Wisconsin Ecology 21st Annual Fall Symposium

Jim Estes

We are pleased to host Dr. James Estes, Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, as keynote speaker at the Wisconsin Ecology Fall Symposium on October 13 & 14, 2015. Estes is part of a the Estes & Tinker Lab at the Santa Cruz Field Station, a cooperative unit of the University of California, Santa Cruz and the United States Geological Survey. The group is interested in the ecology of coastal marine communities, particularly the influences of vertebrate consumers on benthic community structure. Most of their field research has focused on sea otter populations around the northeastern Pacific Ocean. The central theme of all of their studies is to better understand the suite of direct and indirect interactions between sea otters and other species in the near-shore environment.

Dr. Estes was recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition for his distinguished and continuing achievements in original scientific research. In addition to being elected into the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Estes has received the Western Society of Naturalists' Lifetime Achievement Award, Pew Marine Conservation Fellowship, the C. Hart Merriam Award of the American Society of Mammalogists, and the USGS Shoemaker Award for Distinguished Achievement in Communication.

Featured faculty speakers: Faculty presentations will begin at 1:10 pm on Wed, Oct 14.

Jim Estes


Monica Turner, Professor, Zoology
Climate Change, Disturbance, and the Future of Yellowstone


Jim Estes


Sean Schoville, Assistant Professor, Entomology
Evolutionary Responses to Environmental Change


Jim Estes


Steve Carpenter, Professor, Center for Limnology, Zoology
Whole Ecosystem Test of Early Warnings for Algae Blooms


Jim Estes


Anna Pidgeon, Assistant Professor, Forest and Wildlife Ecology, Nelson Institute
Conservation Insights Gleaned from Birds

The Wisconsin Ecology 2015 Fall Symposium is co-sponsored by: Agronomy, Anthropology, Botany, Center for Limnology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Forest & Wildlife Ecology, Nelson Institute, and Zoology

Funding courtesy of the Lectures Committee General Fund

*Wisconsin Ecology Symposia are free and open to the public*

Fall 2015 Symposium

Location: Ebling Symposium Center, 1220 Microbial Sciences Building (map)

Tuesday, October 13

4:00 p.m.
Dr. Jim Estes
Sea Otters and Kelp Forests: Questions, approaches and perspectives

5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 14

1:00 p.m.

1:10 p.m.
Dr. Monica Turner

1:35 p.m.
Dr. Sean Schoville

2:00 p.m.
Dr. Steve Carpenter

2:25 p.m.
Dr. Anna Pidgeon

2:45 p.m.
Coffee Break

3:00 p.m.
Dr. Jim Estes
Apex Predators and Nature's Functions

4:00 p.m.

Funding courtesy of the Lectures Committee General Fund

See previous Symposia