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)

University of Arizona, Tucson, Marley Building, Rm. 230 


Saturday, 21 October 2023

8:30AM to 3:00PM


  • Share recent results of research at the USDA-ARS Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed (WGEW) and the University of Arizona Santa Rita Experimental Range (SRER)
  • Encourage future research activities at the WGEW and the SRER
  • Promote the WGEW and the SRER as outdoor scientific laboratories

19th Annual Symposium


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, NGOs (non-governmental organizations) stakeholders from southern Arizona and university faculty, staff and students.

Donations to Support the RISE Symposium Program and Student Awards

Please consider making a donation of any amount to support the Symposium Program and Student Poster contest awards (currently $1100 in awards). You can donate at this url and this QR code.


A single award will be granted in each of the following categories:

Best Graduate Student Poster ($500)
Honorable Mention Graduate Student Poster ($200)
Best Undergraduate Student Poster ($300)
Honorable Mention Undergraduate Student Poster ($100)

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.

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.

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.


GRAPHICS: Graphics are effective and enhance the results.

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

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

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

RISE Organizing Committee:

Brett Blum, Phil Heilman, Mitch McClaran, Heather Throop (alphabetical) 

  • AES: Arizona Experiment Station
  • ARS: Agricultural Research Service
  • ASU: Arizona State University
  • NEON: National Ecological Observatory Network
  • SAES: Southern Arizona Experiment Station
  • SNRE: School of Natural Resources and the Environment
  • SOLS: School of Life Sciences
  • SPS: School of Plant Sciences
  • SRER: Santa Rita Experimental Range
  • SWRC: Southwest Watershed Research Center
  • UA: University of Arizona
  • USDA: United States Department of Agriculture