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 16th-annual Science Day will be February 4, 2016, 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 will be available soon as a download in the sidebar at left.

2016 Talks

Distribution of the invasive Amynthas earthworm and potential effects on vegetation in hardwood forests of the UW–Madison Arboretum
– Katie Laushman, Nelson Institute

The effects of alum on bacterial communities
– Sam Schmitz, Dept. of Bacteriology

Invasive shrub removal changes spatial distribution of small mammal foraging behavior 
– Pete Guiden, Dept. of Zoology

Effects of Asian earthworm (Amynthas agrestis) invasion on temperate forest and prairie soils in the Midwestern U.S. 
– Jiangxaio Qiu, Dept. of Zoology

Keynote: Flooding, recovery, and the future of the Faville Prairie in an era of climate change
– Dr. Paul Zedler, Nelson Institute

2016 Posters

Selective grazing of reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea) in Curtis Prairie
– Kyle Watter, Botany Dept.

Using a watershed approach to improve surface water quality entering Curtis Pond and Prairie
– Nick Chiaro, Botany Dept.

Identifying seasonal adaptations and potential alternative hosts of the invasive pest spotted wing drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii 
– Katie Hietala-Henschell, Dept. of Entomology

The effects of nitrogen and salt on Carex stricta 
– Leah Weston, Botany Dept.

Stormwater monitoring in Curtis Prairie
– Elizabeth Buschert, UW–Madison Arboretum and Dept. of Biological Systems Engineering

The effect of an organic fertilizer on the survivorship of jumping worms (Amynthas sp.) at the UW–Madison Arboretum
– Justin Wiese, UW–Madison Arboretum