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2020. American Geophysical Union 101st Annual Meeting, Contributed Virtual Poster – “Soil carbon persists under prescribed fire and experimental drought in a semi-arid savanna.” Krusec, Isabella, A. Peyton Smith, Garrett McKay, Matthew J. Peterson, Yamina Pressler, William E. Rogers, Kelly Brumbelow & Georgianne Moore.

2020. Soil Science Society of America Annual Meeting. Contributed Virtual Talk – “How does prescribed fire influence soil microbial composition and activity after an experimentally induced drought? Evidence for microbial resistance in a semi-arid savanna soil.” Peterson, Matthew J., Yamina Pressler, Charles A. Knight, Heather J. Hannusch, Lela Z. Culpepper, Alexandra G. Lodge, Heath D. Starns, Douglas R. Tolleson, William E. Rogers & and A. Peyton Smith.

2020. Texas Plant Protection Conference.  Contributed Virtual Talk – “Plant Conservation in Temporally Variable, Spatially Heterogeneous Environments.”  Wang, Hsiao-Hsuan , Carissa L Wonkka, Frederico Mestre, Diogo Alagador, Tomasz E. Koralewski, Michael L. Treglia, Andrzej Pękalski, William E. Grant, Fred Smeins & William E. Rogers.

2020. Ecological Society of America 103rd Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT.  Contributed Virtual Talk – “High-energy fires reduce Juniperus virginiana and Prosopis glandulosa densities in invaded grasslands.” Wonkka, Carissa L., Matthew B. Dickinson, Kathleen L. Kavanagh, Alexandra G. Lodge, William E. Rogers, Heath D. Starns, Douglas R. Tolleson, Morgan L. Treadwell & Dirac Twidwell.

2020. Society for Range Management, 72nd Annual Meeting, Denver, CO. “Effects of fire intensity on resprouting vigor of mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa).” Starns, Heath D., Carissa L. Wonkka, Alexandra G. Lodge, Dirac Twidwell, Morgan L. Russell-Treadwell, Kathleen L. Kavanagh, Matthew B. Dickinson, Douglas R. Tolleson & William E. Rogers.

2019. American Geophysical Union 100th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.  Invited Poster – “An experimental assessment of semi-arid savanna resilience to interactions of drought, fire, and soil fertility.”  Rogers, William E., Heather J. Hannusch†, Alexandra G. Lodge, Douglas R. Tolleson &  Heath D. Starns.

2019. Soil Science Society of America, American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America Joint Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX. Contributed Poster – “Soil microbial and nematode responses to interactive drought and fire disturbances in a semi-arid savanna rangeland.” Pressler, Yamina, Heather J. Hannusch†, William E. Rogers, A. Peyton Smith

2019. Association for Fire Ecology 8th International Annual Meeting, Tucson, AZ. Contributed Poster – “Grass species morphology and phenology affect belowground bud banks and resprouting responses in burned semi-arid Texas savanna.” Rogers, William E., Quinn A. Hiers†, Lela Z. Culpepper†, Matthew B. Dickinson, Kathleen L. Kavanagh, Alexandra G. Lodge, Morgan L. Treadwell, Heath D. Starns, Douglas R. Tolleson, Dirac Twidwell, Carissa L. Wonkka.

2019. Association for Fire Ecology 8th International Annual Meeting, Tucson, AZ. Contributed Talk – “Effects of fire intensity on resprouting woody species.”  Starns, Heath D., Matthew B. Dickinson, Kathleen L. Kavanagh, Alexandra G. Lodge, Morgan L. Treadwell, Heath D. Starns, Douglas R. Tolleson, Dirac Twidwell, Carissa L. Wonkka, & William E. Rogers.

2019.   Ecological Society of America 102nd Annual Meeting, Louisville, KY. Contributed Poster –  “Ecological resilience in semi-arid savanna ecosystems: an experimental assessment of fire, drought, and soil fertility interactions.” Rogers, William E., Hannusch, Heather J., Alexandra G. Lodge, Doug R. Tolleson &  Heath D. Starns.

2019.  International Association of Wildland Fire Annual Fire Behavior & Fuels Conference, Albuquerque, NM. Contributed Talk – “Effects of fire intensity and abiotic factors on persistence of an encroaching woody species.” Starns, Heath D., Carissa L Wonkka, Alexandra G. Lodge, Dirac Twidwell, Morgan L. Treadwell, Kathleen L. Kavanaugh, Matthew B. Dickinson, Douglas R. Tolleson & William E. Rogers.

2019. Invited Talk – North American Forest Ecology Workshop Conference, Flagstaff, AZ. “Mechanisms of Persistence if Resprouting Shrubs and Grasses in a Semi-Arid Mesquite Savanna Following Extreme Fire.” Lodge, Alexandra G., Kathleen L. Kavanagh, Matthew B. Dickinson, Heath D. Starns, Morgan L. Treadwell, Doug R. Tolleson, Dirac Twidwell, Carissa L Wonkka, & William E. Rogers.

2019.   Society for Range Management 71st Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN. Contributed Poster – “Soil Characteristics and Microbial Responses to Different Fire Intensities in a Woody Encroached Arid Savanna.” Culpepper, Lela, Rogers, William E., Payton G. Smith, Christine Morgan, Alexandra G. Lodge, Kathleen L. Kavanagh, Matthew B. Dickinson, Heath D. Starns, Morgan L. Treadwell, Doug R. Tolleson, Dirac Twidwell, Carissa L Wonkka.

2019. Society for Range Management Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN. Contributed Talk – “Interactive Effects of Fire, Drought, and Soil Fertility on Herbaceous Communities in a Semi-Arid Savanna”  Hannusch, Heather J., William E. Rogers, Sascha Lodge, Doug Tolleson & Heath Starns.

2018.  Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, Texas A&M University. Fall Seminar Series Contributed Lightning Talk – “Current Savanna Research Activities in the Rogers Plant Ecology Lab” Presented by Lodge, Sascha & Heather Hannusch. (pdf)

2018. Texas Plant Conservation Conference, Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Fort Worth Botanic Garden, TX. Contributed Talk – “Synergistic effects of habitat fragmentation and climate change on conservation of an endangered orchid” Wang, Hsiao-Hsuan, Frederico Mestre, Carissa L. Wonkka, William E. Grant, Fred Smeins & William E. Rogers.

2018. Christmas Mountains Research Symposium, 6th Annual Meeting, Terlingua Ranch Headquarters, Brewster County, Texas.  Contributed Talk – “Interactive effects of fire, drought, and soil fertility on herbaceous communities in a semi-arid savanna” Hannusch, Heather J., William E. Rogers, Sascha Lodge, Doug Tolleson & Heath Starns.

2018. Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society Meeting, Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX. Contributed Poster – “Rapidly increasing invasion by Chinese tallow in southeast United States.” Heldman*, Samantha M, Miranda Peterson*, Christopher Vasquez*, Zakary Derouen*, Hsiao-Hsuan “Rose” Wang, William E. Grant & William E. Rogers. ***3rd Place for Best Undergraduate Poster Presentation***

2017. Texas Section of the Society for Range Management Annual Meeting, San Angelo, Texas. Contributed Poster – “Interactive effects of fire, nutrient, and moisture manipulation on vegetative communities in a formerly woody-encroached, arid savanna ecosystem.” Heather J. Hannusch & William E. Rogers.

2017. Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M University System (Interactive Webinar providing Texas Department of Agriculture Integrated Pest Management/Pesticide Credit) “Understanding and Controlling Invasive Species.” Co-presented with Dr. Megan Clayton.

2017. Ecological Society of America 102nd Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon. Contributed Poster – “Species distribution model for management: influencing factors and implications for mitigation of an invasive grass in forestlands of Tennessee.” Culpepper*, Lela., Hsiao-Hsuan Wang, William E. Grant & William E. Rogers.

2017. Grassland Society of Southern Africa 52nd Annual Congress, Hoedspruit, South Africa. Contributed Talk – The importance of ecosystem state factors to the hydrologic responses of woodlands to land management activities.” Jason B. West, April Mattox, Carissa L. Wonkka, Dirac Twidwell, William E. Rogers.

2017. Grassland Society of Southern Africa 52nd Annual Congress, Hoedspruit, South Africa. Contributed Talk – “Savanna Long-term Research and Education Initiative in the Southern Great Plains.” Bradford P. Wilcox, Samuel D. Fuhlendorf, Steven R. Archer, Thomas W. Boutton, Jason B. West, Perry S. Barboza, William E. Rogers, Andrew Birt, X. Ben Wu, Urs P. Kreuter, Kathleen Kavanagh, Douglas R. Tolleson & John W. Walker.

2017. Grassland Society of Southern Africa 52nd Annual Congress, Hoedspruit, South Africa. Contributed Talk – “Hercules and the Hydra Revisited: combining traditional management efforts with fire to control resprouting woody plant encroachment and restore savanna ecosystems.”  William E. Rogers, Carissa L. Wonkka & Dirac Twidwell.

2017. Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, Texas A&M University, College Station. Invited Talk – “Management in Transition: Challenges and Approaches for Adapting to a Changing World”

2017. Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society: Wildlife Conservation and Management on Private Lands, 53rd Annual Meeting of the San Antonio, TX. Contributed Poster – “Tracking its roots: Expansion by Japanese stiltgrass in the forestlands of Tennessee.” Culpepper*, Lela, William E. Grant, William E. Rogers & Hsiao-Hsuan Wang.

2017.  The International Biogeography Society 8th Biennial Conference, Tucson, AZ  “Recent range expansions by Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum (Trin.) A.Campus) in the forestlands of Tennessee. Culpepper*, Lela, Hsiao-Hsuan Wang, William E. Grant & William E. Rogers.

2016.  Texas Plant Conservation Conference, Biennial Meeting, Fort Worth, Texas. Contributed Talk – “Edaphic determinants of the distribution of an endangered terrestrial orchid: using Maxent as an investigative tool for rare plant conservation.” Hsiao-Hsuan, Wang, Carissa L. Wonkka†, Michael L. Treglia, William E. Grant, Fred E. Smeins & William E. Rogers.

2016. Texas Plant Conservation Conference, Biennial Meeting, Fort Worth, Texas. Contributed Talk – “Vertebrate and invertebrate herbivory on the federally endangered Spiranthes parksii Correll and sympatric congener Spiranthes cernua.” Deseri D. Nally†, Fred E. Smeins, William E. Rogers, Micky Eubanks & Richard K. Bruton†.

2016. Ecological Society of America 101st Annual Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Contributed Late-breaking Poster – “Evaluation of frequencies of prescribed burning to control plant invasions on coastal prairie.”  Andrew Richardson*, Hsiao-Hsuan Wang, William E. Grant, Masami Fujiwara & William E. Rogers.

2016. Society for Range Management 69th Annual Meeting, Corpus Christi, Texas.  Contributed Talk – “Hercules and the Hydra Hypothesis: Is rangeland restoration more effective when combined with fire?” William E. Rogers, Carissa L. Wonkka†, Dirac Twidwell† & Michele D. Clark†.

2015. Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN. Invited Talk – “Promoting ecosystem restoration by experimentally testing ecological theory: case studies using exotic invasions and endangered plants.”

2015. Society for Ecological Restoration, Texas Chapter 20th Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas. 2015. Contributed Poster – “Operationalizing resilience in a shrub-encroached semi-arid rangeland ecosystem: A new opportunity for ecological restoration?” William E. Rogers, Carissa L. Wonkka†, Dirac Twidwell† & Jason B. West.

2015. Ecological Society of America 100th Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD. Contributed Late-breaking Poster – “Operationalizing resilience in ecological restoration: A case study in a shrub-encroached semi-arid rangeland ecosystem.” William E. Rogers, Carissa L. Wonkka†, Dirac Twidwell† & Jason B. West.

2015. Society for Rangeland Ecology 68th Annual Meeting, Sacramento, CA. Contributed Talk – “Spatial resilience in a semi-arid shrubland: implications for operationalizing resilience in ecological restoration.” Wonkka†, Carissa L., Dirac Twidwell†, Jason B. West & William E. Rogers.

(* Undergraduate student contribution; Graduate student contribution)

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