27 February 2014

BES Year of Theory Webinars

In order to improve the use of theory in BES, we will conduct a series of webinars using Go-To-Meeting.  This Spring, we will present the webinars alternately on Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, and on Wednesday at 2 p.m.  All members of BES, including PIs, Postdocs, Grad Students, and environmental decision makers, are encouraged to participate in these sessions.  A brief commentary on the readings will be given, and discussion will follow.  The intent is to explore important theoretical topics and to understand how they can improve our science, our conceptual synthesis, our education, and our application.

Several readings will come from the BES Book of the Year, which you are encouraged to have ready access to.  The book, Scheiner, S. M. and M. R. Willig, editors. 2011. The theory of ecology. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, is widely available from online sources and from the Press.  PIs are encouraged to have their institutional libraries or their own laboratories obtain this book.

Session 1: Structure of Theory in Ecology
·         Date and Time: Tuesday, 4 March 2014 at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
·         At that date and time use this link to join the meeting: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/882708421
·         Two chapters will be discussed: 1. A General Theory of Ecology: Samuel M. Scheiner and Michael R. Willig; and as backup, 2. Theory Makes Ecology Evolve: Jurek Kolasa
·         Closer to the time of the meeting, some summary materials will be posted on the BES website and the link circulated to the BES community.  These will require the password to the internal page of the BES website.  If you do not have or have misplaced the credentials, contact BES Information Manager, Jonathan Walsh at walshj@ caryinsititue. org.

Session 2: A Theory of Heterogeneity for BES
·         Date and Time: Wednesday, 19 March, 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time.
·         Go-To-Meeting links announced later.

Please RSVP to beyarh@caryinstitute.org if you plan to attend the webinars.

Society for Ecological Restoration—3-day Conference 20-22 March

The Society for Ecological Restoration- Mid-Atlantic Chapter's 2014 conference, “Ecological Restoration: How Well Does It Work?, is coming up in March.

Dates: 20-22  March

Location: Temple's Ambler Campus in PA.  

Early Bird Rates end on March 7th.

For additional information about the conference and to register: http://chapter.ser.org/midatlantic/annual-conference/ 

Friday, March 21 - 8:30am-6:00pm:  Main Conference Program at Temple Ambler Campus

Saturday, March 22 - 9:15am-3:45am:  Field Trips

Abstract submissions for poster presentations and details are outlined in the 'Call for Posters.'  This will be the first poster judging contest with monetary awards. Please submit poster abstracts by March 14th.  

We hope to see you there!

SER Conference Planning Committee

24 February 2014

Sea level rise, restoration, and freshwater management in South Florida Mini-symposium

Organized by the Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research student group

Date and Time:     February 26th 2014, 9:00 – 12:00
Location:              WC 130
Broadcasted at:    http://www.ustream.tv/channel/fce-lter-everglades-hour
Archived at:          http://www.youtube.com/user/fcelter?feature=watch

The overall aim of this mini symposium is to expose audiences to the large body of research investigating the ecological, anthropogenic, and economic consequences of sea-level rise and water management practices in South Florida.  This mini-symposium will host a group of 20 visiting undergraduates from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, who are participants in a university funded High Impact Leadership Trip.  The purpose of their trip is to see issues related to South Florida water management and its effects on the natural Everglades and urban south Florida in the face of future sea level rise.  These lectures may serve as a tremendous opportunity for FIU or other students that may be watching remotely to learn about these very important South Florida issues.

9:00 to 9:20  Dr. Leonard Scinto: Director Southeastern Environmental
                      Research Center (SERC)
                      An introduction to the Southeastern Environmental
                      Research Center

9:20-9:40     Dr. Evelyn Gaiser: Lead principle investigator of Florida
                      Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research (FCE LTER)
                      Introduction to the FCE LTER program

9:40-10:00   Dr. Michael Sukop, Lead principle investigator South Florida
                      Water sustainability and Climate Project
                      National Science Foundation Water, Sustainability, and
                      Climate Project for South Florida

10:00-10:10 Coffee Break

10:10–10:30 Dr. William Anderson, director of the Department Earth
                      and Environmental Sciences
                      What can paleoclimatology tell us about the future of South Florida?

10:30-10:50  Dr. Tiffany Troxler, Lead principle investigator of the wetland
                      ecosystems research lab
              Addressing the effects of sea-level rise on coastal Everglades wetlands for effective water management

10:50–11:00  Coffee break

11:00-11:20  Dr. Mahadev Bhat, Professor & associate chair of the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
                      The future status of South Florida resource economics

11:20-11:40 Ross Boucek, Phd student FCE LTER student president
                      Coastal river fisheries and sea-level rise: A case study with the
                      Everglades largemouth bass

11:40-12:00 Kristie Wendelberger, PhD Candidate FCE LTER student vice president
                      When sea level rise threatens a federally endangered plant species:
                      What are the conservation options?