Workshop For Development of NSF Biological Integration Institute

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    Tree Conservation
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    BGCI Member

Terrestrial Responses to Emerging Environments through Time

Integrated from Moments to Eons (TREETIME)

The Center for Tree Science (CTS) at The Morton Arboretum is a hub for independent and innovative research centered on trees and the role they play in globally diverse environments. In September 2020, the CTS was awarded funding from the National Science Foundation to design a Biology Integration Institute (BII) with the intent of submitting a proposal in January 2022. To broaden their network and facilitate new collaborations and transformative research, they are soliciting potential collaborators for a workshop to design a BII focused on the theme of Terrestrial Responses to Emerging Environments through Time, Integrated from Moments to Eons (TREETIME).

Workshop participants will take part in periodic asynchronous activities this spring to refine the theme of the proposed BII, culminating in a 2-day workshop on May 18-19, 2021 to build team cohesion, finalize the scope of the BII, and develop research projects and hypotheses. Further information and details regarding the workshop and design of the BII at The Morton Arboretum are available on the TREETIME website: You may also reach out to any team members (contact information included below) for further information.

As an independent, nonprofit organization, The Morton Arboretum has a responsibility to serve the public good. This responsibility is best informed by including diverse perspectives at all levels, including the design, execution, and application of our scientific research. Interested collaborators must share this commitment and positively contribute to advancing inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility.

If you are interested in applying to participate in the TREETIME BII research development workshop, please complete the application here:

Applications will be evaluated on an ongoing basis to generate a diverse and cohesive group. A first round of invitations is anticipated in late January with a finalized list of participants by the end of February. Sharing information on TREETIME and the workshop application with any interested individuals or groups is encouraged.

Andrea Brennan, PhD
Project Coordinator, BII Design
The Morton Arboretum

Chuck Cannon, PhD
Director, Center for Tree Science
The Morton Arboretum

Luke McCormack, PhD
Tree Root Biologist & BII Research Subgroup Leader
The Morton Arboretum

Christy Rollinson, PhD
Forest Ecologist & BII Research Subgroup Leader
The Morton Arboretum


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