The Natural and Applied Sciences seminar series resumes this Friday (Nov. 6) with the presentation “Often too much but sometimes too little: Phosphorus and dissolved oxygen in Illinois streams and rivers.” Featured speaker Mike Machesky will begin his talk at 3:30 p.m. in Room 301 of the Environmental Sciences Building. Machesky is a 1976 UW-Green Bay graduate in Science and Environmental Change who went on to earn his UW-Madison Ph.D. in water chemistry. He has spent most of his career with the Illinois State Water Survey, an applied research unit of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Machesky will describe his team’s effort to continuously monitor dissolved oxygen at over 500 wadeable stream sites throughout Illinois — a modeling study that confirmed the factors responsible for a massive fish kill along the Rock River below Rockford in June 2009. He will also discuss the difficulty of tracking and isolating phosphorous-related impacts. The 3:30 p.m. talk is free and open to the public, as is the preceding 3 p.m. reception with Machesky in ES 317.
The Natural and Applied Sciences seminar series continues this Friday (Oct. 23) with the program “Another Emerging Fungal Disease: Snake Fungal Disease Threatens Conservation Efforts.” Guest lecturer Matthew Allender is a zoo and wildlife veterinarian who runs a wildlife epidemiology lab at the University of Illinois.
Ophidiomyces (Snake Fungal Disease) has been observed recently in over a dozen snake species in the U.S. and Canada. As always, a reception at 3 p.m. precedes the 3:30 p.m. presentation in Room 317 of the Environmental Sciences Building. The event is free and open to the public.
The Natural and Applied Sciences Seminar Series is hosting Antxon Olabe Egana from the International Visiting Scholars Program this Friday (Sept. 25). A reception will be held at 3 p.m. in Environmental Sciences Room 317, followed by the seminar “Homo Sapiens and Biosphere: Building Up Hope, Redressing the Climate-Environment Crisis” in ES 301 at 3:30 p.m. The events are free and open to the public.
From September 13 through the 30th, UW-Green Bay is partnering with St. Norbert College and the greater Green Bay community to host the residency of Antxon Olabe, an environmental policy consultant from northern Spain. Olabe is an environmental economist and journalist specializing in sustainability and climate change. His visit is made possible through the generous private support of the International Visiting Scholars program. During his visit, Olabe will give several talks on both campuses and in the community. In addition, he will be guest lecturing in several classes and visiting local schools. Among his scheduled presentations:
• Wednesday, Sept. 16 — “Homo Sapiens and the Biosphere: Building up hope, redressing the climate and environment crisis,” 7 p.m., SNC’s Fort Howard Theater
• Monday, Sept. 21 — “Modern Environmentalism: A Basque Perspective” as part of UWGB’s Global Studies Roundtable Discussion series, 2-3 p.m., MAC Hall 201
• Wednesday, Sept. 23 — “Modern Environmentalism: A Basque Perspective,” 6:30-8 p.m., Neville Public Museum
• Friday, Sept. 25 — “Homo Sapiens and the Biosphere” as part of the Natural and Applied Sciences Seminar Series, 3:30-4:30 p.m., ES 301
If you questions about Olabe’s visit, a primary contact is Associate Prof. Katia Levintova of Public and Environmental Affairs.
The first Natural and Applied Sciences Seminar of the fall arrives in Environmental Sciences Room 301 at 3:30 p.m. Friday (Sept. 11) with a presentation by UW-Madison Prof. Don Waller. He’ll discuss the increasing appreciation that Wisconsin’s temperate forests, long thought to be adaptable to change and at low risk to various environmental stressors, are in fact being impacted in significant ways… by climate change, ecological succession, habitat fragmentation, invasive species, overabundant deer and atmospheric nitrogen deposition. Waller’s research revisits 1950s baseline research on Wisconsin forests by ecologist John Curtis and his students to see which habitats and species are experiencing the most change. Admission is free and open to the public.
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”
The Natural and Applied Sciences Seminar Series features UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Patrick Forsythe of NAS speaking on the topic, “Reproductive Ecology and Habitat Use of Primitive and Sport Fishes of Green Bay.” His slide-illustrated lecture, free and open to the public, takes place at 3 p.m. Friday (May 1) in ES 301.
The next installment of the Natural and Applied Sciences Seminar Series features a timely topic — it’s the opening of Wisconsin’s inland sportfishing season this weekend — as UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Patrick Forsythe of NAS speaks on the topic, “Reproductive Ecology and Habitat Use of Primitive and Sport Fishes of Green Bay.” His slide-illustrated lecture, free and open to the public, takes place at 3 p.m. Friday (May 1) in Room 301 of the Environmental Sciences Building. Forsythe cover the great ecosystem changes of the last century and the fact fish mangers know much more than they used to but still not as much as they’d like about the vast Green Bay fishery. He’ll outline ongoing and future research plans within the UW-Green Bay Aquatic Ecology and Fisheries Laboratory, and address population characteristics, reproductive behavior, and habitat preferences of top predators including northern pike, walleye and musky and recovering native species including whitefish and sturgeon. A social follows at approximately 4 p.m. in ES 317.
Dr. Baisakhi Bandyopadhyay, a researcher and senior fellow of the government of India, is the next speaker in the UW-Green Bay Natural and Applied Sciences Seminar series at 3 p.m. this Friday (April 17) in Room 301 of the Environmental Sciences Building. Her topic is “The Evolution of Traditional Ecological Knowledge in India: An Overview.” She’ll discuss how ecology is addressed in India’s native communities as something that encompasses several fields including sustainable forest management, biodiversity conservation by sacred groves, sacred landscape and sacred plant species, crop management, farm management, animal management and therapeutic role of Ayurveda. Some traditional ways are seen as having great relevance for sustainable resource management. The program, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a social at approximately 4 p.m. in ES 317.
Dr. Baisakhi Bandyopadhyay, a senior fellow in the Ministry of Culture of the government of India, is visiting the UW-Green Bay campus during the three-week period from April 6 to April 27. Hosted by the International Visiting Scholars Program, she is scheduled to visit a number of classes here and at St. Norbert College and will also be meeting with faculty and staff to discuss common interests in environmental science and botany. Members of the campus community are invited to attend her presentation in the NAS Seminar at 3 p.m. next Friday, April 17, in ES 301. Her topic is “The Evolution of Traditional Ecological Knowledge in India – An Overview.” Anyone who would like to meet with Bandyopadhyay should contact Prof. Emeritus Robert Wenger, who is assisting with her visit.