Wetland Plant Identification and Sampling Techniques
July 11 - 12, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Schmeeckle Reserve, Stevens Point, Wis.
As part of the Plant Identification Workshop Series, this workshop is designed to provide the advanced skills and experience necessary to properly identify and sample wetland plants. The workshop will focus on identifying wetland, and some aquatic, species of the Upper Midwest in both lab and field settings. To accomplish this, Stephanie Lyon, Ph.D. and Paul Skawinski, will review plant anatomy in relation to dichotomous keys as well as proper field sampling techniques.
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
- Categorize common wetland communities of the Upper Midwest
- Use simple dichotomous keys to identify plant genera and/or species
- Demonstrate field plant sampling techniques
A workshop itinerary will be available soon.
This workshop is preapproved from WI-DNR Cooperating Foresters for 5.0 CEHs each day; a total of 10.0 CEHs.
This workshop is also provided for 7 continuing education credits under SER's Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) program
This workshop is designed for individuals with some plant identification experience.
Paul Skawinski is the Citizen Lake Monitoring Network Educator for UW-Extension’s Lakes Program as well as the author of Aquatic Plants of the Upper Midwest. Paul also teaches Aquatic Plant Taxonomy at UW-Stevens Point, and has worked with aquatic invasive plants for almost 15 years. He is an avid plant photographer and enjoys spending time on lakes kayaking and snorkeling.
Dr. Stephanie Lyon spent her early years in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains in eastern Tennessee, and developed a passion for botany at a young age. In her teens, she attended the Illinois Math and Science Academy and then completed a biology degree at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. While at Carleton, she worked as an assistant for the arboretum, took a variety of field ecology classes, and worked as an intern in the Plant Ecology lab at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center studying native orchids and their mycorrhizal fungi. Following graduation, Dr. Lyon first worked as an intern at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, studying the effects of habitat fragmentation on the pollination ecology of purple cone flower populations in western Minnesota, and then spent two years at the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in Bethel, Minnesota, conducting botanical surveys for a variety of research projects and managing long-term ecological data sets. She then moved to Wisconsin to pursue a PhD in botany at UW-Madison, specializing in orchid systematics and ecology under the supervision of Dr. Tom Givnish. She earned her doctorate in 2014, and in 2016, she joined the biology department at UW-Stevens Point. At UWSP, she teaches several botany classes, including upper-level courses in Vascular Plant Taxonomy and Agrostology (the study of grasses and their close relatives), and is the director of the UWSP herbarium