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Speakers and Presenters

Keynote Speaker

Reed Noss Ph.D. (University of Central Florida)

"Natural history, ecology, and evolution can tell us how to protect, restore, and manage our grasslands"


Invited Speakers (Oral Presentations)

    • John Barone Ph.D. (Columbus State University, Columbus, GA) and Jovonn Hill Ph.D. (Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS)
    Black Belt Prairies: Biodiversity, Ecology and Restoration

    • Joyce Bender (Kentucky Nature Preserves Commission, Frankfort, KY)

    "Managing the 'Middle Ground' – Pyne’s 'fire-catalyzed patches' in Kentucky."

    • Mike Berkeley (Growild native plant nursery, Fairview, TN)

    "Using native plants to create backyard prairies and urban grasslands"

    • Mike Black (Shortleaf Pine Initiative, Knoxville, TN)

    “Overview of Shortleaf Pine savannas and woodlands of the Mid-South”

    • Julian Campbell Ph.D. (Bluegrass Woodland Restoration Center, Lexington, KY)

    "The Pennyroyal Region: New Hope for a Lost World" 

    • John Cain Carter (Alianca da Terra, Nashville, TN)

    "Against the tide, frontier conservation"

    • Jennifer Ceska (Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance, Athens, GA)

    "The underutilized role of volunteers in grassland conservation and restoration"

    • Edward W. Chester Ph.D. (Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN, retired)

    "Cultural History and Summary of Research on the Barrens at Fort Campbell Military Reservation, Kentucky and Tennessee."

    • Clarence Coffey (Shortleaf Pine Initiative and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Crossville, TN, retired)
    "Observations by early settlers provides evidence of grasslands on the Tennessee Cumberland Plateau"

    • Dwayne Estes Ph.D. (Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Fort Worth, TX and Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN)

    "Introduction to the Grasslands of the Mid-South"

    • Paul Gagnon Ph.D. (Murray State University, Murray, KY)

    “Lessons for canebrake restoration from historical accounts and from disturbance ecology experiments”

    • Martina Hines (Kentucky Nature Preserves Commission, Frankfort, KY)

    "Status and restoration potential of xerohydric flatwoods/grasslands of central and western Kentucky" 

    • Michael Homoya (Indiana Department of Natural Resources)

    "An Overview of Naturally Occurring Grasslands in the Interior Low Plateaus of Indiana" 

    • Pat Keyser Ph.D. (University of Tennessee, Center for Native Grasslands Management, Knoxville, TN)

    “Restoration of grasslands on working landscapes: pieces, parts, and process”

    • Tara Littlefield (Kentucky Nature Preserves Commission, Frankfort, KY)

    "The rarest plants in Kentucky’s glades, barrens and prairies: current status and conversation measures."

    • Mark Masteller (Iowa Department of Transportation)

    Iowa's interstate prairies, leading the nation in restoration of grasslands along transportation corridors"

    • Jeff Matthews Ph.D. (University of Illinois)
    "Restoration of prairie wetlands"

    • Paul Nelson (Central Hardwoods Joint Venture & U.S. Forest Service Mark Twain Nat. Forest, ret.)

    "The Central Hardwoods Joint Venture Glade Conservation Assessment and Glade Inventory"

    • Alyssa Nyberg (The Nature Conservancy)

    Kankakee Sands, the marvels and mistakes of a restoration 19 years in the making

    • John Rissler (USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Washington, D.C.)

    “Kankakee Sands, the marvels and mistakes of a restoration 19 years in the making”

    • Andy Vander Yacht (University of Tennessee Center for Native Grasslands Management, Knoxville, TN)
    “Restoration of shortleaf pine-oak savanna at  Catoosa Wildlife Management Area on the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee"
    • Allison Vaughn (Missouri Department of Natural Resources)

    "Emulating Natural Disturbance Factors: 33 Years of Ecosystem Restoration in Missouri State Parks"

    • Theo Witsell (Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Little Rock, AR)

    "Diamonds in the coal bin: the importance of small, high-quality remnants to large-scale grassland restoration"

    • Joe Woolbright (Ozark Ecological Restoration, Inc., AR)

    In need of TLC: tried and tested methods of managing and restoring small prairies"

    • Brian Yahn (Kentucky Nature Preserves Commission, Frankfort, KY)

    "Kentucky’s Vanishing Grasslands: Significant Remnants Without Conservation Protection."

    Posters

    • Kelly Anderson (Austin Peay State University)

    "Vascular flora and vegetation of riverscour grasslands/glades/shrublands of the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River, Blount Co., Alabama"

    • Julian Campbell (Bluegrass Restoration Center, Kentucky)

                   "The Pennyrile Region of KY & TN: new hope for a lost world?"

    • Jane Fitzgerald (Central Hardwoods Joint Venture, Missouri)

    TBA

    • Sam King and Will Peters (Radnor Lake State Natural Area)

       "Native Grassland Habitat Restoration on Historic Farmlands Within Radnor      Lake State Natural Area, Davidson County, Tennessee"

    • Elizabeth Mizell (The Nature Conservancy, Indiana)

    "A labor of love, Blood, Sweat, and Tears: restoring a chert barrens in southern Indiana"

    • Chris Mausert-Mooney (Austin Peay State University & The Botanical Research Institute of Texas)

    "Vascular flora and vegetation of riverscour grasslands/shrublands of the Big South Fork River of Tennessee and Kentucky"

    • Paul Nelson (Central Hardwoods Joint Venture & U.S. Forest Service Mark Twain Nat. Forest, ret.)

    "A Comprehensive Spatial Mapping of Missouri Glades."

    • Devin Rodgers (Austin Peay State University & The Botanical Research Institute of Texas)

    "Vascular flora and vegetation of riverscour grasslands/glades/shrublands of Daddy's Creek, Cumberland Co., Tennessee"

    • Allison Vaughn (Missouri Department of Conservation)

    "After 30 Years of Prescribed Fire Management: Woodland Diversity at Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Missouri"