EcoSummit 2012


September 30, 2012 - October 05, 2012


Columbus, Ohio, USA



On September 30 through October 5, the world's most respected minds in ecological science will gather at EcoSummit 2012 in Columbus, Ohio to discuss restoration the planet's ecosystem. SER is excited to participate as a sponsor in the first conference ever linking the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER), the Ecological Society of America (ESA), and the International Association for Ecology (INTECOL).

Be sure to stop by the SER Exhibit Booth to say hello to SER staff and get some free goodies.

SER Related Events at EcoSummit

SER Symposia - Uncovering hidden ecosystem values to promote watershed restoration & climate change adaptation

Carolyn J. BrowningMountain Rivers Institute, Boulder, CO, USA
Matthew A. WilsonCH2M Hill, Lone Tree, CO, USA

SER's own Carolyn J. Browning and Matthew A. Wilson will host a symposia focusing on the hidden ecosystem values to promote watershed restoration and climate change adapatation. Participants also include SER member Francisco A. Comin. This is a must see symposia. 

Monday 1 October 2012 , 3:15-4:15
Room C216 

Adaptation to climate change is requiring new approaches and thoughtful, preventive actions to protect watersheds and reduce the vulnerability of the ecosystem services they provide. Healthy, functioning watersheds provide meaningful values to society, yet these values often remain hidden because they are not easily recognized or captured in market transactions. As the climate changes, many of these values will also change. Identifying, documenting and capturing hidden values may provide a pathway to build public and political support for watershed-based climate adaptation efforts worldwide. This symposium discusses how holistic watershed planning and restoration design can be leveraged to increase ecosystem resilience and adaptive capacity in the face of climate change. Panelists will present challenges and opportunities associated with linking ecosystem services to climate change adaptation in order to capture hidden values and promote protection of ecosystem services. Innovative analytical methods from the field of ecological economics will be presented to identify ecosystem services, focusing on recognizing values as climate change continues. Challenges associated with leveraging ecosystem markets to actively promote cost effective adaptation will be examined and a global map of degraded ecosystems will be showcased to illustrate the potential of restoration for delivering key ecosystem services under changing climate conditions. Case studies will be presented to demonstrate how watershed adaptation can be achieved, and the symposium will conclude with a discussion on how ecosystem service values can be identified and leveraged to promote effective adaptation into the future.

Chair: C. Browning & M.A. Wilson

Click here  to find out more about this SER Symposia. 


SER Board Member James Aronson
Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, France

  • Investing in our ecological infrastructure: The economic rationale for restoring degraded ecosystems
    Tuesday 2 October 2012 3:30-5:30:  Posters 101-200 
  • Re-establishing an ecologically healthy relationship between nature and culture: The mission and vision of the society for ecological restoration
    Tuesday 2 October 2012 3:30-5:30:  Posters 201-300 

SER Member Francisco A. Comin
Instituto Pirenaico Ecología-CSIC, Spain

  • Planning the ecological restoration of semi-arid agricultural watersheds through the assessment of ecosystem services
    Thursday 4 October 2012 10:15-12:35 Symp 53 - Planning and performing ecological restoration through the valuation of Ecosystem Services 
  • A comparative approach for the restoration of semiarid watersheds used for agriculture and mining
    Monday 1 October 2012 4:45-6:45:  Symp 28 Cont. - SER Symposia - Uncovering hidden ecosystem values to promote watershed restoration & climate change adaptation
  • Ecological restoration and ecosystem services: from theory to practice
    Thursday 4 October 2012 10:15-12:35:  Symp 53 - Planning and performing ecological restoration through the valuation of Ecosystem Services

Click here to find out more or register for EcoSummit 2012.