Wisconsin Ecology 19th Annual Fall Symposium
We are pleased to host Dr. Peter Reich as keynote speaker at the Fall Ecology Symposium on October 1st and 2nd, 2013. Dr. Reich is a Regents Professor and Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the University of Minnesota's Department of Forest Resources. He is also the F.B. Hubachek, Sr. Chair in Forest Ecology and Tree Physiology and a Resident Fellow at the Institute on the Environment (IonE). His teaching and research focus on ecology, global change and the sustainability of managed and unmanaged terrestrial ecosystems.
Reich's current research focuses on the impacts of global environmental change on terrestrial ecosystems. This includes effects of climate change, elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide, other air pollutants, land use/management, fire and biotic invasion on health, biodiversity, and sustainability of forest and grassland ecosystems both in Minnesota and globally. This work simultaneously attempts to bridge the fields of physiological, community, ecosystem, landscape, and global ecology. His research tends to focus on the broad ecotone of central North America, where boreal forests, northern hardwood forests, oak woodlands/savannas, and grasslands converge and mix. However, he is involved in projects that address similar themes and issues in many other biomes and geographic locations, including work in several other continents (Australia, Europe, South America).
Featured faculty speakers:
Faculty presentations will begin at 1:20 pm on Wed, Oct 2.
Holly Gibbs, Assistant Professor, Geography and Nelson Institute
Demand-side conservation efforts reduce deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon
Jonathan Pauli, Assistant Professor, Forest and Wildlife Ecology
A syndrome of mutualism reinforces the life history of a sloth
Kate McCulloh, Assistant Professor, Botany
Exploring hydraulic strategies employed by plants from an ecological perspective
Rick Lindroth, Professor, Entomology and Zoology
Life in the Lindroth Lab: Chemocentric perspectives on genes-to-ecosystems ecology