Scientific Sessions


  • 08:50  Randall Kolka (USFS Northern Research Station)


  • 08:55  Forrest Boe (Minnesota DNR)
  • 09:05  Kevin DuPuis (FDL Government – Tribal Council)


  • 09:15 Robert Venette (USFS Northern Research Station)

ORAL SESSION I. ECOLOGY & ECOLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS (Moderators: Joseph Wagenbrenner, Nam Jin Noh)

  • 10:00  OSI-01  Assessing urban forest visitor responses to emerald ash borer impacts & management: a Minnesota example (Ingrid Schneider, University of Minnesota) [PDF]
  • 10:20  OSI-02  Visitor perceptions of protected areas after tree-feeding beetle infestation (Christopher Wynveen, Baylor University) [PDF]
  • 10:40 Coffee Break
  • 11:00  OSI-03  Effects of ash loss on forest vegetation: Long-term monitoring at primarily undergraduate institutions (PUI’s) (Jason Kilgore, Washington & Jefferson College)
  • 11:20  OSI-04  Will ash persist in the presence of emerald ash borer? Evidence from a multi-year field study (Daniel Kashian, Wayne State University) [PDF]
  • 11:40  OSI-05  Effects of emerald ash borer on ash forests and considerations for forest management (Charles Flower, USFS-Northern Research Station)
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:30  OSI-06  Community and ecosystem shifts following emerald ash borer outbreak in ash-dominated forests (Mark Norris, Stevenson University[PDF]
  • 13:50  OSI-07  Evaluating replacement tree species in black ash forests threatened by EAB and climate change (Brian Palik, USFS Northern Research Station) [PDF]
  • 14:10  OSI-08  The impacts of emerald ash borer and silvicultural management strategies on black ash forest ground-layer communities (Christopher Looney, University of Minnesota)
  • 14:30  OSI-09  Vegetation responses to simulated emerald ash borer infestation in Fraxinus nigra-dominated wetlands: Implications for management (Joshua Davis, Michigan Tech.)
  • 14:50   Coffee Break
  • 15:10  OSI-10  Six year effects of simulated emerald ash borer mortality and harvesting on black ash ecohydrology (Jacob Diamond, Virginia Polytechnic Institute)
  • 15:30  OSI-11  Timing, microsite, site preparation, browse deterrent, and species selection for artificial regeneration within black ash dominated forest at risk of EAB infestation (Nicholas Bolton, Michigan Tech.
  • 15:50  OSI-12  The survival and growth of planted tree seedlings in EAB-impacted floodplain forests depend on restoration methods and microsite factors (Kathleen Knight, USFS Northern Research Station)
  • 16:10  OSI-13  Adapting to emerald ash borer: planting and assessing the survival, health, growth, and hydrological impacts of non-ash trees planted into black ash depressional wetlands (Christian Nelson, Fond du Lac Band) [PDF]
  • 16:30 – 18:30  Poster Session (Core-time for the odd numbered posters)

ORAL SESSION II. MANAGEMENT CONSIDERATIONS (Moderators: Robert Sleask, Thomas Pypker, Anthony D’Amato) 

  • 09:00  OSII-01  Implementation of EAB biological control in Minnesota (Jonathan Osthus, MDA) [PDF]
  • 09:20  OSII-02  Progress and challenges in protecting North American ash from the emerald ash borer through biological control (Jian Duan, USFS-ARS) [PDF]
  • 09:40  OSII-03  The survivors: population dynamics of lingering ash and resistance to emerald ash borer (Kathleen Knight, USFS Northern Research Station)
  • 10:00  OSII-04  When do you pull the trigger? Using monitoring data to optimize EAB management (Mark Abrahamson, MDA [PDF]
  • 10:20 Coffee Break
  • 10:40  OSII-05  Ecological site classification system for wetland forests of northern Wisconsin (John Kotar, University of Wisconsin-Madison) [PDF]
  • 11:00  OSII-06  Wisconsin’s black ash silviculture trials: field summary and management recommendations (Colleen Matula, Wisconsin DNR)
  • 11:20  OSII-07  A checklist for evaluating management options in lowland ash forest in Wisconsin (Greg Edge, Wisconsin DNR [PDF]
  • 11:40  Lunch
  • 13:30  Poster Session (Core-time for the even numbered posters)
  • 15:30  OSII-08  Remediation of post-EAB infested black ash stands in Wisconsin (Dustin Bronson, Wisconsin DNR)
  • 15:50  OSII-09  Long-term finding  from the Wisconsin Swamp Hardwood trials: applying results to a new challenge (Justin Pszwaro, TNC)
  • 16:10  OSII-10  Approaches for managing black ash forests in Minnesota (Paul Dubuque, Minnesota DNR)
  • 16:30  OSII-11  Recommendations for moving forward based on management experience and recent research in black ash wetlands (Anthony D’Amato, The University of Vermont) [PDF]
  • 16:50  Panel Discussion on Operational Considerations (and Other Topics)
  • 17:30  Closing Remark (Anthony D’Amato, The University of Vermont)

POSTER SESSION (16:30 – 18:30 Tue. & 13:30 – 15:30 Wed.)

  • PS-01  The Future of Ash – Creative Research Project (Kelly Van Frankenhuyzen (Michigan State Univ.)
  • PS-02  Plasticity in cold tolerance of overwintering emerald ash borer (Robert Venette, USFS Northern Research Station)
  • PS-03  Potential effects of emerald ash borer invasion on wetland community composition (Melissa Youngquist, University of Minnesota)
  • PS-04  Linking emerald ash borer to changes in ecosystem function: how changes in litter quality may influence leaf decomposition and invertebrate growth (Melissa Youngquist, University of Minnesota)
  • PS-05  Emerald ash borer induced ash decline and its effects on belowground nutrient and microbial community dynamics (Charles Flower, USFS-Northern Research Station)
  • PS-06  EAB-induced tree mortality impacts on ecosystem respiration and tree water use in an experimental forest (Charles Flower, USFS-Northern Research Station)
  • PS-07  Water level controls on transpiration of co-dominant species in black ash wetlands (Joseph Shannon, Michigan Tech.)
  • PS-08  Short-term responses of dissolve carbon and nitrogen concentrations to simulated emerald ash borer infestation in a black ash-dominated paired watershed (Nam Jin Noh, Michigan Tech.)
  • PS-09  Black ash wetland watershed hydrology and soil biogeochemistry responses to a simulated emerald ash borer disturbance (Matthew Van Grinsven, Northern Michigan Univ.)
  • PS-10  Temperature and water level effects on greenhouse gas fluxes in soil cores from black ash (Fraxinus nigra) wetlands in the northern Great Lake States, USA (Alan Toczydlowski, University of Minnesota)
  • PS-11  Soil carbon and nitrogen pools across a range of black ash wetlands (Randall Kolka, USFS Northern Research Station)
  • PS-12  The effect of emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis)-caused tree mortality on the invasive shrub Amur honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) and their combined effects on woody seedlings (Brian Hoven, Miami University)
  • PS-13  The Great Lakes Silviculture Library: A tool to link management practices for EAB within the region (Marcella Windmuller-Campione, University of Minnesota)
  • PS-14  Density dependent survival of white ash (Fraxinus Americana) at the Allegheny National Forest (Eli Aubihl, Miami University)
  • PS-15  Ash mortality in a new infestation of EAB is not instantaneous (Aubree Kees, University of Minnesota)
  • PS-16  Potential species replacements for black ash (Fraxinus nigra) at the confluence of two threats: emerald ash borer and a change climate (Louis Iverson, USFS Northern Research Station)
  • PS-17  In-situ genetic conservation of white ash through insecticide treatment at the Allegheny National Forest (Charles Flower, USFS Northern Research Station)
  • PS-18  What can biosurveillance for emerald ash borer tell us about other native tree pests and forest condition? (Marie Hallinen, University of Minnesota)
  • PS-19  How low can you go? Optimizing systemic insecticide coverage for tree protection (Dora Mwangola, University of Minnesota)
  • PS-20  Potential impacts of emerald ash borer biocontrol on ash health and recovery in southern Michigan (Daniel Kashian, Wayne State Univ.)
  • PS-21  Biomass and sapwood of green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) in the Twin Cities Metro Area (Derik Olson, University of Minnesota)