Roundtable Conversations

Roundtable conversations are informal sessions where people with a shared interest can come together to talk about that topic as part of the Wetland Science Conference. They are a great place to bring your questions or challenges to ask others for suggestions or to come up with solutions to shared challenges. Most importantly, they are great places to talk with people who share your interests and build relationships you can draw on after the conference.

No pre-registration is required for roundtable conversations. Please note that these sessions may be held concurrent with other conference content (working groups, workshops, field trips, and concurrent sessions), so check the conference schedule before you sign up. 

A group of women sit around a table during the Wisconsin Women's and Wetlands roundtable conversation at the 2023 Wetland Science Conference. Photo taken by Monika Blazs.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Wetlands and Climate Change

Date: Wednesday, February 21
Time: 10:40 am – 12:00 pm

Observations from across multiple disciplines are shedding light on how climate change is affecting wetlands, in myriad ways.  This roundtable discussion will be an opportunity to share and learn what people are seeing, thinking, and doing, related to climate change and wetlands.  The roundtable will include wetland ecologists, researchers, educators, and managers from across Wisconsin, with expertise in botany, hydrology, soils, invasive species, ecological restoration, natural areas, rare species, climate adaptation, and Great Lakes coastal systems.  Join us for an engaging, broad-ranging discussion.

Facilitators: Josh Sulman (Stantec), Craig Annen (Integrated Restorations, LLC), Jason Granberg (WDNR, WICCI), Sarah Johnson (Northland College, WICCI), Ryan O’Connor, (WDNR, WICCI)

Wisconsin Women in Wetlands

Date: Wednesday, February 21
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Any conference attendee that currently identifies as a woman is welcome to join this discussion. This is a continuation of previous discussions about being a woman in the wetland sciences field. We will be providing some guided topics about the joys and struggles of being a woman in this profession. Topics may include advice from women who are more seasoned, mentoring themes for women new in the field, ways to foster diversity in our work environments, and discussions about striking a work/life balance. The discussion will range from serious to more light-hearted. We hope for participants to include those who have been in the field for decades as well as those who are considering this field for their profession.

Facilitator: Sally Jarosz, WDNR

The Mary Linton Wetland Poetry Session

Date: Wednesday, February 21
Time: 3:20 – 4:00 pm

Mary Linton (1954 – 2021)—former WWA Board Chair, wetland scientist, and poet—founded this annual session in 2014 to provide a poetic interlude in the midst of the conference’s scientific presentations. Join us to honor her memory as Tod Highsmith, Mike Mossman, and Alice Thompson read poems by various authors of swamps and fens, turtles and frogs, rushes and redwings. Please let us know if you would like to share one of your favorite poems!

Facilitators: Alice Thompson (Thompson & Associates Wetland Services), Mike Mossman, and Tod Highsmith

WWA - Wetland Policy Roundup

Date: Wednesday, February 21
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Wetlands provide important solutions to our water management problems. Join WWA’s policy staff as they provide an overview of how this foundational observation has shaped WWA’s current policy priorities. Learn about policy accomplishments from the past year and upcoming initiatives all focused on helping integrate wetlands as solutions. The discussion will also include the opportunity to share your ideas and concerns about important issues needing attention.

Facilitators: Jennifer Western Hauser (WWA) and Erin O’Brien (WWA)

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Wisconsin's Conservation Community

Date: Wednesday, February 21
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Efforts are underway to make the conservation field in Wisconsin and beyond more diverse, equitable, and inclusive, acknowledging the decades of institutional racism and other barriers that have resulted in the exclusion of communities of color and other underrepresented groups from the sector. This roundtable discussion will include a brief overview about current efforts underway to support Wisconsin’s conservation community with diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts, followed by a discussion that will engage participants in reflecting on DEI within the context of their own organizations, including challenges and barriers, and identifying actionable opportunities and considerations they can take away to advance this important work. Participants are encouraged to reflect on this topic in advance and will be invited to share as part of the group discussion. Anyone with an interest and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is welcome to participate.

Facilitator: Caitlin Williamson (Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin)

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Wetland Invasive Species – Protecting our natural resources

Date: Thursday, February 22
Time: 10:40 – 11:40 am

Join Wisconsin DNR experts for information on how to report invasive species and how maintaining and restoring our waters and landscapes can reduce or mitigate the negative impacts of invasive species. We encourage you to share your experiences in conservation work and seek guidance from others.

Facilitators: Jason Granberg, Maureen Kalscheur, Madison Johansen, Matthew Puz, and Jared Urban (WDNR)