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Student Symposium 2017

ecology symposium 2017

The sixth annual Ecology Student Symposium will be held February 17, 2017 in the Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center at the University of Wyoming. The Symposium, coordinated and hosted by the PhD students of the Program in Ecology, will feature student research currently underway in the Program in Ecology.

The event is free and open to the public - all are welcome to attend!


12:30 pm-12:40 pm – Welcome, Introduction, Dr. Bill Gern, Vice President for Research and Economic Development, University of Wyoming

12:40-1:40 pm – Keynote Speaker: "Tracing the exchange of resources at multiple levels of ecological organization from communities to organisms, to organisms that live within organisms,” Dr. Seth Newsome, Department of Biology, University of New Mexico

1:50-2:50 pm – Session 1, Student Speakers:

"Disturbance is for the birds: The importance of fire and prairie dogs in structuring avian communities in Thunder Basin National Grassland," Courtney Duchardt
"Common garden experiments reveal local adaptation in critical thermal limits of bumblebees (Apidae, Bombus sp.),” Kennan Oyen
"Why don't (most) birds speciate like (some) insects?,” Cody Porter
"The fate of juvenile salmonoids stranded in off-channel flood ponds,"Bryan Maitland

3:00-4:00 pm – Session 2, Student Speakers:

"Missing trematodes and snail invasions,” Michele Larson
"Conservation biology of greater sage grouse using citizen science and scientific inquiry,” Beth Fitzpatrick
"John Wesley Powell and the American West: 150 years after the exploration of the Great Unknown,” Jonathan Bowler
"An inordinate fondness for cichlid fishes...” Jimena Golcher-Benavides

4:10-5:10 pm – Session 3, Student Speakers:

"Entomophagy in the Wild West, the struggles of eating insects in Wyoming,” Megan Wilson
"The disruption of soil communities alters Boechera stricta's metabolome and susceptibility to herbivore prevalence and damage,” Charley Hubbard
"Genetic consequences of anthropogenic harvest in a newly harvested gray wolf (Canis lupus) population," Jessica Rick

4:55-5:10 pm – Closing Remarks, Dr. Bob Hall, Program in Ecology Director

5:10-8:00 pm – Poster Social Session

"Soil heterogeneity of an East and West facing ridge above timberline due to differences in snow and aeolian deposition,” Elizabeth Traver
"Allochthonous vs. autochthonous energy resources for aquatic insects in cloud forest streams, Veracruz, Mexico,” Pavel Garcia
"Physiological responses of fishes to stressors associated with oil and natural gas development,” Richard Walker
"Better estimates of stream gas exchange using argon rather than sulfur hexifluoride,” Hilary Madinger
"Patterns of wing shape differentiation across elevational gradients among New World bumble bees (Apidae: Bombus),” Christian Petranek
"Effects of altered nutrient levels on two native shrub species on russian olive-removal sites,” Rebecca Upjohn
"Ungulate migration is a cultural phenomenon,” Brett Jesmer

5:40-8:00 pm - Reception/Social

The Berry Center is located just west of the Geology Building on Lewis Street between 9th and 10th Streets. Call 766-6240 or email Juliet Slutzker with any questions.


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