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 2017 Science Day will be February 9, 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.

2017 Talks

When two invasive species meet: potential interactions between Asian jumping worms and common buckthorn
– Carly Ziter, Department of Zoology

The UW Urban Canid Project
– Marcus Mueller, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology

Invasive buckthorn breaks down a classic animal-habitat relationship, changing patterns of rodent seed consumption
– Peter Guiden, Department of Zoology

Vegetation and earthworm community changes in hardwood forests of the UW–Madison Arboretum
– Katie Laushman, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

Phenotypic differentiation of Impatiens capensis in Wisconsin
– Rachel Toczydlowski, Department of Botany

Keynote: Yahara 2070: Possible Futures for the Yahara Watershed
– Dr. Eric Booth, Assistant Research Scientist, Agronomy and Civil & Environmental Engineering

2017 Posters

Sources and sinks for phosphorus in stormwater through a pond-prairie system
– Elizabeth Buschert, Biological Systems Engineering and Arboretum

The impact of soil pH, moisture, and distance from the southern edge on species richness in Curtis Prairie at the UW–Madison Arboretum
– Catherine Hu, Rachel Harris, Andrea Weissgerber, and Alexandra Steussy-Williams, Ecology 455 class

Uncovering the secret winter life of the Amynthas jumping earthworm: cocoon abundance and temperature tolerance
– Marie Johnston, Department of Soil Science and Arboretum

Biodiversity survey of the mosquito fauna of the UW–Madison Arboretum
– Nicholas Thrun and Vinicios Ferreira-de-Freitas, Department of Entomology

Wood frog responses to changing climatic conditions
– Lawrence Werner