Jim Doherty (PhD, Botany) presents at Science Day 2014

Jim Doherty (PhD, Botany) presents at Science Day 2014

Science Day: An Annual Research Symposium

Every year, we celebrate UW student 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 new Visitor Center auditorium and serves both professionals and the public through student talks and posters, plus a plenary speech by an invited guest. Science Day is free and open to the public.

The 15th-annual Science Day will be February 5, 2015, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The symposium on current research at the Arboretum includes talks, a keynote address, and posters. The event is free and open to the public. Presenters and topics are listed below; abstracts are available as a download in the sidebar at left.

2015 Talks

Effects of Common Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) on Small Mammal Post-dispersal Seed Predation
– Kristina Bartowitz, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

Small Mammal Community Response to Prairie Restoration
– Sarah Betzler, Nelson Institute for Envrionmental Studies

Intervention Strategies for Deer Ticks and Tick-borne Pathogens in Wisconsin and the Arboretum
– Jordan Mandli, School of Medicine and Public Health

Consequences of a Newly Arrived Non-native Earthworm (Amynthas agrestis) for Wisconsin Forest and Prairie Soils
– Jiangxaio Qiu, Department of Zoology

Keynote Address: Research for Adaptive Restoration at the Arboretum
– Dr. Joy Zedler, Department of Botany

2015 Posters

The Effects of Amynthas agrestis on Surface Litter Mass and Depth in Wisconsin’s Forests and Prairie Ecosystems
– Joe Bevington, Department of Zoology

A Graminicide (Clethodim) Harmed Reed Canary Grass More than the Native Awl Fruit Sedge
– Nick Galleguillos, Department of Botany

Is this Native Cattail Marsh a Potential Reference Site for Restoration?
– Chris Hirsch, Department of Botany

The Cattail Conundrum: Invasion of Wingra Fen by Typha x glauca
– Anna Knezic, Department of Botany

The effects of Alum on Bacterial Communities
– Alex Linz and Sam Schmitz, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Curtis Prairie: More than a Prairie
– Mark Wegener, Arboretum, and Joy Zedler, Department of Botany

The Effects of Residual Permethrin on Bumblebees
– Nathan Wong, Department of Entomology