Wisconsin Ecology 24th Annual Fall Symposium

Dr. Jennifer Thaler

We are pleased to host Jennifer Thaler, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, as keynote speaker at the Wisconsin Ecology Fall Symposium on October 11 & 12, 2018.

bugs battling on a plant leaf

Dr. Thaler's research goals are to develop a predictive framework for understanding the complex interactions that occur between plant and insect species. Studies of fundamental ecological processes, in both agricultural and wild systems, can provide insight into controlling insect pests and understanding the natural world. Her research focuses on ecological interactions between plants, herbivores, and carnivores in agricultural and wild Solanaceous plants. Current research projects of hers focus on understanding the non-consumptive effects of predators on prey and understanding how plants integrate their defenses against multiple attackers.

Read more about Dr. Thaler and her research.

The 2018 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 2018 Symposium

Location:Ebling Auditorium Microbial Sciences Building 1550 Linden Drive Madison, WI 53706-1521 (map)

Thursday, October 11

3:00 p.m.

Jennifer Thaler, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University
Tritrophic interactions and the ecology of fear

4:00 p.m.

Friday, October 12

1:00 p.m.
Wisconsin Ecology Chair, John Orrock, Associate Professor, Department of Integrative Biology

1:10 - 2:45 p.m.
UW-Madison Faculty/Postdoc Talks

1:10 p.m.
Ben Zuckerberg, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Forest & Wildlife Ecology
Citizen science and the rewilding of urban ecosystem

1:30 p.m.
Matt McCary, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Entomology
Emergent aquatic insects alter terrestrial plant composition and litter decomposition: Lessons from subarctic Iceland

1:50 p.m.
Hilary Dugan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Center for Limnology
The ecology of lake ice loss

2:10 p.m.
Thea Whitman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Soil Science
Soil bacterial and fungal response to boreal forest fires

2:50 p.m.
Coffee Break

3:00 p.m.
Jennifer Thaler, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University
Ecology of fear across scales

4:00 p.m.

See previous Symposia