Ecosystem Resilience 2: Ecosystem Transformation After Large-Scale Disturbance


1 to 3 p.m., May 5 to 6, 2020

The Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (SW CASC) and Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS) are hosting a series of webinars this May focused on ecosystem resilience; specifically, the impacts of heat on ecosystems, ecosystem transformations after large-scale disturbance events, and the benefits of Native American cultural burning. The second installment, Ecosystem Transformation After Large-Scale Disturbance, is a two-day virtual workshop held on Tuesday, May 5 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm MST and Wednesday, May 6 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm MST. Don Falk (University of Arizona) will be leading the event.

This workshop will focus specifically on ecosystem transformations after large-scale mortality and disturbance events, as well as under the chronic stress of changing climate. The immediate objective of this event is to explore key uncertainties in the scientific understanding of ecosystem resilience, particularly with regard to providing guidance to the land management community. A longer-term goal is to build out this theme area within CCASS, focused on developing an interdisciplinary network of researchers on the UA campus and in collaborating institutions around this theme. We would like to emphasize that although this is a virtual event, we hope that everyone who joins will actively engage in the conversation. The draft agenda is linked below. This event is a follow-on to a previous virtual workshop led by Dave Breshears on the impacts of heat waves on ecosystems. If you missed that event, you can view the webinar recording here.

Don Falk is Associate Professor in the University of Arizona School of Natural Resources and the Environment. Don’s research focuses on fire history, fire ecology, and restoration ecology in a changing world. Falk is a AAAS Fellow, and has received the Fulbright Short-Term Scholar award, the Ecological Society of America’s Deevey Award for outstanding graduate work in paleoecology, and awards from his School for both Outstanding Scholarly Contributions and Outstanding Teaching.

Please register at this link as soon as possible. We will then follow up with Zoom meeting information to the email address provided in the form.