Susana Bernal Workshop

When:
Friday,
23 August 2019,
9.30am-12.30pm
Where:
Institute of Advanced Studies, UWA
Cost:
Free
Audience:
Postgraduate Students, Early Career Researchers, Academics

This Masterclass is full.  Please contact the IAS to be put on a waitlist ias@uwa.edu.au

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Riparian zones and streams as bioreactors within Mediterranean catchments

A masterclass with Dr Susana Bernal, Ramon y Cajal researcher at the Spanish Research Council in Blanes (CEAB-CSIC) and 2019 UWA Gledden Visiting Fellow.

Mediterranean catchments naturally experience marked changes in hydrological connectivity that spans from droughts to floods. Yet, our understanding of how this hydrological regime influences the cycling and transport of carbon and nutrients from headwaters to coastal areas is still limited. Riparian zones are essential for understanding stream water and solute transport in Mediterranean regions because hillslopes are mostly disconnected from the fluvial network. Evapotranspiration by riparian trees can strongly shape stream hydrology and riparian soils can act as control points of nitrogen production. In this masterclass, we will explore the hydrological and biogeochemical linkages at the stream-riparian interface in Mediterranean catchments as well as the potential of riparian and stream ecosystems to transform and retain nutrients under changing climatic conditions. The class will emphasize concepts related to hydrological connectivity, ecohydrology, and nutrient spiralling theory.

Susana Bernal studies carbon and nutrient biogeochemistry in continental ecosystems, mostly forests and streams, with emphasis on understanding the linkages between hydrology and biogeochemistry. Her research explores the influence of hydrological extremes, global change, and historic perturbations on solute export from catchments, as well as the potential of riparian and stream ecosystems as natural filters of nutrients in natural and altered ecosystems. Dr Bernal obtained her PhD at the University of Barcelona (Spain), and was awarded with a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow at the Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University (NJ, USA). She is currently Ramon y Cajal researcher at the Spanish Research Council in Blanes (CEAB-CSIC).