Nadine Kriska will provide an interesting talk on Wisconsin Dung Beetles. Scarab beetles are one of the five largest families of beetles in the world (nearly 28,000 species!), and about 25% of scarabs are dung beetles. Wisconsin boasts about 60 species of dung beetles that have the often overlooked and underappreciated job of breaking down solid waste and recycling nutrients back into the ecosystem. We will take a closer look at our state’s dung beetle fauna and the different strategies they employ to carry out their role as nature’s septic systems.
About the Speaker:
This is Nadine’s 13th year in the Biology Department at UW-Whitewater. She teaches introductory courses for Bio majors and minors, departmental writing course, and upper-level Invertebrate Zoology course. She has a Master’s and Ph.D. in Entomology from UW-Madison. Nadine conducted a survey of Wisconsin scarabs for her Master’s thesis, where she developed several side projects focusing on specific dung beetle groups in the state. She is the self-proclaimed Dung Beetle Queen of Wisconsin, although she generally loves anything with an exoskeleton and more than four legs. She enjoys sharing her passion for invertebrates with others and sparking curiosity of and appreciation for our natural world.