Wisconsin Ecology 22nd Annual Fall Symposium

Dr. David Blehert

We are pleased to host Dr. David Blehert, Chief of the Wildlife Disease Diagnostic Laboratories at the USGS - National Wildlife Health Center, as keynote speaker at the Wisconsin Ecology Fall Symposium on October 13 & 14, 2016.

Dr. Blehert, who earned his Ph.D. in bacteriology at UW-Madison, leads a group of laboratories that specialize in the investigation of unusual mortality events impacting our nation's wildlife. His laboratories also conduct surveillance for animal diseases such as white-nose syndrome in bats, highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses in wild waterfowl, and an emerging fungal pathogen of salamanders. His current research focuses on investigation of the ecology and pathobiology of bat white-nose syndrome.


Featured speakers: Faculty and Post Doc presentations will begin at 1:10 pm on Friday, Oct 14.

Johanne Brunet


Dr. Johanne Brunet, Professor, Entomology
Elm genetic diversity and hybridization in the presence of Dutch elm disease


Craig Johnston


Dr. Craig Johnston, Assistant Professor, Forest & Wildlife Ecology
Risk, Forests and Climate Change


Joshua Hamilton


Dr. Joshua J. Hamilton, Research Associate, Bacteriology
Diving into Freshwater Microbial Genomes to Infer Bacterial Traits


Prashant Sharma


Dr. Prashant Sharma, Assistant Professor, Zoology
Unraveling the undiscovered origins of Philippine arachnofauna


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

Fall 2016 Symposium

Location: 228 Educational Sciences, 1025 West Johnson Street (map)

Thursday, October 13

3:00 p.m.
Dr. David Blehert
Emerging Wildlife Disease: A Conservation Challenge

4:00 p.m.

Friday, October 14

1:00 p.m.

1:10 p.m.
Dr. Johanne Brunet

1:35 p.m.
Dr. Craig Johnston

2:00 p.m.
Dr. Joshua J. Hamilton

2:25 p.m.
Dr. Prashant Sharma

2:45 p.m.
Coffee Break

3:00 p.m.
Dr. David Blehert
Bat White-Nose Syndrome: What We Know and Why We Should Care

4:00 p.m.

See previous Symposia