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The KBS Eminent Ecologists Series brings well-known ecologists and evolutionary biologists to KBS each summer to interact with KBS faculty, students and staff for week-long visits. The program began in Spring/Summer 1983 and has welcomed more than eighty distinguished speakers from around the globe to KBS (EE Speakers 1983-2013).

Each speaker gives one or more informal evening lectures, open to the public, and presented in conjunction with a graduate seminar, 'Current Topics in Ecology & Evolution' [ZOL/PLB/CSS 891]. Undergraduate and graduate students may enroll in the course for either 1 or 2 credits; students who plan to  fully participate in the course and attend multiple seminars are encouraged to enroll for 2 credits. Enrollment is not required to attend seminars (but encouraged).

Students enrolled in the course participate in group discussions, individual meetings and field trips with the speakers where they can discuss their research interests and future plans. While the program is designed as a graduate seminar for students in residence at KBS, undergraduate or graduate students from MSU's main campus or from other institutions are encouraged to enroll and can take the course for 1 or 2 credits depending on their interest and involvement in course activities.

Eminent Ecologists include scientists who work on a variety of important topics in ecology and evolutionary biology (see below). For more information about the course, how to enroll or to schedule a meeting with a speaker, please contact the Graduate Teaching Assistant, Melissa Kjelvik (kjelvikm@msu.edu) or the instructor, Dr. Kay Gross (kgross@kbs.msu.edu).



Seminars are held in the auditorium in the Academic Building of KBS and begin at 7:30 p.m.

The 2015 Eminent Ecologists will be:


May 18-22, 2015

Dr. Peter Adler Utah State University




June 8-12, 2015

Dr. Nancy Grimm, Arizona State University





July 13-17, 2015

Dr. Nelson Hairston Jr., Cornell University



Former speakers:

Last Updated on Monday, 24 November 2014 19:22