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Seminar Series

EEB hosts a weekly seminar series at 3:30 p.m. Thursdays in room 1420 BPS (Biomedical and Physical Sciences) during the academic year. Throughout the year, the seminar committee solicits nominations of leading scholars whose research appeals to our diverse EEB community (link to nomination form). In the spring, the seminar committee then invites speakers from this nomination pool for the next academic year.

The seminar series contains four special lecture types (nominated by EEB members): the Spartan Eminent Lecture by a prominent EEB leader outside of MSU; the Distinguished Alumni Lecture by an EEB alum with a celebrated research career; up to two Notable Dissertation Lectures by graduating EEB students to share their outstanding dissertation research; and two Career Exploration Panels with speakers discussing their career paths outside of academia.

Seminars are planned to be in-person unless listed otherwise. We will closely monitor the COVID-19 situation.

Questions can be directed to the committee co-chairs: Carolyn Malmstrom and Elizabeth Heath-Heckman.


Spring 2023

February 2

Profile photo of Erin Molloy

Recent advances and open challenges in estimating evolutionary histories for species and populations

Erin Molloy, PhD

Department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
University of Maryland

Host: Kevin Liu


February 9

Profile photo of Kristen Voorhies


Kristen Voorhies, PhD

Field Museum - Chicago

Host: Julie Jarvey

Kylen Gartland


Kylen Gartland, PhD

Detroit Zoological Society

Host: Ani Hristova


February 16

Profile photo of Aimee Classen

From microbes to mountains: Exploring ecosystems in a changing world

Aimée Classen, PhD

University of Michigan Biological Station

Host: Moriah Young


February 23

Profile photo of Carlos Herrera

Looking at plants with care: Patterns, causes and significance of sub-individual variation

Carlos Herrera, PhD

Emeritus Professor of Research
Council for Scientific Research, Seville, Spain

Host: Will Wetzel


March 2

Profile photo of Aleeza Gerstein

Opportunistic human fungal pathogens through the lens of ecology and evolution

Aleeza Gerstein, PhD

Department of Microbiology and Statistics
University of Manitoba, Canada

Host: Mike Wiser


March 16

Profile photo of Alisha Shah

Using thermal physiology to explain patterns of biodiversity and response to climate change

Alisha Shah, PhD

KBS/Department of Integrative Biology
Michigan State University

Host: Lars Brudvig


March 23

Profile photo of Jessica Gurevich

From landscapes to global climate intervention: An exploration

Jessica Gurevitch, PhD

Department of Ecology and Evolution
Purdue University

Host: Carolyn Malmstrom


March 30

Profile photo of Karen Sears

Evolution, development, and aging in bats

Karen Sears, PhD

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Ecology
University of California - Los Angeles

Host: Ingo Braasch


April 6

Profile photo of Acacia Ackles

Computational methods to investigate connectivity in evolvable systems

Acacia Ackles, PhD

Department of Computer Science
Lawrence University

Host: Emily Dolson


April 13

Profile photo of Kerry Mauck

More than just reservoirs: How interaction between wild plants and insect vectors shape the ecology and evolution of pathogenic microbes

Kerry Mauck, PhD

Department of Entomology
University of California - Riverside

Host: Michael Ryskamp


April 20

Profile photo of Leslie Babonis

Knockout of a single SOX gene resurrects an ancestral cell type in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis

Leslie Babonis, PhD

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Cornell University

Host:  Julia Ganz


April 27

Profile photo of Elizabeth Heath-Heckman

EEB Core Faculty Meeting

Faculty will recap the semester, discuss plans for spring, and learn about new initiatives.



Fall 2022

September 15

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EEB Town Hall

Join your fellow EEB members to socialize and learn about the exciting activities to come during the new academic year!


September 22

Profile photo of Marcella Benitez

Topological puzzles in biology: How shape and structure shape a system's evolution

Oana Carja

Assistant professor, computational biology
Carnegie Mellon University

Host: Emily Dolson


September 29

Alejandra Echeverri Ochoa


Ecological and cultural priorities coincide in wet forests for conserving neotropical birds

Alejandra Echeverri

Postdoctoral fellow, biology 
Stanford University

Host: Olivia Smith


October 6

Profile photo of Rachel Short


Communities of change: Advancing large mammal ecology and empowering STEM learners 

Rachel Short

Assistant professor, South Dakota State University
Natural resource management
West River Research and Extension Center

Host: Toby SantaMaria


October 13

Profile photo of Patricia Ward

Career Exploration Panel

Patricia Ward

Head scientist
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

Host: Jamily Ramos De Lima

Profile photo of Alex Wright

Career Exploration Panel

Alex Wright

Landscape science coordinator
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Host:  Julie Jarvey


October 20

Profile photo of Petra Deane

The dual role of parental conflict in speciation: Lessons from Mimulus

Jennifer Coughlan

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Yale University

Host:  Andrew Bleich and David Lowry



October 27

Profile photo of Stefano Allesina

Habitat heterogeneity, environmental feedbacks, and species coexistence across timescales

Stefano Allesina

Ecology and Evolution
University of Chicago

Host: Nasser Mohammed  and Christopher Klausmeier


November 3

Profile photo of Aimee Classen

The Hawaiian bobtail squid as a model host for studying defensive symbioses

Spencer Nyholm

Molecular and Cell Biology
University of Connecticut

Host: Elizabeth Heath-Heckman


November 10

Profile photo of Paul Turner

Leveraging evolutionary trade-offs and phage selection pressure to reduce bacterial pathogenicity

Paul Turner
Distinguished Alumni Lecture

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Yale University

Host: Richard Lenski


November 17

Profile photo of Seth Smith


Renewable energy ecology: Interactions among energy development, ecosystems, and people  

Steven Grodsky

Natural Resources and Environment
Cornell University

Hosts: Miranda Wade and Mariah Meek


December 8

Profile photo of Elizabeth Heath-Heckman

EEB Core Faculty Meeting

Faculty will recap the semester, discuss plans for spring, and learn about new initiatives.