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
Hobbie SE, Finlay JC, Janke BD, Nidzgorski DA, Millet DB, Baker LA. Contrasting nitrogen and phosphorus budgets in urban watersheds and implications for managing urban water pollution. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017: 114(16):4177-4182. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1618536114. Erratum in: Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017: 114(20):E4116.
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. doi: 10.1007/s10533-012-9788-y.
Judith Bronstein, PhD, University of Arizona
University Distinguished Professor, Dept. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Monday Seminar: Mutualism: What do we know, and where do we go from here?
Time and Location: July 10, 7:30 pm, auditorium in the Academic Building of KBS
Barker JL, Bronstein JL, Friesen ML, Jones EI, Reeve HK, Zink AG, Frederickson ME. Synthesizing perspectives on the evolution of cooperation within and between species. Evolution. 2017, 71(4):814-825. doi: 10.1111/evo.13174.
Brodie JF, Aslan CE, Rogers HS, Redford KH, Maron JL, Bronstein JL, Groves CR. Secondary extinctions of biodiversity. Trends Ecol Evol. 2014, 29(12):664-672. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2014.09.012.
Díaz-Muñoz SL, Boddy AM, Dantas G, Waters CM, Bronstein JL. Contextual organismality: Beyond pattern to process in the emergence of organisms. Evolution. 2016, 70(12):2669-2677. doi: 10.1111/evo.13078.
Jones EI, Afkhami ME, Akçay E, Bronstein JL, Bshary R, Frederickson ME, Heath KD, Hoeksema JD, Ness JH, Pankey MS, Porter SS, Sachs JL, Scharnagl K, Friesen ML. Cheaters must prosper: reconciling theoretical and empirical perspectives on cheating in mutualism. Ecol Lett. 2015, 18:1270-1284. doi: 10.1111/ele.12507.
Goggy Davidowitz, PhD, University of Arizona
Associate Professor, Department of Entomology
Wednesday Seminar: Moth body building: within-individual resource allocation strategies used to build a moth
Time and Location: July 12, 7:30 pm, auditorium in the Academic Building of KBS
Levin E, Lopez-Martinez G, Fane B, Davidowitz G. Hawkmoths use nectar sugar to reduce oxidative damage from flight. Science. 2017, 17;355(6326):733-735. doi: 10.1126/science.aah4634.
Levin E, McCue MD, Davidowitz G. More than just sugar: allocation of nectar amino acids and fatty acids in a Lepidopteran. Proc. R. Soc. B. 2017, 8:284(1848). doi: 10.1098/rspb.2016.2126.
Davidowitz G, Roff D, Nijhout HF. Synergism and antagonism of proximate mechanisms enable and constrain the response to simultaneous selection on body size and development time: an empirical test using experimental evolution. Am Nat. 2016, 188(5):499-520. doi:10.1093/icb/icw021.
Davidowitz G. Endocrine proxies can simplify endocrine complexity to enable evolutionary prediction. Integr Comp Biol. 2016, 56(2):198-206. doi: 10.1093/icb/icw021.
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.