An Integrated Network for Terrestrial Ecosystem Research on Feedbacks to the Atmosphere and ClimatE (INTERFACE): Linking experimentalists, ecosystem modelers, and Earth system modelers
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The INTERFACE research coordination network brings together three groups within the global change research community:

  1. Researchers conducting field experiments
  2. Researchers who use ecosystem-scale models
  3. Researchers working on land-atmosphere interactions in Earth system models (ESMs).

INTERFACE activities bring together these three groups to advance global environmental change research by

  • Incorporating realistic biological responses into ESMs, and
  • Facilitating the design of field experiments and computer simulations that are best suited to improving the performance of ESMs.

INTERFACE will hold a series of workshops, working group meetings, and international meetings, starting in early 2011. Watch this page for details. INTERFACE seeks to involve students and postdoctoral researchers in all activities, and will sponsor cross-disciplinary research experiences for students.

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Upcoming Activities

See Activities page for a full list of upcoming and past activities related to INTERFACE


Frontiers in terrestrial climate feedbacks: Integrating models and experiments to explore climate feedbacks in an increasingly managed and warming world.

Place: Sirata Beach Resort & Conference Center, St. Pete’s Beach, Florida

Date: January 31 - February 3, 2016

We invite applications to Frontiers in terrestrial climate feedbacks: Integrating models and experiments to explore climate feedbacks in an increasingly managed and warming world. This INTERFACE workshop will take place from Sunday, January 31 (evening) to Wednesday, February 3 (early afternoon) at the Sirata Beach Resort in St. Pete’s Beach, Florida. The workshop’s goal is to develop the foundation for 1-4 concept papers that will each focus on one (or more) of the following four meeting themes:

  • Managed ecosystems under global change: ecosystem responses and climate feedbacks
  • Precipitation extremes and ecosystem dynamics: responses in models vs. responses in reality
  • Do microbes matter? Implicit vs. explicit representation of microbes in models and associated implications for climate feedbacks
  • Combining remote sensing with in situ experiments to reduce uncertainty in terrestrial climate feedbacks

The meeting will involve a mixture of short and provocative (5 minute) and longer synthetic (20 minute) talks that will, we hope, challenge our understanding by presenting new experimental and modeling ideas for group discussion. We will start the meeting in plenary with four sessions of talks (one on each of the proposed themes), but the majority of the time at the workshop will be reserved for smaller working groups to develop manuscripts on each of the four topics. Each session /topic will include 1-2 organizers, 5 speakers, and 3-8 additional participants. In the working group discussions, we will develop conceptual manuscripts that integrate experimental and modeling perspectives in the different topical areas. We will also explore a special issue in a journal if interest is high.

Because we will be entering the INTERFACE network’s final year, we would also like meeting attendees to come with topics and ideas for the next iteration of the network.

Confirmed speakers include: Lisa Ainsworth, Bill Anderegg, Mark Bradford, Bethany Bradley, Wenting Feng, Andy Fox, Anke Jentsch, Danica Lombardozzi, Betsy Middleton, David Moore, Jessica Moore, Asko Noormets, Thomas Powell, Lara Reichmann, Josh Schimel, Gary Wall, Will Wieder, Chonggang Xu.

Working group chairs:  Lindsey Rustad and Quinn Thomas (Managed ecosystems); Jeff Dukes and Melinda Smith (Precipitation extremes); Aimée Classen and Yiqi Luo (Do microbes matter?); Kyla Dahlin and Shawn Serbin (Remote sensing).

STUDENTS/POSTDOCS: We invite applications to attend from graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Funding is available; to apply please submit a one-page CV that includes the name, email address, and phone number for three references (including your current dissertation or postdoctoral advisor), a short paragraph on why attending the meeting would enhance your career, and a poster abstract to Prof. Aimeé Classen ( with "INTERFACE application_your last name" in the subject line. Application deadline is December 21, 2015. All students and postdocs will be REQUIRED to present a poster at the meeting.

OTHER RESEARCHERS: We encourage applications from interested researchers for a limited number of partially subsidized spaces; if you would like to participate in the workshop, please email Ms. Cindy Fate ( with the subject "INTERFACE application_your last name." Include the title and abstract of the poster you would bring. Applications will be reviewed starting December 21, 2015. There is no registration fee for the workshop.


Student Collaborative Exchange Program

To further facilitate collaboration in the research community, INTERFACE plans to sponsor a limited number of “collaborative exchanges” for US-based graduate students, in which students who primarily work with models spend a brief period (up to one month) working in an experimental setting, or students who primarily work on global change experiments spend a brief period (up to one month) working in an ecosystem or Earth system modeling setting.  These exchanges should ideally allow the student to continue working on a similar topic, but from a different perspective.  Interested graduate students should identify a laboratory in which they would like to work, and should secure approvals from their advisor and the exchange lab’s PI.  To apply, students should submit as a single PDF file: (1) a two-page proposal explicitly stating the questions being addressed and why the collaboration will facilitate answering them, (2) an NSF-style CV,  (3) a one-page budget justification, and (4) letters of support from the advisor and the PI of the lab the student will visit. Applications should be sent to Aimée Classen <>.  Applications will be reviewed at two times each year, starting on the fourth Monday of April and the fourth Monday of October, through the end of 2016.  Allowable expenses include airfare, meals while traveling to and from the exchange location, and housing. These funds cannot be used to cover classes at the host institution or student/ PI salary.  Exchanges may be partially or fully sponsored by INTERFACE.  



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