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Odum School researchers organize international workshop on carbon cycling in tropical streams

Mar. 16, 2012

Writer: Catherine Pringle, cpringle@uga.edu and Beth Gavrilles, bethgav@uga.edu

Contact: Catherine Pringle, cpringle@uga.edu, Chip Small, chipsma@uga.edu

The University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology is pleased to announce an upcoming workshop: “Carbon cycling and transport in tropical streams.”  The workshop is organized by Ph.D. student Chip Small and Distinguished Research Professor Catherine Pringle of the Odum School of Ecology, and sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The workshop will be held April 15-17, 2010, at La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica.  La Selva Biological Station is owned and operated by the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS), a nonprofit consortium of universities, of which the University of Georgia is a long-standing member, whose mission is to promote research and education in the tropics.

The workshop is funded by an NSF Research Coordination Networks grant to OTS.  The workshop is an outgrowth of a long-term STREAMS research program at La Selva initiated twenty-five years ago by Pringle when she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara.   Her long-term research has been continuously funded for over twenty years though the NSF, with the last three five-year cycles funded by NSF's Long-Term Research in Environmental Biology program.  The original focus of Pringle's research in Costa Rica was the ecological interactions between freshwater organisms. As temporal patterns in stream solute chemistry, linked to effects of changes in climate and carbon dynamics, emerged from the project’s stream monitoring data, the project’s research focus shifted.

The upcoming workshop will focus on two major questions: (1) What is the role of tropical streams and rivers in the global carbon cycle? and (2) How is carbon processing in tropical streams and rivers being altered by climate change, land use change, and species extinction?  A primary goal of the workshop is to write a synthesis paper that reflects current scientific understanding of carbon transport and processing in tropical streams, and identifies key questions for future research. 

For more information about the workshop, please contact Chip Small (chipsma@gmail.com) or Catherine Pringle (cpringle@uga.edu).

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