Student Environmental Research Highlights
Thursday, November 15 at 10:00 am
Hurstville Interpretive Center
Faculty and students from the University of Dubuque (UD) will present some of their most recent environmental research. Topics will include bat ecology in Eastern Iowa and micro-plastics in freshwater systems. Program is free. Optional lunch is $8, following the presentations. This program is sponsored by the Dubuque, Jackson & Jones County Conservation OWLS group. OWLS programs are for adults interested in learning more about our environment. For more information or to RSVP for the lunch, call (563) 652-3783.
Professor Zuercher will present on bat ecology. The UD bat ecology team has been studying bats since 2012. During the past five years, significant changes in species composition has been documented, mainly due to declines in bat species from white-nose syndrome.
Micro-plastics are a growing problem for the environment. Research has been mainly focused on how these pollutants effect the marine environment, but very little focus has been placed on the effects of micro-plastics in freshwater systems. Learn about the research Professor Hoffman and his students have done in freshwater systems and how micro-plastics impact freshwater organisms.