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Cofrin Center for Biodiversity

2015 Cofrin Student Symposium

3 March 2015, 2 - 4:00 pm

Christie Theatre UWGB Student Union

 

Schedule

Abstracts

 

Please join us for the 26th Cofrin Student Symposium. Students who received Cofrin Grants to complete independent research in association with one or more Biodiversity Center managed UWGB natural areas will be presenting their results. This is an excellent opportunity to find out more about the program, especially if you are thinking of applying for a grant this year.

Six students will present their results at the 26th annual Cofrin Student Symposium, all of which contribute important information that will help land managers in conservation and restoration efforts.

 

Tentative Schedule

Time Speaker Title
1:30 Opening Reception  
2:00 Bob Howe Introduction
2:10 Linda Vang Seed dispersal of Trillium grandiflorum
2:30 Lindsay Hansen Monitoring the importance of river mouth and shoreline habitats for migratory birds at Kingfisher Farm and nearby natural areas in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin
2:50 Cassondra Kollatz

Zooplankton community structure before and after controlled burning of Phragmites australis and water level restoration in the lagoon at Point au Sable Nature Preserve in Brown County, WI

3:10 Jacqueline Corrigan and Tessa Moeller Snake survey on the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum: Is there a more effective sampling strategy?
3:30 Amber Konrad Survey and mapping of ant mounds in selected Cofrin Arboretum management areas
3:50 Bob Howe

Presentation of Sager Award for Excellence in Scientific Writing to Christa Kananen

4:00 Bob Howe

Closing Remarks

Abstracts

Jacqueline Corrigan and Tessa Moeller (Advisor: Dr. Dan Meinhardt)

Snake survey on the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay arboretum: Is there a more effective sampling strategy?

Jacqueline Corrigan and Tessa Moeller compared data from previous snake surveys conducted on the Cofrin Arboretum to the data they collected last summer and fall to examine the effectiveness of sampling methods and to determine what impact the harsh winter of 2013-2014 might have had on the survivorship and distribution of snakes in the Arboretum.

Lindsay Hansen (Advisor: Dr. Bob Howe)

Monitoring the importance of river mouth and shoreline habitats for migratory birds at Kingfisher Farm and nearby natural areas in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin

Lindsey Hansen conducted bird surveys at Kingfisher Farm in Manitowoc County.  Her goals were to provide a detailed list and description of the migratory birds using the shoreline and river mouth habitats at Kingfisher Farm, and nearby conservation areas in order to provide land managers with information about the use of shoreline habitats by migratory bird species.

Christa Kananen (Advisor: Dr. John Luczaj)

Drawdown of the Potentiometric Surface of the Cambrian-Ordovician Aquifer in Marinette County, Wisconsin

Christa Kananen will be presented with this year’s Sager Scholarship for Undergraduate Scientific Writing for her paper titled “Drawdown of the Potentiometric Surface of the Cambrian-Ordovician Aquifer in Marinette County, Wisconsin”.  Prof. Robert Howe, director of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity at UW-Green Bay will introduce and moderate the session.

Cassondra Kollatz (Advisor: Dr. Vicki Medland)

Zooplankton community structure before and after controlled burning of Phragmites australis and water level restoration in the lagoon at Point au Sable Nature Preserve in Brown County, WI

Cassondra Kollatz collected, counted and identified zooplankton she collected in the lagoon in the at Point au Sable Nature Preserveand the Bay of Green Bay to provide baseline data for an ongoing restoration effort by informing restoration ecologists about how changing water levels and future controlled burning of invasive plants may affect the zooplankton communities that form the basis of the food chain in the ecosystem.

Amber Konrad (Advisors: Dr. Matt Dornbush and Dr. Mike Draney)

Survey and mapping of ant mounds in selected Cofrin Arboretum management areas

used her grant to survey and create a GIS map of the distribution of ant mounds in the Cofrin Arboretum to better understand the how the location of these important “soil engineers” may affect the distributions of other species and the ecology of the landscape. 

Linda Vang (Advisor: Dr. Amy Wolf)

Seed dispersal of Trillium grandiflorum

In a previous project, I regularly observed harvestmen (Arachnida:Opiliones) carrying seeds of Trillium grandiflorum, an herbaceous perennial commonly dispersed by ants.  For this study, I conducted an exclusion experiment to determine the effect of harvestmen on the seed removal rates of Trillium grandiflorum.  I also observed harvestmen behavior in the laboratory to investigate their use of seeds and potential role in seed dispersal.