Wisconsin Ecology 23rd Annual Fall Symposium

Dr. Julian Olden

We are pleased to host Dr. Julian Olden, a Professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington, as keynote speaker at the Wisconsin Ecology Fall Symposium on October 11 & 12, 2017.

Dr. Olden's research program spans multiple levels of biological organization and modes of inquiry to advance the science and practice of conserving freshwater ecosystems. His principal interests include ecohydrology (dams, environmental flows), community ecology (freshwater fishes, amphibians, invertebrates), invasion biology (science and development of management tools), macroecology (testing and advancing the field of biogeography), climate change (impacts and adaptation strategies), and conservation biology (science and implementation at local and regional scales). A common thread throughout his research is a strong emphasis on the application of quantitative approaches to data analysis, including the development of innovative statistical techniques for exploring complex ecological data.

The Olden Research Group strives to advance the science and practice of conserving freshwater ecosystems. Envisioning a world where people understand, value, and conserve freshwater biodiversity, their main research themes include:

  • Linking food webs & nutrient fluxes to landscape change in freshwater systems
  • Ecology and management of invasive species
  • Environmental flows and the ecological impacts of hydrologic alteration by human activities
  • Conservation biogeography
  • Ecology and conservation planning of arid systems

Featured faculty speakers: Faculty presentations will begin at 1:10 pm on Thurs., Oct 12.

Anne Pringle

Anne Pringle, Associate Professor of Botany and Bacteriology
Nitrogen Pollution, Slowed Carbon Cycles, and the Evolution of Decomposer Fungi

Jen Cruz

Jen Cruz, Research Associate, Forest & Wildlife Ecology
The impact of protecting individuals on recovering predator populations

Jack Williams

Jack Williams, Professor, Geography, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Plant pseudorefugia and woolly mammoth persistence on St. Paul Island, AK, a remnant of the Bering Land Bridge

Jim Estes

Tony Goldberg, Professor, Pathobiological Sciences
Turning over rocks: infectious disease ecology in the age of metagenomics

The 2017 Wisconsin Ecology Fall Symposium is co-sponsored by: Anthropology, Community & Environmental Sociology, Civil & Environmental Engineering, The Center for Limnology, Entomology, Forest & Wildlife Ecology, Geography, The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University Lectures, and the UW-Madison Arboretum.

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

Fall 2017 Symposium

Location: Varsity Hall, Union South, 1308 Dayton St. (map)

Wednesday, October 11

3:00 p.m.
Dr. Julian Olden
New vision, new life, new hope, for dammed rivers

4:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 12

1:00 p.m.

1:10 p.m.
Anne Pringle

1:35 p.m.
Jen Cruz

2:00 p.m.
Jack Williams

2:25 p.m.
Tony Goldberg

2:45 p.m.
Coffee Break

3:00 p.m.
Dr. Julian Olden
Confronting persistent myths and enduring realities of invasive species

4:00 p.m.

See previous Symposia