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75 years at Cedar Creek

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PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE ON HOLD DUE TO THE PANDEMIC. PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH WITH A SCIENTIST ONLINE AT z.umn.edu/LWASonline (password: LWAS2020).

 

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. That has all changed, thanks to our monthly 'lunch and learn' series: Lunch with a Scientist! Each month, this free event features 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 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!

Outline

2020 Topics and Speakers*:

January 14th: Cedar Creek: Reflections, CC's Artists in Residence

February 11th: Nutrient Alteration Experiments, Cristy Portales Reyes

March 10th: Climate Change, Sam Potter

April 14th: Wildlife Research, Meredith Palmer

May 12th: Red-headed Woodpeckers, Elena West

June 9th: Aquatic Research at Cedar Bog Lake, Jim Cotner

July 14th: Bison, Chad Zirbel

August 11th: Native Bees, Elaine Evans 

September 8th: Fungi, Peter Kennedy

October 13th: Small Mammals, Janine Mistrick

November 10th: Dendrochronology, Daniel Griffin

December 8th: Cedar Creek Food Webs, Eric Seabloom and Elizabeth Borer

 

*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
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11:30AM to 1:00PM
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Jul 14, 2020
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Free class non-credit $0.00
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This month's session features Dr. Chad Zirbel, postdoctoral researcher on Cedar Creek's bison project. Since 2018, Cedar Creek has hosted a small herd of bison onsite during the summer as part of innovative research into the role of these megaherbivores in oak savanna restoration and management. Chad will provide an update on Cedar Creek's bison herd and savanna research, including a discussion of results so far. Weather permitting, we'll venture out to the bison gazebo after lunch to see the herd in person! Want to visit the bison on your own time? The bison trail (1 mile each way) and gazebo are open to the public on Saturdays when the herd is onsite. Visit cedarcreek.umn.edu/conservation/bison for more information. Details and a schedule for the year's Lunch with a Scientist programs are available at cedarcreek.umn.edu/LWAS.
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Native bees: Elaine Evans
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Lecture
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11:30AM to 1:00PM
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Aug 11, 2020
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1.5
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  • Off-Campus
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Free class non-credit $0.00
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Curious about the native pollinators that call Minnesota home? Join Dr. Elaine Evans of the U of M Bee Lab to learn all about bee diversity, biology and conservation! Cedar Creek has historically been home to 15 of the state's 23 bumblebee species, including the newly-listed rusty-patched bumblebee. However, surveys over the last decade have revealed a decline that mirrors declines happening statewide. Stick around after Dr. Evans' lecture to participate in one of this summer's official citizen science bumblebee surveys! No experience necessary, just a willingness to learn and to try your hand at catching and identifying some of our local bees. Details and a schedule for the year's Lunch with a Scientist programs are available at cedarcreek.umn.edu/LWAS.
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Fungi: Peter Kennedy
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Lecture
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11:30AM to 1:00PM
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Sep 08, 2020
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Off-Campus
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1.5
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  • Off-Campus
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Free class non-credit $0.00
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Explore the wonderful world of mushrooms and fungi with Dr. Peter Kennedy! This month, we'll be learning about plant-fungi symbioses, the role of fungi in forests, and much more. Weather permitting, we'll get outside for a quick walk to look for some of Cedar Creek's incredible diversity of fungal species! Details and a schedule for the year's Lunch with a Scientist programs are available at cedarcreek.umn.edu/LWAS.
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Small mammal research: Janine Mistrick
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Lecture
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11:30AM to 1:00PM
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Oct 13, 2020
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1.5
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  • Off-Campus
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Free class non-credit $0.00
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This month, graduate student Janine Mistrick will share her work studying small mammals. Janine studies wildlife disease dynamics and the role of landscape and habitat features in shaping animal movement and community composition. She conducts work at both Cedar Creek and Itasca Biological Station, trapping and studying small mammals in both natural and human-altered settings. Details and a schedule for the year's Lunch with a Scientist programs are available at cedarcreek.umn.edu/LWAS.
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Tree-ring research: Daniel Griffin
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11:30AM to 1:00PM
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Nov 10, 2020
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1.5
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  • Off-Campus
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Free class non-credit $0.00
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Join Dr. Daniel Griffin for a unique peek into Minnesota's past! Dr. Griffin studies paleoclimatology, the investigation of natural climate variability using environmental proxies like tree rings. His extensive tree coring work at Cedar Creek has revealed fascinating information about pre-settlement fire patterns, variability in rainfall and water availability, and more. Details and a schedule for the year's Lunch with a Scientist programs are available at cedarcreek.umn.edu/LWAS.

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Cedar Creek Food Webs: Eric Seabloom and Elizabeth Borer
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11:30AM to 1:00PM
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Dec 08, 2020
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Off-Campus
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1.5
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  • Off-Campus
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Lecture  
Course Fee(s)
Free class non-credit $0.00
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Our final Lunch with a Scientist of 2020 features fan favorites Dr. Elizabeth Borer and Dr. Eric Seabloom. They will talk about Cedar Creek's food webs and how work over the last 75 years has built on Ray Lindeman's foundational studies of food web dynamics and energy flow in the 1930s. What a great way to wrap up a year of programs! Details and a schedule for the year's Lunch with a Scientist programs are available at cedarcreek.umn.edu/LWAS.

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