Wetlands and Watersheds in the Anthropocene: a Geomorphological and Geoecological Approach

Type: Paper
Theme: Physical Geography in Environmental Science
Sponsor Groups: Paleoenvironmental Change Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Marshall North, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
Organizers: Samantha Krause, Colin Doyle, Timothy Beach
Chairs: Samantha Krause


Wetlands and watersheds are key and threatened components of landscapes across the globe. Sustainable wetland and watershed management is essential for maintaining the many ecosystem services we rely upon, such as flood protection and water filtration, yet we continue to strain the resources remaining. The geomorphology and geoecology of these systems were once limited areas of study, but are now growing disciplines that geographers should embrace to meet the challenges of the Anthropocene. This session invites participants who study wetlands in their watershed context from the perspectives of geomorphology and hydrology. Topics within this session include the natural development and human use and modification of watersheds, the current state of these systems in regards to degradation and restoration, nutrient cycling, processes from source to sink, ecological changes, and the role of these dynamic systems for climate relevant gasses. These subjects enhance our understanding of the direct and indirect benefits of wetlands and watersheds and are synthesized with ongoing research on watershed and wetland ecology, restoration, and long-term environmental change.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Samantha Krause*, University of Texas - Austin, Timothy Beach, University of Texas at Austin, Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, Univeristy of Texas at Austin, Luisa Aebersold, University of Texas at Austin, Colin Dolye, University of Texas at Austin, Sara Eshleman, University of Texas at Austin, Earth, Wetlands, and Fire: Late Holocene fire reconstructions from lowland swamps in Northwestern Belize 20 3:05 PM
Presenter Jon-Paul McCool*, Valparaiso University, Dry Wetlands from Past Environments: Distinguishing between the Nile floodplain and wetlands of the African Humid Period 20 3:25 PM
Presenter Preston McLaughlin*, University of Texas - Austin, Plot and watershed-scale impacts of unpaved roads for runoff and sediment production in Culebra, Puerto Rico 20 3:45 PM
Presenter Paul Marr*, Shippensburg University, Claire A. Jantz, Shippensburg University, Primary Productivity Trends of High-Altitude Cushion Bogs (Bofedales) in Northern Chile, 2001-2013 20 4:05 PM
Presenter Jonathan Flood*, Frostburg State University, Tim Beach, University of Texas at Austin, Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, University of Texas at Austin, Alex Walthall, University of Texas at Austin, Jane Millar, University of Texas at Austin, Leila Donn, University of Texas at Austin, The Fluvial Evolution of the Catania Plain and Rivers of Central Sicily 20 4:25 PM

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