"Hydrologic Recovery with Prairie Reconstruction at Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge" will be presented by Keith Schilling, research scientist with Iowa Geological Survey at the University of Iowa. This event will be hosted by the Tallgrass Prairie Center. Open to the public.
Irish author Paddy Woodworth will present his assessment of ecological restoration as a key conservation strategy in the face of accelerating environmental degradation and climate change. Copies of his recent book, Our Once and Future Planet, will be available for purchase and signing. This free event is sponsored by the Tallgrass Prairie Center and Friends of the Tallgrass Prairie Center.
Thesis Defense - Ryan Neuhaus -
"A Comparison of the Effects of Burning, Haying and Mowing on Plants and Small Mammals in a Tallgrass Prairie Reconstruction."
The UNI Tallgrass Prairie Center invites you to appreciate the beauty of native plants with a leisurely walk along the trail of a UNI prairie planting. Walks will be led by Tallgrass Prairie Center founder and advocate Daryl Smith and Laura Jackson, center director at 1p.m. and 2:15 p.m. This event is free and open to the public; bring a pair of comfortable walking shoes.
Jessica Abernathy, biology MS student, will defend her thesis: "Diverse Prairie Reconstructions as a Bioenergy Feedstock".
Ben Hoksch, Biology M.S. Thesis Defense.
Jennifer Wahl Rupp will defend her thesis "Biomass, Mineral Content and Winter Phenology of Nine Tallgrass Prairie Forbs."
Brigid Wieman Environmental Science Thesis Defense: Conservation genetics and habitat association of Rhinichthys cataractae; a fish of conservation need in Iowa.
"Why has the monarch butterfly population declined, and what can we do about it?" John Pleasants, Iowa State University, will present "Why has the monarch butterfly population declined, and what can we do about it?" Refreshments will be provided.
Aaron Walck will defend his thesis: "Changes in the proteome of the barley spike under drought and well-watered conditions."