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Research / Public Education presentations I have given

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Restoration: Dune It Right.  Long Beach Island Foundation.  January 2017. 

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Postcards from the Sedge:  The invasion of an Asian Dune Plant, Carex kobomugi, into New Jersey’s coastal dune ecosystems  Millersville University April 2014

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Invasion of Asiatic Sand Sedge in New Jersey's Coastal Dunes:  Trends and Implications.  Brookdale Community College, NJ  March 2014

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Shore Restoration: Dune It Right.  Monmouth County Master Gardeners  February 2014

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Shore Restoration: Dune It Right.  Barnegat Bay Partnership’s 2014 Education & Outreach Retreat   January 2014

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Building and Stabilizing Dunes with Vegetation.  Annual Meeting of the New Jersey Native Plant Society.  Toms River NJ.  November 2013.

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Shore Protection:  Dune it Right.  Greenbriar Woodlands Garden Club.  October 2013.

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Worst Weeds.  Ocean County Master Gardener Training.  August 2013.

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de Camp Herbarium Update and "Restoration: Dune it Right". Annual Meeting of Save Barnegat Bay Foundation. 2013.

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Invasive Species in the Barnegat Bay Region:  The Players, The Problems, and the Plan.  2nd Barnegat Bay Environmental Commission Consortium,  Waretown NJ 2013

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 Developing Georgian Court University’s Campus as a Sustainability Classroom March Meeting of the Atlantic Audubon Society.  Galloway NJ 2013

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Invasive Species on Long Beach Island.  (Slides in pdf format, summary handout in pdf format, full powerpoint format available on request).  Long Beach Island Property Owners Association.  Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences 2012

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Growing the Green Generation. NJ Environmental Federation’s Conference and 40th Birthday Celebration!  Rutgers University Center for Law & Justice, Newark, NJ  2013

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Invasive Dune Species & their Impact on the New Jersey Coast.  McAuley Institute of Life Long Learning Presentation. Georgian Court University 2012

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Carex kobomugi  (Asiatic Sand Sedge):  Complexities of Evaluating the Relative Costs and Benefits of an Invasive SpeciesNorth East Natural History Conference.  Syracuse, NY. 2012

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Greening Georgian Court: Implementing Sustainable Landscaping Practices on a University Campus in the Barnegat Bay Watershed.   Barnegat Bay State of the Bay ConferenceOcean County College NJ. 2011

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Building Sustainability at GCU.  Friends of GCU Cocktail Party.  2011

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Does a Green Plague Threaten the Pinelands?   22nd Annual Pinelands Short Course.  Burlington Community College.  2011

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Beyond Beach Grass: Sustainable Barrier Island Gardening Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Science Saturdays Presentation. Loveladies, NJ.  2011

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Greening Georgian Court University.  Fourth Annual Environmental Stewardship Colloquium.   Loveladies, NJ.  2010

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Avoiding Invasive Plant Species When Gardening in New Jersey. Southern Regional Master Gardener Advanced Training Program.  Rutgers Cooperative Extension Center.  Tom's River.  (Here's the "What not to plant" handout I prepared for that event)  2010

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Invasive Species Scavenger Hunt: A tool for middle school teachers to build awareness of invasive species in their classroom.  Teach the Beach Workshop.  Monmouth University, Long Branch, New Jersey.  2010.,  With Jennifer Mattiello, Sally Collins and Jessica McCann Capone.  (Also presented at the Barnegat Bay Teacher Research Institute (BBTRI) workshop in July 2012.)

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Missed Connections and Misperceptions:  A Special Role for Estuaries and Coastal Ecosystems in Bridging the Gap between Academia and the Public.  Spring Meeting of the Atlantic Estuarine Research Society.  Atlantic City, NJ. March 2010.

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Postcards from the Sedge.  William Patterson University, Fall Biology Seminar Series.  2009

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 Assessing patterns in spread rate and direction of Carex kobomugi relative to known populations of endangered dune species in order to prioritize management actions for this species in New Jersey. Odum conference: Understanding and managing biological invasions as dynamic processes: Integrating information across space and time. Rensselaerville, NY.  2009.  with Jim Burkitt

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Ready to Use Integrated Curriculum Unit Centered on the Invasive Plant, Phragmites australis New Jersey Science Teachers’ Convention.  Garden State Exhibit Center, Somerset, NJ.  2008.  with Jodi Sisk and Amanda Traina

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Rapid Expansion of the Large-Headed Sedge, Carex macrocephala, at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Atlantic Estuarine Research Federation Fall Meeting.  Baltimore MD. 2006.

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Carex macrocephala: A new threat to the ecology of New Jersey's coastal dunes?  Atlantic Estuarine Research Federation Spring Meeting.  Philadelphia, Pa. 2006

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Motivating use of technology in a first year seminar class.  14th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, Jacksonville, Florida. 2005

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Use of GIS in assessing patterns of density and impacts on native diversity of the invasive sedge, Carex kobomugi in New Jersey coastal dunes. ASLO. Savannah GA.   2004

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When invasive species have benefits as well as costs: Managing Carex kobomugi (Asiatic Sand Sedge) in New Jersey's Coastal Dunes.  Horn Point Laboratory, Seminar Series. University of Maryland. 2004

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Spread rate and changes in species diversity associated with the introduced Asian sand sedge, Carex kobomugi, in New Jersey coastal dune communities.  Coastal Zone 2003 Baltimore. (Given by Audrey McGough due to an illness in my family)   2003.

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 Assessment of spread rates and effectiveness of management strategies for Carex kobomugi (Asiatic sand sedge) in two New Jersey coastal parks.  Third international conference on Marine Bioinvasions.  San Diego.   2003.  With Katy Bevaart, Audrey McGough, Jason Ondreika, Purvi Patel and Susan Halsey

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Simulation of the dynamics of detrital decomposition in aquatic ecosystems using STELLA modeling.  New Jersey Academy of Science Annual Meeting.  Georgian Court College, NJ.  1999.

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Influence of protein, energy and particle size upon the value of detrital materials as food sources for the estuarine amphipod Gammarus mucronatus.  New Jersey.  Academy of Science 1998 Annual Meeting.  Monmouth University, NJ. 1998.

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Measures of digestible protein and energy content of macrophyte detritus using a new, in vitro, enzymatic-degradation technique.   12th Biennial International ERF Conference.  Hilton Head,   South Carolina.  1993

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Food quality of four different plant materials at different stages of degradation.  ASLO  Winter Meeting. Santa Fe, New Mexico. 1992. With Mike Roman and Larry Mayer.

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Bacterial modification of the palatability of salt flocculated organic material to a harpactacoid copepod.  ASLO Winter Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana.  1990.  With Al Lewis

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Salt-flocculated organic material as a food source in estuarine food webs. ASLO Summer Meeting. Fairbanks, Alaska.  1989.  With Al Lewis.

Research presentations I have co-authored with faculty colleagues

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James D. Patrick, Pedram P. Danesgar and Louise S. Wootton. 2012. Response of the invasive Asiatic sand sedge to beach nourishmentMid Atlantic Chapter of the Ecological Society of America.  Blacksburg, VA.

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Pedram P. Daneshgar, Louise S. Wootton and Christopher Torres. 2011. The role of beach nourishment on the success of the invasive Asiatic sand sedge.  Ecological Society of America.  Austin.  Texas.

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Susan Halsey, Courtney Rella and Louise Wootton.  2006.  Testing management strategies for the invasive Asiatic sand sedge Carex kobomugi, in New Jersey's coastal dunes.  Geological Society of America, Northeastern Section.

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Emily Parker, Susan Halsey and Louise Wootton.  2005. Monitoring results of herbicide treatments and other techniques to manage Carex kobomugi (Asiatic Sand Sedge), an invasive plant species, in New Jersey's Coastal Dunes.  Geological Society of America, Joint Meeting of the Northeastern and SouthEastern Sections, Saratoga Springs.  NY.  

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Susan Halsey and Louise Wootton.  2004. When policy drives management: strategies to eliminate Carex kobomugi (Asiatic Sand Sedge), and exotic invasive in dunes with within federal and state parks.   Geological Society of America, Joint Meeting of the Northeastern and SouthEastern Sections, Washington DC.

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Louise Wootton and Susan Halsey.  2003. Removal of an exotic invasive, Carex kobomugi (Asiatic sand sedge), from New Jersey’s coastal dunes:   Implications for coastal Dune Stability.   Geological Society of America, Northeastern Section.  Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Research presentations that my students have given

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Alex Kloo. 2011. Effectiveness of Chemical Control Methods on the   Invasive Species, Asiatic Sedge, Carex kobomugi.  New Jersey Academy of Sciences. Montclair, NJ

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Alex Kloo, Louise Wootton and Brian McDonnell. 2011. Ecology and Management of Invasive Asiatic Sand Sedge.  Northeastern Weed Science Society Annual Meeting.  Baltimore, MD. 

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Louise Wootton, Jodi Sisk, Amanda Traina and Jennifer Mattiello2010.  Linking Water Conservation Education to Environmental Impacts in Local Watersheds25th Annual Meeting of the Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education (ANJEE).  Princeton, NJ. 

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Louise Wootton, Jodi Sisk, Amanda Traina and Allison McGrath2010.  Teaching about Invasive Species Using an Integrated Curriculum Unit25th Annual Meeting of the Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education (ANJEE).  Princeton, NJ. 

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Liza Baskin. 2009. Preliminary results of a study comparing the arthropod communities of the invasive Asiatic sand sedge (Carex kobomugi) and native American beach grass (Ammophila breviligulata) in New Jersey’s coastal dunes. Conference on Invasive Species in Coastal Dunes and Maritime Forests.  Lakewood, NJ.

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Barbara Edelhauser. 2009.  The Influence of Nitrogen Deposition on the Competition between the Native Ammophila breviligulata and the Exotic, Invasive Carex kobomugi Conference on Invasive Species in Coastal Dunes and Maritime Forests.  Lakewood, NJ.

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Kevin Mack. 2009.  Effect of the Asiatic Sand Sedge (Carex kobomugi) on the growth of seaside goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens). Conference on Invasive Species in Coastal Dunes and Maritime Forests.  Lakewood, NJ.

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Jacqueline McCort. 2009. A modest proposal to remove Carex kobomugi from New Jersey's Coastal Dunes and to restore native vegetation in those areas. Conference on Invasive Species in Coastal Dunes and Maritime Forests.  Lakewood, NJ.

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Jim Burkitt and Louise Wootton.  2008. Role of habitat disturbance in determining invasion success for Carex kobomugi in New Jersey Coastal Dunes.  Spring Meeting of the Atlantic Estuarine Research Federation.  Lewes Delaware.

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Jessica Keiper  (co-mentored with Dr. Carolyn Bergman). 2008. Determination of  genetic variability in Carex kobomugi. Annual Meeting of the New Jersey Academy of Sciences.  Kean University.

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Emily Parker and Louise Wootton. 2005.  Monitoring the Impact of Herbicide Application on Invasive and Native Plants in a New Jersey Coastal Dune System.  NJAS 50th Annual Meeting.  NJIT. 

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Courtney Rella, Louise Wootton and Paul Bologna. 2005.  Determination of genetic differences between seagrasses growing in pristine versus eutrophied portions of Barnegat Bay.  TriBeta Annual Convention.  The College of New Jersey.

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Burkitt, James, Wootton, Louise, Parker, Emily, Rella, Courtney, Bevaart, Katy. 2004. Use of GIS technology to show the impact of the invasive Carex kobomugi  on species distribution, diversity and richness in a New Jersey coastal dune system.  Atlantic Estuarine Research Federation.  Meadowlands, NJ.

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McGough, Audrey, Wootton, Louise. 2004.  Effects of seagrass decomposition and litterbag location on feeding preferences of the amphipod Gammarus mucronatus.  Atlantic Estuarine Research Federation.  Meadowlands, NJ.

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Jim Burkitt, Louise Wootton, Sharon Myatt and Crystal VanWagner.  2004.  Illustrating differences in impact of the invasive Asiatic Sand Sedge Carex kobomugi on native species diversity and species richness in pristine versus human-impacted sand dune systems.  ASLO. Savannah GA.

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Crystal VanWagner, Sharon Myatt, Jim Burkitt, Louise Wootton.  2004. Impact of Carex kobomugi on plant species diversity and species richness in Island Beach State Park’s sand dune systems. NJAS.  Farleigh Dickenson University, NJ

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Sharon Myatt, Crystal VanWagner, Jim Burkitt, Louise Wootton. 2004. Impact of Carex kobomugi, Asiatic sand sedge, on native species diversity and species richness in coastal dunes at the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation area in New Jersey. NJAS Farleigh Dickenson University, NJ

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Kara Hendry, Lindsey Vestyck, Marnie Richtmeyer and Louise Wootton. 2004.  Use of Randomly Amplified Polymorphic DNA (RAPD) analysis as a tool for determining the genetic diversity within populations of the invasive Asiatic sand sedge, Carex kobomugi. NJAS. Farleigh Dickenson University, NJ. Note: This paper won the NJAS Award for Excellence in Marine and Coastal Science

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Audrey McGough, Katy Bevaart, Jason Ondreika, Purvi Patel and Louise Wootton.  Effectiveness of low-impact management strategies for eradication of Carex kobomugi (Asian sand sedge) from dune communities within New Jersey’s coastal parks.  Coastal Zone 2003 Baltimore. 

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Audrey McGough and Louise Wootton 2002 Zooplankton abundance and species composition in Northern Barnegat Bay.   New Jersey Academy of Sciences 2002 Annual Meeting.   Kean University.   Note: This paper won the NJAS Award for Excellence in Marine and Coastal Science

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Azalea-Lisa Chandler and Louise S. Wootton. 2000. The effects of drainage overflow on  the water quality of Twilight Lake, Bayhead, New Jersey.  New Jersey Academy of Science 2000 Annual Meeting.  Georgian Court College, NJ.

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Robert W. Zimmerman and Louise S. Wootton.  1999.   Above-ground and below-ground biomass of Zostera marina in the central region of Barnegat Bay, NJ. New Jersey Academy of Science 1999 Annual Meeting.  Georgian Court College, NJ.

Upcoming Research presentations

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None currently scheduled

In-House Student Presentations

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Amanda Traina2008. Building Awareness of the Need for Water Conservation in the Barnegat Bay Watershed. Earth Awareness Celebration.  Georgian Court University. 

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Jodi Sisk. 2008. Creating an Integrated Curriculum Unit based on Phragmites australis  to Increase Awareness of the Issues Caused by Invasive Species. Earth Awareness Celebration.  Georgian Court University.

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BI340 Students. 2008.  Building Earth Awareness at Georgian Court University.  A series of 6 presentations made by Students in my Ecology (BI340) class as part of the Earth Awareness Celebration.  Georgian Court University. 

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Adriana Chris (co-mentored with Dr. Carolyn Bergman).  2008.  Using microsatellite analysis to assess genetic diversity in the invasive dune grass, Carex kobomugi.   Georgian Court University Academic Excellence Night.

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Parker, E and Wootton L. Monitoring the Impact of Herbicide Application on Invasive and Native Plants in a New Jersey Coastal Dune System.  Academic Excellence Night 2005

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Rella, C. Wootton L and Bologna P. Determination of genetic differences between seagrasses growing in pristine versus eutrophied portions of Barnegat Bay.  TriBeta Annual Convention. Academic Excellence Night 2005

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McGough, Audrey, Wootton, Louise.   Effects of seagrass decomposition and litterbag location on feeding preferences of the amphipod Gammarus mucronatus.  Academic Excellence Night 2005

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Kara Hendry, Lindsey Vestyck, Marnie Richtmeyer and Louise Wootton. Use of Randomly Amplified Polymorphic DNA (RAPD) analysis as a tool for determining the genetic diversity within populations of the invasive Asiatic sand sedge, Carex kobomugi.   Academic Excellence Night 2004.

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Theresa Censoplano. Do women respond differently to men of different ages based on their body odors? Academic Excellence Night 2004.

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Audrey McGough.  Zooplankton abundance and species composition in Northern Barnegat Bay.   Research Excellence Night 2002.

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Heather Snook.  Does the presence of cigarette residues on smoker's hands have antimicrobial effects?  Research Excellence Night 2002.

 

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