Free UWSP Lecture to Discuss Wolves in Yellowstone National Park
For the City Times
Several ecological changes have occurred in Yellowstone National Park since the reintroduction of gray wolves. Learn more about this conservation project in a free lecture offered by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
“Aspen, Elk and Wolves on Yellowstone’s Northern Range” will be held at 6:30 PM Tuesday, Feb. 10, presented by Eric Larsen, professor of geography, and Susan Talarico, associate professor of mathematics. Both took part in studies of the wolves’ effects on Yellowstone.
Held in the Pinery Room of the Portage Country Public Library, 1001 Main Street, Stevens Point, this is the fifth in the eight-part College of Letters and Science 2014-2015 Community Lecture Series. The public may attend free of charge.
“After decades of decline, Yellowstone’s aspen forests have recently shown signs of new life and new growth,” Larsen said. “For 16 years we have been measuring and documenting these changes in Yellowstone’s aspen forests, and looking at the role of wolf reintroduction in bringing about these ecological changes.”
Larsen received his Ph.D. from Oregon State University, with research interests in remote sensing, geographic information systems, physical geography and biogeography. Talarico received her Ph.D. in mathematics from Northern Illinois University and won a UW-Stevens Point Excellence in Teaching Award for the 2013-14 academic year.