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[University of Wisconsin-Green Bay News Release]

For Immediate Release:

February 20, 2008

UW-Green Bay students will report on natural areas research

GREEN BAY-Six University of Wisconsin-Green Bay students and two recent graduates will report on research they conducted in UW-Green Bay natural areas at a symposium from 2 - 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 in the Christie Theater of University Union on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr. The event is free and open to the public.

Students carried out the field research projects in the on-campus Cofrin Arboretum or in one of the University's outlying natural areas through a student research grant program established through an endowment given by the family of Dr. David Cofrin and the late John Cofrin. Grants of up to $1,000 are awarded competitively based on student proposals. Students' projects, carried out in collaboration with faculty members, must contribute to improving understanding of the ecology of the selected natural area. The projects also give students experience in properly designing and carrying out research.

Prof. Robert Howe, director of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity at UW-Green Bay will introduce and moderate the session.

The schedule, presenters, topics, and faculty advisers include:

2:10 p.m. — Hannah Aplin, Beaver Dam, (December 2007 graduate), "Plant species associated with dense stands of Phragmites australis at the Pt. au Sauble Nature Preserve in Brown County, Wisconsin." (Prof. Howe)

2:30 p.m. — Lana Athorp, Howards Grove, (December 2007 graduate), "Bird species associated with Phragmites australis at the Pt. au Sauble Nature Preserve in Brown County, Wisconsin." (Professors Amy Wolf and Howe)

2:50 p.m. — Christina Brady, Shawano, "Effects of garlic mustard, deer browsing, and ecological restoration on deciduous forest leaf litter invertebrates." (Prof. Mike Draney)

3:10 p.m. — Lori Caelwaerts, Oconto, "Variation in seed rain along a gradient of forest quality." (Prof. Mathew Dornbush)

3:30 p.m. — Megan Harvey, Amherst, "Florivory in populations of Gentianopsis procera in Door County, Wisconsin." (Prof. Wolf)

3:50 p.m. — Megan Jacobi, Rhinelander, "Competition and predation among Great Lakes invasives: A study of the relationships between Round Gobies, Zebra Mussels, and Quagga Mussels at three UWGB Natural Areas." (Professors Wolf and Tara Reed)

4:10 p.m. — Susan Haen, Sturgeon Bay, "Archeological cultures at Toft Point." (Instructor Janet Speth)

4:30 p.m. — Ryan Wachtl, Green Bay, "Effects of Brassicace¾ dominance on fungal biomass and soil phosphorous — A family-based mechanism for competitive superiority." (Prof. Dornbush)

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