Riparian Ecosystems IV
Advancing Science, Economics and Policy
June 27 – 29, 2012
Conference Opening Plenary Session
Wednesday / June 25
/ 12:00 Noon – 1:30 PM
(During the Joint Conference Luncheon)
Welcome and Opening Remarks for the Riparian Ecosystems IV Conference
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Ada, OK
Riparian Ecosystems IV: Advancing Science, Economics and Policy
Plenary Bridge Speaker:
University of California, Berkeley, CA
“The Scarlet Letter: Much Ado About
Dr. Tyrone Hayes from University of California,
Berkeley will be one of our “Bridge Speakers”
on Wednesday afternoon at 12:00 during the Joint Conference
Luncheon. Dr. Hayes’s presentation will
bridge the themes of the emerging contaminants and riparian
conferences by highlighting the effects that contaminants
can have on the biota that inhabit riparian systems.
Dr. Hayes will present examples of how certain hormonally
active pesticides can disrupt amphibian endocrine systems
and how toxicology in general is addressing low-dose
and nonmonotonic dose responses to environmental contaminants.
Plenary Bridge Speaker:
University of Maryland, College Park, MD
“Managing Contaminants along the Global
Riparian Zones to Rivers”
Dr. Sujay Kaushal will be the Plenary “Bridge Speaker” for the Riparian Ecosystems Conference. Dr. Kaushal’s presentation is intended to bridge the emerging contaminants and riparian conferences by demonstrating the critical links between maintaining ecological function of riparian systems for their capacity for biogeochemical processing including nitrogen and other pollutants. Dr. Kaushal will describe the watershed continuum of engineered and natural hydrologic flow paths that artificially expand drainage networks across human-dominated landscapes. He demonstrates that hydrologic connectivity across landscapes influences downstream transport and transformation of contaminants across space and time. Dr. Kaushal will present global examples of contaminant dynamics and management along the watershed continuum from riparian zones to rivers.
Thursday / June 28 / 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
USEPA National Health and Environment Effects Research Laboratory, Corvallis, OR
“Ecosystem Services: Science to Inform Policy and Management of Nutrients”
Dr. Jana Compton, Research Ecologist at the USEPA National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, Corvallis, Oregon, will be speaking about “Ecosystem services: Science to inform policy and management of nutrients”. Dr. Compton’s presentation will lead into a session on ecosystem services and she will later host a brown bag seminar on Thursday afternoon where participants may continue the discussion of ecosystem services of riparian systems and interact with Dr. Compton on these emerging and critical issues affecting riparian resources and watersheds.
Summary Plenary Session
Friday / June 29 / 8:00AM - 8:30AM
Jane Rowan, 2008 President of AWRA, will provide a summary of the conference. She will draw on what is presented in Denver to apply perspective to advances made since the AWRA 2008 Riparian Ecosystems Conference. Jane will highlight where current progress may lead us in riparian science and technology as we look forward to the next AWRA Riparian Conference.