Scientific Program

The program below provides an overview of workshop symposia and sessions. Please note that Wednesday is a free day with no science sessions to give participants an opportunity to enjoy local attractions. All events are at Star Hall, unless otherwise indicated. Most events are walking distance from Star Hall and when they are not, transportation will be provided.

>> Downloadable Web Version of Final Program (PDF)

>> Downloadable Abstract Book (PDF)

Monday, September 26, 2016

8:00 AM-5:00 PM                 Registration/Light Breakfast Refreshments

8:00 AM-9:00 AM                Light Breakfast Refreshments

9:00 AM-9:20 AM                Welcome Ceremony - Sasha Reed (U.S. Geological Survey, USA) and Matthew Bowker (Northern Arizona University, USA)

9:20 AM-9:50 AM                Reflections on a life: the awesomeness of studying biocrusts – Jayne Belnap (U.S. Geological Survey, USA)

9:50 AM-10:00 AM              Break

10:00 AM-11:50 AM            Synthesis: new findings, knowledge gaps, new directions (Opening Plenary) – Chair: Bettina Weber (Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Germany)

10:50 AM-12:05 PM             Contributed Session

12:05 PM-1:30 PM                Lunch (on your own)

1:30 PM-3:30 PM                  Contributed Session (cont.)

3:30 PM-3:50 PM                  Break

3:50 PM-4:20 PM                  Contributed Session (cont.)

4:20 PM-5:30 PM                  Lightning Talks - Early Career Showcase

5:30 PM-6:30 PM                  Reception at Eddie McStiff’s Brewery (Hot appetizers and no-host bar)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

8:00 AM-9:00 AM                 Registration/Light Breakfast Refreshments

9:00 AM-12:00 PM            New Phytologist Climate Change Symposium - Co-Chairs: Manuel Delgado Baquerizo (University of Colorado, Boulder, USA), Scott Ferrenberg (U.S. Geological Survey, USA)

9:00 AM-9:50 AM                 Plenary Speaker: Fernando Maestre (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain)

9:50 AM-10:00 AM               Break

10:00 AM-12:00 PM              Symposium Talks

12:00 PM-1:30 PM                 Lunch (on your own)

1:30 PM-2:30 PM                   Lightning Talks

2:30 PM-3:30 PM                   Poster Session at Moab Arts & Recreation Center

3:30 PM-3:50 PM                   Break

3:50 PM-5:05 PM                   Contributed Session

6:00 PM-8:00 PM                   Dinner & Career Achievement Award Ceremony on the banks of the Colorado River, transportation provided

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

(Free time and off-site excursions)

Field Trips: Guided tour of Canyonlands Research Center, transportation and bagged lunch provided – hosted by Jayne Belnap, Sasha Reed, Matthew Bowker

or other activities provided by Canyon Voyages Adventure Company, Rim Tours, or Windgate Adventures 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

8:00 AM-9:00 AM                Light Breakfast Refreshments

9:00 AM-10:25 AM               Ecological Restoration Symposium - Co-Chairs: Nichole Barger (University of Colorado Boulder, USA), Yunge Zhao (Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, China)

9:00 AM-10:25 AM              Topical Group “Chats”

10:25 AM-10:35 AM            Break

10:35 AM-12:00 PM             Topical Group “Chats” (cont.)

12:00 PM-1:30 PM                Lunch (on your own)

1:30 PM-2:30 PM                  Lightning Talks

2:30 PM-3:30 PM                  Poster Session at Moab Arts & Recreation Center

3:30 PM-3:50 PM                  Break

3:50 PM-5:05 PM                  Contributed Session

Friday, September 30, 2016

8:00 AM-9:00 AM                 Light Breakfast Refreshments

9:00 AM-12:00 PM                Molecular Frontiers Symposium - Co-Chairs: Ferran Garcia-Pichel (Arizona State University, USA), Zachary Aanderud (Brigham Young University, USA)

9:00 AM-9:50 AM                  Plenary Speaker: Trent Northen (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)

9:50 AM-10:00 AM                Break

10:00 AM-12:00 PM              Symposium Talks

12:00 PM-1:30 PM                 Lunch (on your own)

1:30 PM-3:00 PM                   Contributed Session                                          

Thank you for joining us and safe travels!