Alden Dirks presents at the Arboretum Research Symposium

Alden Dirks presents at the Arboretum Research Symposium

Every year, we celebrate research at the Arboretum by hosting presentations that help staff understand and manage Arboretum natural resources. Initiated in 2001 with six student posters and a few staff in the McKay Center basement, this event now fills the Visitor Center auditorium and serves both professionals and the public through student talks and posters.

The 2021 Arboretum Research Symposium will take place virtually on February 18, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with talks by Arboretum Research Fellows and Hilldale Fellow. The event is free and open to the public.

2021 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

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

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

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