Conservation Salons

Get together with your colleagues for discussion on some of the latest issues in conservation and sustainability.  Hosted by IGERT faculty  Cookies and treats to fuel the discussion!


Second Tuesday of the month 3-4:30pm in the Memorial Union Check TITU for room location

Spring 2015

February: Jake Vander Zanden, Claudio Gratton, Adam Hinterthuer

February 10, 3pm Memorial Union 


Jake, Claudio, and Adam will talk about how to communicate your research to the media effectively and efficiently.

March : Curt Meine, organized by Kaitlin Stack Whitney and Kara Cromwell

March 10, 3pm Memorial Union

Curt Meine will discuss values in conservation and the intersection with novel ecosystems

April : 

April  14, 3pm Memorial Union


May : Diana Guzman Colon and Lori Barrow 

May 12, 3pm Memorial Union

Fall 2014

September : Volker Radeloff

September 9, 3pm Memorial Union 


Volker Radeloff and Jack Williams will talk about the preparation and status of the Novel Ecosystems manuscript that is in preparation for Ecological Applications.  The manuscript was developed during the Novel Ecosystems seminar in Spring 2014 and is currently in a draft stage.

October : Aldo Leopold Nature Center fieldtrip
October 14, 3pm leave from Memorial Union 
Sam Munoz has organized a trip to the Aldo Leopold Nature Center in Monona for all IGERT participants.  ALNC staff are experienced environmental educators and outreach specialists. We will have the opportunity to learn about and participate in some outreach activities with a focus on engaging the public in conservation and environmental issues, using novel ecosystems as a context.  This will be a great introduction and there will be time for discussion following the visit. 


November : Alex Latzka, Andrw L'Roe and Alexey Lalinin
November 11, 3pm Memorial Union 
Alex, Andrew and Alexey will lead discussions and activities about methods to quantify and value biodiversity and how current conservation policies strike a balance between ecological and economic evaluations.


December : 
December 9, 3pm Memorial Union 


Spring 2014

February : Dan Vimont
Sustainable Management and Organizational Structure in a Complex Adaptive System: A case study of climate adaptation in Wisconsin.  Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) is an organization aiming at sustainable managment within a complex adaptive system and how to navigate the partnership between managment and research. 

March : Evan Childress and Pete McIntyre

We will be exploring shifts in the timing of ecological events as climate warms and what the implications are for species interactions and ecosystems. We will also be thinking about ways to manage for this aspect of novelty. 

April : Emily Atkinson and Ricardo Rivera

Ricardo and Emily will be leading the group in a discussion about 'Novel Ecosystems as a Concept,' including a short introduction on the origins of the concept and a chance to reflect on how your research contributes to how you define the term. Participants will have several opportunities to discuss the definition of a novel ecosystem with different groups and apply a group definition to various ecosystems. This activity will be useful for folks not participating in the Novel Ecosystems seminar, but for those who are taking part in the seminar it will be a great chance to hear other opinions, reflect on how yours/others research informs how you think about novel ecosystems, and share what you've discussed. We hope to see you there!


May : Holly Gibbs
Holly is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Geography at the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE). Her research focuses on tropical land-use change and globalization, particularly on the potential to reconcile food security, climate change and conservation goals. Gibbs collaborates with policymakers, business leaders and non-governmental organizations to identify and answer key questions, and help translate science into action. She will talk about how new demand side conservation efforts are reducing deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon


Fall 2013

September : Volker Radeloff
Welcome back!
We will look at slides from the great IGERT field trip to southwestern Wisconsin as well as discuss collaborations.  Collaborations can be both, greatly enriching, and a major headache.  Why engage in them?  When?  When not?  How to go about them?  And what to expect from them?  Clearly, some researchers are much more successful at collaborating than others, and Thursday will be the time to explore why

October : Adena Rissman
Novel Ecosystems Video Challenge!
Make a video that addresses these questions: 1) What is a novel ecosystem? 2) How do novel ecosystems present challenges for ecosystem management and conservation?
To tell a visual story about novel ecosystems, you could do one or more of the following:
... depict a local ecosystem on campus
...interview team members about their research
...debate the definition of novel ecosystems
...interview strangers to hear how they think humans are modifying ecosystems
...take up the tone of a nature documentary, slapstick or newscast
Aim for a 5-10 minute video, we encourage spontaneity! These are not intended to be polished products.


November : Andrew Hasley and Francisco Pelegri

Genetics and ethics of recloning extinct species
What is interspecies somatic cell nuclear transfer and how does this area of research relate to novel ecosystems?  The public (and controversial) face of ISCNT

December : Tony Ives and Karen Strier
Collaborative Research in Action
Interdisciplinary research has both rewards and challenges, both expected and unexpected. We will discuss our collaboration on a demographic analysis of Karen’s long-term study on muriquis, the largest New World primate, highlighting some of the surprises we both had. We will then present 4 scenarios involving challenges of interdisciplinary work modeled on situations we have encountered; we will ask you to discuss them in small groups and then have an open discussion.



Spring 2013

Bioenergy and the landscape it creates
Randy Jackson and Claudio Gratton
A discussion on bioenergy and interdisciplinary research from their own experiences.  


Invasive species in aquatic ecosystems
Jake Vander Zanden and Alex Latzka
Invasive species can be drivers of novelty – how do resource agencies manage this change? We will tackle that question in breakout groups tasked with creating key objectives for a county-wide invasive species management plan.

Quasi-experimental statistical approaches
Jen Alix-Garcia



Conservation issues in Australia and policy relevant science.
Hugh Possingham

The Scientific Method
Murray Clayton
The use of "the scientific method" is considered the hallmark of good science. In this presentation we discuss various definitions of the scientific method and, more broadly, what is meant by science. The work of philosophers Popper and Kuhn are discussed, as is the specific question: is ecology science?


Fall 2012



First Salon :  Introduction to IGERT and one another
Volker Radeloff
An opportunity to get to know each other, learn about each other’s work, and learn about IGERT activities. We will also have a recap from the IGERT road trip, and provide some information about the application process for the traineeships

October : Jack Williams
No analog Climate
Defining novelty and no-analog climates. 



December : Adena Rissman, Tim Van Deelen and Katherine Curtis
Engaged Scholarship: research that makes a difference... and a few cautionary tales.  How can we engage agencies, decision makers, and communities in our research? What is the role of science in a democratic society?