The UNI Botanical Center spring plant sale will include the usual variety of herbs and vegetables. There will also be a limited number of perennials from our campus gardens such as daylilies, Japanese iris and hosta, as well as an assortment of bulbs and plants from the tropical collection and flowering annuals. Come early for the best selection. Plants will be in classroom #26 on the north side of the center.
UNI STEM ambassador Nicole Hindman will lead a tour of the Botanical Center. Participants will see, smell and touch a distinct collection of plant species from around the world. Succulent plant cuttings will be available.
Jordan Young, M.S in biology candidate, will defend her thesis "Effects of soil type and plant diversity on soil respiration and litter decomposition in a tallgrass prairie biofuel production system."
Jessica Riebkes, M.S. in Biology candidate, will defend her thesis "Effects of Predator Satiation on Seed Predation in New Roadside Prairie Plantings."
"Making Ecological Restoration More Effective: Ideas From the Midwest and Around the World" will be presented by Susan Galatowitsch, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota. This event is hosted by the Tallgrass Prairie Center. Open to the public.
"Effect of Predator Satiation on Seed Predation in New Roadside Prairie Plantings" will be presented by Jessica Riebkes. This event is hosted by the Tallgrass Prairie Center. Open to the public.
"How Soil Biology Affects the Health and Function of Soil" will be presented by Ryan Dermody. This event is hosted by the Tallgrass Prairie Center. Open to the public.
"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."