Concurrent Session Abstracts
The following sessions will occur from 1:15 PM to 2:45 PM
A - Wildlife Conservation in a Global Environment:
Challenges & Successes
As the world grows more connected through fast and accessible technology, international conservation work more easily transcends cultural and political boundaries. Yet at the same time, many wildlife conservation efforts happen in local communities with limited access to 21st century tools or social networks. Through this session, preeminent speakers from the field will explore how wildlife conservation is practiced in a virtual age; what's different about the social dimensions of local wildlife conservation in a global world; and where international conservation is headed in the next 50 years. Through each of these questions, speakers will delve into challenges and successes of international conservation efforts.
Session moderated and organized by Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development graduate students (Professor and Chair, Janet Silbernagel):
Jamie Hogberg (Moderator), Sarah Wilkins (Facilitator), Brittany Murphy (Room organizer), Ming (Doris) Hua, Matthew Axler, Paula Henriquez, Mary Dinsmore (Session support)
- Erin Flynn, Conservation Education Curator, Henry Vilas Zoo
- Tse-Lynn Loh, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Project Seahorse, John G. Shedd Aquarium
- Ricardo Rozzi, Professor & Director of the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program, University of North Texas
- Tran Triet, Director, Southeast Asia Program, International Crane Foundation
- Catherine Woodward, President and Co-Founder, Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation
B - Primate Behavior and Conservation:
A Look at Our Closest Relatives in a Rapidly Changing World
This session will explore the behavior and conservation of several primate species, including orangutans, cotton-top tamarins and northern muriqui monkeys. Panelists will describe their field research from the forests of Borneo to southeastern Brazil, as well as detailed studies of behavior and breeding to support the conservation of endangered species.
- Karen Strier, Professor, Anthropology, UW-Madison (Moderator/panelist)
- Charles Snowdon, Professor, Psychology and Zoology, UW-Madison
- Stephanie Spehar, Assistant Professor, Anthroplogy, UW-Oshkosh
C - Species and Ecosystem Responses to Novel Future Climates:
Lessons and Legacies from the Past
How will species and communities respond to 21st-century climates that are likely to be quite different than any experienced in our recent past? How will the trajectory of 21st-century ecosystems be shaped by past human land use and other historical legacies? In this session, we discuss how the study of historical and geological systems is addressing a fundamental problem in climate adaptation science: managing novel ecosystems and planning for a no-analog future.
- Jack Williams, Director, Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research; Professor of Geography & Bryson Professor of Climate, People, and Environment, UW-Madison (Moderator/panelist)
- Sara Hotchkiss, Associate Professor of Botany & Bryson Professor of Climoate, People, and Environment, Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research, UW-Madison
- Jason McLachlan, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame
- David Mladenoff, Beers-Bascom Professor of Conservation, Forest & Wildlife Ecology, UW-Madison
- Volker Radeloff, Associate Professor, Forest & Wildlife Ecology, UW-Madison
D - Nature and Money:
Harnessing Capitalism to Restore Ecosystems
The phrase "ecosystems services" is a term of art that encompasses all of the natural processes that serve humankind directly or indirectly. In the context of this panel, the term refers to approximately 20 specific services that can be linked to specific human needs such as clean water, pollination, fertilization and biodiversity, where those needs might also be met by other, more artificial and expensive means. Natural systems provide these same services for free. Some have estimated the value of these free services to be in excess of $1 trillion annually. If the health of nature and natural ecosystems declines, the quality and quantity and value of the ecosystems services provided by nature declines and costs to humans increase.
Clean water, for instance, can be created mechanically. The cost becomes a proxy for establishing the value of corollary systems found in nature, such as wetlands. When wetlands can be shown to produce clean water that is, in quantity and quality, similar to water that is cleaned mechanically, we can assign a monetary value to these heretofore "worthless" tracts of natural land.
Once we have placed a monetary value on any commodity, the forces of capitalism will generally find a way to make it fungible and tradable. This is happening widely across the United States and other parts of the world and has the potential to radically change the dynamics of preservation and restoration of healthy ecosystems.
- Carl Korfmacher, Member, Nelson Institute Board of Visitors (Moderator)
- Steven Apfelbaum, Principal Ecologist and Chairman, Applied Ecological Services, Inc.
- Kevin Shafer, Executive Director, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
- Peter Stein, Managing Director, The Lyme Timber Company
- Randy Vogel, Principal Ecologist, Applied Ecological Services, Inc.
E - One Planet Living:
Building Bridges from the City, County and Campus
Speakers will address sustainability activities in Madison and Dane County, including educational programs, metrics and a campus metabolism project. This session will not center on a quantification of our footprint, but rather a review of sustainability activities and challenges from city, county and university perspectives.
- Patrick Eagan, Professor, Engineering Professional Development, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Nelson Institute, UW-Madison (Moderator/panelist)
- Craig Benson, Director of Sustainability Research and Education, UW-Madison
- Phil Duran, Campus Metabolism Project, UW-Madison
- Trevor Ghylin, Campus Metabolism Project, UW-Madison
- Lisa MacKinnon, Sustainability Coordinator, Dane County
- Cathy Middlecamp, Associate Professor, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison
- Karl van Lith, Organizational Development and Training Officer, City of Madison
F - Satellites and Simulation Models:
A SAGE Look at Science in the Real World
Cutting-edge environmental science requires technical expertise, attention to detail and sharp focus on the research question. How can scientists compete in such a setting and produce results that support effective environmental policies? Investigators from the Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE) will share their perspectives on this question, based on experience in such diverse fields as atmospheric chemistry, agriculture, urban expansion, public health, energy policy, climate science and land use change. A series of brief presentations will be followed by discussion.
- Carol Barford, Director, Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, UW-Madison (Moderator/panelist)
- Rob Beattie, SAGE IGERT Program Associate Director/Academic Coordinator Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment UW-Madison
- Tracey Holloway, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, UW-Madison
- Chris Kucharik, Associate Professor of Agronomy & Environmental Studies, UW-Madison
- Gregory Nemet, Assistant Professor of Public Affairs & Environmental Studies, UW-Madison
- Mutlu Ozdogan, Assistant Professor of Forest Ecology & Environmental Studies, UW-Madison
- Jonathan Patz, Director, Global Health Institute; Professor of Environmental Studies & Population Health Sciences, UW-Madison
- Gary Radloff, Director of Midwest Energy Policy Analysis, Wisconsin Energy Institute, UW-Madison
- Annemarie Schneider, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, UW-Madison
G - Cultural Ecology:
Using and Conserving Knowledge of the Natural World
Local people, including indigenous peoples, often possess deep and long-standing knowledge of ecosystems. Conserving this local knowledge for the future is important, but so is utilizing it in order to make better management decisions at present. This session explores examples of cultural ecology in Africa, Southeast Asia, South America and Wisconsin.
- Matt Turner, Professor of Geography, UW-Madison (Moderator/panelist)
- Ian Baird, Assistant Professor of Geography, UW-Madison
- Eve Emshwiller, Associate Professor of Botany, UW-Madison
- Holly Youngbear-Tibbetts, Dean, External Relations, College of Menominee Nation
H - Wisconsin Ideas:
A Creative Look at Graduate Research in the Nelson Institute
A selection of graduate students will offer a unique look at their research and discuss the challenges and rewards of interdisciplinary work, with an emphasis on novel questions, creative methods, and the engagement of communities beyond the UW campus. Fellow learners of all ages are encouraged to attend and contribute to this discussion.
- Teresa Arrate, MS, Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development (Moderator)
- Patricia O'Kane, PhD, Environment and Resources
One Bird, One Park, One World
- Francis Eanes, PhD, Environment and Resources
Using Geotools to Foster Stewardship in Great Lakes Communities
- Chris Bocast, PhD, Environment and Resources
In Search of…Sturgeon Thunder
- Maggie Grabow, PhD, Environment and Resources, CHANGE Certificate
Perceived and Environmental Determinants of Active Transportation Behavior in Wisconsin
- Vijay Limaye, Joint PhD, Epidemiology/Environment and Resources, CHANGE Certificate
Crank up the A/C? Exploring How Climate Change Will Affect Energy Demand, Air Quality, and Health in the US
- JOINT PRESENTATION: Marian Weidner, MS, Environment and Resources, CHANGE Certificate; Caitlin Kontgis, PhD, Geography, CHANGE Certificate; Claire Luby, MS, Plant Breeding, CHANGE Certificate
Plant Breeders' Perspectives on Open Source Seed Initiative
- Hua Ming, MS, Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development, CHE Certificate
Payment for Ecosystem Services Practices in China - A Case from Conservation International
I - Ready for Its Close-Up:
Nature on Film and the Camera's Role in Conservation
The history of film is inextricably linked with our relationships with nature. From ethnographic re-enactments and the safari adventure films of the early 1900s to wildlife television shows helmed by Jacques Cousteau and Marlin Perkins in the 1950s and '60s to today's documentary series like Nature and Planet Earth, visions of the wild have long been mainstays of cinema that have awed audiences around the world. Over the years, people have sought to capture this interest and direct it toward conservation advocacy. But what happens when goals of education and policy collide with the demands of entertainment and storytelling? This session will discuss the problems and possibilities of film as a tool for conservation, including clips from selected environmental films.
- Gregg Mitman, Professor, History of Science, History of Medicine, and Environmental Studies, UW-Madison; Author, Reel Nature: America's Romance With Wildlife on Film (Moderator)
- Peter Boger, Ph.D. Candidate, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison
- Celine Cousteau, Marine Conservation Advocate and Filmmaker; Founder and Executive Director, CauseCentric Productions
- Finn Ryan, Video Producer, Wisconsin Media Lab