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Category Archive: Thesis Defense

Two theses feature conservation and management of local aquatic resources

Two upcoming thesis presentations will feature research conducted in northeastern WI that will help with the management of two very different, but ecologically and economically important, aquatic species in our state. Defense presentations are free and students, faculty, staff, and the public, are invited to attend.

On Friday, 28 August, David Lawrence will discuss his research on the productivity, morphology, and migration of larval Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) as they move out of the Menominee and Oconto Rivers. Understanding the movement and productivity of young fish will help us to better understand and maintain sustainable populations of this species. The thesis talk will be at 10 am in Room 137 of Mary Ann Cofrin Hall. Dave’s research was funded in part by an NAS Heirloom Grant. His thesis advisory committee includes Dr. Patrick Forsythe (advisor),  Dr. Kevin Fermanich, and Robert Elliott & Michael Donofrio from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Nets used to capture migrating larval Lake Sturgeon in the Oconto River.

Nets that Dave used to capture migrating larval Lake Sturgeon in the Oconto River.

The following Friday, on 4 September, Matt Peter will discuss his research on Common Reed (Phragmites australis). Both native and exotic varieties (genotypes) of this species co-occur in Wisconsin and there is much interest in how native and exotic species impact wetland plant communities. He compared the ecological states, restoration potential, and morphological and molecular genotyping between native and exotic varieties of the plant. His study areas included three sites in Door County, WI managed by The Nature Conservancy: Shivering Sands Preserve, Kangaroo Lake, and Mink River Preserve.  Matt’s research, which was funded in part by the Nature Conservancy and a UWGB Cofrin Grant, will help land managers as they attempt to conserve and restore wetlands that have been invaded by the non-native variety. His thesis advisory committee includes Dr. Mathew Dornbush (advisor), Dr. Patrick Robinson, and Mike Grimm &and Kari Hagenow from the Nature Conservancy.

Matt's kayak sits in a stand of Phragmites australis at Shivering Sands Preserve in Door Co., WI

Matt’s kayak sits in a stand of Phragmites australis at Shivering Sands Preserve in Door Co., WI.

 

Bird Banding Thesis Defense

Join us tomorrow August 14th in the Biodiversity Center (Mary Ann Cofrin Hall 212) at 1:00 PM and listen to graduate student Stephanie Beilke defend her master’s thesis research on migratory birds. She used bird banding and mist netting to better understand the ecology of birds that use Point au Sable as a migratory stopover place.

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Learn more about Stephanie’s research here: http://blog.uwgb.edu/…/2…/11/bird-banding-at-point-au-sable/

May Thesis Defenses

Stephanie Suchecki

Title: Environmental Policy Relations between First Nations and Local Government: A Case Study of Oneida Seven Generation Corporation and the Green Bay City Government
Location: MAC Bridge Room
Date: May 4, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m.

Wade Oehmichen

Title: Rate of Dispersal of Spotted Knapweed Biocontrol Beetles (Larinus ssp.: Curculionidae) in Wisconsin
Location: ES 317
Date: May 4, 2015
Time: 2:00 p.m.

Ryan LaCount

Title: Water Quality Trading Programs: Design, Administration, and Market Structure
Location: MAC 201
Date: May 8, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m.

Whitney Passint

Title: The Role of Civil Society in Local Climate Politics
Location: MAC 212 – Biodiversity Conference Room
Date: May 8, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m.

Saja Al-Quzweeni

Title: Conceptualizing Political Empowerment: Reflections from Non-Governmental Organizations through the Lens of Civil Society Theories
Location: MAC Bridge Room
Date: May 8, 2015
Time: 2:00 p.m.

Kyle Sandmire

Title: Resource Recovery Methods Feasibility Study for Brown County
Location: MAC 212 – Biodiversity Conference Room
Date: May 15, 2015
Time: 12:30 p.m.

Jacob Eggert

Title: The Lifecycle Analysis of the Average Death in the United States: Inputs, Residuals, and Opinions of Primary Disposition Methods
Location: TBA
Date: May 22, 2015
Time: 10:30 a.m.

Tim Flood on Water Quality

The Office of Graduate Studies Announces: Thesis Defense of Tim Flood

Photo: Cat Island Chain

Monitoring Water Quality and Submergent Aquatic Vegetation of Lower Green Bay Wetlands and Influences of the Cat Island Chain Re-establishment Project

Date: Wednesday December 3, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Mary Ann Cofrin Hall 212

Major advisor: Dr. Patrick Robinson
Committee members: Dr. Patrick Forsythe & Michael Grimm

Majeski Thesis Defense Invitation

Majeski defense Oct. 16 at 1 pm