Saturday, 21 October 2023
Marley Building, Room 230, University of Arizona

8:30 - 9:00Registration
9:00 - 9:15Mitch McClaran
RISE Welcome
9:15 - 9:30Brett Blum
UA SAES Director
Updates and Opportunities
at the Santa Rita Experimental Range
9:35 - 9:50Abe Karam
Updates and Opportunities with NEON
the National Ecological Observatory Network 
9:55 - 10:15Nico Franz
Opportunities with the NEON Biorepository
10:20 - 10:40Vanessa Prileson
Pima County
Research opportunities with Pima County Range Management Program
10:45 - 11:05Michael Kotutwa Johnson
Indigenous ingenuity: What can we learn?
11:10 - 11:30Joel Biederman
RainMan SR: An experimental rainfall manipulation facility
to assess how changing rainfall timing affects desert grasslands
11:35 -Poster IntroductionsPresenters give a 1-minute advertisement of their poster
11:35 - 1:35Poster Session Lunch w/ PostersProvided at the meeting; included in RISE registration
1:40 - 1:50Phil Heilman
Updates and Opportunities with the USDA ARS
Southwest Watershed Research Center
1:55 - 2:15Suzy and Eric Dhruv
Ironwood Tree Experience
Connecting Diverse Youth to Biodiverse Ecosystems
2:20 - 2:40Betsy Arnold
The Santa Rita Experimental Range:
a biodiversity hotspot for mushrooms and microbiomes
2:45Poster Awards


(*=graduate, **=undergraduate in poster contest)

NumberLead AuthorTitle
1*Changpeng Fan and Yang SongHarness the power of NEON observations and artificial intelligence to predict the hydroclimate regulation on microbial functional composition across the CONUS.
2*Neda AradEndophytes of native and introduced plants at the Santa Rita Experimental Range: High biodiversity contextualized by a continental-scale context
3Ravindra DwivediForest structure impacts on snowpack and terrestrial water input across a gradient from ephemeral to stable seasonal snowpacks
4*Ryan AlmeidaUncoupling airborne and seismic components of banner-tailed kangaroo rat footdrums
5Marguerite MauritzInterannual and seasonal CO2 exchange and rainfall dynamics in a northern Chihuahuan Desert shrubland
6Erika GalloTwo decades of water and carbon flux responses to environmental variability in a semi-arid riparian woodland.
7Lindsey BellInvestigating Spatial Heterogeneity and Its Impact on Fluxes: A Case Study of US-CMW Tower Site in Southeastern Arizona
8Jacob BlaisLegacy effects of shifting precipitation patterns on soil respiration in a Sonoran Desert grassland
9Nate PiercePlant community responses to changes in warm- and cool-season rainfall regimes: testing a stratified bucket model on the SRER.
10Harrison FriedmanSanta Rita RainMan Soil Microbial Community Composition and Function are Resilient to Changes in Summer Monsoon Precipitation Regime
11William SmithRainfall pulses drive coordinated responses in leaf hydraulic, biochemical, and photosynthetic traits that can be tracked with hyperspectral remote sensing
12Fangyue ZhangFewer, larger storms enhanced the dominance of atmospheric dryness on photosynthesis in a semiarid ecosystem
13Edauri Navarro
Root trait development in grasses varies with species identity and soil type in dryland restoration treatments
14Alessandra GorlierThe Santa Rita Experimental Range Repeat Photography Archive Shows Desert Grassland Dynamics Across 121 Years and 115 Locations
15Andrew AntayaEvaluating Virtual Fence Technology to Improve Rangeland Condition, Enhance Animal Management, and Assess Economic Feasibility
16*Mariam MarandFungal community composition in biological soil crusts shifts in response to disturbance at the Santa Rita Experimental Range
17**Doan GoolsbyThe Impact of Increased Precipitation Variability on Soil Microbial Communities of the Desert Southwest Rangeland Ecosystem
18Alexi BesserLife in the sky: Investigating microbial ecology and activity in Earth’s atmosphere
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