Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Walking the walk, talking the talk

The Fremier lab has been lighting up the conference circuit for the past few months. Adrianne, Francine, Liza, Oscar, Aline, Natalia, Kath, and Alex have presented their work at meetings in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Quebec, Utah, and Costa Rica. Alex rocked his plenary talk at the Restoring the West conference, which was themed "Down by the River: Managing for Resilient Riparian Corridors."

Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR, May
Mitchell, L. R.; Fremier, A. K.; Kennedy, B. P.; Isotopic variability of aquatic biota in a wilderness watershed: which environmental conditions drive regional isoscape patterns? 

Bellmore, R.; Newsom, M.; Fremier, A.; Connolly, P.; Incorporating food webs into salmon recovery science: a modeling approach.

Goldberg, C. S.; Strickler, K.; Fremier, A. K.; Modeling environmental DNA detection of aquatic species across systems. (invited)

Zuckerman, A.; Fremier, A. K.; Bellmore, J. R.; Mejia, F. H.; Terrestrial carbon dynamics, aquatic food webs, and implications for ecosystem restoration.

Mejia, F. H.; Baxter, C. V.; Fremier, A. K.; Bellmore, J. R.; Berntsen, E. K.; Effects of hyporheic exchange on the growth of post-emergent Chinook salmon in winter and early spring.

Fremier, A, K Strickler, and C Goldberg. Using environmental DNA in monitoring programs for fish and amphibians. (invited)

Goldberg, Caren S., Jesse Brunner, Emily Hall, Katherine Strickler, Alexander Fremier, and Erica Crespi. Simultaneous detection of amphibian pathogens and their vertebrate hosts in aquatic systems. (invited)

Strickler, KS, CS Goldberg, and AK Fremier. Environmental DNA sampling strategies in lentic and lotic systems. (invited)

Ecosystem Services Partnership, San Jose, Costa Rica, September
Ortega-Pieck, A, and AK Fremier. Provisioning of ecosystem services from riparian buffers: The potential of whole-stream metabolism as a stream function metric.

Abelleira Martinez, OJ, AK Fremier, S Guenter, JD Marshall, FA DeClerck. Linking currencies: up-scaling ecosystem service provision and benefits in human-modified tropical landscapes.

Carmona-Estrada, N, AK Fremier, and FA DeClerck. Incorporating the agroecosystem as a provider of ecosystem services into Costa Rican payment for environmental services scheme.

Abelleira Martínez, OJ, HS Tavárez, Z Ramos Bendaña, SM Galbraith, S Günter, FA DeClerck, and AK Fremier. Linking ecosystem service tradeoffs with perceived benefits from reforestation in seasonally dry Costa Rica to inform PES.

Abelleira Martínez, O.J., S. Günter, J.D. Marshall, F.A. DeClerck, and A.K. Fremier. Quantifying tradeoffs of forest water use and carbon sequestration in reforestation strategies in seasonally dry Costa Rica to inform PES.

Abelleira Martínez, O.J., H. Tavárez, Z. Ramos Bendaña, S.M. Galbraith, A.K. Fremier, S. Günter, L. Elbakidze, L. Vierling, J. Ordoñez, F.A. DeClerck, and N.A. Bosque Pérez. 2014. Linking ecosystem service tradeoffs with perceived benefits from reforestation in human-modified tropical landscapes. 

Restoring the West Conference 2014, Logan, Utah, October

Fremier, Alex. A Riparian Conservation Network to develop ecological resilience (invited plenary)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Ecosystem Services Partnership Meeting in San Jose, Costa Rica

Good representation of lab and lab affiliates at the ESP meeting this year in San Jose, Costa Rica. 

Oscar gave a presentation on water provisioning services where he is comparing secondary forest to teak plantation water use efficiency to inform payment schemes for ecosystem services in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Oscar's work is going to have impact soon. Session title: Looking beyond PES: co-investment and institutional alternatives for ES provision at the landscape level

Alex gave a presentation on Aline's and his work looking at carbon fluxes in stream ecosystems. Aline measures stream metabolism in multiple paired stream reaches surrounded by sugarcane and secondary forests. She aims to quantify net primary production and respiration and argues for using stream metabolism as a metric for ecosystem services provisioning. Very cool stuff. Session title: Rural landscapes and ES in Tropical countries.

Fabrice DeClerk of Bioversity International presented work on using Ecosystem Services and a Resilience lens to improve poverty alleviation in developing nations. Fabrice and Alex, among others, will be submitting a publication on this framework soon. More to come from Ghana and Burkina Faso work in the Volta Basin.  Good news! Other links to this work: A comment on resilience metrics and our principles of ecosystem services and resilience.

New eDNA work and website

There's a whole lot of eDNA work going on at WSU. With Caren Goldberg and her eDNA lab in the WSU School of the Environment, Kath Strickler and Alex Fremier have been awarded a new grant from the Department of Defense's Legacy Program. The grant will allow us to continue our work using eDNA to find new populations of the Arizona treefrog in southeastern Arizona. In addition to being quite possibly the cutest frog in Arizona, Arizona treefrogs in the Huachuca Mountains are under consideration for listing under the Endangered Species Act, so our work will have direct application for conservation of the species.

Another exciting part of the grant will be the creation of an eDNA website that will act as a primary source of information and tools for using eDNA in research and monitoring programs. The working title of this web-based toolkit is eDNA-KIT (in what may or may not be a nod to the artificially intelligent and incredibly helpful car of the Knight Rider series) and we plan to have a working prototype up and running by spring 2015. All eDNA all the time, eDNA-KIT will provide an interactive, comprehensive knowledge base for the snowballing number of researchers and practitioners seeking to use eDNA in their work.

Stay tuned for eDNA-KIT's URL...