Fourteenth 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)
 

RISE 2017


University of Arizona, Tucson, Marley Building, Rm. 230 [MAP]
Saturday, 21 October 2017, 8:30AM to 3:00PM


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The 14th annual Research Insights in Semiarid Ecosystems (RISE) Symposium will be held Saturday, 21 October 2017, 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. 

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 Domain Mgr

Update National Ecological Observatory Network in Desert Southwest

9:35-9:55

Mark Carroll
USDA ARS
Carl Hayden Bee Lab

Effects of Neonicotinoid Insecticides on Honey Bee Queens

10:00-10:20

Matt Levi
USDA ARS Jornada Experimental Range

Spatial Distribution of Recent Fires in Desert Grasslands of the Southwestern US

10:25-10:45

Amy Whipple
NAU Biology

South Western Experimental Garden Array (SEGA): Update and Opportunities

10:50-11:10

Nathan Sayre
UC Berkeley Geography

The Exception is Now the Rule: Southwestern Semiarid Grasslands in the History of Rangeland Ecology

11:15-

Poster Introductions

Short Synopses Presented by Poster Authors

11:30-1:00

Poster Session

 

12:00-1:00

Lunch w/ Posters

Provided at the meeting; included in RISE registration

1:05-1:25

Rich Leonard
Director, NEON

Building Collaborations with NEON for Data Access and Research Designs

1:30-1:50

Chandra Holifield Collins
USDA ARS SWRC

RaBET Rangeland Management Tool

1:55-2:15

Jon Pelletier
UA Geosciences

The Influence of Holocene Vegetation Changes on Topography and Erosion Rates at Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed, Arizona

2:20-2:40

Niall Hanan
NMSU Plant Biology

Patterns and Processes of Vegetation Change in Semi-arid Ecosystems

2:45

Poster Awards

 

POSTERS

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

Poster

Lead Author

Title

P1

Ricardo Estrella

A Perspective for International Collaboration in Arid Lands Research in Baja California peninsula

P2

Lara Conejo

Assessing the Effects of Disturbance on Riparian Vegetation of Arid Ecosystems in Central Sonora

P3*

Matt Roby

Controls on Soil Respiration in a Semiarid Grassland

P4*

Sudan Kariuki

How Does Recreational Camping Affect Cover Mediated Soil Microbial Activity?

P5

Wilma Renken

Ecological State maps for the Santa Rita Experimental Range and Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed

P6

Joel Biederman

Shrubland Exchanges of Carbon Dioxide across Water Availability Gradients in the Warm Deserts of North America

P7*

Leland Sutter

Improving our ability to analyze and asses land management by linking traditional ecosystem measurements with UAV spectral analysis

P8*

Austin Rutherford

Does seed predation limit velvet mesquite (Prosopis velutina) recruitment in grasslands?

P9*

Sam Abercrombie

Small Mammalian Herbivores Inhibit Grass Establishment in an Arid Shrubland

P10*

Allie Burnett

Effects of Woody Encroachment on Anti-Predator Behavior and Communication in the Harris' Antelope Ground Squirrel

P11

Melanie Culver

Wildlife Species Composition in the Santa Rita Mountains from 2000-2015

P12*

Sean Hendryx

Quantifying biomass from point clouds by connecting representations of ecosystem structure

P13**

Erika Ackerman

Accuracy of SfM Techniques in Complex Landscapes

P14*

Jeff Gillan

Estimating forage biomass and utilization in a desert grassland with small unmanned aerial system imagery

P15**

Lillian Engel

Objects Detection from Drone Images

P16

Grzegorz Durlo

Spatial distribution of air temperature above a forest plantation determined from rapid measurements using small drones

P17

Kamel Didan

Validation of Vegetation Indices from Landsat, MODIS and VIIRS using Drones and NEON AOP hyperspectral data collected at the Santa Rita Experimental Range

P18

Kelsey Hawkes

Comparing Trends in Vegetation Abundance and Drought Indices: 1972-2015


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
NAU: Northern Arizona University
NEON: National Ecological Observatory Network
NMSU: New Mexico State University
RaBET: Rangeland Brush Estimation Toolbox
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