OOS 10 - The Importance of History and Historical Records As Ecologists Confront the Anthropocene

Tuesday, August 9, 2016: 8:00 AM-11:30 AM
Grand Floridian Blrm H, Ft Lauderdale Convention Center
Juliana C. Mulroy, Denison University
Zoe Nyssa, Harvard University
Alan Covich, University of Georgia
A multidisciplinary set of presentations explores the increasingly important role that historical records play in addressing the accelerating changes that confront us in the Anthropocene. The concept of the Anthropocene compels us to examine the long-term relationship of humans and their environments, and in so doing to draw on diverse types of historical records and datasets. We must consider new institutional structures that facilitate cross-disciplinary approaches to environmental problems. Presenters demonstrate how interdisciplinary approaches, new technologies, and novel institutional structures can assist us in learning from the past to respond to present and future challenges. Opportunities for use of long term datasets and museum collections in research, conservation and education are highlighted. This session is linked to this afternoon's OPS 1: Uses of Historical Data as Ecologists Confront a Rapidly Changing World, which provides further opportunities to explore and discuss the themes raised here. Presenters in the Organized Poster Session as well as some of the OOS speakers will be available 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. today in the Exhibit Hall.
8:00 AM
 Long-term datasets: From planned precision to serendipity – they are all valuable
Robert K. Peet, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
8:20 AM
 The importance of historical records in a rapidly changing world
Sharon Kingsland, Johns Hopkins University
9:00 AM
 The challenge of designing new institutional architecture for inter- and multi-disciplinary approaches
Catherine Christen, Smithsonian Institution; Ruth Anna Stolk, Smithsonian Institution
9:20 AM
 Phenology in the United States: The information "resolution revolution" and the role of historical observational data
Jake F. Weltzin, USA National Phenology Network; Theresa M. Crimmins, USA National Phenology Network; Michael A. Crimmins, University of Arizona; Katharine L. Gerst, University of Arizona; Lee Marsh, USA National Phenology Network; Alyssa H. Rosemartin, USA National Phenology Network; Jeff Switzer, University of Arizona
9:40 AM
9:50 AM
 Seeing into the ecological past, present, and future: The potential of museum biological collections data to enrich research
Deborah Paul, Florida State University; Katja C. Seltmann, University of California Santa Barbara; Shelley A. James, Florida Museum of Natural History; Libby Ellwood, Florida State University
10:10 AM
 Natural history collections: Teaching about biodiversity across time, space, and digital platforms
Anna K. Monfils, Central Michigan University; Karen E. Powers, Radford University; L. Alan Prather, Michigan State University; Joseph A. Cook, University of New Mexico; Robert P. Guralnick, University of Florida