Eleventh Annual Symposium

Research Insights in Semiarid Ecosystems 

Recent research at the USDA-ARS Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed (WGEW) and the University of Arizona Santa Rita Experimental Range (SRER)
 

Data are preliminary and provided by R. Scott, USDA-ARS


University of Arizona, Tucson, Marley Building, Rm. 230 [MAP]
Saturday, 18 October 2014, 8:30AM to 3:00PM

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Past Symposia: 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

We would like to announce the eleventh annual Research Insights in Semiarid Ecosystems (RISE) Symposium.  The objectives of the symposium are to share recent results of scientific research at the USDA-ARS Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed (WGEW) and the University of Arizona Santa Rita Experimental Range (SRER), to encourage future research activities at the WGEW and the SRER, and to promote the WGEW and the SRER as outdoor scientific laboratories.

The Symposium will feature invited speakers presenting either recent research on the WGEW or SRER or new reflections on earlier work conducted at either site.  There will be time for questions from the audience, which will be made up of federal agency and university researchers, students, and stakeholders from southern Arizona. 

Deadlines:

The deadline for registration (as a courtesy for catering plans) is 11 October 2014.  Late registrations will be accepted at the Symposium site from 8:30 to 9:00 AM.

The deadline for Poster Abstract Submission is 30 September 2014.  Note: Space may be limited; if this is the case, priority will be based on order of abstract submission.

Poster Session Guidelines:

Poster Dimensions: (apply to all posters, including student contestants and others).

Posters should not exceed 4 feet (48 inches) by 5 feet (60 inches). 

Student Poster Contest Awards:

Through a generous contribution from Malcolm McGregor, we are able to grant awards for outstanding student posters.  A single poster award will be granted in each of the following categories:

To qualify for a poster award, the work presented on the poster must have been conducted in or have used data from the Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed (WGEW), the Santa Rita Experimental Range (SRER), or both.  Entry to the contest appears in the registration process for the symposium.

Contestantís posters will be judged and awards presented at the Symposium. A poster should stand on its own merit, but poster judges will also be visiting with each student at their posters to evaluate enthusiasm and competence in the subject area. Note: Students in the competition will be asked to identify at least a 30 min window in which they will be at their poster during the poster session

8:30-9:00

Registration

 

9:00-9:15

Mitch McClaran and Susan Moran

UA SNRE and USDA ARS SWRC

 RISE Welcome

9:15-9:25

Brian Chaszar
NEON

National Ecological Observatory Network: Operations and Opportunities

9:30-9:40

William Meikle
USDA ARS CHBRC

Research Directions and Collaborative Opportunities Using a Newly Established Honey Bee Apiary on the Santa Rita

9:45-9:55

Steve Archer
UA SNRE

Planned Shrub Removal Experiments on Instrumented Watersheds: Opportunities for Collaboration

10:00-10:20

Russ Scott
USDA ARS SWRC

Shrubland, Savanna, and Grassland Water and Carbon Exchanges in Southern Arizona

10:20-10:40

Phil Guertin
UA SNRE

Automated Geospatial Watershed Assessment Tool (AGWA) for Rapid Post-Fire Watershed Assessments.

10:40-11:00

Christopher Scott and Mitchell Pavao-Zuckerman
UA Udall Center and Biosphere2

Resilience of the US-Mexico San Pedro River: Adaptation to Climate and Anthropogenic Drivers

11:00-

Poster introductions

Poster abstracts presented by poster authors

11:30-1:30

Poster Session

 

12:00-1:30

Lunch w/ Posters

Provided at the meeting; included in RISE registration fee

1:30-1:50

Michael Crimmins
UA SWES

Rain Days to Dry Spells: Exploring New Ways to Track Drought Across the Southwest U.S.

1:50-2:10

Seth Munson
USGS CPRS

Long-term Plant Responses to Increasing Aridity in the Sonoran Desert and Southwestern U.S.

2:10-2:30

Osvaldo Sala
ASU SOS

Functioning of Drylands: Water, Space and Time

2:30-2:50

Bob Steidl
UA SNRE

Functional Shifts in Ecological Drivers in Grassland Ecosystems

2:50-3:00

Poster Contest Awards

 

3:00

Discussion

All speakers and poster authors will be in attendance

 

 

RISE Organizing Committee:

Phil Heilman, Mitch McClaran, Susan Moran, Shirley Papuga 

phil.heilman@ars.usda.gov
mcclaran@u.arizona.edu
susan.moran@ars.usda.gov
papuga@email.arizona.edu

Undefined Acronyms:

ARS: Agricultural Research Service
ASU: Arizona State University
CHBRC: Carl Hayden Bee Research Center
CPRS: Colorado Plateau Research Station
NEON: National Ecological Observatory Network
SOS: School of Sustainability
SNRE: School of Natural Resources and the Environment
SWES: Soil, Water and Environmental Science
SWRC: Southwest Watershed Research Center
UA: University of Arizona
USDA: United States Department of Agriculture