Twelfth 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, 17 October 2015, 8:30AM to 3:00PM


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Past Symposia:

We would like to announce the twelfth 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. 


The deadline for registration (as a courtesy for catering plans) is 12 October 2015.  Late registrations will be accepted at the Symposium site from 8:30 to 9:00 AM.

The deadline for Poster Abstract Submission is 2 October 2015.  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 long-time supporter 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.

Contestant's 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



RISE Organizing Committee:

Phil Heilman, Mitch McClaran, Susan Moran, Rachel Elizabeth

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


(*=graduate and + += undergraduate contestant in student poster contest)