OOS 31
Soil's Role in Providing and Restoring Ecosystem Services

Tuesday, August 11, 2015: 1:30 PM-5:00 PM
336, Baltimore Convention Center
Jan W. Hopmans, Soil Science Society of America Past President
Valerie T. Eviner, University of California Davis; Jennifer A. Schweitzer, ESA- Soil Ecology Chair; and David Lindbo, Past President- SSSA
David Lindbo, Past President- SSSA
Soils play a critical role in: determining the structure and function of ecosystems, providing ecosystem services critical for human well-being, and in regulating the resilience of these systems to environmental variations as well as human accelerated environmental changes. This symposium will highlight the theoretical advances that have occurred due to the integration of ecology and soil science, the practical applications of these advances in diverse management scenarios (e.g. urban, agriculture, conservation of natural systems), and the necessity of further advancing our understanding of soils in order to mitigate and adapt to a changing climate. By focusing on ecosystem services, the symposium will highlight the importance of soil ecology to human well-being, and highlight the critical scientific principles that need to be integrated into policy and management. This symposium has been developed by the Soil Science Society of America, ESA’s Soil Ecology Section, and ESA’s Science Committee, to celebrate the ESA Centennial, and the United Nation’s 2015 International Year of Soils. Some of the speakers will be sponsored by the Soil Science Society, providing the opportunity to hear perspectives from non-ecologists.
1:50 PM
 Soils as determinants of water quality and quantity
Jan W. Hopmans, Soil Science Society of America Past President; Peter C. Hartsough, University of California, Davis; Maziar Kandelous, University of California; Barzin A. Moradi, University of California Davis
2:10 PM
 Can we enhance soil services in agroecosystems through rotational diversity?
Lisa K. Tiemann, Michigan State University; A. Stuart Grandy, University of New Hampshire; Marshall D. McDaniel, University of Sydney; Erika Marín-Spiotta, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Emily Atkinson, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2:30 PM
 Soils regulate and mitigate climate
Tom Sauer, National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment; Jerry Hatfield, USDA-ARS; Yury Chendev, Belgorod State University
3:10 PM
3:20 PM
 The contributions of soils to human health
Eric C. Brevik, Dickinson State University
4:00 PM
 The functional importance of genetic diversity in plants and soils
Jennifer Schweitzer, University of Tennessee; Michael E. Van Nuland, University of Tennessee; Ian M. Ware, University of Tennessee; Joseph K. Bailey, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
4:20 PM
 Uncovering the role of soil and plants in urban ecohydrology
Marie R. Johnston, University of Wisconsin - Madison; Nick J. Balster, University of Wisconsisn - Madison
4:40 PM
 Do plants and microbes engineer dry soil?
Joseph C. Blankinship, University of California; Steven J. Fonte, Colorado State University; Johan Six, ETH Zurich; Joshua P. Schimel, University of California, Santa Barbara