With this year’s Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) conference kicking off this Sunday, it’s high-time we showcase what TERN related events will be happening at and around the conference.
This year’s ESA conference will be held in Alice Springs from 28 September to 3 October and TERN will yet again be a major sponsor of the event. TERN staff and associated researchers will be running a booth that will provide conference goers with the perfect outlet for learning more about TERN and our research infrastructure or for some, just a place to catch-up with a friendly face.
In addition to the booth, there are also a number of other exciting TERN associated events during the conference that you might be interested in checking out:
LTERN’s Desert Ecology Plot Network will be on show at ESA with a number of presentations including:
A range of work undertaken in association with SuperSites and OzFlux will be featured throughout the special symposium ‘Water, nutrient and carbon fluxes in tropical savannas: from plots to ecosystems’ running on Thursday 2 October 1500-1725 and Friday 3 October 1045-1245 (Ellery Room A)
At the Barbara Rice Memorial Poster Session on Monday evening, 29 September, you can find out more about some of the research being enabled by TERN’s AusPlots, AusCover, Transects and Eco-Informatics Facilities with the following posters:
There are also chances for you to get a 'hands-on' insight into TERN's work through:
And if that’s not enough, there are a range of presentations peppered throughout the week on projects enabled by TERN, including LTERN plot leader Prof David Keith’s presentation ‘Active adaptive management for biodiversity conservation in a fire-prone mallee ecosystem’ Monday 29 September 1145 (Ellery Room A) and Bek Christensen’s presentation on the recently released Ecosystem Science Long-Term Plan, ‘Building our future: a national plan for ecosystem science’ on Monday 29 September, 1130 (Ellery Room D)
In addition to the above events during ESA 2014, there are also a number of TERN events in Alice before and after the conference:
22 – 26 September
Brings together site principal investigators (PIs), students and technical staff – both TERN associated and externalmicrometeorologists/ecologists that are doing electrical conductivity measurements at OzFlux sites – for lectures on the theory and key principles of micrometeorology, measurements, and instrumentation.
29 September - 1 October
This annual event brings together the OzFlux community of site PIs, students and staff of other TERN facilities for three days of site updates and presentations on the science of flux measurements. The last day of the meeting will be a field trip to TERN’s Alice Mulga SuperSite organised in conjunction with ESA (more details above).
The four day training course covers all aspects of AusPlots’ work, including their Rangelands Survey Methodology, which provides a simple agreed method for anyone undertaking research or monitoring in the rangelands. Led by experienced ecologists, participants will have a day of lectures and then three days in the field at Owen Springs Reserve.
We’re looking forward to seeing you at ESA or one of these exciting events. But for those of you who can’t make it to central Australia this month, why not take a virtual tour of our Alice Mulga SuperSite – the location of the joint ESA TERN field trip on 1 October – with this fantastic photosphere:
Published in TERN newsletter September 2014