Conference Themes and Topics

  Session Table 2


Session Descriptions

S1: Thresholds and tipping points: non-linear dynamics of ecosystem responses, resilience and adaptation

Session Chair: Susana Bernal (JIN-researcher at CEAB-CSIC, Spain)

Ecosystems do not respond linearly to environmental changes but usually show a threshold behavior. Identifying tipping points, hot moments and hot spots of biological activity within the landscape is essential for assessing the ecosystem’s capacity to cope with climatic and hydrological changes. In this session, we welcome contributions exploring non-linear patterns exhibited by different ecosystem types and the potential mechanisms involved.

Invited speakers:

Stefan Peiffer (BayCEER at U. Bayreuth, Germany)

Matthew Cohen (SFRC at U. Florida, U.S.A.)


S2: Dynamic process interactions at ecohydrological interfaces across spatial and temporal scales

Session Chairs: Gilles Pinay (CNRS Rennes), David Hannah (University of Birmingham)

Ecohydrological interfaces connect different environmental (sub-) systems and represent important new cross-disciplinary research domains to extend our knowledge horizons. In this session, we explore the patterns and processes occurring for a diversity of freshwater ecohydrological interfaces across different spatial and temporal scales.

Invited speakers:

Jay Zarnetske (Michigan State University, USA)


S3: Multi-stressor interactions and impacts on ecohydrological process dynamics

Session Chair: Ursula McKnight (DTU – Technical University of Denmark), Jes Rasmussen (Arhus University)

To date heavy emphasis has been on separating and quantifying the degree of impact an individual stressor may have on aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems – leading to a gap in our understanding of how multiple stressors may influence each other. This session aims to provide a platform to present our current understanding of how stressors may interact with each other, including impacts on key ecohydrological process dynamics.

Invited speakers: Dianne McKnight (USGS)


S4: Environmental Flows – Quantifying interactions between hydrological and biological processes

Session Chair: Paul Wood (Loughborough University)

Invited speakers: 

1. Mike Acreman (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology)

2. Wendy Monk (University of New Brunswick)

There is increasing recognition of the need for appropriate allocation of water to support anthropogenic, environmental and ecological needs in freshwater ecosystems when assessing the effects of dams, abstractions and other water management infrastructure across the globe. Quantifying the hydrological requirements to support and sustain aquatic and riparian habitats and the floral and faunal communities they support remains a challenge. This session will provide an opportunity to present and discuss key developments and advances in this rapidly developing field.


S5: Linking hydroecology and ecohydraulics: towards a better understanding of interactions between ecosystems, hydraulics and hydrological processes

Session Chair: Valerie Ouellet (Stroud Research Centre), Stephen Dugdale (University of Birmingham

Advances in hydroecology and ecohydraulics over the past decades have driven new understanding of aquatic ecosystems. However, while progress in aquatic ecology during this time has created a basis for integrating hydroecology and ecohydraulics approaches, there remains a relative lack of research linking these two complementary disciplines. This session will serve as a forum to present examples of hydroecology and ecohydraulics approaches and discuss how and where they could be integrated.

Invited Speakers:

Francisco Martinez-Capel (Universitat Politécnica de Valencia)

André St-Hilaire (Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique)


S6: Novel approaches in soil, plant, water and atmosphere interactions

Session Chair: Josie Gerris (University of Aberdeen)

This session focusses on the latest developments in understanding the storage and movement of water through soil, plants and to the atmosphere. Topics may include novel monitoring, analyses and modelling approaches as well as new insights into soil-plant-atmosphere water interactions.

Invited speakers:

Trenton Franz (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

Anke Hildebrandt (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena)


S7: Ecohydrology in restoration practice - ecosystem management, engineering and society

Session Chairs: Robert Grabowski (Cranfield University) Marc Naura (River Restoration Centre)

Restoration of aquatic and wetland ecosystems has expanded from the recreation of natural habitats to now include approaches that promote natural functioning (hydrological, geomorphological, geochemical, etc) within a process-based perspective. This session will explore how research has informed the latest developments in restoration practice, and new research that is applicable to the restoration of rivers, wetlands and coastal environments.

Invited speakers:

Yves Souchon  (Research Director, Irstea, France)

Samantha Hughes (Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro)


S8: New experimental and modelling methods for investigating groundwater – surface water interactions

Session Chair:Adam Ward (Indiana University), Jesus Gomez-Velez (New Mexico Tech)

Invited speakers:

Jud Harvey (USGS),

Aaron Packman (Northwestern University)


S9: Emerging nano- and micro- pollutants

Session Chairs: Joerg Lewandowski, Jonas Schaper (IGB – Berlin), Iseult Lynch (University of Birmingham)

Emerging pollutants such as nanomaterials, microplastics, pharmaceuticals and flame retardants are persistent, bioactive, and may interact with one another leading to unpredictable mixture effects (often called Trojan horse effects).  These emerging pollutants are not addressed by conventional wastewater treatment technologies, and existing tests and models for bioaccumulation may not be applicable.  Their continued release into the environment is thus considered a potential long-term hazard for the environment and human health unless remediation strategies and/or benign-by-design approaches can be implemented.  We invite contributions addressing occurrence, fate and impacts of all kinds of emerging pollutants in the water environment as well as remediation or recovery approaches.

Invited speakers:

Teresa Fernandes (Heriot Watt University)

Michael Radke (Institute for Hygiene and the Environment Hamburg)


S10: Novel sensing and monitoring techniques in hydroecology - from ‘omics’ to distributed sensor networks and real-time ecohydrology

Session Chair:Laurent Pfister (Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology)

Invited speakers:

Flavia Tauro (University of Tuscia)

Miriam Coenders-Gerrits (TU Delft)


S11: Forest Ecohydrology

Session Chair:Phillip Blaen (University of Birmingham)

This session solicits both field-based and modelling studies of forest ecohydrological processes and how these interact to regulate water supply and quality. Areas of emphasis include understanding the impacts of environmental variability on forest water and biogeochemical cycles, linking forest ecohydrology with natural and human disturbance at different spatial scales, and translating scientific knowledge into integrated forest and water management solutions.

Invited speakers:

Kevin Bishop (SLU – Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)

Daniel Murdiyarso (Center for International Forestry Research - CIFOR)


S12: Hydroecological process dynamics and nutrient flows in wetlands and riparian zones

Session Chair:Nick Kettridge, Sami Ullah (University of Birmingham)

Invited speakers:

Georgia Destouni (Stockholm University)

Martin Wassen (University of Utrecht)


S13: Cold region Ecohydrology, alpine ecosystems and cold zones

Session Chair:Sandy Milner, Stefan Krause (University of Birmingham)

Invited speakers:

Mike Gooseff (UC Boulder)



S14: Ecohydrology of urban landscapes under change

Session Chair:Anne Jefferson (Kent State University)

Urban landscapes are complex, coupled human-natural systems subject to dynamic physical, biological, and socio-political pressures. This complexity requires approaches that move beyond traditional disciplines and techniques. In this session, we welcome contributions that explore the biogeophysical and socio-ecological processes of urban streams, catchments, and landscapes, particularly those that offer interdisciplinary or novel approaches.

Invited speakers:

Rebecca Hale (Idaho State University)


S15: Dryland and drought ecohydrology

Session Chair:Anne van Loon, Tom Pugh (University of Birmingham)

This session focuses on ecohydrology under dry conditions, covering both dry anomalies in space (dryland regions) and in time (drought events). The response and adaptation of ecosystems and their individual components to these (permanent or temporal) dry conditions is complex and dependent on many interrelated factors. In this session we hope to explore differences and similarities between regions and ecosystems, with the aim to draw parallels between dryland and drought ecohydrology and see how we can learn from each other. We therefore welcome contributions from a broad range of studies, field-based or model-based, from local to global scale, on the interaction of (parts of) ecosystems with short-term drought or long-term aridity.

Invited speakers:

Britta Tietjen (Free University of Berlin)

Rachel Stubbington (Nottingham Trent University)