2022 Science Summit November 10



The Oak Openings Green Ribbon Initiative Science Summit is a venue for sharing and discussing the science of Oak Openings conservation and stewardship. This year's summit, Thursday, November 10, will include presentations, poster sessions and networking with researchers, students, and land managers.


Everyone involved has a common goal of increasing connections between stakeholders in the Oak Openings region.


November 10 from 2:30 to 6 p.m.

Wildwood Preserve Metropark

Ward Pavilion (East Entrance)
4830 W. Central Ave, Toledo



Everyone is welcome, including students, volunteers, landowners, environmentalists and conservation supporters.

Come early to peruse a variety of presentations. Stay late for a casual BYOB happy hour to network with regional partners while viewing scientific posters describing the research, conservation, and stewardship in the Oak Openings Region. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided by the Green Ribbon Initiative. 


Presentation topics are:


Oak Wilt: Challenges and Opportunities

Jay Wright, Director of Conservation Science at Metroparks Toledo


Early Detection Rapid Response of Invasive Plants in the Oak Openings Region

Peter Blank, Northwest Ohio Restoration Manager at The Nature Conservancy in Ohio


Connecting Students to Our Waterways – With Science!

Sara Guiher, Water Quality Planner at Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments


Using Amphibians to Inform Wetland Conservation Under Anthropogenic Development Conditions in NW OH

Brian Kron, Biological Sciences PhD Student, Root Lab at Bowling Green State University


Status and Assessment Updates for Threatened Turtles in Northwest Ohio

Matt Cross, Conservation Biologist, at The Toledo Zoo & Aquarium


This is an in-person event. Masking are recommended. 





Photo, top: Blandings Turtle

Video, below: About Oak Wilt in the Metroparks


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