Springs Ecosystem Science: 2018 Symposium

A 2-day symposium for researchers and managers to present the state of springs ecosystems and discuss paths forward.

When: June 4-6
Where: Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, AZ

Registration cost: $95. The cost of the symposium has been partly underwritten by the National Park Service and Springs Stewardship Institute. Contact the organizers about discounted student rates. Registration includes lunch on both days and a social mixer the night before the symposium. Attendees are also afforded a discounted rate for a 2-day springs inventory and training workshop presented by the Springs Stewardship Institute on June 8–9, also located at MNA.

Abstract submissions and registrations are now being accepted.

Contributing Session Themes

  • Advances in Springs Ecohydrology
  • Springs Ecosystem Ecology
  • Springs and Cultural Resources
  • Impacts on Groundwater and Springs: Emerging Threats
  • Geo-collaborative Approaches for Springs Information Technology
  • Springs Ecosystem Management and Restoration
  • Springs Inventory, Monitoring and Assessment Methods

The symposium will be wrapped up by a discussion session among all participants identifying knowledge gaps in springs ecosystem topics and processes, restoration techniques that work or need refinement, and policy/ management issues.

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Springs are well known to support unique and localized ecosystems, contain high levels of biodiversity, provide critical water supplies for upland wildlife communities, harbor numerous rare and endemic plants and animals, and support human communities. Threats to springs include uncontrolled livestock access, human development, fire, exotic species, and overuse. Climate predictions indicate that springs may be further altered by changes in precipitation, seasonal patterns, and air temperature. Understanding these threats, and the importance of springs on the landscape, is paramount for Southwestern land management.

Goals and Purpose

The purpose of this symposium is to provide a venue for researchers and managers to discuss advances and challenges in springs stewardship, research, and monitoring. Proceedings from the symposium will be published to help guide future research and management of springs resources and ecosystem processes.

Post-conference Springs Workshop at Discounted Rates

June 7-8 – Springs Inventory and Assessment workshop
June 11-15 -Hands-on, field-based springs inventory and assessment advanced training

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