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)
 

RISE 2015


University of Arizona, Tucson, Marley Building, Rm. 230 [MAP]
Saturday, 17 October 2015, 8:30AM to 3:00PM

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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. 

Deadlines:

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

8:30-9:00

Registration

 

9:00-9:15

Mitch McClaran

Susan Moran

UA SNRE,

USDA ARS SWRC

 

RISE Welcome

 

9:15-9:25

Abe Karam
NEON

National Ecological Observatory Network: Operations and Opportunities

9:25-9:35

Chandra Holifield Collins
USDA ARS SWRC

NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Validation Experiment

9:35-9:45

Mark Walbridge USDA ARS

The Long-Term Agro-ecosystem Research (LTAR) Network

9:45-9:55

Steve Archer
UA SNRE

Imagining a new Long-term Ecological Research site for Arid Lands 

10:00-10:20

Dave Christianson
UA SNRE

Large Mammal Research on the Santa Rita and Similar Arid Land Systems

10:20-10:40

Shirley Papuga
UA SNRE

Ecohydrology and Watershed Management on the Santa Rita and in the Southwest

10:40-11:00

Mary Nichols
USDA ARS SWRC

How Do Channels Migrate Uphill? Observations from the Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed

11:00-

Poster Introductions

Poster abstracts presented by poster authors

11:20-1:00

Poster Session

 

12:00-1:00

Lunch w/ Posters

Provided at the meeting; included in RISE registration fee

1:00-1:20

Greg Barron Gafford, UA GEOG

Sensor Technologies and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) to Measure Ecosystem Processes in Semi-arid Environments

1:25-1:45

Guillermo Ponce-Campos
USDA-ARS
SWRC

Linking Vegetation Productivity, Climate and Grazing Activities in Southeast Arizona

1:50-2:10

Dave Meko
UA LTRR

Tree-Ring Record of Hydrologic Drought in the Southwest

2:15-2:35

Peter Gierlach (Petey Mesquitey) 
KXCI Radio

Field Notes from the Borderlands of Southeastern Arizona.

2:40-3:00

Poster Awards

 

 

RISE Organizing Committee:

Phil Heilman, Mitch McClaran, Susan Moran, Rachel Gallery
 
phil.heilman@ars.usda.gov
mcclaran@u.arizona.edu
susan.moran@ars.usda.gov
rgallery@email.arizona.edu

Undefined Acronyms:

ARS: Agricultural Research Service
GEOG: School of Geography and Development
LTRR: Laboratory for Tree Ring Research
NEON: National Ecological Observatory Network
SNRE: School of Natural Resources and the Environment
SWRC: Southwest Watershed Research Center
UA: University of Arizona
USDA: United States Department of Agriculture