The KBS Eminent Ecologists Seminar 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 1983-2016).
‘Current Topics in Ecology & Evolution’ [ZOL/PLB/CSS 891] 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, Di Liang (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the instructor, Dr. Kay Gross (email@example.com).
Seminars are held in the auditorium in the Academic Building of KBS and begin at 7:30 p.m.
Eminent Ecologists for 2017
Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
Monday Seminar: Trees, pets, and people: a watershed approach to understanding urban eutrophication
Time and Location: June 19, 7:30 pm, auditorium in the Academic Building of KBS
Janke BD, Finlay JC, Hobbie SE, Baker LA, Sterner RW, Nidzgorski D, Wilson BN. Contrasting influences of stormflow and baseflow pathways on nitrogen and phosphorus export from an urban watershed. Biogeochemistry. 2014:121(1):209-228.
Martini NF, Nelson KC, Hobbie SE, Baker LA. Why “feed the lawn”? Exploring the influences on residential turf grass fertilization in the Minneapolis− Saint Paul metropolitan area. Environment and Behavior. 2015:47(2):158-83.
Jacques Finlay, PhD, University of Minnesota
Associate Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
Wednesday Seminar: Climate, land use and management influences on past and future water quality in Minnesota’s agricultural landscapes
Time and Location: June 21, 7:30 pm, auditorium in the Academic Building of KBS
Baron JS, Hall EK, Nolan BT, Finlay JC, Bernhardt ES, Harrison JA, Chan F, Boyer EW. The interactive effects of excess reactive nitrogen and climate change on aquatic ecosystems and water resources of the United States. Biogeochemistry. 2013;114(1-3):71-92.
Judith Bronstein, PhD, University of Arizona
University Distinguished Professor, Dept. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Monday Seminar: TBA
Time and Location: July 10, 7:30 pm, auditorium in the Academic Building of KBS
Bronstein JL. Conditional outcomes in mutualistic interactions. Trends Ecol Evol, 1994, 9(6):214-7. doi: 10.1016/0169-5347(94)90246-1.
Bronstein JL. The exploitation of mutualisms. Ecol Lett, 2001, 4: 277–287. DOI: 10.1046/j.1461-0248.2001.00218.x.
Bronstein JL, Alarcón R, Geber M. The evolution of plant-insect mutualisms. New Phytol, 2006, 172(3):412-28. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2006.01864.x.
Toby Kiers E, Palmer TM, Ives AR, Bruno JF, Bronstein JL. Mutualisms in a changing world: an evolutionary perspective. Ecol Lett, 2010, 13:1459-74. doi: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2010.01538.x.
Goggy Davidowitz, PhD, University of Arizona
Associate Professor, Department of Entomology
Wednesday Seminar: TBA
Time and Location: July 12, 7:30 pm, auditorium in the Academic Building of KBS
Davidowitz G, D’Amico LJ, Nijhout HF. Critical weight in the development of insect body size. Evol Dev, 2003, 5(2):188-97. DOI: 10.1046/j.1525-142X.2003.03026.x.
Davidowitz G. & Nijhout, HF. The physiological basis of reaction norms: the interaction among growth rate, the duration of growth and body size. Integr Comp Biol, 2004, 44(6): 443–449. doi: 10.1093/icb/44.6.443.
Stillwell RC, Blanckenhorn WU, Teder T, Davidowitz G, Fox CW. Sex Differences in Phenotypic Plasticity Affect Variation in Sexual Size Dimorphism in Insects: From Physiology to Evolution. Annu Rev Entomol, 2010, 55:227-245. doi:10.1146/annurev-ento-112408-085500.
How to Enroll
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.