Legacies From Long-Term Ecological Studies: Using The (Recent) Past To Inform Future Research

Tuesday, August 6, 2013: 8:00 AM-11:30 AM
101D, Minneapolis Convention Center
David W. Inouye, University of Maryland
Saran Twombly, National Science Foundation
Long-term ecological studies reveal novel insights into the dynamics of natural communities and ecosystems. They demonstrate the incompleteness or inaccuracies of initial studies and, over time, uncover the sequence of processes and mechanisms that result in complex populations, communities, and ecosystems. The overarching theme of this session is the role that insights derived from long-term ecological research play in defining future questions, altering our long-held beliefs about how natural systems work, and predicting responses to future environmental perturbations. This theme will be illustrated by researchers who work on a variety of systems and study species across a wide range of habitats and biomes. The chosen speakers will present results from two long-term research programs (Long Term Ecological Research and Long Term Research in Environmental Biology), both funded by the National Science Foundation. International participants as well as other ecologists engaged in long-term research are welcomed to the session. Oral presentations will be accompanied by posters highlighting long-term research, in order to accomplish the broad goals we envision for the session. Although we do not yet have commitments from most potential speakers, we have initiated contact s and will continue to work on gaining these commitments over the next two months. Another potential speaker is Johan Ehrlén (Stockholm University): Insights from long-term studies of ecological and evolutionary processes determining dynamics of plant populations. If our pending invitations are turned down by any of the proposed speakers, we have other replacements of similar calibre in mind.
8:00 AM
8:20 AM
 Climate-driven acidification in lowland Neotropical streams: Insights from a 25-year dataset on ground water - surface water interactions
Catherine M. Pringle, University of Georgia; Gaston E. Small, University of St. Thomas; Becky Bixby, University of New Mexico; Alonso Ramírez, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras; John H. Duff, U.S. Geological Survey; Marcelo Ardon, East Carolina University; Alan P. Jackman, University of California, Davis; Marcia Snyder, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Carissa N. Ganong, University of Georgia; Pablo Guttierez, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras; Frank J. Triska, U.S. Geological Survey
8:40 AM
 From cows to carbon to curation: The biography of the Shortgrass Steppe LTER
Nicole E. Kaplan, Colorado State University; Helena Karasti, University of Oulu
9:00 AM
 Dynamic responses to habitat fragmentation in a prairie plant
Stuart Wagenius, Chicago Botanic Garden
9:20 AM
 Critical thresholds and recovery of Chihuahuan Desert grasslands: Insights from long-term data
Brandon T. Bestelmeyer, USDA Agricultural Research Service; Kris M. Havstad, USDA Agricultural Research Service; Lauren N. Svejcar, USDA Agricultural Research Service; Michael C. Duniway, U.S. Geological Survey; Gregory S. Okin, UCLA; Debra P.C. Peters, USDA Agricultural Research Service
9:40 AM
9:50 AM
 Long-term studies as frameworks for peering into the future: Climate forcing and ecological response in a set of Wisconsin lakes
Timothy K. Kratz, University of Wisconsin; Jereme W. Gaeta, University of Wisconsin Madison; Gretchen Hansen, University of Wisconsin; Noah R. Lottig, University of Wisconsin; Jordan S. Read, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Emily H. Stanley, University of Wisconsin; John F. Walker, USGS; Carl J. Watras, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
10:10 AM
 Negative and positive effects of climate change on the demography of a subalpine perennial plant
Amy Iler, Aarhus University; Tom E. X. Miller, Rice University; David W. Inouye, University of Maryland; Jennifer L. Williams, University of British Columbia
10:30 AM
 Avian community and population processes in a dynamic Amazonian landscape: Lessons from 30 years at the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project
Philip C. Stouffer, Louisiana State University; Richard O. Bierregaard, University of North Carolina, Charlotte; Thomas E. Lovejoy, George Mason University & Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment
11:10 AM
 Stability of Caribbean coral-reef communities quantified by long-term monitoring and autoregressive models
Kevin Gross, North Carolina State University; Peter J. Edmunds, California State University - Northridge