More on March 5 Cofrin Student Symposium

Any and all members of the campus community are invited to sit in on the annual Cofrin Center for Biodiversity student research symposium, starting at 2 p.m. next Tuesday (March 5) in the Christie Theatre. Four students who received Cofrin Grants during 2012 will present their results from independent field research at natural areas in northeast Wisconsin.

Student presenters are:

David A. Lawrence (Adviser: Prof. Patrick Forsythe)
Fish Assemblages of the Wequiock Creek Estuary in Lower Green Bay
The Wequiock Creek Estuary is the largest remaining sizable estuarine system along the east shore of Green Bay. The system suffers from siltation due to farming practices, as well as an invasion by the common reed. Nevertheless, this estuary may provide critical nursery habitat for several species of fish because of wetland loss and degradation of coastal and riverine habitats in the Green Bay watershed. Fish assemblages were surveyed for three years 2010-2012, with the discovery the area is an important nursery for much-prized yellow perch.

Brianna Kupsky (Adviser: Prof. Robert Howe)
Monitoring Bats at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Natural Areas
The purpose of this project will be to develop and implement a systematic monitoring program of migratory and resident bat populations at the Pt. Sable Nature Preserve and other UW-Green Bay managed natural areas, particularly the Toft Point Scientific Area in Door County. This work builds on earlier student surveys.

Rachael E. Weldon (Adviser: Prof. Alma Rodriguez)
Development of Standard and Repeatable Protocols to Study Macromycetes Assemblages
A need has arisen for the development of standard and repeatable protocols for the study of macromycetes (macroscopic fungi). These abundant and diverse organisms are incredibly important for ecosystems’ health due to their innate ability to recycle nutrients. Yet, the ecology of macromycetes is poorly understood. The study was conducted at the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum, with two different sites (Mahon woods and Upper Creek Pond) sampled.

Jesse Weinzinger (Advisor: Prof. Robert Howe)
Mammal Assemblages at the Wabikon Forest Dynamics Plot in Forest County, Wisconsin
This paper provides information on mammal assemblages found at the Wabikon Forest Dynamics Plot in Forest County. It is crucial that mammal studies are conducted on the plot. This is due to the fact that terrestrial mammal species can profoundly alter the structure and composition of forest communities. The primary objective for this study was to conduct a survey of all mammals at the Wabikon Forest Dynamics Plot.

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