Moving forward, I believe that the interface between ecological systems and the fringe of anthropogenic impacts is becoming closer and closer. This convergence has amplified ecological “tipping points” to the point where the slightest of environmental impacts can result in dramatic ecological responses, which can rapidly cascade through the ecosystem. Consequently, the field of environmental science has entered a time when researchers need to think at larger, more global spatial scales and need to consider the combined effects of system drivers. We find ourselves at the doorstep of significant global environmental changes, and with these changes follow a myriad of ecological questions. As a research scientist, this cannot be a more exciting time and I believe we need engaging researchers to continue to address (and continue to ask) these challenging questions. This can be viewed as a daunting task, but I am confident that through a collaborative effort, we are up to the task. I look forward to the role that TRIES can play in bringing together a wide range of researchers from throughout the SHSU community to actively participate in this process and to work towards finding the solution.
Thanks for visiting. We hope to see you back again soon!