Poster Session & Social
4:40 PM - 6:30 PM Wed
POSTER PRESENTER #10
TITLE: Integration of bryophytes into floristic quality assessments for Wisconsin peatlands.
ABSTRACT: Wisconsin bryophytes currently lack coefficients of conservatism (CCs). I am coordinating with bryologists and ecologists from the Great Lakes region, through a working group to evaluate and refine existing bryophyte CCs for other regions (from New Jersey and Ohio) based on collective field experience of working group members. The current project is evolving in coordination with WDNR ecologists and botanists and is guided by input from botanists and bryologists from other regions that have implemented similar approaches (Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, Ontario). An important aspect of this work will be to modify and adapt existing WDNR protocols for wetland floristic quality assessments by providing an objective analysis of the bryophyte community. Specifically, I will address the question “What can bryophytes tell us about ecosystem health and anthropogenic disturbance in Wisconsin peatlands?”
BIO: Keir Wefferling is Assistant Professor of Biology and Curator of the Fewless Herbarium at UW-Green Bay. For his Ph.D at UW-Milwaukee with Dr. Sara Hoot, Keir worked on the systematics and cytology of Caltha and completed a two-year postdoc with an NSF fellowship at University of California, Berkeley, studying polyploidy in ferns. He now studies peatlands and their mosses and teaches botany.