CSC Presentations at the 2017 Ecological Society of America (ESA) Meeting

Aerial view of PortlandHeading to the 2017 Ecological Society of America (ESA) meeting (August 6-11, 2017) in Portland, OR? Check out these presentations from leadership, staff, and affiliates of the Climate Science Centers! The theme for this year's meeting is: Linking biodiversity, material cycling and ecosystem services in a changing world.


Monday, August 7

Species distribution modeling to predict prairie restoration success under climate change (COS 16-3)
Co-author: Imtiaz Rangwala, Climate Drivers Team Lead, North Central CSC
Monday, August 7, 2017: 2:10 PM; B113
Contributed Talks Topic: Modeling I

Increased water deficit decreases Douglas-fir growth throughout western US forests (COS 4-3)
Co-author: Jeremy Littell, Research Ecologist, Alaska CSC
Monday, August 7, 2017: 2:10 PM; B118-119
Contributed Talks Topic: Climate Change: Plants I

How did the ideas and technology of farming spread so quickly? (COS 1-7)
Co-author: Carlos Botero, former Southeast CSC fellow
Monday, August 7, 2017: 3:40 PM; E143-144
Contributed Talks Topic: Agriculture I


Tuesday, August 8

Beyond interception: Hydrological ecosystem services of urban street trees for cooling runoff (COS 36-5)
Presenter: Kevan Moffett, Northwest CSC project researcher
Tuesday, August 8, 2017: 9:20 AM; B112
Contributed Talks Topic: Ecosystem Services Assessment II

Refugia Research Coalition: A regional-scale approach for connecting refugia science to natural and cultural resource management (COS 33-7)
Presenter: Toni Lyn Morelli, Research Ecologist, Northeast CSC
Co-authors: Aaron Ramirez, Northwest CSC Postdoc, Gustavo Bisbal, Director, Northwest CSC, Jennifer Cartwright, Northwest CSC project researcher, and Mary Ratnaswamy, Director, Northeast CSC
Tuesday, August 8, 2017: 10:10 AM; B110-111
Contributed Talks Topic: Conservation Management II

Does the effect of impervious surface cover on tree pests and condition vary with background climate? (COS 72-6)
Presenter: Michael Just, former Southeast CSC fellow and Southeast CSC project post-doc
Tuesday, August 8, 2017: 3:20 PM; E146
Contributed Talks Topic: Urban Ecosystems III

Topographic and fire weather controls of fire refugia in forested ecosystems of northwestern North America (COS 61-7)
Co-author: Geneva Chong, Capacity Building Lead, North Central CSC
Tuesday, August 8, 2017: 3:40 PM; D139
Contributed Talks Topic: Environmental Gradients

A framework for prioritizing ecosystem services in the context of ecological drought (SYMP 8-5)
Presenter: Aaron Ramirez, Northwest CSC Postdoc
Tuesday, August 8, 2017: 3:40 PM; Portland Blrm 252
Symposia Topic: Integrating Ecological Science into Policy and Management for Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Keys to Success

Come together, right now: Ecological communities as temporal phenomena (SYMP 7-6)
Co-author: Stephen Jackson, Director, Southwest CSC
Tuesday, August 8, 2017: 4:10 PM; Portland Blrm 251
Symposia Topic: Dynamic Approaches to Changing Communities 

Vegetation disturbance regimes and climate change in the NWFP area (IGN 11-1)
Co-author: Jeremy Littell, Research Ecologist, Alaska CSC
Tuesday, August 8, 2017; C123
Ignite-style Talks Topic: Advances in Science to Guide Forest Management in the Northwest Forest Plan Area


Wednesday, August 9

Bringing Translational Ecology into the Mainstream: Surmounting Barriers, Seizing Opportunities (SYMP 13)
Organizer: Stephen Jackson, Director, Southwest CSC
Co-organizers: Carolyn Enquist, Deputy Director, Southwest CSC, and Gregg Garfin, University of Arizona
Wednesday, August 9, 2017: 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM; Portland Blrm 251

Translational ecology: What’s old, what’s new, what’s needed (SYMP 13-1)
Presenter: Stephen Jackson, Director, Southwest CSC
Wednesday, August 9, 2017: 1:30 PM; Portland Blrm 251

Translational ecology and climate change: Balancing research and service to decision-makers (SYMP 13-2)
Presenter: Jeremy Littell, Research Ecologist, Alaska CSC
Co-authors: Toni Lyn Morelli, Research Ecologist, Northeast CSC, and Adam Terando, Research Ecologist, Southeast CSC
Wednesday, August 9, 2017: 2:00 PM; Portland Blrm 251

A single human geographer in a sea of (physical) scientists: Social-science research as a tool for translational sciences (SYMP 13-5)
Presenter: Tamara Wall, Southwest CSC project researcher
Wednesday, August 9, 2017: 3:40 PM; Portland Blrm 251

Estimating changes in prehistoric forest composition from sediment pollen in the Upper Midwestern United States (COS 105-7)
Co-author: Stephen Jackson, Director, Southwest CSC
Wednesday, August 9, 2017: 3:40 PM; C120-121
Contributed Talks Topic: Communities: Spatial Patterns And Environmental Gradients II

Translational Ecology: Building Capacity, Cultivating Community (SS 22)
Organizer: Stephen Jackson, Director, Southwest CSC
Co-organizers: Carolyn Enquist, Deputy Director, Southwest CSC, and Gregg Garfin, University of Arizona
Wednesday, August 9, 2017: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM; C123

Population dynamics of Appalachian Brown butterflies (Lethe appalachia) under increased temperatures (PS 32-18)
Presenter: Elsita Kiekebusch, Southeast CSC fellow
Wednesday, August 9, 2017; Exhibit Hall
Contributed Posters Topic: Climate Change


Thursday, August 10

Springs as refugia in a changing climate? A remote-sensing approach to quantify resilience in spring-dependent ecosystems (COS 132-4)
Presenter: Jennifer Cartwright, Northwest CSC project researcher
Thursday, August 10, 2017: 9:00 AM; E145
Contributed Talks Topic: Ecosystem Stability And Resilience I

Refugia under fire: the impacts of climate change on wildfire refugia persistence and resilience (COS 136-5)
Presenter: Crystal Kolden, Northwest CSC project researcher
Thursday, August 10, 2017: 9:20 AM; B116
Contributed Talks Topic: Fire II

Modeling vegetation dynamics in sagebrush ecosystems: The importance of phenology (COS 151-3)
Presenter: Katherine M. Renwick, North Central CSC project researcher 
Co-author: Benjamin Poulter, North Central CSC project researcher
Thursday, August 10, 2017: 2:10 PM; D129-130
Contributed Talks Topic: Climate Change: Ranges And Phenology II

How novel are 21st century climates? A global assessment of future climates and their analogs back through the Eocene (COS 150-7)
Co-author: Stephen Jackson, Director, Southwest CSC
Thursday, August 10, 2017: 3:40 PM; E141
Contributed Talks Topic: Climate Change 1


Friday, August 11

Eco-drought, conservation, and natural resource management: Socio-ecological findings on water management and habitat along the Rio Grande (COS 177-3)
North Central CSC Working Group Project
Friday, August 11, 2017: 8:40 AM; B110-111
Contributed Talks Topic: Conservation Planning, Policy, And Theory IV

Anticipating effects of climate change in Hawaiian national parks: Defining plant community and climatic variation across the treeline ecotone (COS 175-5)
Presenter: Alison Ainsworth, Pacific Islands CSC supported student
Friday, August 11, 2017: 9:20 AM; C120-121
Contributed Talks Topic: Communities: Spatial Patterns And Environmental Gradients V

Assessing tidal marsh vulnerability to sea-level rise in the Pacific Northwest: Importance of site-specific data (COS 173-9)
Co-author: Karen Thorne, Northwest CSC project researcher
Friday, August 11, 2017: 10:50 AM; E141
Contributed Talks Topic: Climate Change II


Image on page: Portland, Credit: Alan Cressler