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Emerging Frontiers in Ecological Stoichiometry

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Ecological stoichiometry is the study of the balance of energy and multiple chemical elements in ecological interactions; biological stoichiometry extends the framework to all areas of biology and especially to the domains of evolution and cellular / molecular mechanisms. Ecological / biological stoichiometry ...

Ecological stoichiometry is the study of the balance of energy and multiple chemical elements in ecological interactions; biological stoichiometry extends the framework to all areas of biology and especially to the domains of evolution and cellular / molecular mechanisms. Ecological / biological stoichiometry has been a powerful tool to integrate diverse disciplines, connecting all areas of ecology but also evolutionary and functional organismal biology (physiology, behavior) as well as earth sciences and sustainability science. Ecological stoichiometry was the focus of a recent Research Topic in Frontiers, "Progress in Ecological Stoichiometry". To build on the ideas explored in this collection, this Topic aims to provide a venue for the products of the 4th Woodstoich workshop for early career investigators being held at the Flathead Lake Biological Station (Montana) in August 2019.

Woodstoich is a 5-day professional advancement event for early career scientists working in the field of ecological / biological stoichiometry and held every five years on the same dates of the legendary Woodstock concert. The event has been held three times previously: in Norway in 2004, in Japan in 2009, and in Australia in 2014. Its vision is to create a diverse community of early career scientists to invigorate ecology by improving and expanding the use of stoichiometric theory.
Extensively led by the early career scientists themselves, Woodstoich 4 involves:
· 5 working groups formed months ahead of the conference to define and advance a project
· Attendees arrive at the workshop with a first draft of a manuscript
· Attendees complete their manuscript during the first days of the workshop
· Manuscripts receive thorough 24-hour peer review
· Manuscripts revised and resubmitted, with acceptance or rejection generally determined before the end of the event.

The five working groups for Woodstoich 4 are: 1. Eco-evolutionary dynamics in altered stoichiometric environments; 2. Living in the cold: ecological stoichiometry in the cryosphere; 3. Socio-ecological stoichiometry: elemental ratios link environmental change and public health; 4. Stoichiometry in emerging models of terrestrial organic matter dynamics; 5. The role of silicon along a land-sea continuum.


Keywords: Cryosphere, Public health, Eco-evolutionary dynamics, Soil, Silicon


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