Alden Dirks presents at the Arboretum Research Symposium

Alden Dirks presents at the Arboretum Research Symposium

The Arboretum is a valuable research site for studies in ecology, restoration, environmental engineering, social science, and public health. Every year, we celebrate research at the Arboretum by hosting presentations and posters by student researchers about their projects. This event supports the education and development of emerging scientists and serves both professionals and the public by sharing current research from dynamic fields of study.

The Research Symposium takes place every year in the middle of the Arboretum’s popular Winter Enrichment Lectures Series. Learn about this year’s series and register for talks.

The 2024 Arboretum Research Symposium will be held in the Visitor Center on February 29, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public, no registration is required. Please join us to learn about the latest Arboretum research and support student researchers. Bring your questions!

2024 Presentations and Speakers

Talks

Prescribed Fire Timing Drives Differing Emergence Phenology in Tallgrass Prairie Species
Michelle A. Homann, PhD student, UW–Madison Department of Integrative Biology

Invasive Shrubs Amplify Seasonal Granivory, Creating Optimal Windows for Seed Survival Following Invasive Shrub Removal
Mark Fuka, PhD student, UW–Madison Department of Integrative Biology

Roots, Litter, Deep Soil, and Microbes – Investigating the Paradigm Shift of Soil Organic Matter Persistence
Mia Keady, Phd student, UW–Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

Persuasive Messaging and Its Effects on Sustainable Behavior
Benjamin Douglas, PhD candidate, UW–Madison Department of Psychology

Bumble Bee Responses to Prescribed Fire in Restored Prairie Are Life Cycle Stage Dependent
Jade M. Kochanski, PhD candidate, UW–Madison Department of Integrative Biology

Posters

How Do Light and Edaphic Conditions Affect Understory Shrub Community Composition in Mesic Forests?
Sam Anderson, PhD candidate, UW–Madison Department of Botany

Ecological Impacts of the Invasive Golden Oyster Mushroom
Aishwarya Veerabahu, PhD student, UW–Madison Department of Botany

Carbon Storage in Urban Ponds
Allison Kneisel, PhD student, UW–Madison Department of Integrative Biology

People-Powered Science at the UW Arboretum
Annie Isenbarger, Brad Herrick, Danielle Tanzer, and Maddie Smith, staff, UW–Madison Arboretum

A Year in the Life: Jumping Worm Phenology in a Drought Year
Danielle Tanzer and Brad Herrick, staff, UW–Madison Arboretum