COS 109
Arid And Semi-Arid Systems

Thursday, August 14, 2014: 1:30 PM-5:00 PM
302/303, Sacramento Convention Center
1:30 PM
 The role of dew in desert plants
Amber Hill, The Institutes of Desert Research, Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva.; Todd Dawson, University of California, Berkeley; Oren Shelef, The Institutes of Desert Research, Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva.; Shimon Rachmilevitch, The Institutes of Desert Research, Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva.
1:50 PM
 A method to estimate the threshold of critical transitions in ecosystems
Sabiha Majumder, Indian Institute of Science; Vishwesha Guttal, Indian Institute of Science; Sriram Ramaswamy, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
2:10 PM
 Does fire promote non-native annuals in the American deserts?
Marjolein Schat, Rutgers University; Claus Holzapfel, Rutgers University; Hadas A. Parag, Rutgers University; Jennifer L. Schafer, North Carolina State University; Carolyn E. Haines, Montclair State University; Andres Fuentes-Ramirez, Universidad de La Frontera; Erika L. Mudrak, Cornell University; Kirk A. Moloney, Iowa State University
2:30 PM
 Post-fire recovery of biological soil crusts in the Great Basin:┬áCornerstone increased site resistance
Lea A. Condon, Oregon State University; David A. Pyke, U.S. Geological Survey
2:50 PM Cancelled
 Interactions of landscape position, stream flow, and litter quality on litter decomposition in intermittent to ephemeral streams in the American Southwest
Kathleen A. Lohse, Idaho State University; Stacy Schwabedissen, Idaho State University; Erika L. Gallo, The University of Arizona.; Tom Meixner, University of Arizona
3:10 PM
3:40 PM
 Changes to shade and water regimes imposed by solar development affect desert plant performance and community attributes
Karen E. Tanner, University of California, Santa Cruz; Kara A. Moore, University of California, Davis; Bruce M. Pavlik, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
4:00 PM
 Ecological release occurs at multiple spatial scales in a lizard from New Mexico's White Sands formation
Jeanine M. Refsnider, University of California, Berkeley; Simone des Roches, University of Idaho; Erica Rosenblum, University of California, Berkeley
4:20 PM
 Local extinction, unintentional rewilding, and the historical biogeography of islands in the Gulf of California
Benjamin Wilder, University of California, Riverside; Exequiel Ezcurra, University of California, Riverside; Julio L. Betancourt, US Geological Survey; Clinton Epps, Oregon State University; Rachel Crowhurst, Oregon State University
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