15th 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)
 

Mesquite Cover by 1994 and 2017 Fires


University of Arizona, Tucson, Marley Building, Rm. 230 [MAP]
Saturday, 20 October 2018, 8:30AM to 3:00PM


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The 15th annual Research Insights in Semiarid Ecosystems (RISE) Symposium will be held Saturday, 20 October 2018, 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. 

Five Continuing Education Credits will be awarded from the Society for Range Management Certified Professional Rangeland Managers.


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

9:30-9:40

Matt Rahr
Commun. and Cyber
Technology, CALS

Using the new line-of-sight wireless system on the Santa Rita

9:45-10:00

Tyson Swetnam
CyVerse, UA

The problem of pattern and scale in (semi-arid ecosystem) ecology: Does big data help or hurt?

10:05-10:20

Bill Smith
SNRE UA

Advances in remote sensing of dryland ecosystems of southwestern North America

10:25-10:40

Craig Rasmussen
SWES, UA

Quaternary soil evolution on alluvial fans in southern Arizona

10:45-11:00

Pieter Hazenberg
HAS, UA

Precipitation variability in southern Arizona: From event to decadal timescales

11:05-11:20

Matt Jones
U Montana

Innovation in rangeland monitoring: Annual percent cover maps of plant functional types 1984 to 2017

11:25

Poster Introductions

Presenters give a 1-minute advertisement of their poster

11:30-1:00

Poster Session
Lunch w/ Posters

Provided at the meeting; included in RISE registration

1:00-1:10

Theresa Crimmins
NPN

Opportunities and updates with NPN the National Phenological Network

1:15-1:30

Ben Wilder
Desert Lab, UA

The history and future of Tumamoc Hill

1:35-1:50

Michael Bogan
SNRE, UA

From drought to flood: aquatic ecology and dynamic flow regimes in semiarid streams of southern Arizona

1:55-2:10

Laura Meredith
SNRE, UA

Impacts of urban rainwater harvesting practices on soil microbial communities and their function

2:15-2:30

Rachel Gallery
SNRE, UA

Microbial responses to warming, drought, and fire in semiarid grasslands

2:35-2:50

Heather Throop
SLS, ASU

Playing in the DIRT: Santa Rita and the Dryland Detrital Input and Removal Treatment network

2:55

Poster Awards

 

 

POSTERS

(*=graduate contestant in poster contest)

#

Lead Author

Title

1

Cynthia Norton

Understanding the Role of Drought and Socioeconomic Factors in Mediating Irrigated Agriculture Dynamics Across the Colorado River Basin

2

Martha Gebhardt

STEM at SRER

3*

Martha Gebhardt

The use of plant hyperspectral signatures to look belowground at The Santa Rita Experimental Range

4*

Aasiya Hamzazai

Seed-associated fungi in a semi-arid grassland are distinct and diverse relative to those in agricultural and residential systems

5

Dana Thorne

Variability in microbial soil hydrogen fluxes across GI treatment and monsoonal moisture regimes

6*

Ashton Leo

Land-use at the Santa Rita Experimental Range influences the recruitment of soil microbes to seeds of a restoration plant

7

Chance Muscarella

Seasonal responses of soil microbial communities in the Jemez River Basin

8

Joel Biederman

Rainfall manipulation quantifies ecosystem sensitivity to hydroclimatic change in Mongolian steppes and Arizona rangelands

9*

Xian Wang

Explore the relationship between solar induced fluorescence and photosynthesis in southwest drylands

10*

Li Li

Using terrestrial LiDAR to measure water erosion on stony plots

11

Bailey Bellavance

Mapping Earth Fissures in Central Arizona Using UAV-Based Multi-Angle Photography

12*

Charles Conley

Woody Cover Species Mapping on Santa Rita Experimental Range Using Hyperspectral, LiDAR, and High Resolution SUAV Imagery

13

Sierra Frydenlund

Tracking the phenology of nectar sources of the lesser long-nosed bat, Leptonycteris yerbabuenae

14*

Austin Rutherford

A Decision Support Tool for Predicting Risk of Woody Plant Encroachment on Rangelands


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
ATMO:
NEON: National Ecological Observatory Network
SNRE: School of Natural Resources and the Environment
SWES:
SRER: Santa Rita Experimental Range
SWRC: Southwest Watershed Research Center
UA: University of Arizona
USDA: United States Department of Agriculture