Thirteenth 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)
 

RISE 2016


University of Arizona, Tucson, Marley Building, Rm. 230 [MAP]
Saturday, 8 October 2016, 8:30AM to 3:00PM


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We would like to announce the thirteenth 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. 

Five Continuing Education Units will be awarded from the Society for Range Management Certified Professional Rangeland Managers.


8:30-9:00

Registration

 

9:00-9:15

Mitch McClaran

UA SNRE,

Phil Heilman

USDA ARS SWRC

 

RISE Welcome

 

9:15-9:30

Abe Karam
NEON

National Ecological Observatory Network: Operations and Opportunities  

9:35-9:55

Dana Backer
SNP

Saguaro National Park's Buffelgrass Management Tool Box 

10:00-10:20

Wendy Moore
UA ENTO

Arthropod and vegetation trends in Santa Catalina Mountains

10:25-10:45

Eleonora Demaria
USDA ARS SWRC

Changes in spatio-temporal characteristics of precipitation intensities in Arizona: what we have observed during the last sixty years?

10:50-11:10

Viktor Polyakov
USDA ARS SWRC

Determining soil erosion rates on semi-arid watersheds using radioisotope-derived sedimentation chronology

11:15-

Poster Introductions

Poster abstracts presented by poster authors

11:30-1:00

Poster Session

 

12:00-1:10

Lunch w/ Posters

Provided at the meeting; included in RISE registration fee

1:15-1:35

Joel Biederman
USDA ARS SWRC

Semiarid Ecosystem Water and Carbon Balance During the Early 21st-Century Drought in Southwestern North America:  A Comparison with Models and Remote Sensing

1:40-2:00

Adam Naito
UA SNRE

Brush management on the Santa Rita Experimental Range, Arizona: a pre-treatment assessment of ecosystem services

2:05-2:25

Tyson Swetnam
UA SNRE

Demonstration of cross-platform lidar and sfm-mvs data fusion for ecosystem monitoring

2:30-2:50

Mark Heitlinger
SRER

Santa Rita History  

3:00

Poster Awards

 

POSTERS

(*=graduate contestant in student poster contest)

Poster #

Lead Author

Title

P1*

Mark Kautz

Parameterization of the Rangeland Hydrology and Erosion Model (RHEM) using dynamic Landsat-based foliar cover estimates

P2

Dennis Dye

Satellite Mapping and Monitoring of Southwest Grasslands and Rangelands: A Phenology-Based Approach

P3

Ning Ma

A Systematic Assessment of Noah-MP in Simulating Land-Atmosphere Energy, Water and Carbon Exchanges over the Continental United States

P4

Patrick Murphy

Seasonal and Topographic Variation in Net Primary Productivity in a Southwest Sky Island Forest

P5*

Noelle Espinosa

Soil Respiration is Enhanced by Surface Coarse Woody Debris Despite Low Plant Biomass

P6

Sarah Noelle

Short-term Rangeland Monitoring Archive: A New Resource for Researchers

P7

Jason Field

Exploring Ecoclimate Teleconnections: Would Large-scale Tree Die-off Elsewhere Impact the Desert Southwest NEON Domain?

P8*

Leland Sutter

Multiple Approaches to Measure Mesquite - Grass Dynamics on a Semi-arid Grassland in Southern Arizona

P9*

Sam Abercrombie

Small Mammalian Herbivores Decrease Herbaceous Plant Cover in Shrub Invaded Grassland

P10

Damian Rawoot

Spatial Distribution of Conservation Easements in Relation to Public Protected Areas in the Madrean Archipelago

P11

Kelsey Hawkes

Using Co-development and a Scenario Planning Tool for Ranchers and Forest Service to Prepare for Drought


RISE Organizing Committee:

Steve Archer, Phil Heilman, Mitch McClaran, Mary Nichols

sarcher@email.arizona.edu
phil.heilman@ars.usda.gov

mcclaran@u.arizona.edu
mary.nichols@ars.usda.gov

 

Undefined Acronyms:

ARS: Agricultural Research Service
ENTO: Department of Entomology
NEON: National Ecological Observatory Network
SNRE: School of Natural Resources and the Environment
SRER: Santa Rita Experimental Range
SWRC: Southwest Watershed Research Center
UA: University of Arizona
USDA: United States Department of Agriculture