Oceania Ecological Forecasting Initiative (OEFI)

Interested in forecasting and prediction? The Oceania Ecological Forecasting Initiative is a grassroots regional group of individuals from Australia, New Zealand, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia interested in creating and using ecological forecasts.

The Ecological Forecasting Initiative (EFI) started in the USA several years ago as a consortium of like-minded people who wanted to a build and support an interdisciplinary community of practice around near-term (daily to decadal) ecological forecasts for the purpose of solving the challenge of predicting nature.  

There has been such interest in EFI from around the world that chapters have already been established in Canada, Europe and Oceania. Our Oceania chapter has been fortunate to have as its organisers Alistair Hobday (CSIRO), Glenda Wardle (University of Sydney), Belinda Medlyn (University of Western Sydney), Jamie Cleverly (James Cook University), and Jody Peters (EFI Community Manager) – check out past activities on the OEFI website.

In 2023, there will be a weminar series to share and highlight the ecological forecasting work being done in Oceania.  These will take place on Thursdays at 3pm AET, noon AWT, 5pm NZ on:  

23 February; 23 March; 25 May; 22 June; 24 August; 21 September; 2 November; and 14 December.

Details about speakers and topics will be added to the OEFI webpage as they are confirmed. Links to register for the Zoom calls will also be added. 

Ways you can become involved in the Oceania EFI 
  1. Subscribe to the OEFI listserv via the OEFI webpage to receive news of events.
  2. Join the #oceania-chapter Slack channel on the broader EFI community’s Slack group by emailing to be added to the group.
  3. Explore the resources available from the broader Ecological Forecasting Community.
  4. Become involved in any of the 9 cross-cutting working groups set up by EFI and described on the EFI website.
  5. If you are a student, consider joining the Ecological Forecasting Student Association that is open to any student interested in ecological forecasting.

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