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Student Symposium 2013|Program in Ecology

Ecology student symposium, February 17


Ecology Student Symposium 2013

The second Ecology Student Symposium will be held February 22, 2013 in the Berry 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, ranging from soil microbes and climate change to short-horned lizard ecology to Arabian wolf movement in Israel.

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

>> Click here to read the abstract book!


12:00 - 12:15 pm  Opening remarks, Dr. Andy Hansen, Academic Affairs

12:15 - 1:15 pm  Keynote Address, Dr. Chris Funk, Colorado State University.  "Predicting the effects of climate change on biodiversity: Different approaches for different scales."  Berry Center Auditorium (rm. 138).  Dr. Funk's CV is available here.

1:15 - 1:30 pm  Break

1:30 - 5:00 pm  Oral Presentations by Program in Ecology Students, Berry Center Auditorium (rm. 138)

1:30 - 1:45  Liz Mandeville, "Genomic analysis of sucker hybridization in the Upper Colorado River basin" 

1:45 - 2:00  Aaron Pratt, "Evaluation of the reintroduction of Attwater’s prairie-chickens using pen-reared birds" 

2:00 - 2:15  Adi Barocas, "Effects of human development and site productivity on the landscape genetics of Southern Idaho ground squirrels" 

2:15 - 2:30  Colin Tucker, "Snow distribution and soil respiration in sagebrush steppe"

2:30 - 2:45  Break

2:45 - 3:00  Monia Haselhorst, "Population genetic structure in natural populations of hybridizing spruce species in the central Rocky Mountains"

3:00 - 3:15  Clay Buchanan, "Can elk mitigate disturbance risk associated with natural gas development?" 

3:15 - 3:30  Daniel Gibson-Reienmer, "Does publication bias create misleading estimates of climate-induced range shifts?" 

3:30 - 3:45  David Reed, "Can one science class make a difference? Getting non-science majors comfortable with science"

3:45 - 4:00 Break

4:00 - 4:15  Chris North, "Deposit-feeder diets in the Bering Sea: implications for effects of climatic loss of sea ice-related microalgal blooms" 

4:15 - 4:30  Shawn Billerman, "Spatial change in the Red-breasted/Red-naped Sapsucker hybrid zone"

4:30 - 4:45  Kellen Nelson, "Variability in forest fuels and weather influence the potential for crown fire in young lodgepole pine forests"

4:45 - 5:00  Closing remarks, Dr. Bob Hall, Program in Ecology Director


5:00 - 7:00 pm  Poster Presentations by Program in Ecology Students & Darwin Day Party, Berry Center Lobby 

Abdullahi H. Ali, "Working to conserve the world's most endangered antelope: range collapse, demography, and
movements of hirola in eastern Kenya"

Otgonsuren (Oggie) Avirmed, "Sagebrush plant community and soil organic matter recovery in the absence of
reclamation following disturbance"

Amanda Brennan, "Phenology of soil respiration is altered by field warming"

Jason Carlisle, "Raptors in decline: why energy development may not be to blame"

Janet Chen, "Comparison of classic with novel in situ extraction of soil amino acids from grassland soil"

Christa Cooper Sumner, "Ecology and Aesthetics: Why Perceptions of Nature Matter"

Reilly Dibner, "What limits horned lizard (Phrynosoma hernandesi) distribution and relative abundance in

Beth Fitzpatrick, "How does the landscape affect effective population size and functional connectivity of Greater
Sage-Grouse leks?"

Charlotte Gabrielsen, "Effects of climate change on wetland hydroperiod and biodiversity across the Prairie
Pothole Region, USA"

Susma Giri, "Seasonal and altitudinal variation in lipid, sugar and glycogen reserves in native bees"

Rachel Jones, "Can paleoecology be used to identify a Native American role in the maintenance of longleaf pine

Mikey Tabak, "The distribution of invasive species in the Falkland Islands"


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

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