Thank you for joining us for our 3rd Annual Student Research Symposium.  It was another major success!  Join us next year on November 12, 2016 !!

Call for abstracts is now closed.

Riveredge Nature Center’s 3rd Annual Student Research Symposium “Connections in Nature” took place on Saturday, November 14th, 2015 at Riveredge Nature Center.

More than 30 undergraduate and graduate students, from 7 WI colleges and universities (including UW-Stevens Point, UW-Madison, UW-Platteville, UW-Milwaukee,  UW-Whitewater, UW-Baraboo and Carroll University) presented oral and  poster presentations to an audience of their peers, family and the general public.  Dr. Stan Temple, Beers-Bascom Professor Emeritus in Conservation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison & Senior Fellow Aldo Leopold Foundation, gave the Keynote Presentation entitled “Aldo Leopold, Phenology and Climate Change”.

Here are some comments about this event:

“It was good to see what research is being carried out by other student researchers in Wisconsin.  This is a very good event to help educate the public about science and conservation.”

“I think it was an amazing experience to be able to be a part of.  It allows students to get a  feel for applications in the world outside of the classroom and truly be able to learn how to communicate with fellow scientists and the public in a speaker setting.”

The 2015 Keynote Speaker  

Stan TempleThis year, Professor Stanley Temple will be our Keynote Speaker, presenting on the change in phenology due to climate change.  Dr. Temple  is recently retired from the academic position at the University of Wisconsin once held by Aldo Leopold. He is now a Professor Emeritus and a Senior Fellow at the Aldo Leopold Foundation. Professor Temple is a noted authority on conservation issues and Aldo Leopold’s contributions to the field. He is a popular public speaker, and while at the University of Wisconsin he won every teaching award for which he was eligible. He has done conservation work in 21 countries. He has received national and international recognition for his diverse contributions to the field of conservation. Among his accomplishments, he is a past President of the Society for Conservation Biology and past Chairman of the Wisconsin Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. He has authored over 330 publications on conservation and ecology.

2015 Student Presenter Award Winners

(From left to right) Kathryn Barry, Zachary Bateson, Aubrey Ellickson, Michelle Willis, Samantha Christianson, and Lisa Schomaker

(From left to right)
Kathryn Barry, Zachary Bateson, Aubrey Ellickson, Michelle Willis, Samantha Christianson, and Lisa Schomaker

Best Graduate Oral Presentation: Kathryn Barry, UW-Milwaukee, “Are we missing the forests for all the trees? Spatial trends in diversity of overstory and understory temperate vascular plants”

Runner-up:  Zachary Bateson, UW-Milwaukee, “Genetic restoration and monitoring of greater prairie-chickens in Wisconsin”

Best Undergraduate Oral Presentation: Aubrey Ellickson, Carroll University, “Impact of predation risk on the duration of parental care in amphipods”

Runner-up: Michelle Willis, UW-Stevens Point, “Differences in parental care behavior between Whooping Cranes and Greater Sandhill Cranes at Necedah Wildlife Refuge”

Best Poster Presentation: Lisa Schomaker, UW-Madison, “Plant community responses to Sphagnum palustre spread on the island of Hawai’i”

Runner-up: Samantha Christianson, UW-Platteville, “Population distribution and genetics of the invasive plant species Humulus japonicus (Japanese hops)”

2015 Sponsors:

Major Sponsors:



Jaeger Family Foundation

Other Sponsors include the following: 

American Institute of Professional Geologists, Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, The Nature Conservancy, Southeastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium, and the Sierra Club-Great Waters Group