|KBS Eminent Ecologists|
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 1983-2015 ).
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.
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
Seminar 1: May 18, 2015
Really, really stable coexistence in plant communities: Evidence and implications
Reading 1: Adler et al. 2010. Coexistence of perennial plants: an embarassment of niches.
Seminar 2: May 20, 2015
A constructive critique of the ecological forecasting program
Reading 1: Adler et al. 2013. Can the past predict the future? Experimental tests of historically based population models.
Reading 2: Blog Post and discussion on Dynamic Ecology: Ecological forecasting: why I'm a hypocrite and you may be one too
June 8-12, 2015
Dr. Nancy Grimm, Arizona State University
Seminar 1: June 8, 2015
The future of cities: addressing challenges from the collision of urbanization and climate change
Seminar 2: June 10, 2015
The only certainty is change: reflections on a stream, a city, and a public university
Reading 1: Grimm et al. 2013 . Viewing the urban socio-ecological system through a sustainability lens: lessons and prospects from the Central Arizona–Phoenix LTER programme.
Reading 2: Harms and Grimm 2008. Hot spots and hot moments of carbon and nitrogen dynamics in a semi-arid riparian zone.
Reading 3: Roach and Grimm 2011 . Denitrification mitigates N flux through the stream–floodplain complex of a desert city.
Supplemental Information: Arizona State University Charter
July 13-17, 2015
Dr. Nelson Hairston Jr., Cornell University
Seminar 1: July 13, 2015
Taking it easy in the fast lane: Prolonged dormancy meets rapid evolution in the plankton
Reading 1: Fussmann_et_al._2005 Ecological and evolutionary dynamics of experimental plankton communities
Reading 2: Yoshida et al. 2003 Rapid evolution drives ecological dynamics in a predator-prey system
Seminar 2: July 15, 2015
Eco-evolutionary dynamics in models, bottles & nature
Reading 1: Becks et al. 2012 The functional genomics of an eco-evolutionary feedback loop: linking gene expression, trait evolution, and community dynamics
Reading 2: Hairston et al. 2005 Rapid evolution and the convergence of ecological and evolutionary time
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 September 2015 18:17|