OOS 7 - Advancing Ecological Theory through Synthesis of Long-Term Ecological Research

Tuesday, August 8, 2017: 8:00 AM-11:30 AM
Portland Blrm 254, Oregon Convention Center
Eric R. Sokol, University of Colorado
John S. Kominoski, Florida International University
Nathan I. Wisnoski, Indiana University
The objective of ecological theory is to provide a mechanistic understanding of patterns that can be universally applied across space and time. Long-term ecological research programs are science frameworks that inform theory and emerging science observatory networks. The aim of this organized session is to distill lessons learned from long-term ecological research from diverse organisms, ecosystems and biomes, how it has informed core ecological theories, and how it can be used to integrate large data networks from national and international science observatories. More specifically, presenters will discuss how their synthesis efforts have addressed one or more of the following questions: How are theories informed by multiple long-term data sets? How does the use of long-term data in theoretical frameworks enable more accurate forecasts of future scenarios (e.g., novel ecosystem structure and/or function? Biodiversity in future climate scenarios)? Where have theories been refuted and what are the lessons learned? Where has the application of theory led to ambiguous results, and what kinds of data do we need to better test mechanism-based models to understand whether they apply broadly? What are potential high-payoff investments for ecological synthesis? What theories developed in one system may apply in other systems (e.g., metacommunity theory applied in streams, ponds, has potential for understanding community assembly in marine benthic systems)? What types of data collected by one group/discipline may be ideal for testing the theory in another discipline?
8:00 AM
 Are foundation species effects different than those of dominant species? A case study of North American ant assemblages
Sydne Record, Bryn Mawr College; Tempest McCabe, Bryn Mawr College; Benjamin Baiser, University of Florida; Aaron M. Ellison, Harvard University
8:20 AM
 popler: A new R package for synthesis of ecological time series from the LTER network
Tom E. X. Miller, Rice University; Aldo Compagnoni, Rice University; Andrew J. Bibian, Rice University; Brad Ochocki, Rice University; Kai Zhu, University of Texas, Arlington
8:40 AM
 Novel insight into metapopulation theory through long-term study of giant kelp forests
Max C.N. Castorani, University of California, Santa Barbara; Daniel C. Reed, University of California, Santa Barbara; Peter T. Raimondi, University of California, Santa Cruz; Filipe Alberto, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Tom W. Bell, University of California, Los Angeles; Kyle C. Cavanaugh, University of California, Los Angeles; David A. Siegel, University of California, Santa Barbara; Rachel D. Simons, University of California, Santa Barbara
9:00 AM
 Shifts in phylogenetic structure with land use change of a functionally important consumer guild
Christopher M. Swan, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Dorothy Borowy, University of Maryland Baltimore County; Nicole M. Voelker, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Anna L. Johnson, University of Pittsburgh; April E. Sparkman, University of Maryland Baltimore County; Mariya Shcheglovitova, University of Maryland Baltimore County; Francisco Valente-Neto, Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul; Matthew E. Baker, University of Maryland Baltimore County
9:20 AM
 Asynchrony among local communities stabilizes ecosystem function of metacommunities
Kevin R. Wilcox, University of Oklahoma; Andrew Tredennick, Utah State University; Sally E. Koerner, Duke University; Emily Grman, Eastern Michigan University; Lauren M. Hallett, University of Colorado Boulder; Meghan L. Avolio, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center; Kimberly J La Pierre, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
9:40 AM
9:50 AM
 Swinging with a changing climate: Synthesis of long-term ecosystem dynamics in a polar desert
Michael N. Gooseff, University of Colorado; John E. Barrett, Virginia Polytechnic and State University; Byron J. Adams, Brigham Young University; Peter T. Doran, Louisiana State University; W. Berry Lyons, The Ohio State University; Andrew Fountain, Portland State University; Diane M. McKnight, University of Colorado; John C. Priscu, Montana State University; Eric R. Sokol, University of Colorado; Cristina D. Vesbach, University of New Mexico; Martijn L. Vandegehuchte, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL; Ross A. Virginia, Dartmouth College; Diana H. Wall, Colorado State University
10:10 AM
 Expanding the scale of research on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning: Space, time, and other dimensions
David Hooper, Western Washington University; E. Carol Adair, University of Vermont; Alain Paquette, Centre d'étude de la forêt (CEF)
10:30 AM
 The role of long-term ecological research programs for testing metacommunity theory and understanding biodiversity patterns
Eric R. Sokol, University of Colorado; Nathan I. Wisnoski, Indiana University; Christopher M. Swan, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Riley Andrade, Arizona State University; Heather L. Bateman, Arizona State University Polytechnic; Andrew G. Hope, Kansas State University; John S. Kominoski, Florida International University; Nina K. Lany, Michigan State University; Luca Marazzi, Florida International University; Steven J. Presley, University of Connecticut; Andrew Rassweiler, Florida State University; Sydne Record, Bryn Mawr College; Michael R. Willig, University of Connecticut; Phoebe L. Zarnetske, Michigan State University
10:50 AM
 Revisiting Odum (1969): A heuristic model of how long-term ecological research advances theory of dynamic and developing systems
John S. Kominoski, Florida International University; Evelyn Gaiser, Florida International University; Sara G. Baer, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
11:10 AM
 Towards a theory of ecological catastrophes based on cross-scale interactions: Insights from long-term data
Debra P. C. Peters, USDA ARS; Luis Rodriguez, USDA; D. Scott McVey, USDA; Emile H. Elias, USDA; Angela Pelzel-McCluskey, USDA; Justin D. Derner, Rangeland Resources Research Unit; Jin Yao, USDA ARS; Steven J. Pauszek, USDA; T. Scott Schrader, USDA; Nathan Burruss, USDA ARS