Conference program

Explore the full schedule for the 2019 Wetland Science Conference below. Click here for a printable PDF. 

Read the full abstracts and biographies for presenters with our 2019 Abstracts & Bios book.

* denotes a student presentation competition participant.

Tuesday February 19th

6:00 – 9:00 Conference Kickoff Social and WWA Annual Meeting (Geneva)

Sponsored by Sterling

Catch up with your wetland colleagues and friends while enjoying light snacks and a cash bar to kick off our 50th Anniversary. This fun event will also kick off Wisconsin Wetlands Association’s 2019 Wetland Science Conference. Learn more about this event on our networking page.

Wednesday February 20th

9:00 – 10:10 Plenary Session (Michigan)

Sponsored by Stantec

9:00 Welcome and Opening Comments

9:20 Conference Keynote: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow in U.S. Wetland Policy: How Did We Get Here, Where Are We Headed, and Is It Enough? Jeanne Christie, Christie Consulting Services, LLC

10:10 – 10:40 Break (Superior)

Sponsored by Merjent

10:40 – 12:00 Concurrent Sessions

Watershed Approaches
Location: Wisconsin
Moderator: Kyle Magyera

Session Details

10:40 Grimm: Wetland restoration and protection decision support: Lower Fox/Green Bay wetlands & water quality

11:00 Miller: Wetlands for tomorrow: Maintaining resilient, connected, and functional landscapes as climate changes

11:20 Lent: The Floodplain Explorer: A decision tool to prioritize floodplain restoration in the Mississippi River Basin

11:40 Gaffield: The role of wetlands in a watershed approach to restoring the Little Plover River in Wisconsin

Invasive Species: The Big Picture
Location: Mendota
Moderator: Nicole Staskowski

Session Details

10:40 Angerhofer: Wetland first aid toolbox: Strategies to combat invasive species in challenging wetlands

11:00 Loftus: Lessons learned in the field: Short-term observations on managing invasive grasses in wetlands using herbicides

11:20 CANCELLED McGowan-Stinski: Evaluating the success of restoration and management techniques for prairie fen sites in Michigan

11:40 Bates: Invasive species early detection surveys and management recommendations in coastal wetlands of Lake Superior

Special Sessions
Locations: Geneva & Middleton

Session Details

10:40-11:40 (Geneva) Career Development & Continuing Education in Wetland Science Moderated by Susan Schumacher

10:40-11:40 (Middleton) Tribal Wetland Programs Working Group (by invitation only) Facilitated by Randy Poelma

11:40-12:00 (Geneva) Legislative/Policy Update Facilitated by WWA staff

12:00 – 1:30 Lunch (Michigan)

Sponsored by GEI Consultants, Inc.

1:30 – 3:10 Concurrent Sessions

Wetland Flora and Plant Communities: ID & Assessment
Location: Wisconsin
Moderator: Pat Trochlell

Session Details

1:30 O’Connor: Development of a key to wetland plant communities

1:50 Marti: Wetland floristic quality assessment benchmarks for WI Driftless Area & Southeastern WI Till Plains Ecoregions

2:10 Strojny: Assessing the effectiveness of vegetative restoration techniques using wetland floristic quality

2:30 Gibson: Applying FQA methodology to assess restored wetlands: Results from 32 restoration projects

2:50 Smith: The new wetland mapping initiative 

Invasive Species:
Species-Specific Control

Location: Mendota
Moderator: Kelly Kearns

Session Details

1:30 Thompson: A cryptic invasion: Lessons learned attempting to control southern cattail (Typha domingensis) in a Midwest wetland system

1:50 Granberg: Mapping the invasive plant reed sweet mannagrass (Glyceria maxima) using aerial imagery, machine learning, and field reconnaissance

2:10 Abel: Retrofitting three wastewater treatment facilities to eradicate non-native Phragmites in the Chequamegon Bay region

2:30 Kron: Results of landscape-scale exotic Phragmites treatment in Wisconsin

2:50 Stanton: Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework: Managing Phragmites with science on your side

Communication Workshop
Location: Geneva
Instructor: Cindy Crosby

Session Details

1:30-2:50 (Location: Geneva) Don’t Talk Like A Scientist Workshop
*Pre-registration required. Register here.*

3:10 – 3:40 Break (Superior) (Grand Ballroom and Foyer)

Sponsored by NES Ecological Services

3:40 – 5:00 Concurrent Sessions

Wetland Flora and Plant Communities: Sites and Species
Location: Wisconsin
Moderator: Dan Collins

Session Details

3:40 Glenzinski: Wild rice restoration on the Green Bay west shore

4:00 Poole: Sod in motion: Moving wet prairie sod to preserve one-half acre of high-quality prairie remnant

4:20 Weissgerber*: Cypripedium candidum in the southeast glacial plains of Wisconsin: Distribution, ecology, and threats

4:40 Sutheimer*: Fire in forested peatlands of the Upper Great Lakes: Reconstructing the past to protect the future

* denotes presenter is participating in the student presentation competition

Wetlands and People
Location: Mendota
Moderator: Alison Peña

Session Details

3:40 Vosen*: A story is worth a thousand facts: Communicating wetlands issues to future conservationists

4:00 Highsmith: Wetland Connections between science and poetry

4:20 Beilfuss, K: New tools to promote wetland literacy across audiences

* denotes presenter is participating in the student presentation competition

Conservation Dog Workshop
Location: Geneva
Instructors: Cory Gritzmacher and Laura Holder 

Session Details

3:40-5:00 (Geneva) Conservation Dogs: What’s the Sniff All About?
*Pre-registration is required. Register here.*

5:00 – 6:30 Poster Session and Cash Bar (Superior and Michigan)

Sponsored by ENCAP

Learn more about this event on our networking page.

Featured posters

Arneson, Jade * – Restoration of wild rice (Zizania palustris L.) at coastal wetlands in the Bay of Green Bay, Lake Michigan

Belleville, Lexi *Typha × glauca and waterfowl food availability in Great Lakes coastal wetlands

Bergen, Erin * – Drivers of non-native fish species richness and distribution in the Laurentian Great Lakes

Clark, Olivia * – Battle of the Titans: Can aggressive natives hold their own against reed canarygrass (Phalaris arundinacea)?

Hall, Anna * – Vegetation changes within the St. Louis River Estuary

Himmler, Kurtis – The effects of hybrid cattail invasion on wetland bird community composition and moist-soil seed production

Johnson, Rachel * – A watershed approach to Waubesa Wetlands: Today and tomorrow

Lewandowski, Eva – The Wisconsin Citizen-based Monitoring Network: 15 years of partnership

Manning, Nicholas – The effects of road salt on the growth and survival of freshwater snails (Helisoma sp.)

Mosca, Vince – Regional significance of the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge: Wisconsin and Illinois

Nichols, Al * – What’s under the surface: Ecosystem characteristics predict growth and shell morphology in painted turtles (Chrysemys picta)

Niosi, Olivia * – Spatial analysis of nutrients affecting Typha-invaded wetland

O’Brien, Maggie – How does the time since invasion by hybrid cattail affect the diversity of a wetland seed bank?

Pearce, Tom – Wisconsin Wetland Conservation Trust: 2019 updates for WDNR’s in-lieu fee mitigation program

Ray, Shelly * – Bathymetric mapping of lagoonal wetlands in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Stern, Jessica * – Comparing vegetation metric robustness using a standardized protocol across four regions of the United States

Toczydlowski, Rachel* – Drift happens: The genetic structure of jewelweed reflects fragmentation of lowland forests and marshes

Turner, Jessica * – Contrasting responses in ecosystem carbon cycling for two Northern Wisconsin fens

Wilcox, Kayla * – A baseline assessment to develop an appropriate restoration regime for the management and restoration of wetlands

* denotes presenter is participating in the student poster presentation competition

6:30 – 9:30 Banquet and Presentation (Michigan)

Sponsored by We Energies

7:30 Banquet Presentation:  The Dismal Swamp Revealed: A Pathway to Freedom Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexandra, Professor of History, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and Director of the Joseph Jenkins Roberts Center for African Diaspora Studies, Norfolk State University. This is a ticketed event. See our banquet page for more information and how to purchase tickets

Thursday February 21st

8:30 – 9:20 Plenary Session (Michigan)

Sponsored by Cardno

8:30 Welcome 

8:40 Plenary AddressThe Power of Community: Advancing Wetland Conservation in Wisconsin Katie Beilfuss, Outreach Programs Director, Wisconsin Wetlands Association

9:30 – 10:30 Concurrent Sessions

Wetlands: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: The Big Picture
Location: Wisconsin
Moderator: Gail Epping Overholt

Session Details

9:30 Herbst*: Promoting long-term stewardship of the Waubesa Wetlands watershed

9:50 England: WWA’s wetland leadership extends to the Carolinas: The emergence of the Carolina Wetlands Association

10:10 Beilfuss, R: A risky climate for cranes, wetlands, and our world

* denotes presenter is participating in the student presentation competition

Wetland Restoration
Location: Mendota
Moderator: Aaron Feggestad

Session Details

9:30 Jarosz: In-lieu fee wetland mitigation in Wisconsin: Finding competitive restoration opportunities

9:50 Hjort: Riparian wetland restoration site investigation, then and now: Evolving site investigation methods and consideration of climate change

10:10 Loken*: Habitat heterogeneity and wetland-dependent bird use in Wisconsin’s Glacial Habitat Restoration Area

* denotes presenter is participating in the student presentation competition

Aquatic Plant Workshop
Location: Geneva
Instructor: Paul Skawinski

Session Details

9:30-10:30 (Location: Geneva) Biology and Identification of Aquatic Macrophytes
*Pre-registration required. Register here.*

10:30 – 11:00 Break (Michigan and Superior)

Sponsored by Fund for Lake Michigan

11:00 – 12:00 Concurrent Sessions

Wetlands: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Sites Over Time
Location: Wisconsin
Moderator: Travis Olson

Session Details

11:00 Martin: 50 years of wetland restoration and protection at Goose Pond Sanctuary

11:20 Eilertson: Dunn’s Marsh: A brief history of stormwater/wetland modifications from 1836 to present and what’s next

11:40 Steber: Middleton’s Pheasant Branch and trail system: Past, present, and future 

Wetlands and Water Quality
Location: Mendota
Moderator: Nick Miller

Session Details

11:00 Prestby: Recovery of an AOC: Using vegetation and wildlife communities to evaluate the present and look to the future

11:20 Houghton: Wetlands and agriculture: Working together to improve water quality

11:40 Izadmehr*: Identifying limits to denitrification in constructed wetlands

* denotes presenter is participating in the student presentation competition

Aquatic Plant Workshop (cont’d)
Location: Geneva
Instructor: Paul Skawinski

Session Details

11:00-12:00 (Location: Geneva) Biology and Identification of Aquatic Macrophytes, continued.
*Pre-registration required. Register here.*

12:00 – 1:30 Lunch (Michigan)

Sponsored by J.F. Brennan Company

1:30 – 4:30 Field Trips, Working Groups, and Workshop

Workshop: Wetland Soils: An Introduction or Refresher Short Course

Location: Geneva

Instructors: Pat Trochlell and Neil Molstad Learn more.
*Pre-registration is required. Register here.

Field trip: A Bird Haven in Winter: Goose Pond Sanctuary

Field trip leaders: Mark Martin, Sue Foote-Martin, and Graham Steinhauer. 

All field trips will meet at the Conference Center Entrance by 1:20 to depart by bus. Pre-registration is required. Register here.

Learn more about our field trips.

Thank you to Wisconsin Coastal Management Program for their generous sponsorship of this trip.

Working Group: Practitioners

Location: Wisconsin

Facilitated by Eric Parker Learn more.

Field trip: Explore Natural History Collections at UW-Madison

Field trip leaders: Laura Monahan, Mary Ann Feist, and Ken Cameron.

All field trips will meet at the Conference Center Entrance by 1:20 to depart by bus. Pre-registration is required. Register here.

Learn more about our field trips. 

Thank you to Midwest Groundcovers for their generous sponsorship of this trip.

Working Group: Fire and Management in Wetland Ecosystems: Identifying Priorities for Information Sharing and Research

Location: Mendota

Facilitators: Craig Maier and Jack McGowan-Stinski Learn more.

Field Trip: The Devastating Flood of Pheasant Branch: A Tale of Two Ecosystems

Field trip leaders: Tom Bernthal and Herb Garn

All field trips will meet at the Conference Center Entrance by 1:20 to depart by bus. Pre-registration is required. Register here.

Learn more about our field trips. 

Thank you to Midwest Natural Resources for their generous sponsorship of this trip.

Working Group: Wetlands and Water Quality in Wisconsin: Where Have We Been, and Where Do We Go From Here?

Location: Middleton

Facilitator: Aaron Marti Learn more.