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Faculty, students contribute to ecological conference

Two NDSU faculty members and several graduate students are scheduled to present talks or posters at the Ecological Society of America's national annual meeting Aug. 9-14 in Baltimore. The meeting's theme is "Ecological Science at the Frontier: Celebrating ESA's Centennial." 

Jennifer Momsen, assistant professor of biological sciences, is scheduled to give a talk titled "Developing a systems thinking framework for undergraduate biology education."

Devan McGranahan, assistant professor in the School of Natural Resource Sciences, is set to present "Patchiness reduces temporal variability in aboveground biomass: Landscape-level diversity – stability in rangeland."

Participating NDSU graduate students include:

• Lauren Dennhardt, biological sciences, a poster contribution titled "Migration and pollution divergence of invasive, polyploidy Kentucky blue grass (Poa pratensis), in northern prairies"

• Anne-Marie Fortuna, soil science, a poster contribution titled "Use of biological indicators of soil health to assess N fertility and land management in annual and perennial organic agroecosystems"

• Aleix Valls, entomology, a poster contribution titled "The role of timing in the heat shock effects on a prey-predator system"

• Heather Dose, soil science, a poster contribution titled "Bradyrhizobium japonicum inoculant persistence and effectiveness in soybeans"

• James Kopco, entomology, a talk titled "Inter- and intraspecific competition of parasitic wasps: Does host experience influence wasp competition?"

• Arnab Bhowmik, soil science, a poster contribution titled "The dynamics of reactive nitrogen in clean till and no till organic agroecosystems"

The organization's centennial meeting encouraged sessions looking back at the history of the field of ecology, as well as forward into its future. The group wanted presentations and posters examining historical topics and the history of ecology, as well as proposals from early career scientists and students discussing on the future of ecological science.

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