Eco-DAS VIII Symposium Agenda
Friday, 10 October 2008
- Participants arrive in Honolulu throughout the day
- Welcome Reception at New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel
Saturday, 11 October
- Welcoming remarks, introductions
- Paul Kemp
- The thinking box: we know what our methods tell us [to think]
- Tessa Francis
- Dynamics at the aquatic-terrestrial interface of lakes and coastal oceans
- Ylva Olsen and Sophia Fox
- The ecological effects of nitrogen loading to estuaries: macrophyte and macroinvertebrate communities
- Daniel Sobota
- Controls on nitrogen removal in stream and river ecosystems: realized and potential insights from an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach
- Betsy Bancroft and Laura Petes
- Working towards a new understanding of environmental stress and community regulation in freshwater and marine systems
- Invited speaker: Margaret McManus, UH-SOEST
- Group activity, and presentation: The message box
- Brian Reid
- The limnology of alluvial ground water basins
- Julie Keister
- Bio-physical coupling in a coastal upwelling ecosystem
- Tamara Harms
- Contrasting biogeochemical reaction and hydrologic transport as mechanisms determining flux of essential elements from ecosystems
- Daniel Dombrowski
- Hydrodynamics and chemical coupling: A unified approach to understanding life in the aquatic benthic environment
- Kelly Dorgan
- An individual-based approach to aquatic ecology: applying burrowing mechanics to benthic ecology
Sunday, 12 October
Models and Theory
- Blaine Griffen and Andrew Kramer
- The Allee effect, community resiliency and species recovery, and genetic implications
- Alison Derry
- Evolutionary responses of plankton communities to natural and human-induced stress
- Daniel Spooner
- Role of stress and catabolism in emergent ecological theory
- Noreen Kelly
- Use of matrix* models in the study of aquatic populations
- Laurel Larsen
- Simulating and predicting the evolution of the aquatic eco-scape
- Open discussion: Modeling and ecological research
- Dana Hunt
- Aquatic microbiology at the microscale
- Craig Nelson
- Scales of influence of microbial communities on pelagic biogeochemistry: from molecular interactions to ecosystem processes
- Amy Burgin
- Microbial interactions between the sulfur, carbon and nitrogen cycles in aquatic ecosystems
- Maria Vila Costa
- Sulfur cycle in the ocean: from microbes to climate
- Eva Ortega-Retuerta
- New insights into the ocean carbon cycle: the role of microbes on CDOM and the interface DOM-POM
- Dreux Chappell and Annette Hynes
- Diversity and iron ecology of Trichodesmium
Diversity, Genetics, Genomics
- Chris Dupont
- Physiological and ecological ramifications of the usage of trace metals by marine phytoplankton
Monday, 13 October
- Alyson Santoro
- Understanding patterns of marine microbial diversity and their relevance to global nutrient cycling
- Adam Reitzel
- Developing and deploying genomic markers for detection of ecological and evolutionary responses in aquatic ecosystems
- Ramiro Logares
- Evolutionary diversification patterns in aquatic microbes: new molecular technologies for studying population genetics
- Panel Discussion
- Agency Presentations and Perspectives on Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Research (NSF, ONR)
Organization of aquatic ecosystems
- Jessica Clasen
- Fundamental differences in the virioplankton of lakes and oceans, and the potential ecological implications
- Denise Lani Pascual
- How does the timing and speciation of nitrogen and phosphorus delivery to small, urban reservoirs affect phytoplankton community structure and successional patterns?
- Carrie Scheele Kissman
- Understanding the Indirect Effects of Exotic Invaders and Climate Change on Aquatic Ecosystems
- Serena Moseman
- Function or failure of marine ecosystems? Macro-and micro-organism interactions mediate environmental change
- Joel Llopiz
- Trophic linkages in marine planktonic ecosystems: a comparative approach
- Jennifer Howeth
- Metacommunity and invasion dynamics in aquatic systems
- Daniel Marshalonis
- Predator-prey interactions and trophodynamics: gelatinous zooplankton as a model
Tuesday, 14 October
- Amanda Spivak
- Resource availability and community composition in seagrass beds
- George Waldbusser
- The importance of benthic infauna to coastal biogeochemistry and ecosystem dynamics
- Kristine Hopfensperger
- Linking community spatiotemporal patterns to ecosystem processes in aquatic ecosystems
- Open discussion:
- Ground rules for collaborative chapters
- What we need from author teams by end of Wednesday
Working Group Discussions
- The symposium then turned to a consideration of cross-cutting themes observed in the presentations. Six topics were selected by the participants for further discussion in working groups, during two breakout sessions:
- How do we best address issues of scale? What data/methods are needed to connect scales? How often is the scale of the question/methods/theory appropriate? What can we learn from the lab tell about the real world? Theory in aquatic sciences: is there a data vs theory mismatch? (2 working groups)
- Climate and anthropogenic effects: can we make consistent predictions across aquatic systems? (2 working groups)
- Crossing borders (salinity, pelagic-benthic, taxonomic, etc.): what are they and how do we do it? Common language. (1 working group)
- Rarity, redundancy and diversity: how do we measure it? (1 working group)
- Community structure and ecosystem function. Function vs form as a paradigm for understanding (eco)system behaviour. (1 working group)
- Alternative Stable States/regime shifts: do they exist in aquatic systems beyond shallow lakes? Complexity and feedbacks. (1 working group)
- After each breakout session, one working group member from each group offered a brief presentation of their discussion and principal conclusions. For all working groups, the following were offered as possible questions to be considered.
- Has it been described well in the open literature?
Is it covered well in proposed chapters?
Consider the possibility that it might merit a chapter.
If so, who would write it?
- Where will the breakthroughs come from?
Why is this exciting?
What hasn't been done but might be possible?
What resources are available?
- What are the main obstacles to this work?
What partnerships need to exist?
What funding investments need to be made?
What training is needed?
Wednesday, 15 October
Panel on Career Choices and Alternatives
- Invited speaker: Robin Anderson, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
- Three important I's in government science: interdisciplinarity, initiative and integrity
- Invited speaker: Jana Davis, Chesapeake Bay Trust
- Alternative careers: science policy and the NGO
- Invited speaker: Carla Caceres, University of Illinois- Urbana
- Early career initiatives by professional societies
- Open discussion with career panel (Anderson, Caceres, Davis and Cynthia Suchman, NSF)
- Do you have what you need to succeed? Do you know where your career is headed? Have you thought about alternatives?
- Following lunch, the afternoon was devoted to a breakout session for author teams to work on developing their ideas for collaborative chapters to be proposed for the symposium proceedings volume. Author teams were given the following guidance:
- Author teams, your goals for the afternoon are to decide:
- AUTHORS and their respective contributions,
ESTIMATED TIME to 1st DRAFT
AND prepare a brief (10 min) presentation for tomorrow.
- Sign up for a presentation time slot! Please explain:
- How your research interests are complementary
What you intend to write (chapter outline)
What each of you will contribute
Why this chapter NEEDS to be written
Whether you have plans for future collaboration
- A total of 12 author teams signed up to present chapter proposals on the final day.
Thursday, 16 October
- The symposium concluded with presentations by author teams and open discussion of each proposed chapter. Following the presentations, an discussion was held to establish the timeline for submission and review of chapter manuscripts. The formal symposium was then adjourned and authors were given time to collaborate and develop chapter outlines. The day ended with a farewell celebration for all participants, mentors and agency representatives.