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Scholars from around the world come to the Kellogg Biological Station to engage in research with our faculty.


Current Visiting Scholars


Mike Jones
Oct. 11-17, 2014
Michigan State University, Dept. of Fisheries & Wildlife
Degrees: Ph.D., University of British Columbia, 1986 (Zoology); B.Sc., University of British Columbia, 1977 (Zoology)

Dr. Mike Jones' research program focuses on fish population dynamics and ecology, resource management, and simulation modeling. He is especially interested in how uncertainty and risk affect resource management decision-making. He works closely with fishery management agencies to apply his research findings to current and emerging management issues. Together with Co-Director Jim Bence, he established the Quantitative Fisheries Center in 2005 to facilitate this relationship and foster better management of fisheries, especially in the Great Lakes region.


Mark McCarthy
Sept. 8-17, 2014
The University of Texas at Austin, Marine Science Institute
KBS Host Lab: Hamilton Lab
Degrees: Ph.D., Universite du Quebec a Montreal, 2011 (Biology); M.S., Texas A&M - Corpus Christie, 2001 (Mariculture); B.S., Univeristy of Miami, 1991 (Marine Science and Biology)

Dr. Mark McCarthy is a postdoc at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, currently working on an NSF Dimensions in Biodiversity project (with Wayne Gardner - UTMSI, Hans Paerl - UNC, Steve Wilhelm - Univ. of Tennessee, and Ferdi Hellweger - Northeastern Univ.). The project aims to characterize N transformation rates, nutrient limitation patterns, and microbial diversity for the purpose of creating an ecosystem model (respectively with the listed PIs) in Taihu Lake (China), which can be used to predict the response to nutrient loading and climate change patterns. I've been active in the debate regarding the need (or lack thereof) to control N loading to freshwater systems, as well as studying N cycling relative to Gulf of Mexico hypoxia, hurricanes, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.


Alexey Ryabov
Oct. 25, 2014 - Nov. 10, 2014
Oldenburg University, Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (Germany)
KBS Host Lab: Klausmeier Lab
Degrees: Ph.D., Moscow State University, 2002; M.Sc., Moscow State University, 1996 (Statistical Physics)

Dr. Alexey Ryabov has been involved in investigations in a broad range of scientific activities. Since 2006 he has been involved in the theoretical investigation of ecological systems in the group headed by Prof. Bernd Blasius, University of Oldenburg. In ecology his research is focused around conditions for species co-existence, relationships between environmental heterogeneity and biodiversity, and effects of biodiversity on ecosystem functioning. Recently he was involved in project "PolarTime," which studies the principles, interactions and evolution of endogenous biological rhythms and clocks in polar pelagic organisms.


Kai Wirtz
Aug. 27 - Sept. 9, 2014

Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (Germany)
KBS Host Lab: Klausmeier Lab
Degrees: Ph.D., University of Kassel, 1998

Kai Wirtz is a professor of ecosystem modeling at Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht.  He's a pioneer of trait-based ecological modeling and has interests in plankton ecology, biogeochemical cycles, and environmental decision making.  At KBS, we will compare different approaches to incorporating biodiversity in ecosystem models.



Past Visiting Scholars


Dr. Kathryn Cottingham (kathryn.cottingham@dartmouth.edu)
Professor, Dartmouth University
KBS Host Lab: Gross Lab
April 2013

Bryan Foster (bfoster@ku.edu)
Professor, University of Kansas
KBS Host Lab: Gross Lab
Sept. - Oct. 2013

Julio Galli
National University of Rosario (Argentina)
KBS Host Lab: Utsumi Lab
July 2014 - September 2014

Dr. Junmin Li (lijmtzc@126.com)
Teacher, Taizhou University (China)
KBS Host Lab: Lau Lab
April 2011 - March 2012

Dr. Nalini Nadkarni
October 2012
See here for more information: http://www.kbs.msu.edu/events/dessert-with-discussion

Lea Roselli
University of Salento (Italy)
KBS Host Lab: Litchman Lab
March 2014 - August 2014

Dr. Zhigang Zhao (zhaozg@msu.edu)
Associate Professor, Lanzhou University
KBS Host Lab: Conner Lab
Sept. 2011 - Sept. 2012

Dr. Zhao worked collaboratively with Dr. Jeff Conner on several ecological genetics projects.

Dr. Terenzio Zenone (zenone@msu.edu)
Adjunct Visiting Research Associate
KBS Host Lab:  Robertson Lab
April 2009 - Oct. 2012
Current Location: Research Group Plant and Vegetation Ecology, University of Antwerp

Dr. Terenzio Zenone worked for Dr. Jiquan Chen at the University of Toledo as part of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Project (GLBRC), of which KBS has a very important role.  His research at KBS was for the GLBRC project.