Department Seminars



+Fall 2021 - Click to Expand/Collapse
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Gabriel C. Costa
Dr. Gabriel C. Costa

Sept. 18

Biome stability in South America and its impacts on Biodiversity

Gabriel C. Costa, Associate Professor, Auburn University Montgomery


Bio:  Dr. Gabriel Costa is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences at Auburn University – Montgomery. Dr. Costa received his B.A. and M.S. from the University of Brasília, Brazil, and his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. Currently, much of his research aims to study patterns of species richness, endemism, and co-phylogeography in reptiles and amphibians in South American drylands. 

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Dr. Vanessa Ezenwa
Dr. Vanessa Ezenwa

Sept. 25

Title:  Helminth coinfections: Insights from a Natural System 

Presenter: Dr. Vanessa Ezenwa, Professor, University of Georgia.


Bio: Dr. Vanessa Ezenwa is a Professor in the Odum School of Ecology and Department of Infectious Diseases at the University of Georgia. She obtained her B.A. at Rice University and her Ph.D. at Princeton University. Dr. Ezenwa and her team study the ways in which animal behavior influences parasitic infections. They also examine the complex immunological interactions resulting from helminth co-infections, as well as immune system trade-offs and tissue regeneration in mammals. The Ezenwa Lab focuses on a range of host species, including Grant’s gazelles, African buffalo, and spiny mice for their disease ecology studies. 

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Dr. Jessica Hua
Dr. Jessica Hua

Oct. 2

Title: Disease ecology in the face of global change

Presenter:  Dr. Jessica Hua, Associate Professor, Binghamton University.


Bio: Dr. Jessica Hua is an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Binghamtom University (SUNY). Dr. Hua completed her B.A. at Southwestern University, Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh, and a postdoc at Purdue University. Research in the Hua Lab focuses on mechanisms that shape ecological interactions and evolutionary processes, including the roles of humans in driving these mechanisms. More specifically, Dr. Hua and her team seek to understand how anthropogenic activities influence toxicology and disease ecology in organisms ranging from aquatic microbiota to terrestrial reptiles and amphibians.  

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Dr. Catherine Sun
Dr. Catherine Sun

Oct. 9

Title: Getting the most out of camera trapping: monitoring wildlife, plants, and people

Presenter: Dr. Catherine Sun, University of British Columbia.


Bio: Dr. Catherine Sun is a postdoc in the Department of Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell University where she studied spatial distribution patterns and monitoring approaches for black bears. Currently, she uses a variety of techniques in her research, including spatial capture-recapture and hierarchical modeling, as well as citizen science and population genetics, to inform wildlife management and conservation. 

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Dr. Tony Chang

Oct. 16

Title: A deep-learning approach for fusing multi-sensor data for forest classification and structural estimation

Presenter: Dr. Tony Chang, Conservation Science Partners


Bio:  Dr. Tony Chang is a Data Scientist at Conservation Science Partners (CSP) in Bozeman, MT. Dr. Chang uses innovative techniques to detect forest disturbances such as wildfires and insect outbreaks, and to predict hydrologic responses that may result from forest disturbance events. In this webinar, he will discuss using deep learning for integrating multiple datasets to estimate forest structure and classification. Dr. Chang earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at UCLA, his M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy at Northern Arizona University, and his Ph.D. in Ecology and Earth Sciences at Montana State University. Following graduate school, he joined the Conservation Science Partners (CSP) as a David H. Smith Postdoctoral Fellow and has recently transitioned into his current position as a Data Scientist at CSP.

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Multiple Speakers

Oct. 30

Wildlife of Halloween 

Multiple researchers in the department will present a spooktacular installment of the F&WE Webinar! 

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Dr. Michael Nelson

Nov. 13

Title: Diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in traditional Natural Resources fields: A call for critical self-reflection

Presenter: Dr. Michael P. Nelson, Oregon State University


Description: Dr. Michael P. Nelson is a Professor and Ruth H. Spaniol Chair of Renewable Resources at Oregon State University, as well as Lead Principal Investigator for the LTER-HJ Andrews Experimental Forest. He is also the philosopher in residence of the Isle Royale Wolf-Moose Project, the longest-run study of predator-prey relations in the world.

In this webinar, Dr. Nelson will discuss a recent paper of his, Considering the case for diversity in natural resources. In addition, he will share insights from a study that combines empirical and philosophical evidence to assess progress being made toward the goals of eliminating discrimination and improving equality in natural resources disciplines and other STEM fields. Dr. Nelson will also present suggestions for how further advancements can be made toward these goals.

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+Spring 2020 - Click to Expand/Collapse
Feb 14Grace DiRenzoPennsylvania State UniversityUsing Bayesian approaches to examine ecological processes governing disease dynamics
Feb 21No seminar
Feb 28Marta JarzynaOhio State UniversityCapturing the critical scales and dimensions of biodiversity change
Mar 6Marketa ZimovaUniversity of MichiganUnderstanding the potential of wild populations to adapt to climate change: Lessons from color molting mammals
Mar 13Hilary DuganUniversity of Wisconsin - MadisonThe salinization of freshwater environments
Mar 20Spring Break
Mar 27Hannay CareyUniversity of Wisconsin - Madison---
Apr 3No seminar
Apr 10Ryan NorrisNature Conservancy of CanadaA multi-decade study on the ecology and demise of a food-caching boreal bird at the southern edge of its range
Apr 17Susan SimardUniversity of British ColumbiaLeopold Lecture
+Fall 2019 - Click to Expand/Collapse
Sep 13Kaitlyn GaynorNational Center for Ecological Analysis and SynthesisSpatial and temporal responses of wildlife to predation risk and human disturbance
Sep 20None
Sep 27Charlotte ChangNational Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at University of Tennessee - Knoxville Solutions for nature and people: Bridging the ecological and social dimensions of conservation
Oct 4None
Oct 11Eliezer (Elie)
University of Maryland - College Park and University of Montana - MissoulaFrontiers in movement Ecology: From cognitive foundations to global scales
Oct 18None25th Annual Wisconsin Ecology Fall Symposium
Nov 1Jonathan PatzGlobal Health Institute at University of Wisconsin - MadisonClimate Change & Health: the risks of no action and the benefits of a green economy
Nov 8Preston ColeWisconsin Department of Natural ResourcesEcology, conservation and wildlife policy issues: A DNR perspective
Nov 15Katie MoriartyUnited States Forest ServiceWeasels worth waiting for - using new technology at multiple scales to describe marten and fisher ecology and habitat
Nov 22Mourad GabrielIntegral Ecology Research CenterCannabis and ecology
+Spring 2019 - Click to Expand/Collapse
Mike DietzeBoston UniversitySolving the challenge of predicting nature: how close are we and how do we get there?
Jalene LaMontagneDePaul UniversityPopulation Ecology: Continental synchrony in mast seeding to urban ecology
Graham BanesUW-Madison Vet Med School/Henry Vilas ZooOutbreeding depression in orang-utans: Is it real and does it kill?
Eve-Lyn HinckleyCU-Boulder/INSTAAROur changing manipulation of the sulfur cycle
David PostYale UniversityMigrating wildebeest and raging hippos on Kenya's Mara River
Fabian ScheiderNASA Jet Propulsion LaboratoryMapping forest functional diversity and ecosystem functioning using remote sensing and ecological modeling
Thea WhitmanUW-MadisonFrom Wildfires to Biochar: Pyrophilous Soil Microbes and the Carbon Cycle
Van ButsicUniversity of California - BerkeleyCannabis: Environmental threat or the next frontier in sustainable agriculture?
Dave MacFarlandWI-DNRNavigating the Intersection of Wildlife Science and Policy
NoneSpatial and temporal response to predation risk and human disturbance
NoneSpring Break
NoneWisconsin Ecology Spring Symposium
+Fall 2018 - Click to Expand/Collapse
Sep 21Erika Marin-SpiottaUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonOut of sight, out of mind? Belowground carbon response to landscape disturbance
Sep 28Sam CushmanForest Service, Flagstaff, AZIntegrating connectivity modeling, landscape genetics, and scenario analysis in conservation planning
Oct 5Karen OberhauserUW ArboretumMonarchs, milkweed, and citizen monitoring: Setting conservation targets with messy data
Oct 12Wisconsin Ecology Fall Symposium
Oct 19Ben ZuckerbergUniversity of MadisonDisappearing winter refugia in a warming world
Oct 26Dan LinderForest Service, Madison, WIPortrait of a Killer: Tracking the fungus that is decimating North American bat populations
Nov 2Jed MeunierWisconsin DNR, Madison, WI Maintaining resilient landscapes in the Lake States requires re-evaluating fire history
Nov 9David LewisOregon State UniversityClimate, adaptation, and the value of forestland: A national Ricardian analysis of the United States
Nov 16David PostYale UniversityMigrating Wildebeest and Raging Hippos on Kenya's Mara River
+Fall 2017 - Click to Expand/Collapse
Sep 22Dan SalkeldColorado State UniversityEcology of wildlife-to-human infectious diseases: insights from plague, Lyme disease and fried chicken.
Sep 29Sean SchovilleUW-MadisonEvolution and ecology of cold-specialized insects in western North America
Oct 6Madhu KhannaUniversity of Illinois at Champaign-UrbanaIs Forest Bioenergy Carbon Neutral or Worse than Coal? Implications of Carbon Accounting Methods?
Oct 20Joel BrownUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoEcology of Fear: Foraging games between predator and prey
Oct 27Elizabeth HennessyUW-MadisonOn the Backs of Tortoises: the will to save the Galápagos Island
Nov 3Amanda CarterIllinois State UniversityThe eco-physiology of heat waves: perspectives from a reptile with temperature-dependent sex determinatio
Nov 10Wes LarsonUW-Stevens PointThe importance of preserving adaptive genetic diversity: lessons from Pacific salmon and applications to Great Lakes fishes
Nov 17Holger KlinckCornell UniversityBioacoustics - a powerful tool for wildlife monitoring and management
Dec 1Tara HudiburgUniversity of IdahoFire, Drought, Beetles, and Humans: Quantifying the Impacts of Disturbance on the Forest Carbon Cycle