Science Day at the Arboretum

SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2006

On May 17, University of Wisconsin graduate students doing research in, or relevant to, the Arboretum will be presenting their findings from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Arboretum Visitor Center, 1207 Seminole Highway in Madison.

This event is free and open to public. Their presentations, suitable for a broad audience, will combine technical information with readily understandable interpretations.

The Arboretum serves as an outdoor research and teaching laboratory. Its various plant communities offer unparalleled opportunities for restoration ecology investigations. The opportunity to study restoration at the Arboretum has shaped the lives of many UW-Madison students and produced findings that contribute to the practice of ecological restoration.


Opening remarks: Joy Zedler, Aldo Leopold Chair of Restoration Ecology

Session I:

Standards for the management of natural communities on working farms, Ted Anchor, Land Resources [Advisor: Paul Zedler]

Shrub invasion in Curtis Prairie, Juli Speck, Land Resources [Advisor: Paul Zedler]

Exploring a life-history-based strategy to buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) management at the UW-Arboretum, Katy Warner, Land Resources [Advisor: Paul Zedler]

Manipulating topography to restore structure and function in wetlands, Dan Larkin, Botany [Advisor: Joy Zedler]


Session II

Soil carbon at Curtis Prairie: Relationship to other Wisconsin grasslands and implications for management, Nic Jelinski, Land Resources [Advisors: Chris Kucharik and Joy Zedler]

Understanding the soil and water characteristics that influence the spread and containment of reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea) within Curtis Prairie, Brynn Bemis, Soil Science [Advisor: Cinthia Stiles]

A test of herbicide-application timing and native-plant seeding to reduce reed canary grass cover in Curtis Prairie, Mike Healy, Land Resources [Advisor: Joy Zedler]

Changes in dry lime prairie vegetation over 50 years in the context of human activity, Sarah Kraszewski, Land Resources [Advisor: Evelyn Howell]

Panel Discussion, Audience participation

Located between Lake Wingra and the West Beltline Highway at 1207 Seminole Highway, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum features the restored prairies, forests and wetlands of pre-settlement Wisconsin. This 1,260-acre arboretum also houses flowering trees, shrubs and a world-famous lilac collection. Educational tours for groups and the general public, science and nature-based classes for all ages and abilities, and a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for groups, families and individuals are available.