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Annual Meetings

2018 — Section events in New Orleans include the following:



ESA Paleoecology Section Business Meeting

Date/time: Tuesday, August 7, 2018: 12:00-1:00 PM

Location TBA

Moderated by: Jack Williams (Vice-Chair)

***PLEASE NOTE – We will hold a vote on several amendments to the section bylaws at this business meeting.  We encourage all section members to attend!


Joint Mixer, Paleoecology Section and Long-Term Studies Section

Date/Time: Tuesday, August 7, 2018: 6:30-8:00 PM

Location: Rusty Nail Bar



INS 4 -The Future of Studying the Past: New Directions, Themes, and Techniques in Paleoecology

Monday, August 6, 2018: 3:30-5:00 PM  Link

Location: 244, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Organizer (s): Melissa L. Chipman, Northwestern University; Joseph Napier, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Moderator: Denise Devotta, NOAA

Jenny L. McGuire, Georgia Tech
How well can we predict future distributions? Using paleoecology to inform conservation models

Jason S. McLachlan, University of Notre Dame
Why we need statistical models of paleodata to predict the future

John W. Williams, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Recent advances from the Neotoma Paleoecology Database

Jaquelyn L. Gill, University of Maine
Recent advances in identifying biotic interactions in the fossil record

Guillaume de Lafontaine, Univ. du Québec à Rimouski
Assessing evolutionary adaptation to Quaternary climate change

Bryan N. Shuman, University of Wyoming
Constraining the role of climate change as an ecological process

Feng Sheng Hu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Novel disturbance regimes in a warming Arctic


COS 114 – Communities: Paleoecology And Long-Term Dynamics

Thursday, August 9, 2018: 1:30 PM-5:00 PM  Link

Location: TBD, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Melanie Tietje, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin
Predicting extinction risk of living amphibian species with the fossil record

John H. Chick, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Using data from modern fish sampling and deep-time archaeological collections to explore evidence of the anthropocene: The challenge of making apples look like oranges

M. Allison Stegner, University of Wisconsin
Moving from detecting past regime shifts to diagnosing critical transitions

Teresa R. Krause, US Geological Survey
Late Quaternary vegetation, climate, and fire history of the southeastern Atlantic Coastal Plain region

Christine R Rollinson, The Morton Arboretum
Connecting pattern and process: climate-driven shifts in composition facilitate biomass stability over the past millennium

 Gavin L. Simpson, University of Regina
Species associations and long-term dynamics in phytoplankton communities

David Fastovich, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Abrupt deglacial temperature and vegetation changes reconstructed from brGDGT and pollen at Bonnet Lake, OH

Kevin D. Burke, University of Wisconsin-Madison
A Comparison of Climatic Mechanisms and Plant Community Novelty in North America and Europe from the Last Glacial Maximum to Present

Stephen J. Mayor, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Species and community distribution shifts under climate change: novel integration of dynamic vegetation models and niche models

Christopher J. Payne, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Long-term biomass trends in a North Carolina Piedmont forest


OOS 36 – Abrupt Change in Ecological Systems: When, Where, and Why?

Friday, August 10, 2018: 8:40 AM  Link

Location: 343, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Organizer (s): Monica G. Turner, University of Wisconsin, Madison; John W. (Jack) Williams, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Stephen R. Carpenter, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Moderator: Monica G. Turner, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Zak Ratajczak, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Abrupt change in ecological systems: inference and diagnosis

Timothy M. Lenton, University of Exeter
Tipping points in the Earth system and their policy implications

Bryan N. Shuman, University of Wyoming
Abrupt changes over the long term: Forest declines in the paleoecological record of the last 11,000 years

Terry Hughes, James Cook University
Ecological memory modifies the impact of extreme heatwaves on coral reefs

Merritt R. Turetsky, University of Guelph
Natural disturbances and abrupt ecological change in northern ecosystems: wildfire and permafrost thaw

Park Williams, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
Effect of reduced warm-season cloud cover on ecology and fire danger in coastal California

Anke Jentsch, University of Bayreuth
Extreme weather and abrupt ecological change: Predictions and surprises in disturbance interactions

Graeme S. Cumming, James Cook University Townsville
Abrupt ecological change: linking environment and society

Shannon L. LaDeau, Cary Insitute of Ecosystem Studies
Understanding drivers of abrupt ecological change in arboviral transmission and predicting disease outbreaks

Stephen R. Carpenter, University of Wisconsin
Abrupt change in ecological systems: forging the path ahead



INS 1 – Understanding Extreme Events: Linking Empirical Observation to Concepts and Theory

Monday, August 6, 2018: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM Link


SYMP 9 – Ecoinformatics Advances: Building Techno social Systems for Open Data and Big Science

Wednesday, August 8, 2018: 8:00 AM- 11:30 AM  Link




2014 — Section events in Sacramento include the following:

COS 13Paleoecology

Monday, August 11, 2014: 1:30 PM-5:00 PM

Carmel AB, Hyatt Regency Hotel


SYMP 18 – Island Biogeography, from Oceans to the Sky: Recent Advance and an Emerging Synthesis

Tuesday, August 12, 2014: 8:00 AM-11:30 AM

Carmel AB, Hyatt Regency Hotel


*****ESA Paleoecology Section Business Meeting*****

Tuesday, August 12, 2014: 12:00 PM-1:15

Big Sur AB, Hyatt Regency Hotel

*Bring your own lunch*


IGN 5 – Sections and ESA Awards: Meet, Learn, and Connect with the ESA Sections!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM

313, Sacramento Convention Center

IGN 5-7 – Why we study the past: Paleoecology in a time of rapid global change


OOS 27 – Climate Warming, Changing Disturbance Regimes, and Forest Resilience

Wednesday, August 13, 2014: 1:30 PM-5:00 PM

203, Sacramento Convention Center


OOS 38 – Advancing Knowledge of Alpine and Arctic Treeline Ecotones and Responses to Environmental Change

Thursday, August 14, 2014: 8:00 AM-11:30 AM

307, Sacramento Convention Center


2012 — Section events in Portland include the following:

ESA Paleoecology Section Business Meeting
Tuesday, August 7, 2012: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
D129, Oregon Convention Center

OOS 35 – How Mountains Maintain Diversity: Evaluating Climate Refugia From Genetics, Paleoecology, and Models
Wednesday, August 8, 2012: 1:30 PM-5:00 PM
C124, Oregon Convention Center
Organizer: Daniel G. Gavin
Co-organizers: Solomon Dobrowski and Feng Sheng Hu
Moderator: Daniel G. Gavin

 SS 23 – PalEON Open Discussion
Wednesday, August 8, 2012: 8:00 PM-10:00 PM
D136, Oregon Convention Center
Organizer: Jason S. McLachlan

COS 167 – Paleoecology
Thursday, August 9, 2012: 1:30 PM-5:00 PM
B117, Oregon Convention Center

PS 83 – Paleoecology
Thursday, August 9, 2012: 4:30 PM-6:30 PM
Exhibit Hall DE, Oregon Convention Center