Lab Members and Collaborators Attend International Symposium on Flood pulse Ecosystems in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Dr. Winemiller, doctoral student Caroline Arantes, and aquatic ecology lab collaborators Pitagoras Piana (University of Western Paraná, Brazil) and David Hoeinghaus (University of North Texas) attended t he International Symposium on Flood pulse Ecosystems in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from July 24-27, 2017. Symposium participants examined biological and socio-economic aspects of flood pulse systems. The symposium, organized by the University of Battambang and Cambodian Inland Fisheries Research and Development Institute, promoted exchange of information and knowledge between academics and practitioners for improved ecosystem service and biodiversity outcomes. During the symposium’s opening ceremony, Dr. Say Samal, Minister of the Environment of the Kingdom of Cambodia, gave a welcoming speech. Dr. Winemiller presented a keynote lecture entitled “Why does environmental pulsing promote productivity and resilience?”; Arantes presented a paper entitled “Fish biomass and functional dieversity are positively associated with forest cover in the Amazon River floodplains”; Piana presented a paper entitled “Trait-oriented, individual-based model for simulation of food web dynamics in river-floodplain ecosystems”, and Hoeinghaus’s paper was entitled “Threshold and legacy effects of fish assemblages of the Upper Paraná River floodplain to timing, magnitude, duration and variation in flood conditions”. Hoeinghaus also presented a research by Carmen Montaña (Sam Houston State University) entitled “Fish, food webs, and mercury levels in a floodplain river in Guyana”. After the symposium, participants toured the famous Angkor Wat temples and Tonle Sap lake near Siem Reap. More information about the symposium, including presentation files, can be viewed online at http://floodpulse-ecosystems.org/caroline-arantes/
1- Pitagoras Piana gives a presentation about development of an individual-based simulation model of river-floodplain foodweb dynamics.
2- Caroline Arantes visits the Angkor Wat temples.
3- Monkey at Angkor Wat.