Elise Zipkin

View Calendar
March 6, 2023 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Associate Professor

Department of Integrative Biology

Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Program Director

Michigan State University



Emerging data integration approaches incorporate multiple data sources within a unified analytical framework. Such approaches are exceptionally valuable for research conducted at broad extents or across multiple scales as it is rarely possible to estimate all ecological parameters of interest using only a single data source. Multiple data sources can inform various components of the study system that operate at different spatial or temporal scales, providing unique or complementary information on biological patterns and/or processes. Multi-scaled studies increasingly use data integration techniques to improve precision of parameter estimates, account for multiple sources of uncertainty, estimate parameters for which no explicit data exists, and produce predictions of future ecosystem states and processes across space and time. As a result of these advantages, data integration has become a powerful approach for expanding the spatiotemporal coverage of research. I will highlight these benefits by showcasing a research case study examining the recent decline of monarch butterflies across eastern North America. I will also present some of the key ongoing challenges of integrated modeling that are exacerbated in broad and multi-scale research such data scale mismatches, unbalanced data, sampling biases, and model development and assessment. Use of data integration techniques has increased rapidly in recent years. Given the inferential value of such approaches, we should expect sustained development and wider application across ecological disciplines.

Related upcoming events

  • February 26, 2024 11:30 am - February 26, 2024 12:30 pm

    Out of Sight, Out of Mind

    Abstract: Join Bobby for a showcase of his detailed biological illustration, created under the pen name, NearsightGraphite. Highlighting his process, he’ll discuss the power of the observer and the illustrator’s role as a distiller of torrents of visual data. Bobby’s artwork amplifies intimate, obscure forms of life to give underrepresented organisms louder voices and to visualize their self-worlds. He aims to inspire curiosity in the intricacies of the natural world, and by extension, promote nature conservation.

    Bio: Robert J. Long ("Bobby") is a visual artist and educator from Silver Spring, Maryland. His zoologically-focused artwork has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally. In 2013 he became Arizona’s first and only finalist in the internationally juried Adobe Design Achievement Awards. His illustrations have been published by Frontiers in Microbiology, Manifest Press, the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry, and Edible Magazine, among others. Bobby is also an amateur reef aquarist and an avid photographer with experience in macro-photography and an interest in natural subjects.

  • March 4, 2024 11:30 am - March 4, 2024 12:30 pm

    Canopy Temperature

  • March 11, 2024 - March 15, 2024 All day
    No additional details for this event.
  • March 18, 2024 11:30 am - March 18, 2024 12:30 pm

    Carbon and Water Fluxes

  • March 25, 2024 11:30 am - March 25, 2024 12:30 pm


  • April 1, 2024 11:30 am - April 1, 2024 12:30 pm

    Urban Ecology

  • April 8, 2024 11:30 am - April 8, 2024 12:30 pm


  • April 15, 2024 11:30 am - April 15, 2024 12:30 pm

    Kimberly Dibble, NPS

    KC Cushman, ORNL

    Soren Weber, ORNL

    Nicola Falco, Berkeley Lab

    Lucas Heintzman, USDA

    Cameron McIntire, USDA


  • April 22, 2024 11:30 am - April 22, 2024 12:30 pm

    Earth System Modeling

  • April 29, 2024 11:30 am - April 29, 2024 12:30 pm

    Microbes and Soil