SNR Research Day 2018


May 3, 2018

8:00-8:30 a.m.* Check-in and poster set up, Mezzanine

8:30-8:45 a.m. Welcome by Mark McIntosh, Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development; UM System Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Monsanto Auditorium

8:45-9:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker #1, Stephen R. Shifley, Research Forester (Biometrics) with U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station, Monsanto Auditorium, “Why Collaboration is the Key to Successful Natural Resource Research and Development”

9:30-9:45 a.m. Break

9:45-10:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker #2, Jennifer L. Tank, Galla Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, Monsanto Auditorium, Quantifying the effects of floodplain restoration and winter cover crops on nutrient export from agricultural catchments”

10:30-11:30 a.m. New Faculty Presentations: Michael Byrne, Alba Argerich, Noel Aloysius, Damon Hall, Monsanto Auditorium

11:45-1:45 p.m. **Poster Presentations with Lunch, Mezzanine

2:00 p.m. SNR Advisory Council Meeting, 171 Life Sciences

*All events (except the SNR Advisory Council meeting) are free and open to the public and will be held in the Life Sciences Building: Monsanto Auditorium, Room 171 (Reading Room), Mezzanine (contact Cindy Greenwood ( for directions and parking information)

**Student poster session will continue through noon on Friday, May 4 in 123 ABNR

Keynote Speakers

TankJennifer Tank is the Galla Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Director of the Environmental Change Initiative at Notre Dame. Tank’s research focuses on the cycling of nutrients in stream and rivers systems with a focus on the restoration of ecosystem function in impacted systems. She also leads a multidisciplinary group of researchers examining the effect of agricultural land use on freshwater as part of the Indiana Watershed Initiative. Her research is helping to quantify the benefits of innovative conservation, and to improve the health and nutrient removal efficiency of streams and rivers draining croplands through watershed-scale implementation of effective practices.

ShifleyStephen Shifley has been a research forester with the USDA Forest Service for 40 years.  For nearly three decades he has worked in Columbia as part of the Northern Research Station’s Forest Science Lab which  is now located in the Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building.  Throughout his career he has conducted research on predicting forest dynamics at tree, stand, and landscape scales.  Recently he has had the good fortune to work with a large cadre of associates on a project called Northern Forest Futures.  That research examines past trends and expected changes over the next 50 years for the 20 states in the northeastern quadrant of the U.S.  The approach takes a broad look at issues related to sustainable forest management.  Shifley has authored or co-authored more than 100 scientific and technical papers.  He and co-authors are currently working on a third edition of The Ecology and Silviculture of Oaks.  He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Purdue University and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.