Volume 1, Issue 4 - Fall 2008
Scientists Highlight Invasives, Fire and Water
EFETAC ecologists Qinfeng Guo and Steve Norman, and research hydrologist Ge Sun attended the 93rd annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Milwaukee, WI. Guo presented research findings on the ability of plants to become invasive—emphasizing that effective management strategies should consider the associations between a dominant invasive species and the habitats it has invaded. Norman's research on fire regimes in the wet northern coast redwood forest of California demonstrated that before determining whether fire is an ecological necessity or threat in this unique forest type, land managers must first appreciate fire’s highly variable, centuries-long history and pattern of human influence. Sun presented recent forest hydrological research in two special sessions. He discussed how existing forest-water relations may change across hydrological gradients under changing climatic conditions. Sun also summarized SGCP’s long-term collaborative research activities with China through the U.S.-China Carbon Consortium and examined how ecohydrological science intertwines with politics and policies. Founded in 1915, the ESA consists of over 10,000 researchers, teachers, and others who use ecological science to address a broad range of environmental issues. For more information about ESA, visit http://www.esa.org.