Research Symposium Showcases Student Research

Winter prairie covered in snow

The 21st-annual Arboretum Research Symposium will be held virtually on February 18, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. CST. This free event is a great way to learn about cutting-edge UW–Madison student research happening at the Arboretum.

The Research Symposium highlights research from graduate and undergraduate students, Arboretum staff, University of Wisconsin faculty, and non-academic researchers through talks and posters. Although this year’s symposium is virtual and scaled down, the range and quality of student research on the agenda promises to be informative.

The five presenters are: Katherine Charton, graduate student and recipient of the 2020 Arboretum Leopold Fellowship; Erin Crone, Skye Harnsberger, and Carson Keller, graduate students and recipients of 2020 Arboretum Research Fellowships; and Gabrielle Shay, undergraduate student and recipient of a 2020 Arboretum-sponsored Hilldale Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

Register online for the Research Symposium to receive a link for the virtual event.

2021 Arboretum Research Symposium presentations and speakers:

Factors affecting Chinese Mystery Snail invasions in urban ponds
Gabrielle Shay, undergraduate student, UW–Madison Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology

Towards a better understanding of climate change impacts on management outcomes: Do changing patterns of precipitation impact woody encroachment in tallgrass prairie?
Katherine Charton, PhD student, UW–Madison Department of Integrative Biology

Invasive shrubs generate biotic resistance to invasive earthworms
Carson Keller, PhD student, UW–Madison Department of Zoology

Landscape- and local-level variables driving monarch butterflies to breeding habitat in Midwest grasslands
Skye Harnsberger, PhD student, UW–Madison Department of Entomology

Experimental effects of invasive goldfish (Carassius auratus) and Chinese mystery snails (Cipangopaludina chinensis) on native pond communities in Madison, Wisconsin
Erin Crone, MS student, UW–Madison Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology

We hope you can join us!

—Brad Herrick, ecologist