Another semester, another series of NAS Seminars, starting Friday

The Natural and Applied Sciences Seminar Committee has unveiled the Fall 2015 Seminar Series. The every-other-Friday programs will be held in Environmental Sciences Room 301 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., with an informal social with the speaker in the half hour preceding each program. The lineup:

• Sept. 11 — Don Waller: Department of Botany, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Drivers of long-term ecological change in temperate forest plant communities”
• Sept. 25 — Antxon Olabe Egana, a guest speaker through the International Visiting Scholars Program, “Homo sapiens and Biosphere. Building up hope, redressing the climate-environment crisis”

• Oct. 9 — John Hartig, refuge Manager, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, “Bringing Conservation to Cities: Lessons from Building the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge”

• Oct. 23 — Matt Allender: College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, “Another Emerging Fungal Disease: Snake Fungal Disease Threatens Conservation Efforts”
• Nov. 6 — Mike Machesky, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois, “Often too much but sometimes too little: Phosphorus and dissolved oxygen in Illinois streams and rivers”
• Dec. 4 — Sarah Yang, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, “Water Quality in Northeast Wisconsin”

Presentation abstracts may be found on the NAS seminar web site. Questions regarding the seminars should be addressed to the NAS Seminar Committee Chair, Assistant Prof. Lisa Grubisha.