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Long-term Environmental Change in the Neotropics: Part 1

Type: Paper
Theme: The Changing North American Continent
Sponsor Groups: Paleoenvironmental Change Specialty Group, Geomorphology Specialty Group
Organizers: Jedidiah Dale, Timothy Beach, Samantha Krause
Chairs: Samantha Krause

Description

The study of long term environmental change in tropical systems is gaining traction within the scientific community. The global tropics are especially relevant as they are some of the most biodiverse and ecologically threatened regions in the world. According to the State of the Tropics 2016 report, by 2050, over half of the world’s population will live in and rely on tropical regions. This session invites participants who study Neotropical environments from the perspectives of geomorphology, hydrology, soils, and ecology. Topics within this session include natural development and long-term human use spanning from highland and lowland tropical environments from the Caribbean to South America, the current state of tropical landscapes including degradation and restoration, soil processes from source to sink, ecological changes, and the role of these systems in global climate change.


Agenda

Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Danielle Ruffe*, The University of Texas at Austin, Manda Adam, The University of Texas at Austin, Timothy Beach, The University of Texas at Austin, From Space to Place: Utilizing Dual-Remote Sensing Systems to Characterize Maya Lowland Landscapes 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Nicholas Dunning*, University of Cincinnati, Ruhl Thomas, University of Cincinnti, Chistopher Carr, University of Cincinnati, Clifford Brown, Florida Atlantic University, Timothy Beach, University of Texas at Austin, Niche Construction as Adaptation: The Ancient Maya Wetland Fields of Acalan 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Samantha Krause*, Texas State University, Timothy Beach, University of Texas at Austin, Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, University of Texas at Austin, Paleoenvironments, wetlands, and waterways in Crooked Tree, Belize 15 12:00 AM

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