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Wednesday, December 1st
3:00 PM

Session 2.3 How Red Tide in Florida indicates global eutrophication problems and how we can fix them

Keana Shadwell, Colorado State University
Aubry Sapp, Colorado State University
Joe Ogsbury, Colorado State University
Robin Young, Colorado State University

3:00 PM - 3:09 PM

This project focuses on the UN’s SDG14: Life Below Water, target 14.1. Eutrophication is a big problem to ecosystems and communities, as it kills wildlife, creates imbalances in the trophic system, and degrades water quality. The Red Tide in Florida is an important example of pollution-caused eutrophication that is indicative of eutrophication problems globally. Luckily, there are solutions that we can work together to implement on a nationwide and international level, including policy change to regulate agriculture monitoring algal bloom, finding alternatives for fertilizers, and funding research. SDG Theme: SDG 14 – Life below water Type: E-poster

3:09 PM

Session 2.3 Examining the Effects of Elevation Dependent Warming on Mountain Ecosystems

Owen Juell, Colorado State University
Emma Jordan, Colorado State University
Keegan Schealer, Colorado State University
Loni Graham-Ashby, Colorado State University
Pierce Graves, Colorado State University

3:09 PM - 3:19 PM

With current climate change trends, high elevation areas are being impacted by elevation dependent warming at increasing rates. Differential warming in mountain ecosystems has impacted biodiversity, animal behaviors and migrational patterns, fundamentally changing high elevation ecosystems and their ecosystem services. Due to difficulties accessing mountain ecosystems, research has been limited throughout the world, indicating the need for further investigation. We use data and findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, United Nations and other independent organizations to examine the changing functions of mountain ecosystems due to elevation dependent warming through the lens of UN Sustainable Development goal 15.4. SDG Theme: SDG 15- Life on land Type: Short talk (e.g. PowerPoint, Google Slides)

3:17 PM

Session 2.3 Regreening Without Displacement

Induja Kumar, Colorado State University
Chandler Quaile, Colorado State University
Brendan White, Colorado State University
Isabel Sevilla, Colorado State University
Laura Lenhart, Colorado State University
Minna Munson, Colorado State University
LeAnna Warren, Colorado State University

3:17 PM - 3:29 PM

There is a growing desire to green cities through infrastructure adaptation and installation, but also through the actual planting of trees and creation of parks and greenspaces to mitigate the effects of climate change. Concurrently many organizations and academics are focused on protecting communities that are often forgotten and/or pushed out when improvements are made in cities. We want to echo this work by providing further examples of ways in which policy can strongly contribute to change in fair and equitable ways and promote solutions focused on protecting communities that are disproportionately vulnerable to displacement once greening begins. SDG Theme: SDG 10 – Reduced Inequalities Type: Short talk (e.g. PowerPoint, Google Slides)

3:26 PM

Session 2.3 Great Himalaya National Park Conservation Area

Greg Hassler, Colorado State University
Justin Hollis, Colorado State University
Glenn Stearns, Colorado State University

3:26 PM - 3:39 PM

This E-Poster will give an overview of Great Himalaya National Park Conservation Area. We will be focusing on the threatened animals located in the park, as well as how climate change is affecting the park and its inhabitants. Furthermore, with increasing industrialization occurring in the park and its surrounding areas, we will also focus on the people being sustained by the unique ecosystem found in the western Himalayas. These topics will revolve around the 3 SDGs we have chosen to highlight as we find them to be some of the most important conversations to have regarding this national park. Type: Short talk (e.g. PowerPoint, Google Slides)

3:36 PM

Session 2.3 Khao-Sok National Park

Lauren Balsley, Colorado State University
Kyle Nolting, Colorado State University
Nick Lundburg, Colorado State University
Star Larkin, Colorado State University

3:36 PM - 3:49 PM

This presentation will discuss Khao Sok National Park; one of the oldest and most diverse tropical evergreen forests. Khao Sok National Park has faced many threats and conservation issues like logging, palm-oil plantations, poaching, etc. However, this presentation will focus on three of the seventeen UN Sustainable Development Goals regarding the park’s threats and conservation issues; quality education, climate action, and life on land. Exploring the connection between mass tourism and climate change on economical, sociopolitical, ecological, and agricultural aspects of Khao Sok National Park. SDG Theme: SDG 4 - Quality Education, SDG 13 - Climate Action, SDG 15 - Life on Land Type: Short talk (e.g. PowerPoint, Google Slides)

3:45 PM

Session 2.3 Burgess Shale Fossils in Yoho National Park

Rylee Sharkey, Colorado State University
Krystal Tran, Colorado State University
Martin Morales, Colorado State University

3:45 PM - 3:53 PM

The Burgess Shale Fossils found in Yoho National Park are some of the oldest, most well-preserved, soft-bodies organisms ever found. These fossils provide valuable knowledge of Cambrian organisms and the origins of multicellular life. The construction of The Canadian Pacific Railway ultimately led to the discovery of these fossils by making the Kicking Horse Valley accessible to tourists, adventurers, and most importantly to our story, geologists. The railway can be seen as a vehicle of exploration, but for the First Nations peoples, it was a vehicle of exploitation that had harmed the natural environment and exploited their artifacts and resources. Type: Short talk (e.g. PowerPoint, Google Slides)