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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).


Eminent Ecologists for 2015 will be posted soon!


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

The 2014 Eminent Ecologists will be:


May 19-23, 2014

Dr. Jennifer Rudgers University of New Mexico


May 19: Ecological dynamics and consequences of mutualisms: Small fungi with big impacts

Reading 1: Afkhami et al. 2014. Multiple Mutalist Effects: Conflict in synergy in multispecies mutualisms.

Reading 2: Chamberlain et al. 2014 . How context dependent are species interactions?

Dr. Ken Whitney University of New Mexico


May 21: The role of hybridization in biological invasions: general patterns and an experimental evolution study in sunflowers

Reading 1: Whitney et al. 2010 . Adaptive intogression of abiotic tolerance traits in the sunflower Helianthus annuus

Reading 2: Hovick et al. 2012 . Hybridization alters early life-history traits and increases plant colonization success in a novel region.


June 9-13, 2014

Dr. Peter Groffman, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies


June 9: Snow is good, worms are bad: Climate change, invasive species, and ecosystem services in forests

Reading 1: Groffman et al. 2012. Long-term integrated studies show complex and surprising effects of climate change in the northern hardwood forest.

Reading 2: Fahey et al. 2013. Earthworm effects on the incorporation of litter C and N into soil organic matter in a sugar maple forest.

June 11: Ecological homogenization of urban America

Reading 3: Groffman et al. 2014. Ecological homogenization of urban USA.

July 7-11, 2014

Dr. Andy Gonzalez, McGill University


July 7: Evolutionary resilience: Can evolution rescue populations and communities in the context of environmental change?

Reading 1: Bell and Gonzalez 2009. Evolutionary rescue can prevent extinction following environmental change.

Reading 2: Bell and Gonzalez 2011. Adaptation and evolutionary rescue in metapopulations experiencing environmental deterioration.

July 9: From science to solutions: Applying network ecology for the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services in fragmented landscapes and a warming climate





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