April 2018 Newsletter
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Welcome to the AERC newsletter. This e-newsletter is sent out on a quarterly basis with the purpose of informing and updating AERC members on news and events related to the Association. The newsletter includes membership updates, AERC event information, AERC-related opportunities, member publications and significant research awards/recognitions, and other relevant communications. 

The AERC website is housed within the University of Alabama, Birmingham system, and is managed and updated by Gene Rhodes. You can view the AERC website here.

Our Board of Directors can be viewed at the end of the newsletter.
Member Publications
  • Inés Ibáñez, D.R. Zak, A.J. Burton, and K.S. Pregitzer. 2018. Anthropogenic nitrogen deposition ameliorates the decline in tree growth caused by a drier climate. See full publication.
  • Brian K Hand, C.G. Flint, C.A. Frissell, C.C. Muhlfeld, S.P. Devlin, B.P. Kennedy, R.L. Crabtree, W.A. McKee, G. Luikart, and J.A. Stanford.  2018.  A social–ecological perspective for riverscape management in the Columbia River Basin. See full publication.
  • Chelse M. Prather, G.E. Belovsky, S.A. Cantrell, and G. Gonzalez. 2018. Tropical Herbivorous Phasmids, but Not Litter Snails, Alter Decomposition Rates By Modifying Litter Bacteria. See full publication.
  • Lauren N. Svejcar, H.R. Peinetti, and B.T. Bestelmeyer. 2018. Effect of Climoedaphic Heterogeneity on Woody Plant Dominance in the Argentine Caldenal Region. See full publication.
  • William D. Pearse, J. Cavender‐Bares, S.E. Hobbie, M.L. Avolio, N. Bettez, R.R. Chowdhury, L.E. Darling, P.M. Groffman, J.M. Grove, S.J. Hall, J.B. Heffernan, J. Learned, C. Neill, K.C. Nelson, D.E. Pataki, B.L. Ruddell, M.K. Steele, and T.L.E. Trammell. 2018. Homogenization of plant diversity, composition, and structure in North American urban yards. See full publication.
  • Barnabas H. Daru, D.S. Park, R.B. Primack, C.G. Willis, D.S. Barrington, T.J.S. Whitfeld, T.G. Seidler, P.W. Sweeney, D.R. Foster, A.M. Ellison, and C.C. Davis. 2018. Widespread sampling biases in herbaria revealed from large‐scale digitization. See full publication.
  • Robert K.Antibusa, E.A.Hobbie, and C.L.Cripps. 2018. Sporocarp δ15N and use of inorganic and organic nitrogen in vitro differ among host-specific suilloid fungi associated with high elevation five-needle pines. See full publication.
  • Dale Devitt, B. Bird, B. Lyles, L. Fenstermaker, R. Jasoni, S. Strachan, J. Arnone lll, F. Biondi, S. Mensing, and L. Saito. 2018. Assessing Near Surface Hydrologic Processes and Plant Response over a 1600 m Mountain Valley Gradient in the Great Basin, NV, U.S.A. See full publication.
  • John C. Moore. 2018. Predicting tipping points in complex environmental systems. See full publication.
  • Damian C. Brady, J.V. DePinto, S.C. Chapra, D.M. Di Toro, M.A.M. Friedrichs, M.W. Gray, T. Jordan, M. Xia. 2018. Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee: Chesapeake Bay Water Quality and Sediment Transport Model (WQSTM) Review. See full publication.
  • Xue-Yan Liu, K. Koba, L.A. Koyama, S.E. Hobbie, M.S. Weiss, Y.Inagaki, G.R. Shaver, A.E. Giblin, S.Hobara, K.J. Nadelhoffer, M. Sommerkorn, E.B. Rastetter, G.W. Kling, J.A. Laundre, Y. Yano, A.  Makabe, M. Yano, and C. Liu. 2018. Nitrate is an important nitrogen source for Arctic tundra plants. See full publication.
  • Elon M. O’Malia, L.B. Johnson, and J.C. Hoffman. 2018. Pathways and places associated with nonindigenous aquatic species introductions in the Laurentian Great Lakes. See full publication.
  • Vahid Rahmani, J.H. Kastens, F. deNoyelles, M.E. Jakubauskas, E.A. Martinko, D.H. Huggins, C. Gnau, P.M. Liechti, S.W. Campbell, R.A. Callihan, and A.J. Blackwood. 2018. Examining Storage Capacity Loss and Sedimentation Rate of Large Reservoirs in the Central U.S. Great Plains. See full publication.
  • Kristina G.Hopkins, N.B.Grimm, and A.M.York. 2018. Influence of governance structure on green stormwater infrastructure investment. See full publication.
  • E. Ashley Shaw, B.J. Adams, J.E. Barrett, W.B. Lyons, R.A. Virginia, and D.H. Wall. 2018. Stable C and N isotope ratios reveal soil food web structure and identify the nematode Eudorylaimus antarcticus as an omnivore–predator in Taylor Valley, Antarctica. See full publication.
  • Julia E.Behrend and A.L.Rypstra. 2018. Contact with a glyphosate-based herbicide has long-term effects on the activity and foraging of an agrobiont wolf spider. See full publication.
  • Vanessa M.C. Fernandes, N.M. Machado de Lima, D. Roush, J. Rudgers, S.L. Collins, and F. Garcia‐Pichel. 2018. Exposure to predicted precipitation patterns decreases population size and alters community structure of cyanobacteria in biological soil crusts from the Chihuahuan Desert. See full publication.
  • Fang Wang, W.J. McShea, S. Li, and D. Wang. 2018. Does one size fit all? A multispecies approach to regional landscape corridor planning. See full publication.
  • María Uriarte, R. Muscarella, and J.K. Zimmerman. 2018. Environmental heterogeneity and biotic interactions mediate climate impacts on tropical forest regeneration. See full publication.
Member Highlight - Savannah River Ecology Laboratory
Each newsletter highlights an AERC member group, organization, or individual that is working on impactful ecosystem research. This serves as a way for the AERC community to stay up-to-date on fellow members' work and dedication to ecosystem science research and applications.

Since 1951, The University of Georgia Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL) has pursued basic and applied research across the spectrum of ecology, from atoms to ecosystems. SREL's mission is to provide an independent evaluation of the impact of the Department of Energy Savannah River Site (DOE-SRS) operations on the environment. This important mission is accomplished through research, education, and outreach.

The SREL research program reflects its dual role as an academic outpost and a long-term DOE partner in the stewardship and management of the SRS. The lab’s long-term history and expertise on the SRS give SREL researchers unique insight when studying ecosystems worldwide. The lab has published more than 3,000 peer-reviewed research papers.
The SREL's multidisciplinary approach to graduate education programs have launched the careers of hundreds of environmental scientists. The SREL also hosts the only undergraduate radioecology program through the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.

The SREL outreach program reaches more than 45,000 participants annually in the region through schools, seminars, field trips, safety talks, summer camps, library programs, STEM exhibits and special events. Its growing social media presence reaches a worldwide audience through digital content on multiple social media platforms and the SREL website.

The SREL is supported largely by external funding. Major sources include DOE Environmental Management, DOE-NNSA, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Army, National Park Service, National Science Foundation, Augusta-Richmond County Consolidated Government, and the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program.
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