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Dry Arkansas River in August 2011.

Central Plains Center for BioAssessment to host water panel April 13

March 11, 2013 in Drought, Presentations, Reservoir, Rivers

The Central Plains Center for BioAssessment will host a discussion panel on April 13 at a conference sponsored by the KU Commons. The conference, Global Water: Drought, Conservation & Security in the 21st Century, will be Apr. 12 & 13 in Spooner Hall at KU.
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Billings' lab members attend AGU meeting

January 30, 2013 in Climate change, KUERG, Presentations, Research

Christoph Lehmeier, Kyungjin Min, and Sharon Billings attended the AGU annual meeting in San Francisco to present their work in December 2012.

CPCB to present at Kansas Natural Resources Conference

January 9, 2013 in Presentations, Wildlife

Don Huggins and Bob Everhart will present at the 2013 Kansas Natural Resources Conference in Wichita Jan. 24-25. Dr. Huggins will present "Developing a survey and monitoring program using eDNA." Bob will talk about "Environmental DNA (eDNA) as a Potential Monitoring Tool: A Case Study Using an Endangered Fish (Notropis topeka)."

CPCB to present at the Water and Future of Kansas Conference

October 6, 2012 in Presentations, Rivers

CPCB will be presenting at the The Governor's Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas in Manhattan on Oct. 30 and 31 2012.
Don Huggins in Washington DC for the 2012 CAST meeting.

Don Huggins' contribution to CAST Special Publication 31

July 25, 2012 in Agriculture, Presentations, Symposium

Don Huggins contributed to Special Publication 31 Assessing the Health of Streams in Agricultural Landscapes: The Impacts of Land Management Change on Water Quality (pdf) of the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST, visit website to purchase printed copy). Inn March 2012 Dr. Huggins presented this information to congressional staff and the EPA in Washington DC. See the KU News Release.

KBS Researchers Make Presentations at Water Conference

October 3, 2011 in Presentations, Research, Reservoir, Rivers, Satellite imagery, Sedimentation, Soil erosion, Symposium, Watersheds

A number of KBS researchers made oral and poster presentations at the Water and the Future of Kansas conference in Topeka, KS, on September 30. The one-day conference focused on a wide variety of topics related to water supply and quality.

KBS presenters included the following:

Ryan Callihan--A Spatial Analysis of Farm Ponds in Kansas

Mark Jakubauskas, Don Huggins, Jerry deNoyelles, Ed Martinko, Ryan Callihan--Acoustic Remote Sensing of Total Phosphorus in Reservoir Bottom Sediments

Jude Kastens, Mark Jakubauskas--Development of Automated Extraction of Reservoir Pre-Impoundment Surfacesa from Acoustic Echosounder Data

Mark Jakubauskas, Ed Martinko, Paul Liechti, Jerry deNoyelles, Scott Campbell--Bathymetric and ...

KBS Scientists Participate in Ecological Society of America Meeting

August 2, 2011 in Presentations, Research

The following KBS scientists will be making presentations at the 96th annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America August 7-12 in Austin, TX:

Sharon Billings, Associate Scientist, KBS; and Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
--Nitrogen as a mediator of soil organic matter decomposition in a changing climate: Linking stable isotopes, organic geochemistry, and microbial ecology

Alexander Bittel, Research Assistant for Bryan Foster
--Community assembly history influences primiary productivity in a developing tallgrass prairie

Mari Pesek, Doctoral Aspirant in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in Bryan Foster's lab
--Seed availability and soil fertility interact to govern the successional dynamics ...

Cat-claw Mimosa. Photo: Phyllis Scherich, KNPS

Freeman speaks on prairie plants in gardens

April 22, 2011 in Native plants, Prairie, Presentations

Craig Freeman, Senior Scientist at the Kansas Biological Survey and Curator of the R.L. McGregor Herbarium, will speak on "Kansas Prairies in Your Garden: Diversity as a Guide in the Choice of Prairie Plants in Gardens and Landscapes" in a program sponsored by the Jayhawk Audubon Society.
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Jianwei Li and Lisa Tiemann Attend the American Geophysical Union Meeting in San Francisco

December 10, 2010 in KUERG, Presentations

Jianwei Li and Lisa Tiemann both are attending the American Geophysical Union meeting December 13-17 in San Francisco to present their posters on soil warming and boreal soil CO2 release (Jianwei) and N2O production and consumption in grassland soils (Lisa). Both works explore the influence of warming on enzyme-substrate pairings in soils.

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KUERG Members Go to the 2010 ESA Meeting in Pittsburgh

August 25, 2010 in Climate change, Ecological forecasting, KUERG, Nutrient cycling, Presentations

Ford Ballantyne, Sharon Billings, Lisa Tiemann, and Jianwei Li all attended the 2010 meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Pittsburgh August 2-6. Ford's talk, "A theoretical framework for linking extracellular enzymes to rates of SOM decomposition and CO2 production," described a plan of attack for understanding how microbial populations and communities strategize to maximize biomass production in varying substrate landscapes. Sharon's talk, "Soil warming and N2O production and consumption: Differential enzymatic responses?" revealed seasonal changes in denitrifying soil communities' responses to incubation temperature. Lisa's poster, "Linking gene regulation of nitrogen metabolism to ...