sDevTrait – Streamlining development efforts in tools for ecological trait analyses

1st meeting: 26.-30.10.2020 (fully virtual)

2nd meeting: 30.08.-03.09.2021

PIs: Alexander Keller and Markus Ankenbrand

Traits related to function determine how organisms interact with environments and other
species. Databases and software are developed to hold and process this wealth of data, yet
interoperability is mostly lacking. We aim to provide a unified framework for existing and
future tool developments, but also to streamline analytical trait pipelines. With this, reusable
data will be available for large scale syntheses, which we will use to tackle key
questions in trait-based ecology only answerable by unified big-data integration.


Markus Ankenbrand (Center for Computational and Theoretical Biology, Universität Würzburg); Susanne Butschkau (Technical University of Munich); Stefanie Dekeyzer (Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)); Daniel Falster (University of New South Wales); Rachael Gallagher (Macquarie University); Amanda Gallinat (Utah State University); Jennifer Hammock (Smithsonian Institution); Jens Kattge (Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry); Alexander Keller (University of Würzburg); Sara Leonhardt (Technical University of Munich); Joshua Madin (Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology); Brian Maitner (University of Connecticut); Renske Onstein (iDiv); Will Pearse (Imperial College London); Caterina Penone (University of Bern); Jorrit Poelen (Ronin Institute for Independent Scholarship); Florian Schneider (ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research); Aniko Toth (University of New South Wales)


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