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    "I learned a lot while I was in Alaska—everything from identifying tundra vegetation to what to do if a bear attacks." — Genna Waldvogel

    Genna WaldvogelEnvironmental sciences major, intern at Alaska field station, conductor of research project on seasons and streams. More about Genna >>

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    "I felt a strong sense of community in RSENR." — Kelsey Head

    Kelsey Head Environmental studies major, student educator with the UVM Watershed Alliance, creator of environmental curriculum for young people, intern, volunteer coordinator. More about Kelsey >>

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    "I directly contributed to the outcome of the project." — Joshua Carrera

    Joshua Carrera Natural resources major, social activist, co-creator of online course, participant in travel study to Costa Rica, Brazil, Ecuador and beyond, delegate. More about Joshua >>

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    " I was looking to learn and broaden my experience in the wildlife biology and education fields." — Flavio Sutti, Ph.D. student

    Flavio SuttiPh.D. candidate in natural resources, Consultant biologist in Italy, master in wildlife biology, researching landscape context as a framework for agricultural systems. More about Flavio >>

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    "I care deeply about forests, and I have come to care passionately about working with horses in the woods." — Ethan Tapper

    Ethan TapperForestry major, horse logging intern studying forest management and impact of horses working in the woods. More about Ethan >>

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Friday April 18, 2014
Aiken 112
Join students, faculty, and friends of UVM's Field Naturalist and Ecological Planning programs for Friday adventures. Walks depart from main lobby of Jeffords Hall. To receive email updates, reserve a spot, or get more info, contact Levi at Locations and times subject to change.
Gund Conference Room
Johnson House
617 Main Street
Forest regeneration and biodiversity following wind disturbance and salvage harvest in northern forests

By Sarah Pears

Seminar: 3:00 pm, Aiken 311
Defense: 4:00 pm, Aiken 311


Kimberly Wallin, Associate Research Professor, RSENR, Advisor
Donna Rizzo, Professor, School of Engineering, Committee Chair
Carol Adair, Assistant Professor, RSENR
Jon Erickson, Professor, RSENR

Stand-replacing disturbances due to severe weather have historically been rare in the Northern Forest; however, the frequency of extreme storms in the region is projected to increase. A windstorm in 2010 severely damaged trees in Chittenden County, Vermont. Forest managers salvage harvested storm-impacted stands, removing trees blown over or otherwise injured. This proposed research will quantify cumulative impacts of windstorm and salvage harvest on ecosystem services in the Northern Forest. Across a range of disturbance intensities I will quantify regeneration and factors that influence tree recruitment including coarse woody debris abundance, remnant canopy trees, and interactions between Rubus and native tree species. I will also quantify disturbance impacts to species richness and diversity of herbaceous plants and ground-dwelling invertebrates along a gradient of disturbance intensity. This biodiversity data will serve as a test of the Intermediate Disturbance Hypothesis, which predicts that highest biodiversity results from moderate intensity or frequency ecosystem disruptions. I expect to find forest recovery rates highest at sites subjected to wind disturbance and moderately intense salvage harvest. Rubus species likely have allelopathic and shading impacts on native hardwood species, thus limiting their recruitment in post-disturbance vegetation. I expect biodiversity to be highest in sites where salvage harvest was moderate. I will share results and conclusions via peer-reviewed publications, professional and academic conference presentations, press releases, and public workshops for Vermont forestland managers.
Event: A Personal Odyssey Along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

Peter Macfarlane shares his month-long journey paddling 750 miles of the longest inland water trail in the nation. Learn more about Peter at 1 Man, 1 Canoe, 750 Miles.

Cost: Free
Monday April 21, 2014
Matthew Forister, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Reno

“Ecological bridges and evolutionary consequences: insights into a host switch from the field and genome”

in room 105 Marsh Life Science Bldg.

Refreshments will be served starting at 11:35 a.m. in room 105 Marsh Life Science Bldg.

Tuesday April 22, 2014

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