Chequamegon Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (ChEAS) 2005 Meeting
Kemp Natural Resources Station, Woodruff, WI
June 1 - June 2, 2005

This meeting is supported by a Research Collaboration Network grant from the National Science Foundation. This grant also provides funding for exchange of research staff among participating ChEAS research groups.  Click here for more information about research exchange. Click here for general information about the Research Collaboration Network.

Participant list with links to powerpoint presentations

About the meeting

Getting to Kemp Natural Resources Station and Local Map

What to bring

Meeting schedule/agenda

Directions to other restaurants and field sites

Registration Information
· Travel reimbursement forms: (1) and (2) <requires Acrobat Reader>
            Questions on travel forms? Call Diane Yoder at 814-865-7326,
            Send completed forms to: Diane Yoder, Penn State - Meteorology, 503 Walker Building, University Park, PA 16802

About the ChEAS research collaboration network laboratory exchange program

Instructions for obtaining access to wireless network at Kemp

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About the meeting

Chequamegon Ecosystem Atmosphere Study (ChEAS) Annual Research Meeting
Dates: June 1 - June 2, 2005
Location: Kemp Natural Resources Station, Woodruff, WI

The Chequamegon Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (ChEAS) is a multi-organizational research effort studying biosphere / atmosphere interactions within northern mixed forests in Northern Wisconsin and Michigan. The unifying goal of ChEAS is to understand the processes controlling forest-atmosphere exchange of carbon dioxide and water on the regional scale and the response of these processes to climate and land-use change. Our annual summer meeting brings together a wide range of participants from within and outside of the ChEAS network to focus on approaches to measure and explain interannual variability in NEE of northern temperate forests.

What is the purpose of the annual meeting?

1) The annual meeting brings together ChEAS investigators to exchange research results and make plans for future research. To this end, the meeting includes time for research presentations and discussion time. Existing investigators are encouraged to attend, and present research progress and future plans. Investigators are encouraged to bring recent publications and to provide presentations and other materials that can be linked to the ChEAS web page ( NSF funds are available to support travel so that students and postdocs can attend in addition to project PIs. Students are encouraged to bring brief presentations of their graduate research plans, and ideas for exchanges with other groups that will enhance their research and the integration of ChEAS results.

2) The annual meeting also allows new investigators, or those interested in becoming involved with ChEAS research to become oriented in a short period of time via first-hand discussion with a large number of ChEAS PIs, students and staff. New or potential investigators, including students, are encouraged to attend. Limited travel funding is available.

2005 Meeting topics


The interwoven themes of this year's meeting will be:


"Big answers:  What has ChEAS taught us thus far?"




"Whither ChEAS?  The value and future of long term eddy covariance and ecological measurements in the ChEAS region and beyond"


A great deal of synthesis of results has taken place with the preparation of the papers for the special issue of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology.  We encourage presentations that attempt to synthesize this understanding, point out major conclusions derived from this work, and identify remaining gaps in our understanding.


Further, we lie at an important point in the long-term future of this and similar studies.  We need to discuss and debate the value of long-term study of the carbon and water cycles of the ChEAS region. We need then to carry these findings to the broader scientific community. ChEAS is perhaps unique across the continent in the *sustained* breadth of relatively intense study.  We should endeavor to synthesize what we have learned about the value of this exercise, and argue for what hypotheses we still need to address and what effort must be maintained, changed or added to address these hypotheses.


Finally, student presentations are *strongly* encouraged.  These presentations do not need to address the broad, synthesis-oriented themes above.  Grad student talks are very well-suited to continuing to inform us of the core disciplinary progress we are making as a group. A major goal of the meeting is to help students see their work in a broader context.


Typical presentations will be allotted approximately 15 minutes to allow sufficient time for discussions.  Suggestions for the agenda are welcome.


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Registration information

To register, please fill out the following information and return it to Diane Yoder at The Pennsylvania State University as soon as possible (preferably before June 15, 2004).

Travel support: Funding is available to cover costs of workshop attendance (transportation, lodging, and food) with highest priority given to graduate student and postdoctoral participants from participating ChEAS labs, and guests interested in learning about ChEAS for future research.  In the past, relatively low meeting costs have made travel support available for all participants.  This should be true for this meeting as well.  Funds are from the NSF’s Division of Environmental Biology’s Research Collaboration Network program.

To book a flight through Penn State:  Contact Diane Yoder,, or 814-863-7326, and send her approximate travel times.  We can also reimburse you after the meeting if you handle the travel arrangements at your home institution.  We’ll have forms at the meeting.


Address and affiliation:


Position (e.g., graduate student, postdoc, research staff, faculty, investigator):

Are you requesting travel support?

Do you plan to present research results?

Title/topic of presentation:

Is this a graduate research plan presentation?

Suggested additional discussion topics:

Planned time/date of arrival/departure:

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What to bring (Lodging information)

Limited (30 beds) dormitory-style accommodations are provided at Kemp Natural Resources Station.  Sheets and linens are provided (you can also bring your own sleeping bag).  Towels are NOT provided.  You may also want to bring shower slippers, hiking shoes, a bathing suit, a flashlight, and some bug spray.  We will have access to a large kitchen for group or individual meals.  Cooking vessels, utensils, plates and cups are all provided.  Food is available at nearby supermarkets.  High-speed internet access is provided at the Kemp lab, and a wireless network is available.

As an alternative, you may stay at nearby hotels (all are around 15 minute drive).  Click here for a local hotel directory.  We recommend the Americinn Motel in Minocqua (National reservations: 1-800-634-3444, Local: 715-356-3730) or the New Concord Inn in Minocqua (1-800-356-8888 or 715-356-1800).

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About the ChEAS research collaboration network laboratory exchange program

Funding is available for short-term (2 weeks to 2 months) exchanges of students and postdoctoral researchers between ChEAS core participant laboratories.  The objective of the exchange program is to promote cross-disciplinary research focused on understanding the processes controlling forest-atmosphere exchange of carbon dioxide and water and the response of these processes to climate and land-use change.  Candidates will be chosen based on scientific merit of proposed research project as determined by the steering committee and participation by the maximum number of participant labs will be strongly encouraged.  Funding for laboratory exchanges includes roundtrip airfare from the home institution and per diem.  The host laboratory group is expected to provide temporary housing.

 To apply for a 2005 lab exchange send the following materials to Diane Yoder
    1.  statement of research problem
    2.  proposed work
    3.  benefits to you, ChEAS, and host lab
    4.  expected products
    5.  letter of support from host lab

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