Effects of Xeriscaping on Surface Temperatures

Non-EPSCoR Presenters: 
Kyia Hill, Hailey Burton, Emily Kaemmer, Heather Couturier.
Date: 
Thu, 2018/03/01
What is the name of the event (if any) where you presented?: 
Intermountain Sustainability Summit

Weber State University is working to minimize landscape water consumption by implementing  xeriscaping. However, xeriscape surfaces can potentially cause higher surface temperatures in the area  due to reduced moisture content, which allows for more energy to be partitioned into sensible heat rather than latent heat. The goal of this study was to provide a more complete picture of costs and benefits of xeriscape landscaping.

Effects of Xeriscaping on Surface Temperatures

Non-EPSCoR Presenters: 
Kyia Hill, Hailey Burton, Emily Kaemmer, Heather Couturier
Date: 
Thu, 2018/04/12
What is the name of the event (if any) where you presented?: 
American Association of Geographers (AAG) annual meeting.

Weber State University is working to minimize landscape water consumption by implementing  xeriscaping. However, xeriscape surfaces can potentially cause higher surface temperatures in the area  due to reduced moisture content, which allows for more energy to be partitioned into sensible heat rather than latent heat. The goal of this study was to provide a more complete picture of costs and benefits of xeriscape landscaping.

Children's Perspectives of an Urban River Corridor: A Study of the Jordan River, Salt Lake City, Utah

Date: 
Wed, 2018/04/11
What is the name of the event (if any) where you presented?: 
American Association of Geographers

This research was one part of a 3-part community-engaged research project to help fill gaps in public outreach and understand how river-adjacent communities perceive their local river. The neighborhoods surrounding the Jordan River in Salt Lake City, Utah, are majority-minority areas with a mostly Latinx population and increasing new immigrant and refugee constituency. City outreach efforts about local river management have failed to reach these populations. Children can be active participants in research and can provide unique perspectives about natural spaces.

Urban infrastructure drives aquatic bacterial communities

Date: 
Thu, 2017/11/16
What is the name of the event (if any) where you presented?: 
BYU Plant and Wildlife Sciences Department Graduate Research Conclave

Urban infrastructure affects a critical but often overlooked aspect of stream ecosystems and water quality: bacterial communities. We were interested in learning how different types of urbanization altered aquatic bacteria communities along an elevational gradient (2368 m to 1353 m.a.s.l.) in three Utah watersheds—Red Butte Creek (RB), Provo River (PR), and Logan River (LR). Each of the three watersheds has one or more reservoirs for water resource management, ranging in surface area from 13.5 km2 to 0.38 km2 .

Cyanobacteria in Utah Streams

Date: 
Tue, 2018/04/10
What is the name of the event (if any) where you presented?: 
Provo River Watershed Council Quarterly meeting

I presented results of a target metagenomic sequence analysis on the Provo River, specifically looking at cyanobacterial taxa, some of which have contributed to recent harmful blooms.

Impacts of the Jordanelle Dam on the hydrology and sedimentology of the Provo River: continued downstream adjustment

Non-EPSCoR Presenters: 
Adriana Martinez
Date: 
Thu, 2018/04/12
What is the name of the event (if any) where you presented?: 
Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA

Large dams alter flow and sediment transport, which can result in changes in stream morphology and, therefore, habitat downstream of the impoundment. Because the Jordanelle Dam on the Provo River, Utah, was constructed relatively recently (1992), the river is likely still undergoing changes downstream of the Dam and Reservoir. Thus, it provides an opportunity for monitoring that can give insight into understanding ongoing sedimentation adjustments post-dam.

Riparian Vegetation and Stream Impoundment: The Provo River and Jordanelle Reservoir

Non-EPSCoR Presenters: 
Adriana Martinez
Date: 
Wed, 2017/04/05
What is the name of the event (if any) where you presented?: 
Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Boston, MA

Following stream impoundment, rivers respond via changes in sediment dynamics, channel morphology, and vegetation distribution. The Jordanelle Dam was built on the Provo River in 1992 after the majority of dam construction in the United States and therefore allows for a large scale GIS analysis using aerial photographs, available before and after construction. To evaluate the effects of the dam, this study examines reach scale channel changes with respect to vegetation distribution and species richness.

The Historical Records of Stable Isotopes (13C and 15N) and Trace Metals along Utah Lake-Jordan River Transition Zone, Utah (USA)

Peer Reviewed: 
Yes
What level of funding support did EPSCoR provide for this publication?: 
Primary
Date Submitted: 
Fri, 2016/12/09
Date of Publication: 
2017/02
NSF Acknowledgement: 
Acknowledged
Journal, Book, Magazine or Newspaper Name: 
Utah Geological Association Publication
Volume: 
46
Pages: 
171-185

Lakes serve as an organic matter sink and archive past environmental conditions and biogeochemical process- es. Stable isotope analyses (13C and 15N), and trace metal records in sediment cores have been used to reconstruct past environmental changes in aquatic ecosystems. The purpose of this study is to reconstruct the origin of historic organic matter and trace metal sources to Utah Lake (Utah, USA) using the depth profile of C and N stable isotopic composition, C/N ratio, and trace metal concentrations in sediment cores.

Water Conservation and Human Health Implications of Temporal Trends in Utah's Residential Tree Species

Who is the funding agency?: 
Utah Agricultural Experiment Station
Please categorize the nature of the Source of Support: 
Other Gov
Non-EPSCoR PI/Co-PI: 
Michael Kuhns
Status: 
Denied
Date Submitted: 
Fri, 2018/03/02
Date of Denial Notification: 
Mon, 2018/04/16
Award Amount: 
$0.00
Location: 
Tremonton, Bountiful, Provo

Residential landscapes in semi-arid regions are dominated by non-native trees that provide shade but need supplemental water to grow. Shade from mature trees can reduce irrigation demand. A 2017 Cache Valley pilot study found that landscapes around newer homes featured smaller-stature trees that may be drought-tolerant but afford less shade. Some observers also report trends toward trees that produce pollen but not fruit.

Advancing a Water-Literate Workforce and Citizenry for Utah

Date: 
Wed, 2017/11/15
What is the name of the event (if any) where you presented?: 
Salt Lake County Watershed Symposium

Part of a 5-speaker panel on critical outcomes and lasting impacts of the iUTAH project.

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