Upcoming SWS Webinars
Monthly webinars are offered as a benefit of membership. Once each quarter, in March, July, September and December, the monthly SWS webinar is open for non-members to attend (and at no cost), as well. Please login to register. If you are a member, and you log in, you can register for member-only webinars by clicking here, or going to the "Events" pull-down menu and choosing "upcoming" webinars. If the site says you are not allowed to view this resource, your membership may not be current, or you are not a current member. Note, you can be a registered user of this site and not an SWS Member.
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October 2020: Role of inland saline wetland ecosystems in the face of climate change
October 15, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. ET
Role of inland saline wetland ecosystems in the face of climate change
Emergence of COVID-19 has emphasized that destruction of ecosystem leads to destruction of human. Ecosystem that protects us have been continuously altered by anthropogenic activities leading to climate change. This has recently resulted zoonotic diseases like corona viruses creating pandemic situation killing millions of people. Wetlands are diverse ecosystems in which slight alteration puts enormous impact on socio-ecological, physio-chemical and economical aspects. Among all, inland saline wetlands are unique in nature however least studied. Current study is conducted its impact on the largest saline wetland of India, Sambhar Salt Lake. Though it has been a Ramsar site since 23 March 1990 along with an Important Bird Area, it does not come under any protected area network of India. It used to be critical habitat of 289 migratory birds species coming from West Pacific Flyway, East-Asian Australasian Flyway, and the Central Asian Flyway that have now reduced to only 31 species as per our joint bird census report with Asian Water Census volunteers. To address these issues, this study analyzed soil salinity indices using satellite data of 1989, 1998, 2008, 2014, 2019 and 2020 integrating climatic parameters and ground data picturize impact of past climatic trends and lockdown due to COVID-19 24 (March 2020 to 30 May 2020) on the lake. Results state that salinity has decreased drastically over the years until 2019 however, the lake is reviving during pandemic situation. Lake is full of water; soil salinity value has increased indicating its unique halophiles and halophytes reviving into the lake. Once again, lake is ready to welcome its rich biodiversity if there is least human interference.
Presenter: Rajashree Naik
Rajashree Naik is a second year PhD student of saline wetland ecology at Central University of Rajasthan. Her doctoral research investigates spatio-temporal status of largest inland saline wetland of India, Sambhar Salt Lake. She takes a multidisciplinary approach that encompasses multispectral and hyperspectral remote sensing, LiDAR technology, intense field survey for migratory birds, halophytes and xerophytes for ecology-economic interdependence analysis. She was research fellow at Uttarakhand Space Application Centre in Sericulture project. She is a member of the Society of wetland Scientists, Ecological Society of America and British Ecological Society Aquatic Group. She is an active participant of Asian Waterbird Census for Sambhar Salt lake.She is selected for International Travel Award for annual meeting of SWS 2021. She has received Summer Research Fellowships from Indian Academy of Science during her Master of Science in Environmental Science from Central University of Rajasthan. She holds Post Graduate Diploma degree from Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in Forestry and Ecosystem study. She has co-authored in three research publications on wetland ecosystems.
November 2020: Resurrecting ‘ghost ponds’ and other approaches in pond restoration and conservation
November 19, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. ET
Resurrecting ‘ghost ponds’ and other approaches in pond restoration and conservation
Growing recognition of the importance of ponds for landscape-scale biodiversity has led to considerable interest in their conservation, focusing on new pond creation, or existing pond restoration. However, there is a third approach; the re-excavation of ‘ghost ponds’ – former ponds deliberately filled in for agricultural intensification. This presentation will explore how “resurrecting” ghost ponds and restoring overgrown ponds can provide important benefits for farmland biodiversity, with historic pond sediments acting as time capsules for the seeds of native wetland plants. Given the global abundance of wetlands and ponds which have been filled-in during agricultural land intensification, the resurrection and restoration of these habitats from their historic seedbanks provides a valuable tool for conservation practitioners and policy makers aiming to improve biodiversity within farmed landscapes.
Presenter: Emily Alderton
Emily Alderton has a Master’s and PhD in Aquatic Science from University College London (UCL). Emily received her PhD from the Environmental Change Research Centre (ECRC) at UCL in 2017, for her thesis on “Ghost ponds”: Resurrecting lost ponds and species to assist aquatic biodiversity conservation. Emily’s research focused on mapping historic pond loss across the county of Norfolk (U.K), understanding the impacts of pond loss and pond degradation on aquatic biodiversity, and investigating the potential role that resurrecting in-filled “ghost ponds” could play in helping to restore biodiversity in fragmented pond landscapes. During her PhD, Emily was involved with the Norfolk Ponds Project, an award-winning multi-partner project working to conserve and restore Norfolk’s ponds. Emily contributed to pond restorations, educational open-farm events, and training days for farmers and landowners on how best to restore and manage ponds in farmland.
Since 2018 Emily has been working in Massachusetts (U.S) as an Ecological Scientist at BSC Group Inc., where she provides field services including wetland delineations, habitat surveys and invasive species surveys, and federal, state, and local level permitting services.
Webinars on YouTube
The SWS Webinar Committee is excited to announce that our free quarterly webinar recordings are now available on the SWS YouTube channel! Additionally, SWS supporters around the world can watch the webinars with subtitles in their native language.
To view the webinars with subtitles, click the “CC” button in the bottom, right-hand corner of the video. You can change the language of the subtitles by clicking on the settings button in the bottom, right-hand corner and going to subtitles/CC > auto-translate > and choosing the language of your choice.
Here's what our members are saying...
"Thank you, presenters, and thank you SWS for hosting this. It is a great SWS membership benefit." - Kurt Kowalski, Ann Arbor, MI
"Excellent coverage of fascinating topics for wetland scientists!" - Ellen Hartig, New York, NY
Interested in viewing more webinars? Visit the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) webinar's page to access free webinars. These webinars focus on various topics, mostly relating to a specific project or workgroup. To learn more please click here.