95th ESA Annual Meeting (August 1 -- 6, 2010)

OOS 22 - Ecosystem Changes: Connecting Long-Term Vegetation Studies with Vegetation Classification (part 2)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010: 1:30 PM-5:00 PM
401-402, David L Lawrence Convention Center
Ayzik Solomesheh
Don Faber-Langendoen
Tod Keeler-Wolf
This session is complementary to OOS 5485 and it also will focus on ecosystems responses to natural and anthropogenic disturbances, on interpreting and predicting a long-term trends, and usage of vegetation classification for defining the natural range of ecosystem variation. Vegetation classification can provide critical help in the choice of monitoring sites by ensuring that they are representative and not redundant—as well as providing an interpretation of the monitoring data. Our session will bring together researchers of long-term ecosystem changes and those involved in the development and use of vegetation classification and foster dialog about forecasting global ecosystem changes. The session will focus on summarizing data about spatial and temporal vegetation dynamics, ecosystem diversity, ecosystem processes, and analysis of indicator species -- all of which address the need for monitoring long-term ecosystem changes. Presentations will cover questions on: (1) developing monitoring networks and interpreting monitoring results, (2) distinguishing between vegetation changes that may or may not be related to climate change, (3) how global ecosystem change is addressed by US National and State Parks and natural resource agencies (USFS, USFWS, USGS), and (4) supporting policy-making decisions derived from long-term monitoring. While the session focuses on interdisciplinary cooperation to facilitate needs to monitor and interpret ecosystem changes, individual talks will address a broader range of issues related to concepts, methods, and implementations of long-term environmental studies.
1:50 PM
Using the USNVC to enhance assessment of forest health in Northeast U.S. National Parks
Kathryn Miller, National Park Service; Geraldine Tierney, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry; Brian R. Mitchell, National Park Service; Don Faber-Langendoen, NatureServe
2:30 PM
Quantifying species turnover and compositional shifts of the Longleaf Pine ecosystem in North Carolina after 18 years
Kyle Palmquist, University of North Carolina; Robert K. Peet, University of North Carolina; Alan S. Weakley, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Norman Christensen, Duke University
3:10 PM
3:20 PM
When is an invasive not an invasive? Macrofossil evidence of doubtful native plants species in the Galápagos Islands
Emily E. Coffey, University of Oxford; Cynthia A. Froyd, University of Oxford; Katherine J. Willis, University of Oxford
4:00 PM
Fire and flammability characteristics in community dynamics: Inferring feedback mechanisms from the palaeoecological record
Elizabeth S. Jeffers, University of Oxford; Michael Bonsall, University of Oxford; Katherine J. Willis, University of Oxford
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