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Seminar Series

EEB hosts a weekly seminar series at 3:30 p.m. Thursdays during the academic year. Each spring, the seminar committee solicits nominations of leading scholars whose research appeals to our diverse EEB community. The seminar committee then invites speakers from this nomination pool for the next academic year.

In addition to these scholars, the seminar series contains three other speaker types: a Distinguished EEB Speaker, who is collectively chosen by the graduate students; invited alumni who work outside of academia to discuss Careers Outside Academia; and two graduating Distinguished Student Speakers, nominated by their advisors to present their dissertation research.

During the 2020-2021 academic year, all seminars will be held virtually.

 

spring 2021

January 21

Profile photo of Sophie Parker

Careers outside of academia - Conservation science in action: An ecologist’s career at The Nature Conservancy

Sophie Parker

Lead Scientist 
The Nature Conservancy

Host: Connie Rojas

 

January 21

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Careers outside of academia

Nick Pilfold

Scientist
San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research

Host: Gary Roloff

 

January 28

Profile photo of Matt Farr

Data integration in population and community ecology

Matt Farr

DISTINGUISHED STUDENT SPEAKER
MSU Department of Integrative Biology

Host: Elise Zipkin

 

February 4

Profile photo of Seema Sheth

Does the evolution of thermal tolerance shape patterns of rarity, invasion, and population responses to climate change?    

Seema Sheth

Plant and Microbial Biology
North Carolina State University

Host: Marianna Szucs

 

February 11

Profile photo of Andy Gonzalez

Integrative biodiversity science for the anthropocene

Andy Gonzalez

Plant Biology
McGill University

Host: Lars Brudvig

 

February 18

Profile photo of Allison Young

Investigations into the exploratory behavior of foraging honey bees 

Allison Young

DISTINGUISHED STUDENT SPEAKER
MSU Department of Integrative Biology

Host: Fred Dyer

 

February 25

Profile photo of Angela Strecker

What are the roles of connectivity and the environment in structuring freshwater communities?

Angela Strecker

Institute for Watershed Studies
Western Washington University

Host: Kendra Cheruvilil

 

March 4

Profile photo of Johanna Schmidt

How natural variation in the seasonal germination niche shapes plant life histories and climate adaptation

Joanna Schmidt

Evolution and Ecology
University of California - Davis

Host: Rachel Toczydlowski

 

March 18

Profile photo of Nancy Chen

Tracking short-term evolution in a pedigreed wild population

Nancy Chen

Department of Biology
University of Rochester

Host: Emily Josephs

 

March 25

Profile photo of Karen Sears

Development and evolution of bats

Karen Sears

Institute of the Environment & Sustainability
University of California

Host: Ingo Braasch

 

April 1

Profile photo of Erin Landguth

Prediction and prevention for disease systems in an eco-evolutionary, landscape genomics modeling framework

Erin Landguth

School of Public and Community Health
University of Montana

Host: Nadya Mamoozadeh 

 

April 8

Profile photo of Becca Tarvin

Chemical defense in frogs, flies, and nudibranchs

Becca Tarvin

Integrative Biology
University of California - Berkeley

Host: Heather Eisthen

 

April 15

Profile photo of Dan McNulty

Deciphering the trophic effects of large carnivores in wildland food webs

Dan MacNulty

Wildland Resources
Utah State University

Host: Scott Peacor

 

 

Fall 2020

September 10

Profile photo of Elise Zipkin

Town Hall Meeting: The future of EEB

Elise Zipkin

Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Program Director
Michigan State University
 

 

September 17

Profile photo of Stephanie Carlson

Managing for resilience of island fishes

Stephanie Carlson

DISTINGUISHED EEB SPEAKER
Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation
University of California - Berkeley

Host: Mariah Meek

 

September 24

Profile photo of Dario Valenzano

African killifishes shed light on evolution and modulation of lifespan

Dario Valenzano

Group Leader
Max Plank Institute for Biology of Ageing - Cologne, Germany

Host: Andrew Thompson and Ingo Braasch 

 

october 1

Profile photo of Emma Rosi

Large animals influence biogeochemistry in the Mara River, Kenya?

Emma Rosi

DISTINGUISHED EEB SPEAKER
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
University of Georgia

Host: Steve Hamilton

 

october 8

Profile photo of Jocelyn Behm

Human impacts on community assembly: Tales from the Caribbean and the epicenter of the spotted lanternfly invasion

Jocelyn Behm

Ecology and Integrative Biology
Temple University

Host: Dan Turner

 

october 22

Profile photo of Jocelyn Behm

Nighttime ecology and its application in animal behavioral and observational studies

Brian Gerber

Natural Resources Science
University of Rhode Island

Host: Kayla Davis

 

October 29

Profile photo of Gene Robinson

Sociogenomics:  The molecular biology that links nature and nurture

Gene Robinson

Director of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Host: Darren Incorvaia

 

November 5

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Figuring out the tips for speciation and macroevolutionary analyses

Craig Moritz

Research School of Biology
Australian National University - Canberra

Host: Meaghan Clark

 

November 12

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Careers Outside Academia

Anna Funk (Groves)

Associate Editor
Discover Magazine

Host: Lars Brudvig

 

November 12

Profile photo of Mitch Lettow

Careers Outside Academia

Mitch Lettow

Stewardship Director
SW Michigan Land Conservancy

Host: Lars Brudvig

 

November 19

Profile photo of Christopher Warneke

Plant populations in a human-dominated world: How do they grow and change?

Christopher Warneke

DISTINGUISHED STUDENT SPEAKER
MSU Department of Plant Biology

Host: Lars Brudvig

 

December 3

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Is the high diversity in tropical forests driven by the interactions of plants and their pests

Lissy Coley

Biology Department
University of Utah

Host: Will Wetzel