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Seminar Series

Seminar Series

EEB hosts a weekly seminar series at 3:30 p.m. Thursdays in room 1420 BPS (Biomedical and Physical Sciences) across the atrium from the EEBHub 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.

Questions can be directed to the committee chair: Elizabeth Heath-Heckman.


Spring 2024


February 1

Profile photo of Earyn McGee

#FindThatLizard: Ecology, science outreach, and supporting underrepresented groups in herpetology and natural resources

Earyn McGee

Herpetologist at #FindThatLizard

Host: Toby SantaMaria


February 8


Career Exploration Panel (VIA ZOOM)

Evelyn Valdez-Ward

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Rhode Island

Hosts: Toby SantaMaria

Michael Van Nuland, Society for the Protection of Underground Networks (SPUN)

Host: Moriah Young


February 15

Amanda Rodewald


The power of birds to transform biodiversity conservation

Amanda Rodewald

Natural Resources and the Environment, Cornell University

Host: Kayla Davis


February 22

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Effect of seed dispersal and plant recruitment on tallgrass prairie community assembly

Katherine Wynne

Plant Biology, Michigan State University

Mentor: Lauren Sullivan



Profile photo of Chris Cahill

Managing populations with highly variable recruitment dynamics

Chris Cahill

Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University

Host: Jim Bence


March 14

Profile photo of Aimee Classen

From microbes to mountains: Exploring ecosystems in a changing world

Aimee Classen

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan

Host: Moriah Young


March 21

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Connecting soil feedback experiments to eco-friendly plant-soil management

Pedro Antunes

Biology, Algoma University (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada)

Host: Akihiro Koyama


April 4

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The evolutionary origins and mechanisms of the water-to-land transition in vertebrates

Tetsuya Nakamura

Genetics, Rutgers University

Host: Ingo Braasch


April 11

Profile photo of Carlos Martorell

The role of natural enemies in maintaining plant diversity in a semi-arid grassland

Carlos Martorell

Ecology and Natural Resources, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Host: Lauren Sullivan


April 25

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EEB Core Faculty Meeting

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