Hurricane Ecosystem Response Synthesis Network

Upcoming Events

Please visit our Monthly Webinar Series page for details on our upcoming monthly webinars.

We are now accepting applications for our first multi-day workshop that will be focused on one of three focal research themes - 'Interactions among ecosystem pre-storm conditions and storm characteristics on ecosystem responses' until December 15th, 2021. 

Apply here to join our working group
Details - Working Group 'Storm Characteristics & Antecedent Conditions

Storms vary in their characteristics (wind speeds, track velocities, precipitation, and flooding), and the ecosystems they affect vary in their conditions or states preceding the storm.  For example, hurricane effects on terrestrial ecosystems may be exacerbated in a drought year or in a region with high coastal development. Understanding the relative influence of storm characteristics, antecedent conditions, and their interactions on holistic storm effects is a major hurdle standing in the way of developing a predictive science for tropical cyclone impacts on coastal ecosystems. Interactive effects of ecosystem state and storm characteristics make it difficult to assess and predict system level responses to storm perturbations. Our compiled and growing datasets are available for constructing a variety of mechanistic and statistical models for quantifying the impacts of storm characteristics and antecedent conditions and interactions between them.  Our working group will advance and/or test the framework developed in our 2019 workshop (BioScience 2020).  

Objective: We will bring together research teams studying multiple ecosystem types (estuarine, freshwater, and terrestrial) and ecosystem responses (physical, biogeochemical, organismal – mobile vs sedentary, microbial, animal, and plant) to identify shared and unique responses to different types of hurricane stressors. Specifically, the project combines the strengths of a traditional symposium with a directed continuation of data synthesis of ecosystem effects across tropical cyclone events spanning the continuum of storm characteristics and where the ecosystem state prior to the storm is known, and an established set of core measurements to maximize comparisons between storm events and ecosystem types. These goals will be accomplished through analyses of the ecological dataset assembled through the working group, publicly available data on storm characteristics (e.g., NOAA NHC Storm Reports) and long-term datasets (e.g., LTER, NEON, researcher-specific projects). Working group participants who are part of investigator-driven, long-term datasets will be invited specifically to help build the antecedent conditions component of the synthesis.

Requirements:  Applicants must be able to commit to one year of time to working group activities including, but not limited to, monthly virtual discussions.  Priority will be given to workshop participants that have 1) expertise with quantification and/or natural history on a range of ecosystem responses including biogeochemical processes, fauna and flora, and geographic contexts to help identify underlying mechanisms for variables of interest, 2) are studying recent major hurricanes, and 3) comprise a diverse group of career stages, geographic regions, and research disciplines.  Possession or working familiarity with time series data that can be used in synthesis work is appreciated but not a requirement for participation in this working group.

Past Events
September 2021 HERS ‘Kick-Off’ Webinar – Introducing Hurricane Ecosystem Synthesis

We had a great turnout introducing the newly NSF funded HERS research coordination network. Over 100 participants joined us live to hear about our three upcoming workshops for 2022 & 2023 as well as recent research from our invited speakers Drs. Rosa Román-Cuesta, Colin Donihue, and Maria Dillard. We had a total of 204 people register from 24 countries! Please email [[v|HERSresearch]] if you would like a recording of the webinar and discussion.HERS past events Sept 2021