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Speaker Bio: Alison Mikulyuk is a scientist in the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Research Section of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. After becoming fascinated with aquatic macrophytes during her first lake-wide plant survey in 2005, she began to design her research so that we might better understand these understudied and dynamic underwater communities. She helped develop and implement macrophyte monitoring programs that have been implemented at the state and national-wide scale. Alison helped develop the recent regulatory rule that limits the movement of aquatic invasive plants in the State of Wisconsin. While not at work with the DNR, Alison pursues her Ph. D in Limnology and Marine Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She and her colleagues in Dr. Jake Vander Zanden’s research lab work together to understand inland aquatic environment.
Abstract: Aquatic plant communities in lakes are very important to ecosystem health. Come hear scientist Alison Mikulyuk talk about these dynamic underwater forests. She will teach us about some of the different functional groups that can be found in Wisconsin, and introduce a few of the species that can be found in the Yahara Chain. She will have a collection of local live specimens, so if you have any identification questions, bring them!