February 6, 2016: Discussion of Indicators, Research Collaboration, and Midwest Invasive Species Information Network

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:00pm
Hike Location: 
Classroom at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens - bring a bag lunch
12:00-1:00. Sheila Schueller & Jacqueline Courteau will facilitate a discussion on the effective overlap of Research, Practice, and Education (a follow-up of the College Conservation Collaboration initiative), including: 1) How can students/courses more effectively meet practitioners' research and monitoring needs? (Presentation of examples of effective collaboration, discussion of challenges, generation of relevant and feasible research questions) 2) What 3-5 measures could we collect across University, NAP, NAPP, and even private land to allow for comparative and long-term study of our natural areas? (Generate ideas, including discussing possibility of Permanent Forest Plots and using Natural Areas Quality Index presented by J. Heslinga at TSN Conference) 1:10-2:00: Amos Ziegler of the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network will present the latest version of the MISIN smartphone app, which allows you to document the presence or absence of invasive species at field sites. We'll discuss whether and how this app could be used for student education and to further collaborative approaches among local land managers for assessing and prioritizing invasive species management efforts.

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Hike Facilitator: 
Sheila Schueller and Amos Ziegler
Sheila Schueller (schuel@umich.edu) is a lecturer in the School of Natural Resources and Environment. She completed her M.S. and Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan and previously served as Assistant Director of the Ecosystem Management Initiative in SNRE. She has taught Ecology and Field Biology courses, both at U of M and at Eastern Michigan University. She also worked as an adaptive management consultant, developing practical guides and facilitating workshops on evaluation and monitoring for conservation organizations. Her ecological research has focused on plant-animal interactions, especially the pollination and seed dispersal of invasive plants. Amos Ziegler (ziegler2@msu.edu) has been in the Department of Entomology of Michigan State University since the mid-1990’s. He is currently a Research Specialists at Michigan State University. Amos is the lead investigator on the projects currently undertaken by ASETS - Applies Spatial Ecology and Technical Services.Collaborations are always of interest, so please feel free to contact us if you are interested in exploring possible joint projects.