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.
|Presenter||Megan Walsh*, Central Washington University, Keith M Prufer, University of New Mexico, Douglas J Kennett, University of California Santa Barbara, Brendan J Culleton, Pennsylvania State University, Coastal mangrove sediments as unconventional repositories of ecological change during the Holocene in the tropical lowlands of southern Belize||15||12:00 AM|
|Presenter||Byron Smith*, University of Texas at Austun, Stanton Morse, Humboldt State University , Marisol Cortes-Rincon, Humboldt State University, Timothy Beach, University of Texas at Austin, Farm Terracing and Soils in the Maya Hinterlands: Exploring Soil Properties within the Terraced Landscape of Yax Ch’am in Northwestern Belize||15||12:00 AM|
|Presenter||Timothy Beach*, University of Texas at Austin, Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, University of Texas at Austin, Fernando Casal, University of Texas at Austin, The Early Anthropocene in a Neotropical Floodplain: Aguada Fenix, Tabasco, Mexico||15||12:00 AM|
|Presenter||Duncan Cook*, Australian Catholic University, Timothy Beach, University of Texas at Austin, Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, University of Texas at Austin, Samantha Krause, University of Texas at Austin, Colin Doyle, University of Texas at Austin, Richard Terry, Brigham Young University, Geochemical markers of an ‘early’ Anthropocene in the Maya lowlands of Central America||15||12:00 AM|
|Discussant||Duncan Cook Australian Catholic University||15||12:00 AM|
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