus, Desulfurella multipotens and several novel acidophiles at the vent area (pH = 3.5, T=67 C; picture foreground) to Deinococcus, Microcystis, Cynidium and Chlorobium species farther down the flow path (pH=5, T=36 C). The quantitative linkages between microbial assemblage organization, community physiology and C and S chemistry in this and similar systems motivate the biocomplexity research by Abrajano and colleagues at RPI.
Grand Staircase Escalante showing desert varnish growing on sandstone, a connection between geology and biology.
A picture of a hyperpiezophilic bacteria (the bar is 1 micron).
This image shows the equatorial alpine grasslands in the Andes known as paramos above, bordered by a plantation of exotic pine trees below.
Micro-terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park
Hot springs and fumaroles at Myvatn National Park, Iceland
Effigy mounds (Indian burial sites) on campus
Life on a hydrothermal vent.
The Wolfe Creek Crater, Western Australia.
Cobble (top photograph) from Turtle Creek, Beloit, Wisconsin that is coated with a several-mm-thick carbonate crust. Crusts only occur in an 8-km stretch of the stream. Precipitation of the calcitic crust probably reflects complex interactions among biological, chemical, and geological factors. Cyanobacteria (filaments; 5 ???m thick) and diatom frustules are preserved within the crusts as seen in the two scanning electron microscope photographs.
Ex-urban development encroaching on wild land.
Map of a neural net self-organizing map of 700 mb anomalies over the western US that I am using for climate classification.
Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park
Indication of degree of confidence in three forecasting systems among Luganda-speaking residents in Nakasongola District in Uganda: I. Biophysical signs indicating the sex of an unborn child will be male; II. Biophysical indicators predicting anomalously wet rainy season; III. Forecast provided by the Uganda Meteorological Service indicating late onset of the rainy season. Phillips and Orlove, unpublished.
Tandayapa Pastures, Costa Rica