Department Seminars

Past Seminars:

+Spring 2023
Date Speaker Name Speaker Institution Seminar Title Mode (In-person or Online)
  Brandon Ogbunu Yale University By wind and by water: how pathogenic vibrios travel In-person
03/03/2023 Jennifer Fraterrigo University of Illinois   In-person
  Spring Break – no seminar      
  Kim Novick Indiana University TBD In-person
04/07/2023 George Hurtt University of Maryland Beyond MRV: The development and application of next generation
forest carbon monitoring and modeling system for policy support
05/05/2023 TBD    
+Fall 2022 - Click to Expand/Collapse
DATE SPEAKER NAME SPEAKER INSTITUTION TALK TITLE (click on title to access the recording)
9/23/2022 Phil Townsend University of Wisconsin Ecological Insights from Imaging Spectroscopy of Foliar Functional Traits
9/30/2022 Volker Radeloff University of Wisconsin Analyses of trends in time-series of satellite data
10/7/2022 Jeff Brawn University of Illinois What do 40 years of sampling tell us about prospects for tropical birds under expected climate change?
10/14/2022 Ellen Ketterson Indiana University When to migrate when to breed: Is now still the right time?
10/21/2022  T.B.A.    
10/28/2022 Jing M. Chen University of Toronto Leaf Carboxylation Rate Derived from Flux and Satellite Data for Global Carbon Cycle Research
11/4/2022 Skylar Hopkins North Carolina State University Ecology of environmentally mediated diseases in wildlife and humans
11/11/2022 Dan Grear National Wildlife Health Center  Bsal: a (not yet) conservation crisis for North American Amphibians
11/18/2022 T.B.A.    
12/2/2022 T.B.A.    
12/9/2022 Jens Kattge Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry Recent developments around the TRY Plant Trait Database
+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 2021 - Click to Expand/Collapse

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Markus Brauer

Feb. 12

Title: Empirically tested methods to promote inclusion

Presenter: Markus Brauer, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison


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Kezia Manlove

Feb. 19

Title: Not all who wander are lost? What movement and behavioral ecology can tell us about disease dynamics in bighorn sheep

Presenter: Kezia Manlove, Assistant Professor, Utah State University


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Feb. 26

Title: Wildlife surveys using drones from the ground up

Presenter: Susan Felege, Associate Professor, University of North Dakota


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Robyn Hetem

Mar. 5

Title: Responses of large mammals to climate change: the challenge of the decades

Presenter: Robyn Hetem, Senior Lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand


Mar. 12

Title: Satellite reflectances: what do they tell us about global gross primary production (GPP) of vegetation?

Presenter: Joanna Joiner, Atmospheric Physicist, NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center 


Paige Fischer

Mar. 19

Title: Sustaining fire-adapted forest ecosystems through collective management

Presenter: Paige Fischer, University of Michigan


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Elizabeth Derryberry

Apr. 9

Singing in a silent spring: Birds respond to soundscape reversion during the COVID-19 shutdown

Presenter: Elizabeth Derryberry, Associate Professor, University of Tennessee


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Terrie Williams

Apr. 16

Title: Icebound: How the extreme polar physiology of Arctic carnivores is clashing with climate change

Presenter: Terrie M. Williams, University of California – Santa Cruz


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Shifra Goldenberg

Apr. 23

Title: Using the behavior of rehabilitated and released elephant calves to guide conservation translocation project benchmarks

Presenter: Shifra Goldenberg, Research Fellow, San Diego Zoo, Institute for Conservation Research


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+Spring 2020 - Click to Expand/Collapse
Date Speaker Institution Title
Feb 14 Grace DiRenzo Pennsylvania State University Using Bayesian approaches to examine ecological processes governing disease dynamics
Feb 21 No seminar #colspan# #colspan#
Feb 28 Marta Jarzyna Ohio State University Capturing the critical scales and dimensions of biodiversity change
Mar 6 Marketa Zimova University of Michigan Understanding the potential of wild populations to adapt to climate change: Lessons from color molting mammals
Mar 13 Hilary Dugan University of Wisconsin – Madison The salinization of freshwater environments
Mar 20 Spring Break #colspan# #colspan#
Mar 27 Hannay Carey University of Wisconsin – Madison
Apr 3 No seminar #colspan# #colspan#
Apr 10 Ryan Norris Nature Conservancy of Canada A multi-decade study on the ecology and demise of a food-caching boreal bird at the southern edge of its range
Apr 17 Susan Simard University of British Columbia Leopold Lecture
+Fall 2019 - Click to Expand/Collapse
Date Speaker Institution Title
Sep 13 Kaitlyn Gaynor National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis Spatial and temporal responses of wildlife to predation risk and human disturbance
Sep 20 None #colspan# #colspan#
Sep 27 Charlotte Chang National 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 4 None #colspan# #colspan#
Oct 11 Eliezer (Elie)
University of Maryland – College Park and University of Montana – Missoula Frontiers in movement Ecology: From cognitive foundations to global scales
Oct 18 None 25th Annual Wisconsin Ecology Fall Symposium #colspan#
Oct 25 TBA #colspan# TBD
Nov 1 Jonathan Patz Global Health Institute at University of Wisconsin – Madison Climate Change & Health: the risks of no action and the benefits of a green economy
Nov 8 Preston Cole Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Ecology, conservation and wildlife policy issues: A DNR perspective
Nov 15 Katie Moriarty United States Forest Service Weasels worth waiting for – using new technology at multiple scales to describe marten and fisher ecology and habitat
Nov 22 Mourad Gabriel Integral Ecology Research Center Cannabis and ecology
+Spring 2019 - Click to Expand/Collapse
Date Speaker Institution Title
Mike Dietze Boston University Solving the challenge of predicting nature: how close are we and how do we get there?
Jalene LaMontagne DePaul University Population Ecology: Continental synchrony in mast seeding to urban ecology
Graham Banes UW-Madison Vet Med School/Henry Vilas Zoo Outbreeding depression in orang-utans: Is it real and does it kill?
Eve-Lyn Hinckley CU-Boulder/INSTAAR Our changing manipulation of the sulfur cycle
David Post Yale University Migrating wildebeest and raging hippos on Kenya’s Mara River
Fabian Scheider NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Mapping forest functional diversity and ecosystem functioning using remote sensing and ecological modeling
Thea Whitman UW-Madison From Wildfires to Biochar: Pyrophilous Soil Microbes and the Carbon Cycle
Van Butsic University of California – Berkeley Cannabis: Environmental threat or the next frontier in sustainable agriculture?
Dave MacFarland WI-DNR Navigating the Intersection of Wildlife Science and Policy
None #colspan# Spatial and temporal response to predation risk and human disturbance
None Spring Break  
None Wisconsin Ecology Spring Symposium  
+Fall 2018 - Click to Expand/Collapse
Date Speaker Institution Title
Sep 21 Erika Marin-Spiotta University of Wisconsin-Madison Out of sight, out of mind? Belowground carbon response to landscape disturbance
Sep 28 Sam Cushman Forest Service, Flagstaff, AZ Integrating connectivity modeling, landscape genetics, and scenario analysis in conservation planning
Oct 5 Karen Oberhauser UW Arboretum Monarchs, milkweed, and citizen monitoring: Setting conservation targets with messy data
Oct 12 Wisconsin Ecology Fall Symposium #colspan# #colspan#
Oct 19 Ben Zuckerberg University of Madison Disappearing winter refugia in a warming world
Oct 26 Dan Linder Forest Service, Madison, WI Portrait of a Killer: Tracking the fungus that is decimating North American bat populations
Nov 2 Jed Meunier Wisconsin DNR, Madison, WI Maintaining resilient landscapes in the Lake States requires re-evaluating fire history
Nov 9 David Lewis Oregon State University Climate, adaptation, and the value of forestland: A national Ricardian analysis of the United States
Nov 16 David Post Yale University Migrating Wildebeest and Raging Hippos on Kenya’s Mara River
+Spring 2018 - Click to Expand/Collapse
Date Speaker Institution Title
Feb 9 Dehua Wang Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences Physiological adaptation to environment for small mammals in China
Feb 16 Patrick Tobin University of Washington Variation in Allee dynamics and their role in biological invasions
Feb 23 Seth Newsome University of New Mexico From communities to individual microbes: tracing the exchange of resources across multiple levels of ecological organization
Mar 2 TBA
Mar 9 Jeff Lorch National Wildlife Health Center Snake fungal disease: Breaking the mold for emerging diseases of wildlife
Mar 16 Pete McIntyre University of Wisconsin Fish for thought: the cost of neglecting the world’s freshwater fisheries
Mar 23 Kate McCulloh University of Wisconsin The plant danger zone: assessing different strategies for responses to abiotic stresses
Apr 6 WI Ecology Spring Symposium
Apr 13 Magnus Egerstedt Georgia Tech University Robots in the wild? Design principles for achieving long-range autonomy in robotics
Tuesday, Apr 17 Rolf Peterson Michigan Technological University 21st Annual Aldo Leopold Lecture: Wolves and America’s National Parks
+Fall 2017 - Click to Expand/Collapse
Date Speaker Institution Title Title
Sep 22 Dan Salkeld Colorado State University Ecology of wildlife-to-human infectious diseases: insights from plague, Lyme disease and fried chicken. Ecology of wildlife-to-human infectious diseases: insights from plague, Lyme disease and fried chicken.
Sep 29 Sean Schoville UW-Madison Evolution and ecology of cold-specialized insects in western North America Evolution and ecology of cold-specialized insects in western North America
Oct 6 Madhu Khanna University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana Is Forest Bioenergy Carbon Neutral or Worse than Coal? Implications of Carbon Accounting Methods? Is Forest Bioenergy Carbon Neutral or Worse than Coal? Implications of Carbon Accounting Methods?
Oct 20 Joel Brown University of Illinois at Chicago Ecology of Fear: Foraging games between predator and prey Ecology of Fear: Foraging games between predator and prey
Oct 27 Elizabeth Hennessy UW-Madison On the Backs of Tortoises: the will to save the Galápagos Island On the Backs of Tortoises: the will to save the Galápagos Island
Nov 3 Amanda Carter Illinois State University The eco-physiology of heat waves: perspectives from a reptile with temperature-dependent sex determinatio The eco-physiology of heat waves: perspectives from a reptile with temperature-dependent sex determinatio
Nov 10 Wes Larson UW-Stevens Point The importance of preserving adaptive genetic diversity: lessons from Pacific salmon and applications to Great Lakes fishes The importance of preserving adaptive genetic diversity: lessons from Pacific salmon and applications to Great Lakes fishes
Nov 17 Holger Klinck Cornell University Bioacoustics – a powerful tool for wildlife monitoring and management Bioacoustics – a powerful tool for wildlife monitoring and management
Dec 1 Tara Hudiburg University of Idaho Fire, Drought, Beetles, and Humans: Quantifying the Impacts of Disturbance on the Forest Carbon Cycle Fire, Drought, Beetles, and Humans: Quantifying the Impacts of Disturbance on the Forest Carbon Cycle