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ESA Conference in Portland

posted Aug 15, 2012, 11:54 AM by loud@pdx.edu   [ updated Aug 18, 2012, 8:03 AM by Robert Scheller ]
Portland was host of the 2012 Ecological Society of America (ESA) Conference last week!  Several DE&L lab members presented at ESA.  Dr. Loudermilk and Dr. Scheller were in an organized oral session "Seeking Conceptual Equity in Forest Carbon Balances: Looking Beyond NPP", organized by Scheller with Dr. Mark Harmon (OSU).  Dr. Scheller discussed how we model total forest carbon (soil organic matter, detritus, tree leaves, bole, and roots) as well as carbon flux (NEP) across various forested landscapes and how they change through time in response to disturbances, with a case study in the New Jersey pine barrens.  Dr. Loudermilk discussed the role that landscape legacies (historic disturbances) and climate change (future conditions) play in altering total forest carbon and species response within the Lake Tahoe Basin.  Dr. Lucash was in the oral session "Biogeochemistry: C and N Cycling in Response to Global Climate", where she discussed how nitrogen cycling responds to climate change, insect outbreaks (gypsy moth), and wildfires in the New Jersey pine barrens.  The talks went well with stimulating discussions afterwards.

Overall, the conference was a success!  This conference was also an opportunity for all of us to meet with many current and old collaborators and colleagues, hear about cutting edge research, as well as meet new people (and potentially future collaborators) in our respective fields and beyond. 

In 2013, the ESA conference will be in Minneapolis, MN: http://www.esa.org/minneapolis/index.php

~ Louise Loudermilk

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