A field trip will be planned for Wednesday, 25 January to the Luquillo Critical Zone Observatory (LCZO) located in the Luquillo Mountains of northeastern Puerto Rico (about 35 km east of our conference location in San Juan). Dr. Bill McDowell (PI for the Luquillo CZO) and his CZO colleagues will be the hosts and guides. The intent would be to visit the sites impacted by hurricanes Hugo (1989) and Georges (1998) and learn about the changes in watershed and aquatic ecosystems following these events. We will also visit watershed and stream sites currently being studied by the CZO to investigate opportunities and identify strategies for capturing and studying the impact of future ECEs across various scales.

The cost to attend the field trip is USD $80 per person, including lunch. There are a limited number of spaces available!

Schedule (Tentative)

8:00 -9:00 am – Talks at the Marriott San Juan hotel

Dr. Ariel Lugo Plenary talk – Introduction and overview of research and impact of extreme events on tropical urban and forest ecosystems. [15 minute talk followed by 5 minutes of questions and discussions]

Invited talk by Dr. Bill McDowell.  Ecological research in tropical ecosystems and impacts of extreme climate events on stream chemistry and ecology.  [15 min talk with 5 min of questions/discussions]

Invited talk by Dr. Grizelle Gonzalez.  Ecological and social aspects of tropical forest responses to climate change in the Luquillo Experimental Forest, PR [15 min talk with 5 min of questions/discussions]

9:15 – 9:45 am – Drive from Hotel to Río Piedras site

9:45 – 10:15 am – Visit to Urban site at Río Piedras

10:15 – 11:15 am – Travel to Sabana Field Research Station (El Yunque National Forest)

11:15 am12:00 pm: Lunch Break (Sabana Field Research Station, restroom stop)

12:00 – 12:20 pm – Travel to Bisley Experimental Watersheds

12:20 – 1:10 pm – Hike in and out Quebrada 1, Bisley Experimental Watersheds.  Suggested interpretative talk by; Dr. Bill McDowell

1:10 – 1:20 pm – Drive to USGS gage at Río Mameyes; Stop at Río Mameyes.

1:20 – 1:40 pm – Suggested interpretative talk by: Dr. James Shanley

1:40 – 3:30 pm –  Hike down Angelito Trail.  The group will split in two groups near the bottom of the trail (and later switch).  One interpretive talk by: Dr. Tamara Heartsill (by wooden bridge); Another interpretive talk by: Dr. Omar Pérez-Reyes (by river pool, bottom of the trail)

3:30 pm –  Drive to Yokahu Tower

4:00 pm – Arrival at Yokahu Tower

4:45 pm – Drive back to San Juan Marriott. To be back at hotel before or at 6pm.

References

Sabana Field Research Station (El Yunque National Forest)

USDA Sabana Field Research Station

Bisley Experimental Watersheds

Angelito Trail

Angelito Trail Video

Yokahu Tower

Yokahu Tower Video

El Yungue Forest articles