Ecohydrology events at the AGU Fall Meeting 2019

As the chair of the early-career subcommittee for the AGU Ecohydrology Technical Committee, I would like to advertise three events related to the upcoming AGU Fall Meeting (1 funding opportunity, two on-site events). Please feel free to forward to colleagues, students, and anyone else who may be interested!

  1. Tiny Grants

The Ecohydrology Technical Committee with the support of the Hydrology Section of the American Geophysical Union is happy to announce a new “Tiny Grant” program to support early-career scientists attending the AGU Fall Meeting 2019. The necessity to financially support early-career scientists attending the Fall Meeting was one of the main takeaways from the Ecohydrology early-career subcommittee survey. The survey gathered answers from close to 50 ecohydrologists to understand how the Ecohydrology Technical Committee could improve the Fall Meeting experience of early-career scientists.

The $500 award budget will be equally split between 2 to 5 recipients (depending on the number and the quality of the applications) to help provide financial support with costs associated with attending the meeting. Applicants must be graduate students or early-career scientists (less than 10 years since PhD graduation) working in the field of ecohydrology to apply. 

To apply, please fill out the online form here.  Application Deadline: 4 November 2019.

  1. Bar Meet-up 

Are you a self-identified ecohydrologist attending the AGU Fall Meeting this year? Come meet and chat with fellow ecohydrologists at the Ecohydro Happy Hour on WednesdayDecember 11th at 6:30pm in the Sir Francis Drake Hotel’s lobby bar. The address is 450 Powell Street, one block north of Union Square. It will be a chance to catch up with old and new friends, chat about science and careers, and hear more about the work the Ecohydrology Technical Committee has been doing. Join us and please spread the word to anyone else who might be interested.

  1. Informal Ecohydrology Lunches

We’re organizing no-host lunches to network and connect ecohydrologists, especially first-time AGU attendees. You can participate in one of two ways: volunteer as a lunch leader (we specifically need one for Thursday) or simply join as an attendee. 

 For lunch leaders:

  1. Once you know your presentation schedule, we ask that 1-2 ecohydro TC members volunteer as lunch leaders: Pick a day, location for lunch, and then coordinate the meet-up time and location with other attendees. You should decide whether to meet at the lunch spot or at Moscone Center to walk together to the venue.
  2. Please list your name, email, and some keywords or phrases about your work in the sign-up sheet.
  3. Send an email to your lunch-mates about 1 week before AGU (by Dec. 2) to introduce yourself and share details about your meet-up. If you feel comfortable sharing your phone number, consider emailing attendees your phone contact to ease coordination.

For lunch attendees:

  1. Once you know your presentation schedule, sign-up for a lunch slot. If you happen to know many of the people already signed up for one day, consider stretching yourself to meet new folks and sign-up for a different day.
  2. Be in touch with your lunch lead and be on time when the lunch location/time is determined. Attendees are responsible for purchasing their own food and drink.

Here is the sign-up sheet to help coordinate meet-ups. The spreadsheet is a public link, so we do not recommend posting phone numbers. 

See you all in San Francisco!

Dr. Cynthia Gerlein-Safdi (U. Michigan), Dr. Khandker Ishtiaq (Florida International University), Natasha Krell (U.C. Santa Barbara) and Aurora Kagawa-Viviani (U.H.-Manoa).

US-China Environment and Sustainability Forum

Two weeks ago, I presented a poster at the US-China Environment and Sustainability Forum organized by the SEAS department at the University of Michigan. The forum brought together experts from the US and China to take stock of achievements in addressing environmental and sustainability challenges in both countries, and identify critical areas that the two countries should work together and help the global transition towards more sustainable development. 

I had a chance to present my recent work on reforestation in Chinese drylands and you can access a high-resolution version of my poster HERE.

Photo credits: Ming Xu


Over the past few months, I have been busy with conferences and talks, starting with a talk at the AGU Fall Meeting in Washington DC on my work using CYGNSS to look at rainfall interception. In January, I visited Caltech for the CYGNSS Science Team meeting. I went on to give a talk for the Environmental Engineering and Water Resources Seminar Series in the CEE department here at the University of Michigan. Finally, I gave a guest lecture for the Environmental Science Seminar at Iowa State University, hosted by Pr. Brian Hornbuckle.

 Recently, the Green Life Sciences Symposium I presented at in September 2018 uploaded all the presentations to Youtube. You can see my talk below, or follow this link to see the rest of the presentations.

Green Life Sciences Symposium 2018

Last week, I attended the Green Life Sciences Symposium organized by the Green Life Sciences Initiative at the University of Michigan. The two-day symposium brought together plant scientists from all over the US and a few international places. I gave a talk on my recent paper looking at the effects of dew deposition on leaf transpiration using stable isotopes. For me, it was especially great to connect with plant scientists at the University of Michigan that I had not had a chance to interact with yet. The organizers also worked really hard to ensure that women and POC were represented, and we got to see multiple talks by inspiring women in the field, including Johanna SchmittBeronda Montgomery, and Deborah Goldberg.

MUSE conference 2018

This week, I attended the Michigan University-wide Sustainability and Environment (MUSE) conference. Since arriving at the University of Michigan, I have been attending the MUSE bi-weekly workshops during which PhD students and postdocs give presentations or discuss articles on a range of topics related to sustainability and the environment.

The MUSE conference is a large-scale version of these workshops, bringing people from across the University of Michigan to present their research during a two-day event. I chaired the session on Land Use and Land Cover Change on Thursday morning and presented my own results from using solar-induced fluorescence to map reforestation in China.

It was a fun occasion to meet students, postdocs, and faculty from a range of departments, from English to Psychology, and Mechanical Engineering to the School of Public Health, and I hope that some of the contacts made at the conference will eventually turn into long-term collaborations.

AGU Fall Meeting 2017

This year, the AGU Fall Meeting moved from its traditional location in San Francisco to New Orleans. As usual, the meeting was a wonderful occasion to catch up with former classmates and colleagues, and hear about all the new science!

This year, I was the co-chair for the CYGNSS session A11F, Early On-Orbit Results of the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System, together with Chris Ruf. The poster session was a great way for all the people using and working on CYGNSS to chat about their respective results.

In addition, I gave an oral presentation entitled Effects of dew deposition on transpiration and carbon uptake in leaves that presented the results of a collaboration with Sally Thompson‘s lab at UC Berkeley.

Finally, I had the opportunity to attend the Ecohydrology Technical Committee and to help out with the Hydrology Business Meeting. Both events were great opportunities to meet new people in my field, and I’m hoping to get more and more involved with the hydrology community at AGU in the future.

16th Electromagnetic and Light Scattering Conference

Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure to attend the 16th Electromagnetic and Light Scattering Conference, held at the University of Maryland in College Park. This yearly conference gathers over 100 participants from around the world to discuss different aspects of scattering by small particles, from modeling to lab work and atmospheric and astrophysical observations. I gave a talk on modeling scattering from a dew-wetted leaf. You can see the abstract HERE and the program HERE.

AGU Fall Meeting 2016

I will be presenting a poster at the AGU 2016 Fall Meeting on Wednesday, December 14th between 1:40 and 6:00 PM in Moscone South. The poster, Characterization of canopy dew formation in tropical forests using active microwave remote sensing (B33F-0681)will focus on my project modeling scattering of microwaves from dew-wetted leaves. Don’t hesitate to stop by and say hi! If you can’t make it, check out the E-Poster HERE!

On Tuesday, December 13th at 4:05PM, I will be giving a 5min long Pop-Up talk presenting our upcoming review paper on tropical ecohydrology. The session will be held in Moscone West, room 2001A. More details on the Water Sciences Pop-Up session can be found HERE.

EDIT: The video of my Pop-Up talk is now available online! Watch it below or directly on Youtube.


Fog, Fog Collection, and Dew conference

Last week, I attended the 7th International Conference on Fog, Fog Collection, and Dew hosted in Wroclaw, Poland. The conference is organized every three years and brings together scientists from all continents working on different aspects of non-meteoric water.

I gave a talk on my current project in collaboration with Pr. Sally Thompson from UC Berkeley  looking at transpiration suppression due to fog and dew. I was also very happy to learn more about some fascinating dew and fog collection projects, a topic I have thought about a lot before.

It was great to get to see old friends, like former Caylor Lab member Lixin Wang presenting his work on the use of stable isotopes to separate dew and fog water inputs for vegetation in the Namib desert, or Camille Duprat, former post-doc in the MAE department at Princeton University. In addition, I got to meet some of the most active people in the world of dew related research, like Daniel Beysens, Nurit AgamJürgen Burkhardt, and Simon Berkowicz

Finally, the conference was a unique opportunity to meet young and enthusiastic scientists from all across the world, and I am thrilled for the opportunities that this new network of friends and colleagues will bring in the future!

See the conference website HERE.
See the full conference program HERE.
See the live tweets from the conference using the hashtag #FFCD2016.

PS: Can you find me on the official conference picture above?