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ADV - Nutrient Addition Research - Lunch with a Scientist- Cedar Creek

Nutrient Addition Research - Lunch with a Scientis website

2660 Fawn Lake Drive NE
East Bethel, MN 55005

Join life-long learners for a monthly lunch and learn series at Cedar Creek! Bring your own lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! Each month, scientists will present a general-audience lecture about their work at or related to Cedar Creek. Please wear closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather.

Cristy Portales Reyes is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota. Her research studies how adding nutrients to ecosystems reduces plant diversity in grasslands and prairies, and what actions can help increase or restore plant diversity. She hopes that her research can help people manage ecosystems to be more resistant to change and to restore biodiversity in affected areas. She has worked at Cedar Creek since 2015 and loves being able to work with and appreciate the diversity of organisms at the field station.

Contact Tillery with questions, bail0311@umn.edu, 612-301-2613.

Course Dates:

Meeting from 11:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. on:

Instructor Information

Caitlin Potter

Dr. Potter is the education and community engagement coordinator at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. Her background is in wildlife ecology, and she holds a B.S. in Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology as well as a masters and Ph.D in ecology and evolutionary biology. She studied wildlife and animal behavior all over the world (mostly monkeys in Ethiopia) before finding her true passion doing environmental education! Now, she runs school field trips and public events at CCESR, works with scientists to get their results into the hands of students, and organizes several citizen science projects.

Tillery Bailey

Tillery is serving her second year as the Minnesota GreenCorps Member at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. MN GreenCorps is an AmeriCorps program sponsored by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, which allows young environmental professionals to gain practical experience. At Cedar Creek she serves as a member of the education and outreach team.

Tillery graduated from the University of Minnesota in December 2017 with a BS in Recreation Administration and a Management minor. She loves teaching yoga, spending time outside, and creating the occasional art project.

Sponsor Information

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve


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