Presenters: Evelyn Gaiser, Dan Childers, Peter Groffman, John Kominoski, Steward Pickett, Julie Ripplinger
Over the last several decades, disturbance has become a commonly recognized driver of the dynamics of ecological systems. Long-term ecological research is uniquely positioned to address the three challenges of disturbance:
1) that events can be both positive and negative,
2) that theoretically frameworks are comprehensive enough for driving empirical generality, and
3) that disturbance can alter systems differently as environments change.
This interactive webinar will present a refined conceptual model for synthesizing disturbance across systems with long-term social-ecological research. We will complete the conceptual diagram for a few illustrative systems, laying the groundwork for a broader workshop at the LTER All Scientists' Meeting. In the process, presenters will illustrate the utility of the conceptual model for building site- level understanding of disturbance outcomes, and its potential for driving insights across different types of ecosystems.
It will be useful to review the proposed framework and think about how it applies to your system before the webinar. See additional information, here: https://lternet.edu/disturbance-framework-webinar-information/