May 15, 2018 – 7:00 PM

Toxicity of Buckthorn to Amphibians

Dr. Roberto Brenes
Abstract: Dr. Roberto Brenes will discuss the relationship between the presence of the invasive common buckthorn and the decline of amphibian populations in SE Wisconsin. The common buckthorn is widely distributed in southeastern Wisconsin. Its known for producing a secondary metabolite called emodin that produced deformation and mortality on early developing larvae of some amphibian species. Their research at Carroll University in Waukesha, shows that the effect of the emodin depends on the species and developmental stage of the exposed amphibians. Hence, areas where buckthorn is abundant will see declines in certain species population and the increase or permanence of other species, affecting the ecosystem balance. 
Host: Riveredge Nature Center

Future Dates – Programs – Locations

  • June 19 – Living almost off the electric grid in West Bend: A homeowner’s experience with Solar Power – Lac Lawrann Conservancy
  • July 17 – An Evening with Jens Jensen – a Roger Kuhns Monologue – Riveredge Nature Center
  • August 21 – The Science Behind the Sip – Lac Lawrann Conservancy

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Science for Everyone is a lecture series to engage, educate and increase public awareness regarding a wide variety of science, history and environment related topics. The programs are for the curious of high school age and older. The presenters give lectures that will both educate and entertain. Science for Everyone will be held the 3rd Tuesday of every month with Ridgedge hosting the odd months and Lac Lawrann hosting the even months. This program is a partnership between Lac Lawrann Conservancy, Riveredge Nature Center and the UWM Field Station.Fee: FREE ($5 donation suggested) No registration required.