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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




Karel Jacobs
Associate Professor and Coordinator of Secondary Education
Chicago State University, Dept. of Biology
Sept. 7 - Dec. 5, 2015

Dr. Jacobs will be a sabbatical scholar at KBS during the Fall Semester 2015. During her time here she will be working on projects designed to transform secondary biology (and possibly other STEM) teach preparation programs at CSU so that pre-service students strengthen their science and engineering practice skills through engagement in KBS/LTER ecological research. She is also interested in developing tools that will adapt LTER teaching resources for use in urban Chicago classrooms. Dr. Jacobs is co-PI on two NSF grants exploring ways to recruit and train science teachers to work in urban areas and a pending NASA grant, "Training America's next NASA generation -- Environmental Stewardship of Earth Systems Yields Innovative Approaches to Challenges Posed by Global Change," which involves collaborations with several LTER sites.

Thomas Juenger
University of Texas - Austin, Dept. of Integrative Biology
Sept. 21-25, 2015

Dr. Juenger's research focuses on the interface of ecological and evolutionary processes in natural plant populations. He is generally interested in phenotypic evolution and the role of natural selection and genetic architecture in shaping evolutionary responses and local adaptation. His lab uses a variety of tools in studies of natural genetic variation, including statistical genetic analyses, quantitative trait locus (QTL) and association mapping, studies of gene expression, and genome sequencing. A long-standing effort is the identification and characterization of genes underlying drought adaptation and physiology among natural populations collected from diverse habitats. More recently, they have begun several projects exploring plant stress responses to climate change and the potential performance of biofuel crops grown on marginal lands. In addition, he has long-standing interests in co-evolution, the evolution of phenotypic plasticity, and the genetics of speciation. Finally, he has a number of diverse collaborations centered on the use of molecular toos and statistical analyses to ask questions in ecology and evolutionary biology.

During his visit he'll be interacting with several collaborators (Conner, Lowry and Brandizzi), as well as exploring local prairie locations for switchgrass populations.



Past Visiting Scholars

Alexey Ryabov
Professor, Oldenburg University, Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (Germany)
KBS Host Lab: Klausmeier Lab
October/November 2014

Mike Jones
Professor, Michigan State University, Dept. of Fisheries & Wildlife
October 2014

Mark McCarthy
Postdoc, The University of Texas at Austin, Marine Science Institute
KBS Host Lab: Hamilton Lab
September 2014

Kai Wirtz
Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (Germany)
KBS Host Lab: Klausmeier Lab
August/September 2014

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.