16th 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)
 

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University of Arizona, Tucson, Marley Building, Rm. 230 [MAP]
Saturday, 26 October 2019, 8:30AM to 3:00PM

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The 16th annual Research Insights in Semiarid Ecosystems (RISE) Symposium will be held Saturday, 26 October 2019, 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 15 October 2019. Late registrations will be accepted at the Symposium site on 26 October, 8:30 to 9:00 AM. Registration is $25 for non-students and $10 for students. Make Checks Payable to: The University of Arizona

The deadline for Poster Abstract Submission is 04 October 2019.  Note: Space may be limited to 20 posters and decisions about acceptance will be made by 16 October 2019.


Poster Session Guidelines:

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

Posters should not exceed 36 inches tall by 60 inches wide. 

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 on the poster 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/REFERENCES CITED: Proper acknowledgements are given for support of the study, and literature cited. 

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

9:30-9:45

Craig Tweedie
Biology, UTEP

Techno-ecology -- New technologies that are helping to solve persistent ecological questions

9:50-10:05

Deb Peters
USDA ARS Jornada

The USDA in the time of Big Data and challenging agricultural problems: can the two intersect?

10:10-10:40

Dave Bertelsen
UA Herbarium

Vegetation Changes in the Finger Rock Canyon, Santa Catalina Mountains 1984-2019

10:45-11:00

Mike Duniway
USGS SWBC

Drought, land-use, and the rangelands of the Colorado Plateau

11:05-11:20

Larry Fisher
UA SNRE

Using indicators of watershed health to guide management decision making

11:25-

Poster Introductions

Presenters give a 1-minute advertisement of their poster

11:30-1:15

Poster Session Lunch w/ Posters

Provided at the meeting; included in RISE registration

1:15-1:30

Betsy Arnold
UA SPS

Distributions and importance of soil borne microbes for seeds at the Santa Rita Experimental Range

1:35-1:50

Elise Gornish
UA SNRE

It's not what you think! What really drives plant community dynamics at the Santa Rita Experimental Range

1:55-2:10

Enrique Vivoni
ASU SESE

Degree of woody plant encroachment influences seasonality of water, energy and carbon dioxide exchanges

2:15-2:30

Adam Naito
UA SNRE

Brush management and ecosystem services on southern Arizona rangelands: tradeoffs and unintended consequences

2:35-2:50

Erik Andersen
UA SNRE

Shrub encroachment restructures avian communities in semiarid grasslands

2:50

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: Arizona State University
NEON: National Ecological Observatory Network
SEE: School of Earth and Space Exploration
SNRE: School of Natural Resources and the Environment
SPS: School of Plant Science
SWBC: Southwest Biological Science Center
SWRC: Southwest Watershed Research Center
UA: University of Arizona
USDA: United States Department of Agriculture
USGS: United States Geological Survet
UTEP: Univ Texas, El Paso