Novus IV workshop successfully completed!

We held the last workshop of the Novus RCN from Sept. 28-29! Thirty participants from seven nations gathered at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire to discuss past progress and new directions in biogeochemical response to disturbance. The format of the meeting was short presentations, a poster session, and of course a field trip. Highlights included the Ice Storm Experiment from Lindsey Rusted, long-term vegetation monitoring from John Battles, and the watershed experiments and Mirror Lake from Gene Likens. Although this is the last Novus workshop, the blog will stay active, we have one more postdoc, and the research efforts will continue on, so stay tuned!


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Beetle outbreaks: some perspective

Check out this interesting article from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies about the historic/paleoecological context for modern beetle outbreaks in the western U.S. This features Novus participants including Jesse Morris.

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AMQUA/CANQUA call for sessions

Call for session proposals
Joint meeting of the Canadian and American Quaternary Associations, Ottawa, Canada, August 7-11 2018
The CANQUA – AMQUA 2018 Organizing Committee invites proposals for sessions of interest to the Quaternary research community. Session proposals should identify a Chair (or co-Chairs) for the session and include an informative title (max 200 characters) and a short description (less than 200 words). The general theme for this meeting is “Crossing borders in the Quaternary” however proposed sessions are not required to tie into this broad theme.
Individual sessions will consist of five to seven 20-minute talks and an afternoon poster session. If needed, more than one individual session can be requested. After abstracts have been received the timing of the sessions will be scheduled by the Organizing Committee. The Call for Abstracts will be issued in December 2017, once the selection of sessions is finalized.
In addition to session proposals we also welcome suggestions for invited speakers for the conference.
Please email your session proposal to before October 1st 2017.
For more information about the conference please go to
For questions contact Jesse Vermaire (
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Associate Editor positions– British Ecological Society journals

The British Ecological Society is looking for active ecological researchers to join the Editorial Boards of Functional Ecology, Journal of Animal Ecology, Journal of Applied Ecology, Journal of Ecology and Methods in Ecology and Evolution. The full details are here

Apply by September 1, 2017.

Selection criteria:

  • An active researcher with a PhD in a field relevant to the journal scope
  • Strong publication record for current career stage
  • Experience of refereeing
  • Expertise in relevant subject areas within the scope of the journal

Though previous editorial experience is desirable, we encourage early career scientists to apply even if they have not previously worked as an editor.
Key responsibilities:

  • Making initial assessments of the suitability of manuscripts
  • Selecting appropriate peer reviewers
  • Making recommendations to the Senior Editor on the basis of reviews received and your own professional opinion
  • Assist editorial team to identify papers for further promotion via video, podcasting and the media
  • Contributing to initiatives such as journal-specific and cross-journal Virtual Issues and Special Features
  • Acting as an ambassador for the journal at conferences and engaging with the journal through blogs and social media, as appropriate
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Postdoctoral Position in Long-Term Earth System Change

A postdoctoral position is available focused on the temporal aspects of interactions among biogeochemistry, paleoecology, and global change. The postdoc will perform original research on topics in paleoenvironmental change, especially related to long-term biogeochemistry and disturbance, in collaboration with supervisor Dr. Kendra McLauchlan. The primary responsibilities associated with this position are: (1) to assist with coordination of a diverse and broad network of researchers in the U.S. and elsewhere, and (2) to conduct independent research on the biogeochemical consequences of ecosystem change at decadal to multi-millennial timescales. Required minimum qualifications are a Ph.D. in a relevant ecological, Earth, or environmental science, and previous experience acquiring and analyzing data in the fields of Earth science, ecosystem ecology or paleoecology. Preferred qualifications include successful production of peer-reviewed publications, and previous experience with microscopy, spectrometry, and/or techniques used in analytical chemistry. To apply, submit ONE pdf file containing a letter of interest, your CV, one reprint of a publication, and a list of three professional references. The full job description can be viewed and your application can be completed here: Screening begins August 21, 2017 and will continue until filled. Minimum salary is $47,476 / year. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment. Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law. In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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AGU session: Integrating Data and Models in Paleoclimatology and Paleoecology: Current Approaches, Emerging Challenges, and Next Steps

There is another good Novus-relevant AGU session, for your consideration and potential abstract submission in the next few days. It is being co-organized by Simon Goring who can be contacted with any questions:<>

Session ID#: 26532
Session Description:
A key contribution of paleo-data to Earth system modeling is providing constraints for testing model reliability and suitability under conditions very different from present.  Increasingly, proxy data networks and their derived paleoenvironmental inferences are being directly assimilated into Earth system model simulations to improve inference about past earth system dynamics.  This data-model assimilation, however, is complicated by depositional and biological processes that create uncertainty in proxy data and about alignment of proxy variables with those used within models of Earth system change. There remain non-trivial challenges in deriving data products from paleo-data suitable for use in dynamic models used in forecasting the various components of Earth system change. This session will address three central themes; (1) new or emerging methods to improve inference from paleo-proxy data, (2) techniques for informing Earth system models using paleo-data, and (3) case studies where paleo-data has been used to inform predictions of future change.

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AGU session: Cross-Scale Inferences into the Biogeochemical Impacts of Forest Disturbance: Knowledge from Modern, Paleo, and Modeling Techniques

If you are considering presenting at the American Geophysical Union meeting in December (New Orleans!), please consider submitting your abstract to the following session, which is strongly Novus-themed. Submit by August 2 here. Feel free to contact Dr. Tara Hudiburg with any questions <>

Session ID#: 26117

Session Description:

Disturbance alters forest biogeochemical processes across multiple scales, from minutes to millennia and stands to landscapes, often with important implications for ecosystem resilience. Climate change is expected to increase the frequency and severity of disturbances, including drought, bark beetle outbreaks, and wildfires. Anticipating the impacts of these changes requires both empirical and modeling studies that link mechanistic processes across scales. Observations from modern ecosystems and paleoecological records can be used to develop and evaluate post-disturbance dynamics and inform ecosystem and Earth system models. We seek studies that use such observations as well as modeling to study disturbance properties and their biogeochemical impacts, in the past, present, and future. We welcome research that helps answer critical questions concerning disturbance in forest ecosystems, especially those intended to improve representation in ecosystem models, at any spatial and temporal scale.

Primary Convener:  Tara W Hudiburg, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, United States

Conveners:  Philip Higuera, University of Montana, Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences College of Forestry and Conservation, Missoula, MT, United States and Bryan N Shuman, University of Wyoming, Department of Geology & Geophysics, Laramie, WY, United States

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