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

Crossing Boundaries and Seeking Synthesis in the Catchment Sciences


June 25-30, 2017


Bates College
Lewiston, ME Site Information


Kevin J. McGuire & Jakob Schelker

Vice Chair:
Holly Barnard

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 28, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

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 will be held in conjunction with the "Catchment Science: Interactions of Hydrology, Biology & Geochemistry" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by February 25, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Keynote Session: Setting the Stage for Cross-Boundary Catchment Science: Integration and Interdiscplinarity
    (Theresa Blume, Paul Brooks / Tom Battin)
  • How Boundaries and Interfaces Within Catchments Influence Hot Spots
    (Stefan Krause, Diana Karwan / Michael Gooseff / Kathleen Lohse / Hjalmar Laudon / Kate Maher)
  • Critical Zone Processes in Catchment Science
    (Stefan Krause, Diana Karwan / Susan Brantley)
  • The Human and Catchment Interface: Humans as Drivers of Catchment Change and Impacts of Catchment Management on Society
    (Jonathan Duncan, Eugenia Marti / Stephen Carpenter / Veena Srinivasan / Jim Heffernan / Nicholas Howden)
  • Human Modifications to Freshwater Ecosystems
    (Jonathan Duncan, Eugenia Marti / Emma Rosi-Marshall)
  • Interlinkages with Global Change Beyond Catchment Boundaries
    (Jay Zarnetske, Josie Geris / Ted Schuur / Anne Van Loon / Thorsten Wagener / Gesa Weyhenmeyer)
  • Representation of Catchment Processes in Earth System Models
    (Jay Zarnetske, Josie Geris / Martyn Clark)
  • Pushing the Boundaries of Knowledge: New Analytical Tools and Integrated Catchment Concepts that Shape Our Future Understanding
    (Julian Klaus, Sarah Godsey / Nandita Basu / Gianluca Botter / Brian Fry / Stefan Kollet)
  • The Sensor Revolution in Catchments
    (Julian Klaus, Sarah Godsey / Matthew Cohen)
  • Power Hour
    (Rebecca Barnes, Kate Brauman)
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