A song and two figures

Riparian plant communities are filtered at broad spatial scales by landscape, watershed and instream  factors. Those species that arrive at a given site from a regional species pool are those that can make their way through both coarse and fine environmental filters. 
This week marks the annual WATS Graduate Symposium at Utah State University. I'll be giving a talk on Friday at 930am in the Merrill-Cazier Library 101. The talk will be discussing multi-scale environmental filters and their effects on shaping riparian vegetation communities within the Columbia River and Missouri River Basins. It's based on a talk that I gave at SWS-PNW and a paper that we're gearing up to submit to Freshwater Biology. Eventually I should have the full project summary up here and over at the ETAL project page. For now, just trust me that environmental filters correspond to riparian vegetation communities at large watershed scales.

Environmental filters that occur at the landscape (A), watershed (B) and stream reach (C) scales are all strongly correlated to identified vegetation communities within the Columbia and Missouri River basins. Here we see simple linear correlations between these filters and riparian vegetation composition at 720 stream reaches.

While all the talks will be good, fellow ETAL PhD candidate Alan Kasprak is going live at 1310pm and MS student James Hensleigh is rocking out at 1510pm. Their projects are very different than my own and their science, like most of my lab mates, is so good that it really makes me want to up my own research game. Don't miss these guys.

Now, grab your headphones, do work and rock this tune. I'll see you on Friday.