15th Annual Symposium

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

Mesquite Cover by 1994 and 2017 Fires


University of Arizona, Tucson, Marley Building, Rm. 230 [MAP]
Saturday, 20 October 2018, 8:30AM to 3:00PM

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Past Symposia:

The 15th annual Research Insights in Semiarid Ecosystems (RISE) Symposium will be held Saturday, 20 October 2018, 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM on the University of Arizona campus.  The objectives of the symposium are to share recent results of 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 recent or on-going research on the WGEW, the SRER or other outdoor laboratories in the region. There will be time for questions from the audience, which will consist of federal agency, NGO (non-governmental organization) and university researchers, students, and stakeholders from southern Arizona. 

Deadlines:

The deadline for registration (as a courtesy for catering plans) is 11 October 2018. Late registrations will be accepted at the Symposium site on October 20  from 8:30 to 9:00 AM.

The deadline for Poster Abstract Submission is 01 October 2018.  Note: Space may be limited to 20 posters and decisions about acceptance will be made by 13 October 2018.

Poster Session Guidelines:

Poster Dimensions (applies 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 Mr. Malcolm McGregor, we are able to grant monetary awards for outstanding student posters.  A single award will be granted in each of the following categories:

To qualify for a poster award, the work presented must have been conducted on or have used data from the WGEW, the SRER, or both.  Entry to the contest is made via the symposium registration link above.

Contestant's posters will be judged and awards presented at the close of 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 minute window in which they will be at their poster during the poster session.

RISE Symposium Student Poster Competition Criteria 

A. POSTER APPEARANCE: 1) Neat and visually appealing, 2) Well organized and easy to follow; it has a logical and clear progression of problem statement, methods, and results, and 3) Words are readable from an appropriate distance.

 B. POSTER CONTENT: 1) Purpose of study is stated clearly, 2) Conclusions are stated clearly and supported by results, 3) Scientific method was utilized, and 4) Topic relevant to semiarid ecosystems.

C. SCIENTIFIC ORIGINALITY: Creative approach.

D. POSTER GRAPHICS: Graphics are effective and enhance the results.

E. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Proper acknowledgements are given for support of the study.

F. INTERACTION WITH STUDENT PRESENTER AT POSTER: 1) Presenter made appropriate reference to material in the poster and 2) Presenter spoke clearly and effectively.

 


8:30-9:00

Registration

 

9:00-9:15

Mitch McClaran
UA SNRE,

Phil Heilman
USDA ARS SWRC

RISE Welcome

9:15-9:25

Abe Karam
NEON

Opportunities and updates with NEON the National Ecological Observatory Network

9:30-9:40

Matt Rahr
Commun. and Cyber
Technology, CALS

Using the new line-of-sight wireless system on the Santa Rita

9:45-10:00

Tyson Swetnam
CyVerse, UA

The problem of pattern and scale in (semi-arid ecosystem) ecology: Does big data help or hurt?

10:05-10:20

Bill Smith
SNRE UA

Advances in remote sensing of dryland ecosystems of southwestern North America

10:25-10:40

Craig Rasmussen
SWES, UA

Quaternary soil evolution on alluvial fans in southern Arizona

10:45-11:00

Pieter Hazenberg
ATMO, UA

Precipitation variability in southern Arizona: From event to decadal timescales

11:05-11:20

Matt Jones
U Montana

Innovation in rangeland monitoring: Annual percent cover maps of plant functional types 1984 to 2017

11:25

Poster Introductions

Presenters give a 1-minute advertisement of their poster

11:30-1:00

Poster Session
Lunch w/ Posters

Provided at the meeting; included in RISE registration

1:00-1:10

Theresa Crimmins
NPN

Opportunities and updates with NPN the National Phenological Network

1:15-1:30

Ben Wilder
Desert Lab, UA

The history and future of Tumamoc Hill

1:35-1:50

Michael Bogen
SNRE, UA

From drought to flood: aquatic ecology and dynamic flow regimes in semiarid streams of southern Arizona

1:55-2:10

Laura Meredith
SNRE, UA

Impacts of urban rainwater harvesting practices on soil microbial communities and their function

2:15-2:30

Rachel Gallery
SNRE, UA

Microbial responses to warming, drought, and fire in semiarid grasslands

2:35-2:50

Heather Throop
SLS, ASU

Playing in the DIRT: Santa Rita and the Dryland Detrital Input and Removal Treatment network

2:55

Poster Awards

 


RISE Organizing Committee:

Steve Archer, Phil Heilman, Mitch McClaran, Jason Williams

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

mcclaran@u.arizona.edu
jason.williams@ars.usda.gov

 

Undefined Acronyms:

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