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75 years at Cedar Creek

Description

Many visitors come to Cedar Creek because they are interested in science and the study of nature and natural systems. It makes sense, given that this is a field station specifically designated for ecological research! However, there are limited opportunities to actually hear about the current work being done onsite directly from the scientists themselves. New in 2019, we will offering a monthly 'lunch and learn' series: Lunch with a Scientist. Each month, this free event will feature a different research topic presented by scientists who work at or in conjunction with Cedar Creek. If weather permits and the topic lends itself, we will also go outside to see research in action! Wear closed-toe shoes, dress for the weather, and come with your burning ecology questions. We will provide the brain food but we ask that you bring your own lunch and hunger for knowledge.

Lunch with a Scientist meets on the second Tuesday of the month from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, in the Lindeman Research and Discovery Center. Abstracts and biographies will be available at cedarcreek.umn.edu/LWAS a few weeks before each session. We look forward to digging deeper into our scientific work with you this year!

Outline

2019 Topics*

January: Eyes on the Wild: citizen science trail camera project, Caitlin Potter

February (Now rescheduled to Monday, April 8th): Radio telemetry and wildlife ecology, Dave Mech

March: Winter and climate change, Sam Potter

April: Prescribed burning, Troy Mielke and Jim Krueger

May: Red-headed Woodpeckers, Jim Howitz

June: BioCON global change experiment, Sarah Hobbie

July: Bison and savanna restoration, Chad Zirbel

August: Soil science, Linda Kinkel

September: Oak savannas, Rebecca Montgomery

October: Biodiversity research, Forest Isbell

November: Nutrient network, Elizabeth Borer and Eric Seabloom 

December: Wildlife tracking survey project, Jon Poppele

 

*please note that topics and presenters are subject to change.

Questions? Contact Tillery Bailey (bail0311@umn.edu or 612-301-2613)
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Section Title
Bison and Savanna Restoration: Chad Zirbel
Type
Lecture
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Time
11:30AM to 1:00PM
Dates
Jul 09, 2019
Campus
Off-Campus
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
1.5
Location
  • Off-Campus
Delivery Options
Lecture  
Course Fee(s)
Free class non-credit $0.00
Drop Request Deadline
Jul 09, 2019
Transfer Request Deadline
Oct 13, 2016
Section Details
This month's session features Dr. Chad Zirbel, postdoctoral researcher on Cedar Creek's bison project. Chad will discuss the scientific basis for bringing a bison herd to Cedar Creek each summer, and will go over some initial results from the first year of the project. Weather permitting, we'll venture out to the bison gazebo after lunch to see the herd in person! Details and a schedule for the year are available at cedarcreek.umn.edu/LWAS.
Section Title
Soil Science: Linda Kinkel
Type
Lecture
Days
T
Time
11:30AM to 1:00PM
Dates
Aug 13, 2019
Campus
Off-Campus
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
1.5
Location
  • Off-Campus
Delivery Options
Lecture  
Course Fee(s)
Free class non-credit $0.00
Drop Request Deadline
Aug 13, 2019
Transfer Request Deadline
Nov 17, 2016
Section Details
This month's session features Dr. Linda Kinkel, expert soil scientist. Details and a schedule for the year are available at cedarcreek.umn.edu/LWAS.
Section Title
Oak Savannas: Rebecca Montgomery
Type
Lecture
Days
T
Time
11:30AM to 1:00PM
Dates
Sep 10, 2019
Campus
Off-Campus
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
1.5
Location
  • Off-Campus
Delivery Options
Lecture  
Course Fee(s)
Free class non-credit $0.00
Drop Request Deadline
Sep 10, 2019
Transfer Request Deadline
Dec 15, 2016
Section Details
This month's session features Dr. Rebecca Montgomery. Oak savannas are one of the world's rarest ecosystems, and scientists at Cedar Creek have spent decades studying how to preserve, restore and maintain this unique mosaic environment. Rebecca will discuss Cedar Creek's long-term research into fire, grazing and more. Weather permitting, we will venture out to the oak savannas to see this system for ourselves. Details and a schedule for the year are available at cedarcreek.umn.edu/LWAS.
Section Title
Biodiversity: Forest Isbell
Type
Lecture
Days
T
Time
11:30AM to 1:00PM
Dates
Oct 08, 2019
Campus
Off-Campus
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
1.5
Location
  • Off-Campus
Delivery Options
Lecture  
Course Fee(s)
Free class non-credit $0.00
Drop Request Deadline
Oct 08, 2019
Transfer Request Deadline
Jan 12, 2017
Section Details
This month's session features Dr. Forest Isbell, Cedar Creek's associate director. One of the areas of research that has made Cedar Creek famous over the last several decades is our work into understanding the causes and consequences of biodiversity. Forest's lab group studies how biodiversity and ecosystem functioning respond to global environmental changes, such as land use changes, nutrient enrichment, exotic species introductions, and climate extremes. He will also discuss the responses of ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services to changes in biodiversity. Weather permitting, we'll take a field tour out to see the diversity experiments in action! Details and a schedule for the year are available at cedarcreek.umn.edu/LWAS.
Section Title
Nutrient Network: Borer and Seabloom
Type
Lecture
Days
T
Time
11:30AM to 1:00PM
Dates
Nov 12, 2019
Campus
Off-Campus
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
1.5
Location
  • Off-Campus
Delivery Options
Lecture  
Course Fee(s)
Free class non-credit $0.00
Drop Request Deadline
Nov 12, 2019
Transfer Request Deadline
Feb 16, 2017
Section Details
This month's session features lead scientists Dr. Elizabeth Borer and Dr. Eric Seabloom, founders of the Nutrient NetworkTwo of the most pervasive human impacts on ecosystems are alteration of global nutrient budgets and changes in the abundance and identity of consumers. Fossil fuel combustion and agricultural fertilization have doubled and quintupled, respectively, global pools of nitrogen and phosphorus relative to pre-industrial levels. Concurrently, habitat loss and degradation and selective hunting and fishing disproportionately remove consumers from food webs. At the same time, humans are adding consumers to food webs for endpoints such as conservation, recreation, and agriculture, as well as accidental introductions of invasive consumer species. In spite of the global impacts of these human activities, there have been no globally coordinated experiments to quantify the general impacts on ecological systems. The Nutrient Network (NutNet) is a grassroots research effort to address these questions within a coordinated research network headquarter at Cedar Creek and currently comprised of more than 100 grassland sites worldwide.Weather permitting, we'll take a field tour out to see NutNet in action! Details and a schedule for the year are available at cedarcreek.umn.edu/LWAS.
Section Title
Wildlife Tracking Surveys: Jon Poppele
Type
Lecture
Days
T
Time
11:30AM to 1:00PM
Dates
Dec 10, 2019
Campus
Off-Campus
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
1.5
Location
  • Off-Campus
Delivery Options
Lecture  
Course Fee(s)
Free class non-credit $0.00
Drop Request Deadline
Dec 10, 2019
Transfer Request Deadline
Mar 16, 2017
Section Details
This month's session features Jon Poppele, founder of the Minnesota Wildlife Tracking Project (www.mntracking.org) and co-founder of the Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey. The goal of the Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey is to connect participants with nature and the world around them, survey the diversity of wildlife on the Cedar Creek property, and provide Cedar Creek scientists with valuable data about our wildlife. Surveys take place once a season, with other events and tracking classes scattered throughout the year. Jon will discuss the project and share what we have observed so far, and then take us out into the field to do some tracking! Details and a schedule for the year are available at cedarcreek.umn.edu/LWAS.
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