BNZ LTER Symposium, 2017

Direct effects of climate change on ecosystems and disturbance regimes

Organized by Teresa Hollingsworth and Merritt Turetsky

Pike's Waterfront Lodge - Fairbanks, Alaska

April 21-22, 2017

Agenda PDF

Full BNZ-LTER Proposal


During this year’s annual workshop, we will be focusing on Theme 1 (Direct effects of climate change on ecosystems and disturbance regimes), with the goal of strengthening proposed Theme 1 research and maximizing overlap and interactions with the other Themes of our newly funded proposal. To prepare for this meeting, we ask that all participants take the time to read the recently funded LTER 16 proposal.

Specific workshop objectives:
  • Discuss our new overall research plan and the opportunities for initial collaborations, research projects, and products, with a focus on Theme 1.
  • Strengthen linkages between themes.
  • Discuss opportunities for how modeling can support the other themes, and in particular Theme 1.
  • Develop one and three-year road maps for accomplishing these goals.

Workshop format:

The workshop will include a few short presentations, mostly to facilitate discussions and group work. The remaining workshop will be dedicated to interactive communication in the form of:

  • World Café*: will facilitate a discussion on supporting/enabling elements of an integrated science platform related to Theme 1.
  • Panel discussion of Theme leaders will build on group ideas and generate dialogue.
  • Break-out groups: will begin to design research priority activities identified during the World Cafe dialogue.
  • Poster session: sharing and exchanging ongoing and planned research.
*The World Cafe is a methodology for hosting conversations about relevant questions and themes. Our goal is to create multiple conversations that build off of each other to explore issues related to Theme 1. This technique is effective in building new network connections and more deep information generation and exchange than what can be achieved with individual presentations.


Friday 21 April

8:30 - 9:00 Continental breakfast - Provided by Pike’s

9:00 - 9:10 Introduction by Merritt Turetsky and Teresa Nettleton Hollingsworth

9:10 - 9:30 Roger Ruess: Overview of the history of Theme 1, starting with the first LTER research program and questions relating to the direct effects of climate

9:30 - 10:00 Teresa Nettleton Hollingsworth and Merritt Turetsky: Current status of the Theme 1, including Regional Site Network and some of the research that is being done at the RSN

10:00 - 10:30 Jamie Hollingsworth and Jason Downing: LTER Site management and Data management

10:30 - 10:45 Coffee Break

10:45 - 11:00 Overview of aims and approach of The World Café

11:00 - 12:00 First round of World Café - Within theme questions
Specific discussion questions will be provided at the meeting

12:00 - 1:30 Lunch - Provided by Pike’s

1:30 - 2:30 Second round of World Café: Cross-theme questions

2:30 - 3:00 Break and meeting of World Café Table Leaders

3:00 - 3:30 Group discussion

3:30 - 5:00 Breakout group discussions to develop 1,3 year road maps

5:30 - 7:00 Mixer, Dinner, Poster Session

Saturday 22 April

8:00 - 8:30 Continental breakfast - Provided by Pike’s

8:30 - 9:45 Panel discussion: “Cross-theme linkages in the new round of LTER” - How can results from Theme 1 inform other themes, and vice versa? Panel will be comprised of Theme Leaders: Michelle Mack, Jay Jones, and Knut Kielland (Scale-dependent climate-disturbance interactions as drivers of ecological landscape change) Helene Genet (Linking landscape heterogeneity with regional and global climate feedbacks), Todd Brinkman (Coupled social-ecological dynamics for interior Alaska) and Jill Johnstone (Integrating LTER Science and resource management with regional environmental change through co-production) and the panel will also answer questions from the audience.

9:45 - 10:00 Break

10:00 - 12:00 Breakout - We will have different options for activities, including breakout group discussions, which will be discussed during the meeting introduction on Friday.

12:00 Lunch - Provided by Pikes

1:00 - 4:00 Breakout - Targeted discussion topics for break-out groups.

Topics (conditional based on outcome of Friday’s meeting):

  1. Regional site network as an opportunity
  2. Discussion of modeling as an integration tool to enhance linkages between Theme 1 and other research themes
  3. Solicit other ideas

4:00 - 5:00Final group discussion and finalization of 1,3 year road maps

5:00 - 5:30Final reflections and comments by Roger Ruess, Teresa Hollingsworth, and Merritt Turetsky

Meeting adjorned!

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