Tuesday 9
Predictive ecology in a changing world: from data to practices
Chair: Virginie Maris
› 17:00 - 17:30 (30min)
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When the bio-sphere becomes a data-sphere: quantifying nature for big ecology
Vincent Devictor  1@  
1 : Institut des Sciences de l'Evolution - Montpellier  (ISEM)  -  Website
CNRS : UMR5554, IRD, Université Montpellier II - Sciences et techniques
Place E. Bataillon CC 064 34095 Montpellier Cedex 05 -  France

Session: “Predictive ecology in a changing world: from data to practice” (Vincent DEVICTOR; Sarah CALBA; James JUSTUS; Audrey COREAU).

Several scientific disciplines have entered a “data world” following the information revolution, the development of computer networks and Internet facilities. In this talk, I will question whether, how, and why the raise of new techniques of quantifications has changed the perception of nature in ecological sciences. Using concrete examples, I will i) discuss how natural objects are transformed into data, ii) illustrate how a new spatiality and temporality emerge from this transformation, iii) assessed whether this process has created an autonomous data-sphere with its own normative and scientific rules. I will then propose a critical analysis of this transformation to show how it opens a route for new social strategies and uncertainties. Overall, this talk proposes to illustrate how ecology is, to some extent, progressively sharing similarities with what was identified as “big-sciences” and “techno-sciences” in modern epistemology.

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