About the Conference

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12th Biennial Conference of Science and Management on the Colorado Plateau

Theme: Effects of Rapid Climatic, Social, and Technological Changes on the Colorado Plateau

The 12th Biennial Conference of Science and Management on the Colorado Plateau will continue to be a forum that brings together resource managers and research scientists to discuss findings and management needs associated with the lands and resources of the Colorado Plateau. Climate change, energy development, and human population growth on the Colorado Plateau affect water availability, natural systems, and the social character of the plateau. The conference will focus on these agents of change, identifying resource responses to change and opportunities to discuss approaches to ameliorate or reduce negative impacts to the Colorado Plateau’s natural and cultural landscape. The conference will include plenary speakers, symposia and contributed paper sessions, and posters

Interest Areas

  • Management of natural and cultural resources: Management efforts by state and federal agencies and private landowners are shared with the goal of protecting the physical, cultural, and biological resources within the biogeographic province of the Colorado Plateau.
  • Regional research:  Research by state and federal agencies, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and private firms is shared with the goal of protecting the physical, cultural, and biological resources within the biogeographic province of the Colorado Plateau. 
  • Policy: Policy decisions of state and federal governments, major international conventions, non-profit organizations, and foundations, and private firms are effectively informed and improved by the highest quality scientific counsel, analysis, and recommendations so as to advance the conservation of natural and cultural resources and biological diversity.
  • Education: Education, training, and capacity-building programs are identified, strengthened, and developed to inform the public, education leaders, and support current and future generations of resource managers and conservation scientists and practitioners.
  • Conservation Science and Management: Scientific research and knowledge needed to understand and conserve natural and cultural resources and biological diversity are identified, funded, completed, disseminated, and applied to research, management, and policy.

Accepted Special Sessions

  1. Climate Change Impacts on Native Americans on the Colorado Plateau: Cultural and Natural Resource Considerations, Assessment, Data Gaps, Technology Transfer Needs, and Opportunities – Organizers: Karletta Chief, Ph.D., University of Arizona, Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Sciences;  and Sue Wotkyns, Northern Arizona University, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (Two 4-hour sessions)
  1. Lake Powell after 50 Years: Patterns, Processes, and Predictions – Organizer: William S. Vernieu, U.S. Geological Survey, Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center (4-hour session)
  1. Ecology and Management of the Blackbrush Ecosystem – Organizers: Susan Meyer, U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Shrub Sciences Laboratory and Todd Esque, U.S. Geological Survey (Two to three 4-hour sessions)
  1. Advances in Applied Remote Sensing for Natural Resource Management and Conservation in the SW, USA – Joel Sankey, Miguel Villarreal, and Seth Munson, U.S. Geological Survey
  1. Piñon-Juniper Woodland Health in a Changing Landscape: Long- and Short-term Trends in Vegetation Dynamics – Organizers: Lisa Floyd-Hanna, Ph.D., Prescott College; and Miranda Redmond, University of Colorado-Boulder
  1. Climate Change and High Elevation Forests: Implications for Forest Health – Organizer: Julie Korb, Fort Lewis College (2-hour session)
  1. Current State of Knowledge: Sudden Aspen Decline on the Colorado Plateau – Organizer: Julie Korb, Fort Lewis College (2-hour session)
  1. Dust: Issues and Solutions – Organizer: Jayne Belnap, U.S Geological Survey
  1. Four Forest Restoration Initiative: Struggles and Successes – Organizers: Amy Waltz, Ph.D., Northern Arizona University, Ecological Restoration Institute; and Henry Provencio and Mary Lata, U.S. Forest Service (2-hour session)
  1. Protecting Night Skies on the Colorado Plateau – Organizers: Chris Luginbuhl, U.S. Naval Observatory, Flagstaff Station; Dan Duriscoe, National Park Service, Night Skies Program; Deanna Greco and Jane Rodgers, National Park Service, Grand Canyon National Park; and Nate Ament, National Park Service, Colorado Plateau Dark Skies Cooperative Coordinator
  1. Weathering of Ruins Repair Materials: Review, Assessment, and Evaluation of Intervention Materials – Organizer: Alex Lim, National Park Service, Tumacácori National Historical Park
  1. Landscape Level Management Approach and Rapid Ecoregional Assessments: A Vision and Tools for Managing in the Changing Environment of the Colorado Plateau – Organizers: Verlin Smith and Wayne Padgett, Bureau of Land Management
  1. Managing Visitor Experiences and Impacts – Organizers: Marty Lee, Northern Arizona University, School of Forestry and Mark Brunson, Utah State University, Quinney College of Natural Resources
  2. Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation on the Colorado Plateau – Organizers: Katharyn Woods, Northern Arizona University, School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability; and Deborah Huntzinger, Ph.D., School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability and Department of Civil Engineering, Construction Management and Environmental Engineering
  3. Effects of 21st Century Climates on the Colorado Plateau's Natural and Cultural Landscapes – Organizers: Gregg Garfin, University of Arizona, School of Resources and the Environment; Ken Cole, Northern Arizona University, School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability; and Kirsten Ironside, U.S. Geological Survey, Colorado Plateau Research Station 
  4. Biological Soil Crusts: Response to Climate Change and Utility in Ecological Restoration – Organizers: Matthew Bowker, Ph.D., Northern Arizona University, School of Forestry; Kyle Doherty, Northern Arizona University, Department of Biological Sciences; and Trent Northen, Lawrence Berkeley National  Lab
  5. Achieving Wildlife Conservation through Adaptive Management in a State Wildlife Agency – Organizer: Brian Wakling, Arizona Game and Fish Department
  6. Arthropod Biodiversity – Organizer: Neil Cobb, Northern Arizona University, Colorado Plateau Museum of Arthropod Biodiversity
  7. The Southwest Experimental Garden Array (SEGA): A New Facility to Develop Genetics-based Land Management Strategies to Mitigate the Impacts of Climate Change and Maintain Biodiversity – Organizer: Tom Whitham, Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research and Department of Biological Sciences, Northern Arizona University

Contributed Sessions

  1. Animal Ecology
  2. Aquatic Ecosystems
  3. Conservation Management and Planning
  4. Cultural Resources Management
  5. Drought and Climate Change Impacts
  6. Energy Development and Wildlife
  7. Fire Ecology and Fire Response
  8. Native Plant Conservation
  9. Nonnative Species
  10. Reptiles and Amphibians
  11. Restoration and Preservation
  12. Terrestrial and Riparian Plant Ecology