Wisconsin Ecology 23rd Annual Fall Symposium




We are pleased to host Dr. Julian Olden, a Professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington, as keynote speaker at the Wisconsin Ecology Fall Symposium on October 11 & 12, 2017.

Dr. Olden’s research program spans multiple levels of biological organization and modes of inquiry to advance the science and practice of conserving freshwater ecosystems. His principal interests include ecohydrology (dams, environmental flows), community ecology (freshwater fishes, amphibians, invertebrates), invasion biology (science and development of management tools), macroecology (testing and advancing the field of biogeography), climate change (impacts and adaptation strategies) and conservation biology (science and implementation at local and regional scales). A common thread throughout his research is a strong emphasis on the application of quantitative approaches to data analysis, including the development of innovative statistical techniques for exploring complex ecological data.

The Olden Research Group strives to advance the science and practice of conserving freshwater ecosystems. Envisioning a world where people understand, value, and conserve freshwater biodiversity, their main research themes include:

  • Linking food webs & nutrient fluxes to landscape change in freshwater systems
  • Ecology and management of invasive species
  • Environmental flows and the ecological impacts of hydrologic alteration by human activities
  • Conservation biogeography
  • Ecology and conservation planning of arid systems

Featured faculty speakers: Faculty presentations will begin at 1:10 pm on Thurs., Oct 12.

Ben Zuckerberg, Associate Professor, Forest & Wildlife Ecology
Understanding climate change vulnerability and conservation for declining wildlife


John Orrock, Associate Professor, Integrative Biology
Plants eavesdrop on herbivore cues and implement defenses that promote cannibalism


Jack Williams, Professor, Geography, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Plant pseudorefugia and woolly mammoth persistence on St. Paul Island, AK, a remnant of the Bering Land Bridge


Tony Goldberg, Professor, Pathobiological Sciences
Turning over rocks: infectious disease ecology in the age of metagenomics

The 2017 Wisconsin Ecology Fall Symposium is co-sponsored by: Anthropology, Community & Environmental Sociology, Civil & Environmental Engineering, The Center for Limnology, Entomology, Forest & Wildlife Ecology, Geography, The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University Lectures, and the UW-Madison Arboretum.