Ethan White and Allen Hurlbert (University of North Carolina) just had a paper on The Combined Influence of the Local Environment and Regional Enrichment on Bird Species Richness published online at American Naturalist. The research shows that combining local environmental influences with measures of the regional species pool provides improved prediction of local species richness over either set of predictors alone.

We have begun to develop a series of Database Toolkits to provide quick and accurate setup of ecological databases. Drafts of the first two of these toolkits, one for the Breeding Bird Survey of North America, and one for our very own Morgan Ernest's Mammalian Lifehistory Database are now available as Beta releases for Linux-MySQL servers.

Morgan is in Santa Fe, NM this week for the bi-annual meeting of her NSF funded Research Coordination Network on integrating macroecological patterns and processes across scales.

Ethan White and collaborator Allen Hurlbert recently had a paper accepted at American Naturalist. The paper, titled "The combined influence of the local environment and regional enrichment on bird species richness", explores the benefits of integrating two historically distinct approaches to understanding geographic patterns of species richness.