BNZ LTER Symposium, 2011

Pike's Waterfront Lodge - Fairbanks, Alaska

February 25-26, 2011


Meeting Notes

Friday 25 February 2011

7:30-8:00 Continental Breakfast

Introductions and Backdrop for Symposium

8:00-8:30 Welcome and Symposium Overview (Ruess, Mack, Johnstone)

Morning session: Update and overview of current research tasks

8:30-9:00 T. Hollingsworth and Ruess: Overview of progress for new site network (NSN)

9:00-10:00 Overview of fire-related tasks

  • Jill Johnstone: Brief introduction
  • Task C5-Eric Kasischke: Variation in fire regime over space and time, and landscape sensitivity
  • Task D1-Scott Rupp: Historic fire return intervals and feedbacks between fire and vegetation
  • Task D2-Lee Taylor, Christa Mulder, and Knut Kielland: Interactions of fire with microbial communities, plants, pathogens, and herbivores
  • Task D3-Jill Johnstone and Teresa Hollingsworth: Effects of altered fire regime on successional trajectory

10:00-10:10 Break

10:10-11:00 Overview of fire-related tasks

  • Task D4-Michelle Mack: Ecosystem and landscape consequences of an altered fire regime
  • Task D5-Vladimir Romanovsky: Fire, soil organic layer, and permafrost
  • Task CS1-Dave McGuire: Changing fire regime and atmospheric feedbacks

11:00-11:10 Break

11:10-12:00 Proposal reviews: Overview and discussion (Ruess)

  • Summary of feedback (positive and negative)
  • What do we need to do better?
  • What ideas do we have?

12:00-1:20 Lunch

Afternoon session: Focus on Social Linkages and Outreach

1:20-1:40 Social Science tasks related to disturbance (Kofinas)

1:40-2:00 LTER Educational outreach – existing programs and opportunities (Sparrow)

2:00-2:20 Fire agency outreach and co-operation (Rupp)

2:20-2:45 Break

Afternoon working groups: Improving outreach and social linkages

2:45-3:00 Charge to working groups and discussion points

3:00-4:00 Working groups convene

4:00-4:30 Summary of working group discussions

Graduate student research

4:30-5:00 Rebecca Hewitt: Graduate students poster previews

5:00-6:00 Mixer and Poster setup

6:00-7:00 Dinner

7:00-8:00 Poster session

Saturday 26 February 2011

8:00-8:30 Continental Breakfast

Morning session: Collaboration and synergy

8:30-9:00 Updates from the Forest Service Division (Tom Hanley)

9:00-10:10 Related research occurring through external funding

10:10-10:30 Synergy Break: Opportunities for people to discuss collaborations

Morning working groups: Building better integration and synergy

10:30-10:40 Jill Johnstone: Charge to working groups and discussion points

10:40-11:30 Working groups convene

11:30-12:00 Summary of working group discussions

12:00-1:20 Lunch

Afternoon session: The New Site Network

1:20-1:45 J. Hollingsworth: The old and new site networks: monitoring and logistics

1:45-2:15 T. Hollingsworth: Site selection for the new site network

Afternoon working groups: Making the most of the New Site Network

2:15-2:30 Teresa Hollingsworth: Charge to working groups and discussion points

2:30-2:40 Break

2:40-3:45 Working groups convene

3:45-4:15 Summary of working group discussions

4:15-5:00 Meeting wrap-up and general discussion

  • Summary of key meeting points
  • Identification of topics to follow up on with monthly symposia
  • Plans and reminders for the coming year

5:00-6:00 Happy hour - drinks and further discussion

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