SYMP 14 - Stewardship of Urban Systems 2: Socio-ecology, Governance, and Equity in the ULTRA Network

Wednesday, August 10, 2011: 1:30 PM-5:00 PM
Ballroom G, Austin Convention Center
Organizer: Paige S. Warren
Co-organizers: George Hess and Madhusudan Katti
Moderator: Paige S. Warren
Urban ecosystem ecology has emerged as a crucial proving ground in the development of transdisciplinary approaches to both the study of coupled human natural systems and the effective management of human-dominated systems. Over the last century and more, social scientists in virtually all disciplines have generated rich and sometimes conflicting bodies of knowledge and theory about human life and the environment in cities. Reconciling these diverse approaches provides a challenge to urban ecosystem ecologists. Further challenges in governance, resource management, and equity are created by the many scales at which human decisions influence ecosystems, from individual behavior through various levels of government jurisdiction. To address this need, the Urban Long-Term Research Area (ULTRA) program has generated a new network of research sites funded by the National Science Foundation and the US Forest Service. Teams of scientists and practitioners are conducting interdisciplinary research on the dynamic interactions between people and natural ecosystems in sub/urban settings in ways that advance both fundamental and applied knowledge. The current exploratory phase of the network includes 20 projects across the United States. This symposium and its companion (Stewardship in Urban Systems 1: Ecosystem Processes and Ecosystem Services in the ULTRA Network) collectively bring together a multidisciplinary group of researchers from all 20 projects to share their approaches and findings. Speakers in this symposium will explore links among ecology, equity, and governance including the equitable distribution of ecosystem services and the roles of volunteers and governance in stewardship. The session features 11 oral presentations (12 min + 3 min questions) that focus on integrating people and their institutions into the ecology of cities. The speakers represent a broad range of disciplines, and the cities studied span the continent from Portland to Washington. The focus on cities and issues of equity provide common ground for identifying general insights into ecosystem management. Two discussion periods with the full panel of presenters provide opportunities for grappling with the reconciliation of diverse approaches to the study of coupled human natural systems.
Urban Ecosystems Ecology
1:45 PM
A tale of two cities: Understanding the social and ecological causes and consequences of urban change in Washington DC & Baltimore City
Ali Whitmer, Georgetown University; J. Morgan Grove, USDA Forest Service; Mike Galvin, Casey Trees; Chris Boone, Arizona State University; Geoffrey Buckley, Ohio University
2:15 PM
Hierarchical analysis of socio-ecological interactions in the Charlotte metropolitan region: Can urbanization, forests, and working lands coexist?
Ross K. Meentemeyer, North Carolina State University; Jean-Claude Thill, University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Todd BenDor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Vicki Bott, University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Bill Ribarsky, University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Douglas A. Shoemaker, University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Chunhua Wang, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
2:30 PM
Analysis of the socio-ecological constraints and implications for stewardship of a rust belt urban watershed, USA
Myrna H. Hall, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry; Ning Sun, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry; Catherine M. Foley, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
2:45 PM
3:00 PM
3:10 PM
Socio-ecological system change, vulnerability, and the future of a tropical city
Ariel E. Lugo, USDA Forest Service; Tischa A. Munoz-Erickson, USDA Forest Service
3:25 PM
Reconsidering the new normal: Trauma, vulnerability, and resilience in post-Katrina new orleans
Michael J. Blum, Tulane University; Kevin Gotham, Tulane University; John McLachlan, Tulane University; Wayne Zipperer, USDA Forest Service; Richard Campanella, Tulane University
3:40 PM
Double exposures: Exploring vulnerability and resilience in the Miami-Dade urban region
Gail Hollander, Florida International University; Laura Ogden, Florida International University; Michael S. Ross, Florida International University; K. Zhang, Florida International University; James B. Heffernan, Duke University; Marcos Feldman, Florida International University; Emily Eisenhauer, Florida International University; Pete Harlem, Florida International University
3:55 PM
Urban development, power relations, and water redistribution as drivers of wetland change in the Tampa Bay region socioecosystem
David B. Lewis, University of South Florida; Rebecca K. Zarger, University of South Florida; Shawn M. Landry, University of South Florida; Fenda A. Akiwumi, University of South Florida; Mark C. Rains, University of South Florida; Kenneth A. Nilsson, University of South Florida; Cornelius O. Adjei, University of South Florida; Sharon J. Feit, University of South Florida; Gina M. Larsen, University of South Florida; Ralph B. Perkerson, University of South Florida; Paul E. Thurman, University of South Florida; Thomas L. Crisman, University of South Florida; Susan S. Bell, University of South Florida; Carl C. Trettin, USDA Forest Service
4:10 PM
Evaluating the role of governance in building resilient urban ecosystems in Portland-Vancouver
J. Alan Yeakley, Portland State University; Stephen M. Bollens, Washington State University Vancouver; Sally Duncan, Oregon State University; Connie P. Ozawa, Portland State University; Vivek Shandas, Portland State University
4:25 PM
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