UC Davis at ESA 2016

UC Davis will make a strong showing for the 101st meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Ft. Lauderdale, FL this year! We have 30 students, postdocs, faculty, and recent graduates giving 1st author oral or poster presentations. Come see your talented colleagues showcase the variety of fascinating ecology research they’ve been up to recently. Click on any talk title below to go to the full abstract, time and location in the ESA program. The full program can be found here.

If you’re on twitter, be sure to follow the #ESA2016 hashtag (and the @davis_egsa account!) for a whole new way to experience conferences. We’ll also be sending out tweet reminders about these UC Davis affiliated talks and posters about an hour or two before they start.

Don’t forget to join us for the annual UC Davis Ecology mixer on Wednesday starting at 6:30 PM EDT. The venue is Grille 66 & Bar, which is about a half mile walk from the ESA conference venue. Details can be found on the Facebook event page. Hope to see you there!

Monday, August 8th

Name Title/Link
Meredith Cenzer Natural selection and maladaptive plasticity counteract each other on a native and invasive host plant in soapberry bugs
Toby Maxwell Soil properties drive carbon-water relations across a climate gradient in Sierra Nevada forests
Ash Zemenick A picture of nectar: Do pollinators and nectar robbers vector unique microbe communities to columbine (Aquilegia formosa) nectar?
Nick Rasmussen Determining the consequences of phenological shifts for plant-herbivore interactions: An experimental approach

Tuesday, August 9th

Name Title/Link
Noam Ross Joint circulation of viral diseases in a bat population
Lucas Silva The strength of weak ties: The influence of soil-plant interactions on ecosystem restoration trajectories
Daniel Karp Co-managing fresh produce for nature conservation and food safety in California’s Central Coast
Rebecca Hernandez Organic and inorganic soil carbon in global aridlands
Jordan Hollarsmith Short-term estuarine acidification: Spatially complex impacts of upwelling and run-off on oyster growth and water chemistry in a Northern California estuary
Meghan Skaer Thomason Hydrologic variation drives dynamics of invasive aquatic plant spread at three spatial scales in a managed river
Kara Moore Experimental ecology and evolution in the field: A unique course for upper-level undergraduates and instructors
Kate Tiedeman Experimental ecology and evolution in the field: A unique course for upper-level undergraduates and instructors

Wednesday, August 10th

Name Title/Link
Alan Hastings Challenges in applying tipping point concepts to social-ecological systems
Julea Shaw Patch size effect on a native plant community within a grassland restoration setting
David Spiller Predators suppress herbivore outbreaks and enhance plant recovery following hurricanes
Swati Patel The stabilizing and destabilizing effects of eco-evolutionary feedbacks
Grace Charles Impacts of different large herbivores on ecosystem function: Cattle increase mean productivity, and wild herbivores reduce variability around the mean

Thursday, August 11th

Name Title/Link
Keely Roth Exploring drivers of spectral variation at landscape scale: Structure, composition and function
Susan Ustin Mapping vegetation of the Sacramento Delta with AVIRIS-ng
Jay Stachowicz Genetic diversity, relatedness, and trait variation as determinants of plant coexistence and ecosystem functioning
Juan Ruiz Guajardo Host quality impacts colony-level aggression, survival, and the effectiveness of the defensive mutualism between Crematogaster mimosae (Santschi) and its host tree Acacia drepanolobium
Allison Dedrick Quantifying the interactions between management practices and the portfolio effect in salmon
Moria Robinson From soils to webs: Effects of environmental heterogeneity on specialization of plant-herbivore-parasitoid ecological networks
Andrew Siefert Testing the roles of niche differences and rhizobial mutualists in stabilizing coexistence of congeneric legumes
Jason Sadowski The influence of biological invasions and climate change on non-consumptive effects

Friday, August 12th

Name Title/Link
Val Eviner New mechanisms governing plant-soil feedbacks of native vs. exotic grassland species: Soil carbon depth distribution alters rooting distribution and seed production in a moisture-limited grassland
Jens Stevens The biogeography of fire regimes: A trait-based approach
Allison Simler Seedling regeneration dynamics following compounded disturbances: Wildfire and sudden oak death alter recruitment, mortality, and growth
Evan Batzer Perennial grasses in annual-dominated communities: Tradeoffs between invasive species suppression and fecundity
Chuanwu Chen The effects of seasonal changes and migratory versus resident status on the spatial structure of bird communities
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