2020 VIRTUAL UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
The 7th annual Center for Tree Science Undergraduate Research Symposium took place on Thursday, August 13th and Friday, August 14th via Zoom (recordings posted below). Over a dozen students, mentored by Arboretum scientists, presented their independent research projects and two keynote speakers, Dr. Justin Richardson and Dr. Tanisha M. Williams, engaged and inspired an international audience. This event is part of the Center for Tree Science’s Integrated Mentorship Program and is funded by the National Science Foundation’s REU Program and Morton Salt.
Dr. Tanisha M. Williams - Conserving Biodiversity: From California to South Africa to Australia PRESENTATION, Postdoctoral Fellow in Conservation, Genetics, and Ecology & Evolution of Plant Reproduction, Bucknell University
Theodore James Bohdanowycz, Washtenaw Community College, U.S. Wild Harvested Tree Species: A Conservation Snapshot PRESENTATION, advisors: Christina Carrero, Dr. Jessica Turner-Skoff, Dr. Murphy Westwood
Maddie Fernandez-Laris, DePaul University, Exploring Barriers to Recruitment of Transplanted Seedlings of the Endangered Quercus Brandegeei PRESENTATION, advisors: Dr. Silvia Alvarez-Clare, Dr. Christie Klimas
Tanya R. Perez, University of Texas at San Antonio, Tree growth in response to slope in a Highway Setting (presentation not currently available), advisors: Dr. Jason W. Miesbauer, Dr. Allyson Salisbury
Kaylee J. Rosenberger, Northern Illinois University, Sampling to capture the most genetic diversity when population sizes vary in a rare species PRESENTATION, advisors: Dr. Sean Hoban, Emily Schumacher
Leslie M. Vargas, The University of the South, Early Detection and Rapid Response: Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) Monitoring PRESENTATION, advisors: Dr. Chai-Shian Kua, Tricia Bethke, Dr. Chuck Cannon
During the last week of the REU program, students present their work at the annual Center for Tree Science Undergraduate Research Symposium. The audience consists of staff, volunteers, members of the public, as well as friends and family, and is a great opportunity for speakers to utilize the science communication training they received throughout the summer.
Rachel Sims (REEF)
Bailie Muñoz (RTF)
Includes: Katie Klaus, Liz Carter, Erik Desotelle, Breane Budaitis, Felipe Santich, Brian Maule, Stuart Hupp
Highlights from past Undergraduate Research Symposiums