Wisconsin Ecology 16th Annual Spring Symposium

Dr. Margaret Palmer

This spring we are pleased to host Dr. Margaret Palmer. Dr. Palmer is Director of the National Socio‐Environmental Synthesis Center, an NSF and University of Maryland supported research center dedicated to creating synthetic, actionable science related to the structure, functioning, and sustainability of socioenvironmental systems. In addition, as a Professor at the University of Maryland in the Department of Entomology and in the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES), she oversees a large research group focused on watershed science and restoration ecology. Having worked on streams, rivers, and estuaries for > 27 years and leading scientific projects at national and international levels, she has more than 150 scientific publications and multiple ongoing collaborative research grants. She is past Director of the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, serves as an editor for the journal Restoration Ecology and co‐authored the book The Foundations of Restoration Ecology. Dr. Palmer has been honored as a AAAS Fellow, an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, a Lilly Fellow, a Distinguished Scholar Teacher, an Ecological Society of America Distinguished Service Award, and a University System of Maryland Board of Regent's Faculty Award of Excellence.

Dr. Palmer will be on campus on April 18 & 19, 2013.

Call for Posters & Presenters

The Wisconsin Ecology Graduate Committee is soliciting abstracts for the 2013 Wisconsin Ecology Spring Symposium. We are seeking contributions from grad students and post-docs, especially those with projects that are near completion.

Contributions will be in the format of a 5-minute "micro-talk" or a poster. This is a new format for the talks, to get a lively set of contributions that speaks to the wide variety of ecology research at UW. The poster session will be judged and prizes awarded. Further details below.

Abstracts (required for talks and posters) must be 250 words or less, and should be emailed to wisconsinecology@mailplus.wisc.edu by March 4th. They will be reviewed by the Wisconsin Ecology grad committee and all applicants will be notified of a decision later that week. If you are not selected to take part in the oral presentation session you may be asked to take part in the poster session.

If you are eligible please consider this wonderful opportunity to showcase your research to colleagues and peers from across campus. Please share this invitation with others Wisconsin Ecologists, and tell them you want to hear them give a talk or see their poster this coming April 19th!

Wisconsin Ecology Graduate Committee

Judged Poster Session
Thursday, April 18, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Great Hall
Memorial Union

Those invited to present their original research in poster form are asked to accompany their posters during the reception and poster session immediately following a presentation by Dr. Margaret Palmer on Friday evening. Posters will be judged by a committee comprised of members of the Wisconsin Ecology Graduate Committee and Dr. Palmer. Awards of highly judged posters will be made public via the Wisconsin Ecology weekly email.

Ideally posters will be 40" x 30" but we'll make it work if larger (e.g., 48" x 36"). Posters should follow the standards of professional scientific meetings (one example can be found at this URL; www.agu.org/focus_group/GEC/Criteria_for_Judging_OSPA.pdf) and prizes will be awarded for the categories "Best Poster" and "Most Novel Research". Winners in each category will receive a prize (approx. $40 total value).

Oral Presentations
Friday, April 19, 2:30-3:15 p.m.
Great Hall
Memorial Union

Those invited to present their original research in an oral presentation are asked to prepare a 5 minute talk to be given during a special session preceding the keynote address by Dr. Palmer. We allow up to 3 minutes for questions thereafter. Think of this as a super-condensed talk that highlights your big findings + a fairly regular-sized question period to get feedback from a crowd stacked with top-notch ecologists. The session will be strictly moderated by a member of the Wisconsin Ecology Graduate Committee.

In assessing participants of the symposium for inclusion into the oral presentation session the Graduate Committee will focus on originality of research, broad appeal to ecologists on campus, and seniority of applicants with preference given to dissertators approaching completion of their degree.

Spring 2013 Symposium

Thursday, April 18

4:00 p.m.
Dr. Margaret Palmer
Ecological Restoration: The 'Is' and the 'Ought'

5:00 p.m.
Reception & Poster Session

Great Hall
Memorial Union

Friday, April 19

2:30 p.m.
Student Presentations

3:30 p.m.
Dr. Margaret Palmer
Process-based Restoration to Restore Freshwater Ecosystems

4:30 p.m.

Great Hall
Memorial Union

This event is sponsored, in part, by the UW-Madison Lectures Committee.

See previous Symposia