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NASA Biodiversity and Ecological Forecasting Team Meeting

Thursday, May 1, 2008
ROOM 1105
8:30 A.M.

Welcome & Introduction: The Challenge of Scale: Is Biodiversity Big Science?
Woody Turner/ NASA HQ   presentation

8:45 A.M.

Bird diversity: A predictable function of satellite-derived estimates of seasonal variation in canopy light absorbance across the United States
Nicholas Coops/ University of British Columbia  presentation

9:00 A.M.

Coral Reef Bleaching & Threats to Biodiversity in Puerto Rico
Liane Guild/ NASA Ames Research Center  presentation

9:15 A.M.

Hydrologic & Nutrient Controls on the Structure & Function of Southern African Savannas: a Multi-scale Approach
Hank Shugart/ University of Virginia  presentation

9:30 A.M. Biogeography of Tropical Montane Cloud Forests & Microclimatic Impacts of Forest Fragmentation
Udaysankar Nair/ University of Alabama in Huntsville  presentation
9:45 A.M. Questions & Discussion
10:00 A.M. Break
10:15 A.M. Impact of Pacific Climate Variability on Ocean Circulation, Marine Ecosystems & Living Resources
Richard Barber/ Duke University  presentation
10:30 A.M.

Remote Sensing and Avian Biodiversity Patterns in the U.S.
Volker Radeloff/ University of Wisconsin  presentation

10:45 A.M.

Effects of Fire, Extreme Weather, & Anthropogenic Disturbance on Avian Biodiversity in the U.S.
Anna Pidgeon/ University of Wisconsin  presentation

11:00 A.M.

Quantifying Patterns of Biodiversity in a Changing Climate
Tom Smith/ UCLA   presentation

11:15 A.M.

Conservation in the Colombian Andes
Catherine Graham/ SUNY – Stony Brook  presentation

11:30 A.M.

Ecological forecasting and hindcasting in the intertidal zone: From weather and oceanography to body temperatures, mortality risks and biogeography
David Wethey/ University of South Carolina  presentation

11:45 A.M. Questions & Discussion
12:00 P.M. Lunch -- Ballroom
1:15 P.M.

Biophysical and Land-use Controls on Biodiversity: Regional to Continental Scales
Andrew Hansen/ Montana State University  presentation

1:30 P.M.

Modeling Bird Migration in Changing Habitats
James Smith/ NASA Goddard Space Flight Center  presentation

1:45 P.M.

Forest Structure & Distribution across the Geographic Range of the Giant Panda: Up-scaling from Plots to the Entire Region
Andres Vina/ Michigan State University  presentation

2:00 P.M.

Testing & Extending Biodiversity Paradigms & their Sensitivities to Scale through Integration of In situ & Satellite Data
Aaron Moody/ University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill  presentation

2:15 P.M.

Integrating Earth Science Results in Protected Area Management for Africa’s Albertine Rift Region
Nadine Laporte/ Woods Hole Research Center   presentation

2:30 P.M. Questions & Discussion
2:45 P.M. Break
3:00 P.M.

Counting Critters from Space
Eric Sanderson/ Wildlife Conservation Society  presentation

3:15 P.M.

Fingerprinting Native & Non-native Biodiversity in the U.S.
Mohammed Kalkhan/ Colorado State University  presentation

3:30 P.M.

Forest Structure & Biodiversity on a Cloud Forest Lee Margin
Robert Lawton/ University of Alabama in Huntsville  presentation

3:45 P.M.

Environmental Stability of Forest Corridors in the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor (MBC) Region
Ron Welch/ University of Alabama in Huntsville presentation

4:00 P.M.

Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS)
Diane Davies/ University of Maryland   presentation

4:15 P.M. Questions & Discussion
4:30 P.M.

The Tropical Forest Information Center
David Skole/ Michigan State University   presentation

4:45 P.M.

Characterizing Forest Structure for Assessments of Carbon Cycling & Biodiversity
Ralph Dubayah /University of Maryland  presentation

5:00 P.M.

Using Landsat-Based Continuous Fields Data for Land Cover Change Analysis
Eric Brown de Colstoun/ NASA GSFC  presentation

5:15 P.M.

Terrestrial Observation Prediction System: Enabling Ecological Forecasting by integrating surface, satellite, and climate data with ecosystem models
Rama Nemani/ NASA Ames Research Center  presentation

5:30 P.M.

Integration of a Large-Area Invasive Spread Network (LISN) with Climate Models for Decision Support
Robert Crabtree/ Yellowstone Ecological Research Center  presentation

5:45 P.M. Questions & Discussion
6:00 P.M.

Done for the Day   (Drinks on Program Manager)

Evening Talk Model collaboration, coordination and the Model Web for ecological forecasting
Gary Geller/ JPL presentation
Friday, May 2, 2008
ROOM 2100/ 2102/ 2104
8:00 A.M.

Predicting Right Whale Distributions from Space
Andrew Pershing/ University of Maine  presentation

8:15 A.M.

Application of Infrared and Ocean Color Satellite Data in Pelagic Fisheries Assessment and Management in the Southeastern United States
Mitch Roffer/ Roffer’s Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service, Inc.  presentation

8:30 A.M.

Connectivity and Upwelling Dynamics In the Galápagos Marine Reserve (GMR)
John Morrison/ University of North Carolina, Wilmington  presentation

8:45 A.M.

Dynamics of Giant Kelp Forests: The Engineer of California's Nearshore Ecosystems
David Siegel/ University of California, Santa Barbara  presentation

9:00 A.M.

Climate Change Impacts on Phytoplankton Biodiversity & Impacts on the Ecosystem of the Arabian Sea
Joaquim Goes/ Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences  presentation

9:15 A.M. Questions & Discussion
9:30 A.M.

Biodiversity Implications of Forest Disturbance and Related Landscape Dynamics in the Brazilian Amazon
Mark Cochrane/ South Dakota State University  presentation

9:45 A.M.

Habitat Availability for Amur Tiger and Amur Leopard under Changing Climate and Disturbance Regimes
Hank Shugart/ University of Virginia  presentation

10:00 A.M.

Transformation of Larch-dominated Forests & Woodlands into Mixed Taiga
Elissa Levine/ NASA Goddard Space Flight Center  presentation

10:15 A.M. Questions & Discussion
10:30 A.M. Break
10:45 A.M.

National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program
Andrew Hansen/ Montana State University  presentation

11:00 A.M.

Systems Integration & Visualization of Yellowstone
Fred Watson/ California State University, Monterey Bay  presentation

11:15 A.M.

Bioinformatic Mapping of Ocean Biochemical Provinces
Matt Oliver/ University of Delaware  presentation

11:30 A.M.

Using Mycosporine-like Amino Acids as Taxonomic Indicators in Remote Sensing Reflectance (2006-2009)
Tiffany Moisan/ NASA Goddard Space Flight Center  presentation

11:45 A.M.

Integrating Satellite Data into Ecosystem-based Management of Living Marine Resources
Cara Wilson/ NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service  presentation

12:00 P.M. Questions & Discussion
12:15 P.M. Lunch -- Picnic
1:30 P.M.

Program Discussion      Moderator: Woody Turner/ NASA HQ

Proposed Topics

  • Are the NASA Biodiversity and Ecological Forecasting programs on track? Are we making progress in bringing NASA’s remote sensing tools to important research problems and applications challenges? Are our tools the right ones?
  • What are the important questions on the horizon we need to address?
  • How can we make our results more relevant to those managing ecosystems and species at risk?
  • Programmatic issues we need to discuss…
3:00 P.M. Close Meeting


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