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Catchment Science: Interactions of Hydrology, Biology and Geochemistry (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Defining Disciplinary and Physical Boundaries in a Catchment


June 24-25, 2017


Bates College
Lewiston, ME


Robert D. Sabo & Inge Wiekenkamp

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Catchment Science: Interactions of Hydrology, Biology and Geochemistry is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The ability to effectively cross disciplinary boundaries and fully grasp interfaces or transitions in an ecosystem requires a keen ability to identify essential differences among the major research methodologies applied in catchment science. This weekend research seminar will survey major research disciplines in catchment science and highlight integrative projects that clearly define and cross boundaries within the catchment thus equipping seminar participants with foundational knowledge to fully engage in major themes presented at the Gordon Conference.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Catchment Science: Interactions of Hydrology, Biology and Geochemistry" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Parsimony in Catchment Science
Discussion Leader: Matthew Ross (Duke University, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:20 pmEmily Bernhardt (Duke University, USA)
"Pandora's Dilemma - Deciding Where and When to Open Your Ecosystem's Black Box"
4:20 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmDefining Disciplinary and Physical Boundaries in Catchments
Discussion Leader: Nino Amvrosiadi (Uppsala University, Sweden)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmBenjamin Abbott (Michigan State University, USA)
"Stable Spatial Structure and Strong Temporal Synchrony of Water Quality in Stream Networks"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmCristina Moragues-Quiroga (Catchment and Ecohydrology Research Group, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg)
"Bar Coding Critical Zone Compartments"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmRichard Marinos (Duke University, USA)
"Give and Take: A Watershed Acid Rain Mitigation Experiment Increases Baseflow Nitrogen Retention but Increases Stormflow Nitrogen Export"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmJoanna Blaszczak (Duke University, USA)
"Chemically Flashy Streams in Urban Catchments"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amCrossing Boundaries and Seeking Synthesis in the Catchment Sciences
Discussion Leader: Stephanie Siemek (University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amCarrie Jensen (Virginia Tech, USA)
"Characterizing and Modeling Headwater Stream Length Dynamics Along a Physiographic Gradient in the Appalachian Highlands"
9:20 am - 9:25 amDiscussion
9:25 am - 9:45 amDaniel Wilusz (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
"How Does Spatiotemporal Variability in Rainfall and ET Affect Catchment Flow Velocities?"
9:45 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:10 amJoel Singley (University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
"Nitrate Dynamics Under Unsteady and Intermittent Sub-Daily Discharge in an Antarctic Glacial Meltwater Stream"
10:10 am - 10:15 amDiscussion
10:15 am - 10:35 amJohn Knowles (University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
"Seasonal Patterns of Soil Respiration and the Age of Respired Carbon from Snow-Scoured Alpine Tundra"
10:35 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 10:55 amStefan Ploum (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden)
"Combining Subsurface Hydrology and Freeze-Thaw Dynamics to Understand the Chemical Role of Discharge Zones in Boreal Headwater Streams"
10:55 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Panel Discussion
The GRS panel discussion will allow participants a period to reflect on their lives as a whole rather than solely as scientists. Senior scientists on the panel will share defining moments and decisions in their lives and discuss some of the ramifications of those life experiences for their personal and scientific lives. Practical topics like communicating research with non-scientists, cultivating friendships, maintaining family relationships, and applying research with broader impacts in mind will be covered. Insights from the discussion will serve as a fruitful source of reflection for all participants as they journey through the life stage as young scientists.
Discussion Leader: Tim van Emmerik (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Crossing the Divide: Research and the Rest of Your Life"
  • Josie Geris (University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom)
  • Michael Gooseff (University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
  • Julian Klaus (Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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