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. This year’s speakers include Dr. Susan Alberts, Dr. Bob Holt, and Dr. Josh Schimel (Eminent Ecologists Seminar Summer 2018). The program began in Spring/Summer 1983 and has welcomed more than eighty distinguished speakers from around the globe to KBS (Eminent Ecologist Speakers 1983-2017).
‘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, Meredith Zettlemoyer (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 2018
Susan Alberts, PhD, Duke University
Professor, Departments of Biology and Evolutionary Anthropology
Dates: June 2-9, 2018
Monday June 4: Adversity and advantage: the influence of social environments on fitness in mammals
Wednesday June 6: Life history tradeoffs and genetic variation for social behavior in a wild primate population
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Bob Holt, PhD, University of Florida
Professor, Department of Biology & Arthur R. Marshall, Jr., Chair in Ecology
Dates: July 1-6, 2018
Monday July 2: Reflections on “Apparent competition”: a 40-year anniversary
Tuesday July 3: On the interplay of demographic stochasticity, fitness, and the ecological niche concept
Josh Schimel, PhD, University of California Santa Barbara
Professor, Dept. Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology & Environmental Studies Program
Dates: July 22-27, 2018
Monday July 23: The biogeochemistry of drought
Wednesday July 25: Nutrient cycling in Arctic tundra: dealing with extreme nutrient poverty
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.