Weekly research seminars offer both MSU and visiting scientists the opportunity to present research on a timely topic.
Unless otherwise noted, weekly research seminars are held Friday in Stack 237 at 10:45 AM. At KBS we make a practice of webcasting the KBS Seminar series. If you are affiliated with MSU and you would like to watch remotely, you can acquire a link to watch the webcast by visiting the protected KBS Seminar Webcast page.
Fall 2019 Seminars
|Date||Seminar Speaker||KBS Host|
|Aug. 23||Mónica Paez-Vacas, Universidad Tecnologica Indoamerica, “Poison frogs along elevational gradients in the Andes: what can they tell us about mechanisms of population divergence?”||Fitzpatrick|
|Aug. 30||Scott Swinton and Braeden Vandeynze, MSU, “Evolutionary biology and no-till farming: how herbicide resistant weeds are reversing the adoption trend toward conservation tillage”||Haddad|
|Sept. 6||Chris Hawn, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, "Through eight eyes: using spiders as bio-indicators for conservation and environmental studies"||Griffin|
|Sept. 13||Amy Iler, Chicago Botanical Garden, “Ecological consequences of earlier flowering under climate change”||Zettlemoyer|
|Sept. 20||Matt Liebman, Iowa State University, "Enhancing biodiversity in the corn belt to improve environmental quality and crop production"||Hamilton|
|Sept. 27||Stephanie Kivlin, University of Tennessee, "Microbial effects on ecosystems in a changing world"||Bell-Dereske|
|Oct. 4||Devin Coleman-Derr, UC Berkeley, "The crop microbiome as environmental stress modulator"||Evans|
|Oct. 11||Lacey Knowles, University of Michigan, "Species Divergence Shaped by the intersects of ecology and historical climatic change"||Reid|
|Oct. 17 **Note that this is on Thursday**||Sarah Evans, MSU "Microbes in the mist: Precipitation as a driver of dispersal and function of terrestrial microbial communities"||Promotion Seminar|
|Oct. 25||Megan Peterson, University of Colorado, "How do populations persist in a variable and changing world?”||Zettlemoyer|
|Nov. 1||Seema Sheth, North Carolina State University, "The role of demographic and evolutionary processes in buffering populations from climate change"||Fitzpatrick|
|Nov. 8||Sarah Mills, University of Michigan, "Community acceptance of renewable energy in Michigan"||Kemmerling|
|Nov. 15||Will Wetzel, MSU, "Plant diversity and the ecology of plant-insect interactions"||Haddad|
|Nov. 22||Luis Zaman, University of Michigan, “"Unraveling evolutionary feedback with digital and microbial organisms””||Kittredge|
|Nov. 29||No seminar||Doll/Robertson|
|Dec. 6||Becky Fuller, University of Illinois||Fitzpatrick|
Spring 2019 Seminars
|Date||Seminar Speaker||KBS Host|
|Jan. 11||Steven Brady, Southern Connecticut State University, “Adaptation and maladaptation entwined in roadside amphibians”||Fitzpatrick|
|Jan. 18||Gary Mittelbach, Michigan State University (Emeritus), "Reflections on community ecology then and now"|
|Jan. 25||Dionardo Pizana, “Cultural Competency training - optional Professional Development”||Logan|
|Feb. 1||No Seminar, Grad Recruiting Weekend||Fitzpatrick|
|Feb. 8||Heather Douglas, Michigan State University, "Science and Its Publics: Building Trust"||Rutkoski|
|Feb. 15||Wendy Yang, University of Illinois, "Microtopographic controls on soil greenhouse gas emissions in the flat Midwest U.S."||Glanville/Robertson|
|Feb. 22||Bruno Basso, MSU, "Drivers of spatial and temporal variability of agricultural systems"|
|March 1||Elizabeth Crone, Tufts University, "Using population ecology to inform pollinator conservation"||Zettlemoyer|
|March 15||Jill Anderson, University of Georgia, "Local adaptation in the context of climate change”||Garrison|
|March 29||Melissa Duhaime, University of Michigan, "Microcystis viruses: the population signals of viral predation in Lake Erie’s toxic cyanobacterial blooms"||Evans|
|April 5||Jennifer Williams, University of British Columbia, "Plants on the move: Roles of landscape structure and evolution in spreading populations"||Zettlemoyer|
|April 12||Jed Sparks, Cornell University, “Unique applications of stable isotopes to community and ecosystem ecology”||Glanville/Robertson|
|April 19||Laura Lengnick, Cultivating Resilience LLC, "Cultivating a resilient food future: Insights from resilience science"||Doll/Robertson|
|April 26||Chris Funk, Colorado State University, "Climate giveth, and climate taketh away: Speciation and vulnerability of stream biodiversity"||Fitzpatrick|
Fall 2018 Seminars
|Date||Seminar Speaker||KBS Host|
|Aug 31||no seminar|
|Sep 7||Lisa Schulte, Iowa State: "Prairie strips improve biodiversity and the delivery of multiple ecosystem services from corn-soybean croplands"||Haddad|
|Sep 14||Nate Sanders, U of Vermont: "Experimental Macroecology: a field in need of experiments and ecology"||Litchman|
|Sep 21||Jason Rowntree, MSU: Production and Environmental Impact of Midwestern Beef Grass Finishing||Wilke|
|Sep 28||Matt Mitchell, UBC: “Managing the spatial structure of human-dominated landscapes for multi-functionality”||Kemmerling|
|Oct 5||Gina Baucom, U of Michigan: "The evolution of resistance in an agricultural weed: convergence, costs, and the mating system"||Garrison|
|Oct 12||Todd Barkman, Western Michigan: "Testing evolutionary hypotheses in a parasitic plant genus that produces the world's largest flowers: the Rafflesia berry does not fall far from the tree"||Zettlemoyer|
|Oct 19||Nyeema Harris, U of Michigan: "Plasticity in carnivore community structure: disentangling top down pressures"||Haddad|
|Oct 26||Fred Cohan, Wesleyan: "The origins of ecological diversity in bacteria"||Kittredge|
|Nov 2||Jen Moore, Grand Valley St: "Snakes alive! Conserving Michigan's threatened eastern massasauga rattlesnakes"||Fitzpatrick|
|Nov 9||Inclusive Science Series (talks TBD)|
|Nov 16||Tiffany Schriever, Western Michigan: “Hydrologic variation and freshwater dynamics from species to ecosystems"||Hamilton|
|Nov 30||Fernanda Valdovinos, U of Michigan: "Mutualistic Networks: Closer to becoming a predictive theory?"||Klausmeier|
|Dec 7||Leslie Ries, Georgetown: "Butterfly thermal ecology: a framework for predicting responses to climate change"||Haddad|
Spring 2018 Seminars
|Date||Seminar Speaker||KBS Host|
|1/12/2018||Chris Klausmeier, MSU/KBS|
"Trait-based approaches to ecology"
|1/26/2018||Cliff Kraft, Cornell|
"Adirondack fisheries in an ecosystem context"
|2/2/2018||Nancy Emery, U of Colorado|
"The joint evolution of dispersal and species' ranges"
|2/9/2018||Clarence Lehman, U of Minnesota|
"Ecology of the Anthropocene"
|2/16/2018||Sara Syswerda, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute|
"Engineering an intervention: Designing a system to improve elementary science education in rural Southwest Michigan"
|2/23/2018||Jen Lau, MSU/KBS|
|3/2/2018||Charlyn Partridge, Grand Valley State U|
"Petite and perilous: Assessment of invasive baby's breath (Gypsophila paniculata) in Michigan sand dunes"
|3/16/2018||Sarah Emery, U of Louisville|
"Soil mycorrhizal and nematode communities in perennial bioenergy cropping systems"
|3/23/2018||Frances Trail, MSU|
"Dissecting microbial community function in a 3-crop rotation under different land management strategies"
|3/30/2018||Mike Kaspari, U of Oklahoma|
"Using the abiotic template -- temperature, water, and biogeochemistry -- to predict the biogeography of ant communities"
|4/6/2018||Sheril Kirshenbaum, ScienceDebate|
|4/13/2018||James Bever, U of Kansas|
"Microbiome effects on plant diversity and community structure: Evidence and implications"
|4/20/2018||Kabir Peay, Stanford|
"Dynamic microbial landscapes and their consequences"
|4/27/2018||James O'Dwyer, U of Illinois|
"Modeling large systems of consumers, producers and resources"
Fall 2017 Seminars
|Date||Seminar Speaker||Institution||Title||KBS Host|
|09/01/2017||Spencer Hall||Indiana University||"Traits and the ecology of disease: Heat, sex, doom, and rescue"||Elena Litchman|
|09/08/2017||Carla Caceres||University of Illinois||"Testing connections between growth rate, sexual reproduction and disease along ecological gradients"||Elena Litchman|
|09/15/2017||Sandy Marquart-Pyatt||Michigan State University||"How environmental contexts affect human decisions and behaviors"||Kay Gross/Adam Reimer|
|09/22/2017||Nina Lany||Michigan State University||"Incorporating the context dependence of species interactions into species distribution models"||Chris Klausmeier/Elena Litchman|
|9/29/2017||Lars Brudvig||Michigan State University||"Toward prediction in restoration ecology"||Jen Lau|
|10/6/2017||David Inouye||University of Maryland - College Park||"The effects of global and regional climate on phenology of wildflowers and animals in the Rocky Mountains" (This talk will be given on main campus at the Kellogg Center, Room Big Ten C)||Neville Millar|
|10/13/2017||Fred Provenza||Utah State University||"Restoring broken linkages among plants, herbivores, and humans"||Santiago Utsumi|
|10/20/2017||Lixin Wang||Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis||"Ecohydrology in water-stressed environments - an isotope perspective"||Sarah Evans|
|10/27/2017||Rob Fletcher||University of Florida||"Novel prey for native predator traps"|
*EEBB seminar on campus on Oct. 26: "Solving the habitat fragmentation debate"
|Jen Lau/Lars Brudvig|
|11/3/2017||Anne Pringle||University of Wisconsin||"Life and death in a Petersham cemetery: Dispersal and demography among fungi"|
*EEBB seminar on campus on Nov. 2: "Reverse ecology: Using genomes to understand the natural histories of micro-organisms"
|11/10/2017||Craig Osenberg||University of Georgia||"Life and death on a coral reef"|
*EEBB seminar on Nov. 9: "Ecological meta-analysis: Conceptual challenges and applications"
|11/17/2017||Linda Prokopy||Purdue University||"Useful to usable: A retrospective look at successes and challenges in communicating climate change in agriculture"||Adam Reimer/Phil Robertson|
|12/1/2017||Nate Sanders||University of Vermont||"A globally distributed experiment to elucidate the links between biodiversity change and climate change in mountains around the world"|
*EEBB seminar on Nov. 30: "Using m2 plots, mechanistic experiments, and macroecological models to understand biodiversity in a changing world"
|12/8/2017||Mariah Meek||Michigan State University||"The power of using genomics to address problems in conservation"||Sarah Fitzpatrick|
|12/15/2017||Phil Robertson||Michigan State University||"Whither biofuels? Nextgen priorities for GLBRC sustainability research"|