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Catchment Science: Interactions of Hydrology, Biology & Geochemistry
Gordon Research Conference

Crossing Boundaries and Seeking Synthesis in the Catchment Sciences

Dates

June 25-30, 2017

Location

Bates College
Lewiston, ME

Organizers

Chairs:
Kevin J. McGuire & Jakob Schelker

Vice Chair:
Holly Barnard

Meeting Description

This Gordon Research Conference (GRC) unites ecologists, hydrologists, geochemists, soil scientists, and other scientists who understand the need for interdisciplinary research to advance catchment science. Catchment science, conceptually rooted in the physical boundaries that define a catchment or watershed ecosystem, is inherently integrative. Catchment scientists are compelled to transcend disciplinary boundaries and work across interfaces or transitions within components of the catchment system such as groundwater and surface water interactions, the land-atmosphere boundary, terrestrial and aquatic transitions, and boundaries imposed by humans. The various disciplines that form the basis of catchment science can also pose boundaries in our communication and our approaches. This conference aims to share and integrate the scientific diversity and perspectives that form catchment science. We anticipate the conference will provide a unique opportunity for participants to synthesize research in catchment science by widening their view, crossing disciplinary boundaries and expanding knowledge beyond current boundaries.

The conference is limited to 150 participants. The scientific program will include oral presentations (by invitation only), moderated discussions of important topics, and poster sessions. All conference participants are encouraged to present posters. If you have any questions about the program of the GRC on catchment science or wish to suggest a speaker or discussion leader, please feel free to contact one of the conference organizers.

The GRC will also be preceded by a two-day Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) that is organized by and designed for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. The GRS provides opportunities for the exchange of ideas among early career investigators and an occasion to build relationships with peers that will form the next generation of catchment scientists. GRS attendees are expected to join the GRC and share in the full experience. For information on the GRS, please contact one of the student GRS organizers.

Related Meeting

This GRC was held in conjunction with the "Catchment Science: Interactions of Hydrology, Biology & Geochemistry" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.

Contributors

Meeting Program

Sunday
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmKeynote Session: Setting the Stage for Cross-Boundary Catchment Science: Integration and Interdiscplinarity
Discussion Leaders: Theresa Blume (GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Germany) and Paul Brooks (University of Utah, USA)
7:40 pm - 7:50 pmOpening Remarks
7:50 pm - 8:10 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
8:10 pm - 8:50 pmTom Battin (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
"From Microbial Biofilms to Stream Ecosystem Processes: Cutting Across Boundaries and Interfaces in Catchment Science"
8:50 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
Monday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmHow Boundaries and Interfaces Within Catchments Influence Hot Spots
Discussion Leaders: Stefan Krause (University of Birmingham, United Kingdom) and Diana Karwan (University of Minnesota, USA)
9:00 am - 9:30 amMichael Gooseff (University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
"Of the Obvious and the Invisible - Boundaries Between Surface Water and Groundwater"
9:30 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:15 amKathleen Lohse (Idaho State University, USA)
"Challenges of Boundaries and Interfaces in Scaling Biogeochemical Processes from Pedon to Catchment Scale"
10:15 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 amHjalmar Laudon (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden)
"A Boreal Landscape Perspective on the Role of Connectivity, Interfaces, and Scaling on Stream Biogeochemistry"
11:30 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmKate Maher (Stanford University, USA)
"Response of Geochemical Interfaces to Hydrologic Fluctuations: The Ultimate Control on Water Quality?"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
3:00 pm - 4:00 pmPower Hour
The GRC Power Hour is an optional informal gathering open to all meeting participants. It is designed to help address the challenges women face in science and support the professional growth of women in our communities by providing an open forum for discussion and mentoring.
Organizers: Rebecca Barnes (Colorado College, USA) and Kate Brauman (University of Minnesota, USA)
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmCritical Zone Processes in Catchment Science
Discussion Leaders: Stefan Krause (University of Birmingham, United Kingdom) and Diana Karwan (University of Minnesota, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:40 pm - 8:10 pmTalk Selected from the GRS
8:10 pm - 8:25 pmDiscussion
8:25 pm - 8:55 pmSusan Brantley (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
"Toward a Conceptual Model Relating Reaction Fronts to Water Flow Paths in Hillslopes"
8:55 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmThe Human and Catchment Interface: Humans as Drivers of Catchment Change and Impacts of Catchment Management on Society
Discussion Leaders: Jonathan Duncan (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA) and Kate Brauman (University of Minnesota, USA)
9:00 am - 9:30 amTodd Scanlon (University of Virginia, USA)
"Reductions in Acid Deposition: Implications for Catchment Biogeochemistry and Water Balance"
9:30 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:15 amVeena Srinivasan (Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, India)
"The Race to the Bottom: Human Alterations of Watershed Processes in South India"
10:15 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 amNicholas Howden (University of Bristol, United Kingdom)
"The Quest for Clean Water, Plentiful Food, and Ecosystem Services: The River Thames Catchment 1850-2017 and Beyond…"
11:30 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmJim Heffernan (Duke University, USA)
"Population Density, Urban Structure, and Watershed Processes"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmHuman Modifications to Freshwater Ecosystems
Discussion Leaders: Jonathan Duncan (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA) and Kate Brauman (University of Minnesota, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:40 pm - 8:10 pmTalk Selected from the GRS
8:10 pm - 8:25 pmDiscussion
8:25 pm - 8:55 pmEmma Rosi-Marshall (Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, USA)
"Urban Watershed Connectivity Facilitates the Movement and Effects of Pollutants of Emerging Concern"
8:55 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmInterlinkages with Global Change Beyond Catchment Boundaries
Discussion Leaders: Josie Geris (University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom) and Kevin Bishop (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden)
9:00 am - 9:30 amGesa Weyhenmeyer (Uppsala University, Sweden)
"Global Change Induced Shifts in the Functioning of Lakes on Planet Earth - Thinking Beyond Single Lake Catchment Science"
9:30 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:15 amThorsten Wagener (University of Bristol, United Kingdom)
"Hydrological Modeling for Climate Change Impact Assessment Beyond the Catchment Scale: Subsurface Heterogeneity, Flux Constraints and the Value of Synthetic Data"
10:15 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 amAnne Van Loon (University of Birmingham, United Kingdom)
"Bridging Scales: Human Influence on Drought from Catchment-Scale Observations and Global-Scale Models"
11:30 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmJames Vose (United States Forest Service, USA)
"Catchment Responses to Biophysical and Socioeconomic Drivers: Overcoming Challenges of Mismatch of Scale"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmRepresentation of Catchment Processes in Earth System Models
Discussion Leaders: Josie Geris (University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom) and Kevin Bishop (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:40 pm - 8:10 pmTalk Selected from the GRS
8:10 pm - 8:25 pmDiscussion
8:25 pm - 8:55 pmMartyn Clark (National Center for Atmospheric Research, USA)
"Improving the Representation of Hydrologic Processes in Earth System Models"
8:55 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmPushing the Boundaries of Knowledge: New Analytical Tools and Integrated Catchment Concepts that Shape Our Future Understanding
Discussion Leaders: Julian Klaus (Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg) and Sarah Godsey (Idaho State University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:30 amNandita Basu (University of Waterloo, Canada)
"A Race Against Time: Nutrient Legacies and Time Lags Provide New Insight into Improving Water Quality in Human-Impacted Landscapes"
9:30 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:15 amGianluca Botter (University of Padua, Italy)
"Modeling River Hydrochemistry Through Dynamical Travel Time Distributions: Theoretical Foundations and Applications"
10:15 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 amStefan Kollet (Research Centre Juelich, Germany)
"The Challenge of Representing Terrestrial Systems in Hydrologic Models: Recent Advancement and Applications"
11:30 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmBrian Fry (Griffith University, Australia)
"Tracers Show Large-Scale Connectivity Across Landscapes: A Case Study of Watershed Development and Sediment Erosion Impacting Downstream Coastal Fisheries at Brisbane, Australia"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm The Sensor Revolution in Catchments
Discussion Leaders: Julian Klaus (Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg) and Sarah Godsey (Idaho State University, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:35 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:35 pm - 8:05 pmTalk Selected from the GRS
8:05 pm - 8:20 pmDiscussion
8:20 pm - 8:50 pmMatthew Cohen (University of Florida, USA)
"Sensing the River Signal in the Catchment Noise: Tools for Measuring Stream Ecosystem Nutrient Processing"
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmDiscussion
9:05 pm - 9:25 pmGeneral Discussion
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmClosing Remarks
Friday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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