College of Natural Resources Student Research Symposium  

Congratulations to the 2015 Honorees  

Highest Honors - Oral Presentations 

Bree Bender, Fisheries and Water Resources major
Seasonal denitrification and nitrogen removal capacity of small reservoirs
Adviser: Kyle Herrman, assistant professor of fisheries and water resources 
 
Rebecca Kelble, Wildlife Ecology major
Seasonal Food Habits of Bobcat (Lynx rufus) in Central Wisconsin
Adviser: Eric Anderson, professor of wildlife ecology
 
James Lima, Fisheries and Water Resources major
Predicting capture of Atlantic and Shortnose Sturgeon with water quality in the Savannah River, Georgia
Adviser: Joshua Raabe, assistant professor of fisheries and water resources 
 

Highest Honors - Poster Presentations 

Luke Berg, Tyler Shimulunas and Isaacc Silvernale
Improved mass transfer and water usage reductions on the UW-Stevens Point Pilot Paper Machine
Adviser: Karyn Biasca, paper science and engineering chair and professor
 
Tessa Collins, Jaide Ryks, Margaret Nannenhorn and Amy Nakano
Should the TNR Vivarium be used for some other purpose?
Adviser: Peter Zani, assistant professor of biology
 
Chris Ester and Amy Sandel
Estimating groundwater recharge and solute loading in agricultural systems using passive capillary lysimeters
Adviser: George Kraft, professor and director of the Center for Watershed Science and Education
 
Chase Gadbois, James Hansen, Michelle Murawski and Bryn Webber
A Comparison of Methods for estimating Ruffed Grouse abundance using detection probability
Adviser: Jason Riddle, assistant professor of wildlife ecology
 
Lisa Moehlman
Feasibility of the UW-Stevens Point Residential Living composting program: troubleshooting and cost-benefit analysis
Adviser: Robert Michitsch, assistant professor of soil and waste resources
 
Justin Nachtigal
Effects of calcium on phosphorous loading in aquatic systems of the Central Sands Region of Wisconsin
Adviser: Paul McGinley, professor of fisheries and water resources
 
Andrew Weston
Continuous forest inventory at Upham Woods Nature Center
Advisers: Steve Kerlin, assistant professor of HDNR and Kevin Burns, Treehaven ecologist   
 

Honorable Mentions - Oral Presentations 

 
Implementing the Wisconsin walleye initiative with stock-based management goals: establishing genetic guidelines for public and private hatchery propagation
Bradley Erdman
Advisers: Keith Turnquist, Brian Sloss and David Giehtbrock
 
A comparison of methods for estimating Ruffed Grouse abundance using detection probability
Chase Gadbois, James Hansen, Michelle Murawski and Bryn Webber
Adviser: Jason Riddle, assistant professor of wildlife ecology
 
Feral Hog (Sus Scrofa) influence on wetland vegetation in the Western Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Anastasia Wolf-Flasch
Adviser: James Cook, professor of forestry 

Honorable Mentions - Poster Presentations 

Lunar phobia across several genera of Vespertillionid Bats
Ana Breit and Eric VanNatta
Adviser: Christopher Yahnke, professor and chair of biology
 
Seed-bank analysis of the Moses Creek restoration site
Jacob Cerminar and Rob Knauber
Adviser: James Cook, professor of forestry
 
Changes in ungulate and predator community in Mountain Zebra National Park, South Africa after Lion (Panthera leo) Reintroduction
Emma Doden, Stuart Featherston, Michael Jungen and Trenton Rohrer
Adviser: Eric Anderson, professor of wildlife ecology
 
Reduction of machine direction basis weight variation for RiverPoint Art Paper
Fred Dorn IV, Kory Kleuskens, Huel Sanders and Steven Swan
Adviser: Karyn Biasca, paper science and engineering chair and professor
 
Does frequent fire affect Red Pine (Pinus resinosa) Bark Thickness?
Brian Gorman and Gustav Parkhurst
Advisers: Kevin Burns, Treehaven ecologist and Jon Steigerwaldt, graduate student
 
Modeling large storm events with the curve number equation for several watershed delineation methods
Brandon Lee
Advisers: Katherine Clancy, associate professor of fisheries and water resources and Bill Troolin, graduate student
 
Smallmouth Bass stock-recruitment relationships in Big Crooked Lake, Wisconsin, 1997-2004
Tony Willman
Advisers: Dan Isermann, interim unit leader for the Wisconsin Cooperative Fishery Research Unit
 
 
 
Open publication            
 

2013 Symposium Booklet

2012 Symposium Booklet 

2011 Symposium Booklet

The original vision for the CNR Student Research Symposium came from Victor Phillips, former  Dean of the College of Natural Resources, who expressed interest in creating a venue for students to display -- and be recognized for -- their research work. The symposium is planned and executed by a steering committee made up of students working with faculty/staff. (If you're interested in being on this committee or have ideas, email CNRURS@uwsp.edu for more information.)

The symposium is held in the CNR Main Lobby and adjoining lecture rooms, it has annually featured the work of approximately 50 undergraduate students who display and explain their research projects. Presenters choose to be evaluated or not and highest honors are awarded to the upper quartile, but more importantly the CNR Student Research Symposium offers students the opportunity to hone their presentation skills in preparation for a professional career.

The CNR Symposium is often accompanied by a photo contest organized entirely by students and sponsored by UWSP chapter of Xi Sigma Pi. It attracts over 100 entries, and provides an excellent sideshow that blends with the scheduled agenda of the symposium itself. The photo contest usually awards 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes for the top entries (voted on by their peers) in flora, fauna, and scenic categories.

The CNR Student Research Symposium attracts between 400 and 500 spectators and coincides with CNR Rendezvous. Without a doubt, this event raises the bar of scholarly activities for CNR students. For families attending, the symposium is a great photo opportunity and a chance to see the excellent education their children are participating in. For the CNR and UWSP, the symposium is a reason to celebrate student accomplishments by providing a performance platform, a means for showcasing the work of the College's primary customers -- its students.

 

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