Translational Ecology in Freshwater Science
Freshwater resources critically support ecosystem and human health. Future projections include widespread scarcity in some areas, and excess in others. Human impacts on freshwater influence both quantity (e.g., dams, groundwater, withdrawal) and quality (e.g., land use change, contaminant delivery). Climate change exacerbates these influences by altering temperatures, land cover, precipitation and runoff patterns, and the abundance, distribution, and diversity of aquatic organisms.
In the face of continuing environmental change and the magnitude of its complex and interacting effects on global freshwater, Translation Ecology (TE) provides a potential roadmap for freshwater science to inform real world decision-making. The foundational principles of TE include interdisciplinary collaboration, multidirectional engagement, long-term commitment, iterative communication, transparent and representative process, and a decision context that leads to actionable outcomes. Freshwater science is ideally suited for TE, and while we may have called it by other names, our community has a track record of providing some of the most compelling examples of TE success.
Stephanie Parker, Kaelin Crawley, and Lee Stanish will be in attendance representing NEON. Erik Sokol will also be attending this meeting and is a participant in the Stream Resiliency RCN.
- Opportunities for aquatic microbial meta-analyses using the NEON network, Lee Stanish
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 12:15 PM - 12:30 PM, Room 150 G
- Benthic macroinvertebrate communities across the NEON observatory: using metabarcode and morphological taxonomy data to assess trends, Stephanie Parker
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 9:45 AM - 10:00 AM, Room 254 B
- Simulations show metacommunity, stream network, and disturbance characteristics interact to maintain biodiversity, and have consequences for regional stability, Eric Sokol
Thursday, May 23, 2019, 9:30 AM - 9:45 AM Room 151 G
- Integrating continuous sensor data with observational sampling at a continental scale to enable estimates of carbon flux, reaeration and metabolism in streams, Kaelin Crawley
Thursday, May 23, 2019 3:00 PM - 3:15 PM Room 251 AB
Salt Lake City, UT