The Earths Eyes:
Aquatic Sciences Through Space and Time
February 8-14, 2003 · Salt Lake City, Utah
To paraphrase Thoreau, aquatic ecosystems are the landscapes
most beautiful and expressive feature(s). They are the Earths
eyes; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of
his own nature. (The Ponds, Walden). This
observation is extremely pertinent today, given the multitude
of changes occurring on our planet and the significance of
aquatic systems to those changes. Integrative historical and
paleo studies help us better understand how the Earth system
functions. Perhaps Winston Churchill put it best: The
farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are
likely to see. This semi-annual aquatic sciences meeting
presents an opportunity to use our eyes to look into the past,
to examine where we are today and to look forward into the
future. We encourage sessions that develop themes along axes
of time, including paleo, historical and modern studies, and
space, from landscape, seascape or extraterrestrial perspectives.
Conference Check-In and Registration
Registration prior to the meeting is strongly encouraged.
By doing so, you will greatly reduce the amount of time necessary
to complete the on-site registration process and pick up your
Meeting materials and name badges can be picked up on Sunday,
February 9, 2003, at the Salt Palace Convention Center from
1:00 to 9:00 p.m. Registration will be opened each day at
the convention center, from Monday, February 10, through Thursday,
February 13, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Friday, February
14, from 7:00 a.m. until the conclusion of the conference.
Name badges will be included in your registration materials
and must be worn at all times throughout the meeting. Your
conference receipt will be included in with your badge.
Maps showing the various session and meeting room locations
will be included in the abstract book that you will receive
on-site when you check-in for the meeting.
New! Program and Schedule Matrices Downloads:
In the Forms & Files section.
New! Browse Session Schedules:
You may browse all the session schedules via the sub-theme
pages and view abstracts assigned to that session. Presentation
time, room assignment, author information, etc. is now available.
Please use the navigation menu or go directly to one of the
following sub-themes: Sub-theme
1: Historical Studies in Aquatic Sciences, Sub-theme
2: Paleo Studies in Aquatic Sciences, Sub-theme
3: Spatial Patterns in Aquatic Systems, or Sub-theme
4: Extreme Environments On Earth and Beyond. Contributed
session schedules are also available.
New! Search Abstracts: You
for abstracts by author name or by keyword.
New! Special Activities:
A Wednesday evening reception at
Snowbird Ski Resort has been organized along with field trips
and other special activities. In order to particpate,
you must download the special
activites form and return with payment via fax (254-776-3767)
or via mail to the meeting management office.
New! Workshops: You may browse
the newly added section on ASLO workshops.
A New Addition For 2003!
The program begins on Sunday, February 9, 2003, at 5:30 p.m.
with an exciting opening address by Dave DesMarais of the
Exobiology Branch of NASA's Ames Research Center. His talk
will be prior to the opening reception at 6:30 p.m.
General Meeting Overview
One of four planned plenary lectures will be held Monday
through Thursday mornings and will be followed by a coffee
break. Poster sessions and receptions are scheduled to provide
a second opportunity to make professional connections in a
social setting. Daily conference events will be held at the
Salt Palace Convention Center. Please make plans to join us
in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, the site of the 2002 Winter
Special sessions will be organized around the four
Sub-theme 1: Historical Studies
in Aquatic Sciences
Plenary presentation by Sherri Fritz, Department of Geosciences,
University of Nebraska
Human activities have altered the Earths hydrosphere,
biosphere and atmosphere. Documenting the impacts on, and
the response(s) of, aquatic ecosystems to anthropogenic forcing
is necessary both to understand past and present dynamics
and to sustain aquatic environments and the resources they
provide in the future. This sub-theme aims to cover a broad
range of historical studies in aquatic sciences, including
water quality and nutrient regimes, primary and secondary
production, fisheries, harmful algal blooms, biodiversity,
freshwater flow (surface and groundwater), dams and impoundments,
watershed alteration and development, aquaculture, and invasive
Sub-theme 2: Paleo Studies in
Plenary presentation by Don Canfield, Institute of Biology,
University of Southern Denmark
The study of aquatic ecosystems over geologic time scales
provides insight to the vital interactions that drive global-scale
patterns of climate and biotic evolution at micro and macro
scales. This sub-theme will encompass paleo studies in the
context of the evolution of biogeochemical cycles and aquatic
biota, glacial-interglacial cycles, ocean-atmosphere dynamics,
mass extinctions, and global change.
Sub-theme 3: Spatial Patterns
in Aquatic Systems
Plenary presentation by Jim Elser, Department of Biology,
Arizona State University
Complex spatial patterns in aquatic systems occur at local,
regional and global scales. These patterns result from dynamic
interplays between biotic and abiotic forcing factors at small
(sediment-water interface, connections between littoral and
pelagic processes) to very large, global processes, such as
ENSO events. Sessions in this sub-theme may include: watershed
and regional oceanic responses to climate or anthropogenic
forcing, emergent properties of aquatic ecosystems, biocomplexity,
application of a regional landscape perspective to lake districts,
or comparative studies of coastal ocean responses to perturbations.
Sub-theme 4: Extreme Environments
On Earth and Beyond
Plenary presentation by Colleen Cavanaugh, Department of Molecular
and Cellular Biology, Harvard University
The organisms that thrive in the conditions present in extreme
environments may hold the key(s) to understanding life on
early Earth, and elsewhere, as well as evolution of biogeochemical
pathways. Sessions related to this sub-theme will examine
distribution, physiology and diversity of organisms that thrive
under harsh environmental conditions. Topics/habitats to be
covered under this sub-theme include, but are not limited
to: phylogenetic and functional diversity, extremophiles and
extremozymes, symbiosis and syntrophy, deep sea hydrothermal
vents and cold seeps, hot springs, polar environments, saline
lakes, deep ocean environments, and systems beyond the Earth.
For More Information
For more information on the ASLO 2003 Aquatic Sciences Meeting,
Helen Schneider Lemay
Registration Coordinator and Meeting Manager
ASLO Business Office
5400 Bosque Boulevard, Suite 680
Waco, Texas 76710-4446
Phone: 254-399-9635, Toll-Free: 800-929-ASLO