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Wetlands are valuable ecosystems that benefit society. They allow for gradual recharge of groundwater, provide critical habitat for plants, fish and wildlife, control erosion, mitigate water pollution, provide food and recreational bases for...
2011-05-31
2011-05-31
2009-02-18
Snowfall is a critical component of the hydrologic cycle of mountainous regions in the Western United States as snowfall accounts for the majority of annual precipitation. Point scale precipitation measurements of snowfall are often inaccurate...
2011-05-31
2011-05-31
2009-02-18
Nitrogen loading from onsite septic systems (OSSs) may degrade the ecological health of aquatic systems by causing or accentuating eutrophication leading to hypoxia or anoxia. OSSs do not typically remove nitrogen within the septic tank;...
2011-05-31
2011-05-31
2009-02-18
Baker will discuss the issue of emerging contaminants in Puget Sound, such as brominated flame retardants and microplastics. He will review the common features of the chemical classes studied, pointing out that risk assessment is limited by lack...
2011-05-31
2011-05-31
2009-02-18
The migrations of salmon and trout are an integral part of their basic biology and are also important for their conservation because migrations define critical habitat and control patterns of fishery exploitation. Decades of tagging with a...
2011-05-31
2011-05-31
2009-02-18
Hinckley will review the role of trees and forests in the hydrologic cycle. He will provide an overview of interception, stream flow, throughfall, evapotranspiration, and individual versus stand and understory versus overstory rates. He will also...
2011-06-02
2011-06-02
2008-02-14
Breslow will discuss the issue of integrating interdisciplinary approaches to research problems. She illustrates the concept of scale by describing her research into the social aspects of salmon recovery in Skagit Valley.
2011-06-02
2011-06-02
2008-02-14
Keil will describe his research measuring spices in Puget Sound. Puget Sound sees seasonal inputs of specific spices, such as vanilla, cinnamon, and thyme. Essentially, what we eat winds up in Puget Sound. Spices can be smelled by salmon and are...
2011-06-02
2011-06-02
2008-02-14
Horner-Devine will present research investigating the impact of river water on biological productivity in the Pacific Ocean along the Washington-Oregon coast. River water contribution is approximately 0.02% of the shelf waters, yet the effect of...
2011-06-02
2011-06-02
2008-02-14
Elsner will outline the Washington State Climate Impacts Assessment program. This is a comprehensive state climate change assessment that includes the impacts of global warming. She will detail the goals, challanges, and data needs of the program....
2011-06-03
2011-06-03
2008-02-14
Rodgers will discuss water pollution laws. He will begin by reviewing local media stories about environmental legal problems. He will describe laws regarding killer whales, dolphins, reefs, salmon, and walruses. He will also discuss challenges...
2011-06-03
2011-06-03
2008-02-14
Montgomery will review the importance of soil in sustaining civilizations. He will ask the question: can soil erosion limit the lifespan of civilizations? He will discuss contemporary and long-term (geological) erosion rates -- and agricultural...
2011-06-03
2011-06-03
2008-02-14
Francis will address the question: What are the consequences of lakeshore development for aquatic habitats, communities, and food webs? She will describe research comparing developed lakes to undeveloped lakes. This research examines several...
2011-06-03
2011-06-03
2008-02-14
Naiman will introduce the concept of environmental flows, also known as ecological flows, or environmental water allocations. He will discuss the rationale, as well as the scientific advances and challenges in determining environmental flows.
2011-06-03
2011-06-03
2008-02-14
Booth will discuss how unique watersheds create unique streams. Understanding or predicting stream behavior can't always be done by borrowing knowledge from somewhere else, because the watersheds that create these streams can be very different....
2011-06-03
2011-06-03
2008-02-14
Quinn will discuss how natural selection operates on the timing of migration and spawning by salmon. Temperature and flow are the primary physical factors in the evolution and ecology of timing. Salmon seem to be adapting to climate change....
2011-06-06
2011-06-06
200-02-14
Shukla will provide an introduction to drought modeling. There have been 20 major drought events since 1900. This provided the motivation to develop objective measures of climate and hydrology to help characterize and predict drought in Washington...
2011-06-06
2011-06-06
2008-02-14
Moskal will provide an overview of trends in remote sensing technology. She will review the applications for remote sensing-based geostatistical modeling for forest inventory, structure, and characterization. She will show how remote sensing data...
2011-06-06
2011-06-06
2008-02-14
Stolnack will ask the question: why do we care about conifers in riparian areas? He will present field work in Olympic National Park. Finally, he will make the connections to riparian restoration and management.
2011-06-13
2011-06-13
2007-02-14
Fontaine will provide an overview of a study that investigated drought in Washington State. He will discuss the motivation behind the study, the study objectives, and the methods used. He will assess drought impacts and ways to reduce...
2011-06-13
2011-06-13
2007-02-14
Bechtold will discuss floodplain soils. He will talk about the interactions between soils, plants, and the atmosphere. He will focus on fluvial sediment redistribution. He will review a soil organic matter model. He will also discuss the impact of...
2011-06-13
2011-06-13
2007-02-14
Torgersen will describe different types of drainage pattern networks in river systems, as well as network topology, corridors, and pathways. He will present a study about isolated headwater populations of trout. He will analyze spatial networks,...
2011-06-13
2011-06-13
2007-02-14
Naiman and Latterell will discuss riparian biocomplexity. In particular, they will focus on the production dynamics of riparian trees, and possible drivers of tree production. They will conclude that effective management depends on a strong...
2011-06-13
2011-06-13
2007-02-14
Quinn will point out that many scientists have focused on the predicted global warming trend, and on the ecological processes. He will ask: what about the other effects of climate? And what about evolutionary processes? He will describe a study of...
2011-06-13
2011-06-13
2007-02-14
Karr will present the paradox: As scientific understanding of Earth and the effects of humans on Earth systems expand, the threats to Earth's living systems—human and nonhuman—worsen. He will ask: How can we be smarter and more knowledgeable, yet...
2011-06-13
2011-06-13
2007-02-14
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