Ecohydrology_Lecture1_F11

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Ecohydrology (yet another hyphenation of reality) Fall 2011 Matt Cohen SFRC
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Introductions Name Department Title of your research (thesis, dissertation) Ordination Ecology Hydrology Theoretical Applied DK MC
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Course Goals Appreciate the dynamic and reciprocal interplay between biota and their abiotic environment (broadly construed “hydrology”) Develop synthesis skills by focusing a large topic area into a small space [ paper ] Develop hypothesis and analysis skills by asking and answering a question [ project ]
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Defining and Defending the Term “There are cracks in everything…that’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen Reality is a continuum over space and (deep) time Mantle-Soil-Water-Biota-Atmosphere-(Human) Continuum Disciplines are “convenient” fictions (how the light gets in) Information silos focus the questions but limit them too. This creates “cracks” that require interdisciplinarity.
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Is it new? Ecologists have studied water effects on: Animal dispersal, habitat suitability and fecundity Plant ecophysiology Soil dynamics Population ecology and community dynamics Carbon fluxes Non-native plant invasion Cropping systems H y d r o l o g i s t s h a v e s t u
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Is it general? Plant-soil-water relations starkly different: Wetland hydrology (peats, fens, bogs, marshes) Artic hydrology (boreal forests, tundra) Tropical hydrology (rain forests, mangrove swamps) Arid hydrology (grasses-shrublands, succulents) Mountain hydrology
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Administrative Debris Instructor: Dr. Matt Cohen [email protected] http://sfrc.ufl.edu/ecohydrology/FOR6934.html Class listserv ([email protected]) 352-846-3490 No office hours – by appt. only TA: Danielle Watts Ph.D. student in SNRE working on ecohydrologic controls on the carbon balance of Everglades patterned landscapes [email protected] Meeting times
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More Debris Recommended Text: Hydroecology and Ecohydrology: Past, Present and Future. 2007. P.J. Wood, D.M. Hannah and J.P. Sadler (eds.) Accessing the primary literature Weekly papers assigned on Tuesday Discussion of papers on
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Additional Sources of Primary Information Key Journals Ecohydrology Water Res. Research Ecology Ecol. Applications Geophysical Research Letters Hydrological Processes Ecosystems Hydrology and Earth System Sciences
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Systems Thinking
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A Rat Infestation Gainesville home built in 1928 No rats when we moved in Lived there for just under 2 years “Massive” control efforts by the end Owners of 2 large dogs Exceedingly poor hunters Neighborhood of cat owners Every direction (E, W, N, S) had one or more felines Drove the dogs crazy…ever- vigilant border patrols + - -
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Elements of Systems Boundary ( the yard ) Inputs and outputs ( cats, dead rats ) Internal components ( rats, dogs ) Interactions Positive interactions ( rats breeding ) Negative interactions ( cats on rats, dogs on cats )
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Why Systems?
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