PalEON at the 2017 Ecological Society of America Meeting

Going to Portland this year?  Check out the PalEONistas who are presenting this year!

PalEON PresenterDateTimeSessionTitle
Simon Goring (session organizer)Monday, August 710:15am-11:30amSS 7Standing on the Shoulders of Clients: Evolving Cyberinfrastructure in the Ecological Sciences
Megan SeeleyTuesday, August 84:30pmPS 26-137Environmental and historical controls on  Fagus grandifolia  settlement-era distributions in the upper Midwest 
Jack WilliamsTuesday, August 84:20pmOOS 14-9Macroecological insights from community-curated data repositories (CCDRs) of paleoecological sites: Neotoma and PalEON
Bethany BlakelyWednesday, August 910:50amCOS 77-9Historic land use increases transpiration and reduces canopy surface temperature through persistent changes in forest composition and structure
Simon GoringWednesday, August 92:50pmCOS 104-5The neotoma database: Recent developments and future directions
Andria DawsonWednesday, August 93:40pmCOS 105-7Estimating changes in prehistoric forest composition from sediment pollen in the Upper Midwestern United States
Kelly HeilmanThursday, August 1010:30amCOS 132-8Stabilization of savanna-forest alternative states to closed forests after ~150 years of land use and climate changes
Christy RollinsonThursday, August 104:00pmCOS 158-8Forest ecosystem stability in a millennium of climate change in terrestrial ecosystem models
Istem FerFriday, August 119:00amOOS 50-4Hierarchical Bayesian calibration of a dynamic vegetation model
Ann RaihoFriday, August 119:20amOOS 50-5Assimilating tree ring and fossil pollen data to improve understanding of unobservable forest processes
Dave MooreFriday, August 119:50amOOS 50-6Combining models and data to understand vegetation function across timescales
Malcolm ItterFriday, August 1110:50amOOS 50-9Assimilation of tree-ring and repeat census data to model interactions between climate and past forest dynamics

PalEON at AGU 2016

If you are going to AGU this year make sure to stop by and check out what PalEON has been working on!

AGU 2016 PalEON schedule color coded by day with lighter colors being posters, darker colors talks

AGU 2016 PalEON schedule color coded by day with lighter colors being posters, darker colors talks

PalEON at ESA and JSM 2015

Post by Jody Peters, PalEON Program Manager

Next week is a big week for PalEON at two meetings, the 100th annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) in Baltimore, Maryland, August 9-14, and the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) in Seattle, Washington, August 8-13.

From the contingent of PalEON-ites at JSM, Colorado State graduate student, John Tipton will be giving both an invited talk and an invited poster on “A multi-scale reconstruction of bivariate paleoclimate from tree rings widths using a biologically motivated growth model.”
The poster is hosted by STATMOS from 9:30-10:15 on Sunday, August 9 and the talk is an invited ASA ENVR Student Paper Awards session from 8:30-10:20 on Tuesday, August 11.

We also have a large number of PalEON-ites that will be going to ESA. Below is the schedule of PalEON talks and posters.

It is going to be a great week of sharing the work PalEON has been doing!

ESA 2015 schedule

2014 AGU PalEON Talks & Poster Schedule

If you are going to be at AGU next week, Dec 15-19. Be sure to see our PalEON-related presentations and posters. We can help fill up your schedule all week as we have people presenting everyday except Wednesday!

There are two PalEON related sessions being led by people in our group.

1. B24B Constraining Ecosystem Carbon Uptake and Long-Term Storage Using Models and Data II
Tuesday, December 16, 4:00 – 6:00 PM in Moscone West, 2002
Conveners: David Moore, Valerie Trouet, Ankur Desai, Michael Dietze

2. PP44B Understanding Uncertainties in Paleoclimate and Paleoecology: Age Models, Proxy Processes, and Beyond II
Thursday, December 18, 4:00 – 6:00 PM in Moscone West, 2010
Conveners: Connor Nolan, John Williams, Lorraine Lisiecki, Deborah Khider

The following is the schedule of PalEON presentations with the title, presenter, and session number. Presentations are color coded by location.

PalEON presentation & poster schedule for AGU 2014. Presentations are color coded by location.

PalEON presentation & poster schedule for AGU 2014. Presentations are color coded by location.

In case you are still looking for ways to fill up your time at AGU, we have a number of PalEON participants that will be discussing other work they are involved with. Drop by to see the range of projects PalEON-ites are up to.

Other, non-PalEON presentations & posters given by PalEON members. Presentations are color coded by location.

Other, non-PalEON presentations & posters given by PalEON members. Presentations are color coded by location.


PalEON Sessions at AGU, December 15-19, 2014


We have a number of PalEONistas leading, co-leading, or giving invited talks for AGU sessions that revolve around topics central to PalEON.  If you are going to the American Geophysical Union conference in December and these sessions are of interest to you, be sure to submit your abstract by Wednesday, August 6!


1. Finding Signal in the Noise: Dealing with Multiple Sources of Uncertainty in Paleoclimate and Paleoecology, Session ID: 3722 

The session is sponsored by Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology and co-sponsored by Biogeosciences,  Global Environmental Change, and Nonlinear Geophysics.

Paleoclimatic and paleoecological proxies contain useful signals of past environmental state and variability that are confounded by multiple forms of uncertainty. Identifying meaningful signals and rigorously quantifying the multiple sources of uncertainty is essential to making inferences about past environments and applying these inferences to validate or improve earth system models or to inform decision-makers. Uncertainty can arise from multiple sources including inexact chronologies, unrepresented processes, uncertainties in the mechanisms that sense and archive past environmental change, and our capacity to describe these processes mathematically. In this session we will explore advances in disentangling this complexity via the use of mechanistic forward models, hierarchical statistical models, and other techniques to make robust inferences about past environments with well-quantified uncertainties.

PalEONistas involved: Jack Williams, Connor Nolan, Andria Dawson, John Tipton

2. Constraining Ecosystem Carbon Uptake and Long Term Storage Using Models and Data, Session ID: 2624

This session will focus on both short and long term processes with controlling ecosystem carbon uptake and storage using both modeling and observational approaches. Find more details HERE.

PalEONistas involved: Dave Moore, Valerie Trouet, Mike Dietze

3. Ecological Disturbance: Observing and Predicting Disturbance Impacts, Session ID: 2482

This session focuses on studies that address the effects of ecological disturbance on carbon, water, and nutrient dynamics, as well as methods for understanding non-equilibrium conditions. Find more details HERE.

PalEONistas involved: Jaclyn Hatala Matthes, Dave Moore, Mike Dietze

4. Phenology, Session ID: 3265

We encourage the submission of abstracts that address topics including phenological modeling, scaling from organisms to ecosystems, fusion of models and data, ecologicalforecasting, relationships between phenology and ecosystem processes and services, and the role of phenology in policy decision-making. Find more details HERE.

PalEONistas involved: Dave Moore

5. Inter-site Syntheses to Explore the Biophysical Controls on Ecosystem Mass and Energy Cycling, Session ID: 3725

The session is sponsored by Biogeosciences and co-sponsored by Global Environmental Change and Hydrology.

Data syntheses across a small number of geographically- or ecologically-similar research sites, or ‘micro-network’, can be very useful for exploring the response of ecosystem mass and energy cycling to a constrained set of biophysical driving variables. Thus, micro-network syntheses represent an important bridge between studies focused on hypothesis testing and model development at the site level, and the upscaling of those results to regional and continental landscapes characterized by wide gradients in climate and land cover regimes.  In this session, we welcome studies focused on cross-site data syntheses from a small number (2-7) of field sites to better understand how ecosystem carbon, water, or energy fluxes respond to meteorological drivers, edaphic conditions, and/or land cover change.  We invite contributions that draw from a range of leaf-level, tree-level, plot-level, and/or ecosystem-scale eco-physicological data.

PalEONistas involved: Neil Pederson (with many PalEONista co-authors)




If you are going to AGU be sure to look around for PalEONs In addition to a number of PEONs that are attending AGU, we will have 3 PalEON posters and 1 talk that will be given. Here are the details. Check it out!

Posters – Monday morning
1) Goring et al. Effects of Euro-American settlement and historic climate variability on species-climate relationships and the co-occurrence of dominant tree species. AGU 2013. (Poster, B11G-0438)

2) Matthes et al. Representations of historic vegetation dynamics in CMIP5 and MsTMIP models (Poster B11E-0401)

3) Dawson et al. Spatio-temporal changes in forest composition inferred from fossil pollen records in the Upper Midwestern USA (Poster, B11G-0446)

Talk – Thursday morning
1) Steinkamp and Hickler. Is drought-induced forest dieback globally increasing? (Talk, B42B. Ecological Disturbance: Observing and Predicting the Impacts of Landscape Disturbance III)

Simon Goring talks historic vegetation at IBS 2013

PalEON postdoc Simon Goring recently presented his work with historic vegetation data in the US Midwest at the International Biogeography Society 2013 meeting in Miami, Florida.  His talk, “Estimating pre-settlement vegetation in the American Midwest: Exploring climate relationships and links to proxy data for robust data assimilation,” builds on Simon’s work to generate spatial data layers providing settlement-era forest composition, density, and biomass estimates  derived from US Public Land Survey data from the 1800’s.  You can check out Simon’s thoughts on the IBS conference on his blog, Down with Time, or view slides from his presentation on figshare here.