The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology will present an exciting international symposium about how human activities have affected processes of ecology or evolution in ecosystems around the world. The theme for the 10th annual U-M Early Career Scientists Symposium is humans as a force of ecological and evolutionary change.

The symposium will be held Saturday, March 29, 2014 in Room 1360 East Hall on the campus of Ann Arbor, Mich. Registration for the symposium is now open.

Our outstanding lineup of keynote and emerging leaders will address topics such as changes in nutrient cycling, food-web interactions, evolution of resistance to antibiotics or pesticides, as well as facilitation of ecosystem function through maintenance of diverse managed ecosystems. Their research topics range from organisms (microbes to mammoths) to ecosystems in modern or prehistoric times, using observational, experimental, or theoretical approaches.

We are delighted to announce our keynote speakers and presenters: Alison G. Power, Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, and Andrew Read, Professor of Biology and Entomology, Eberly College of Science Distinguished Senior Scholar and Director, Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, Pennsylvania State University. The seven early-career speakers are: Cayelan Carey, Virginia Tech; Amy Iler, University of Maryland; Daniel Sol Karp, University of California, Berkeley; Mike Martin, University of Copenhagen; Sophie Julia McCoy, The University of Chicago; Emily Jane McTavish, University of Kansas; Rebecca Terry, Oregon State University. Read more about the speakers on the ECSS 2014 website.

Longhorn bulls by Emily McTavishGraduate students from all universities and all disciplines are invited to present their work during a lunchtime poster session, and can indicate so when they register. University of Michigan EEB students are particularly encouraged to show their own work and seek feedback from the scholars in attendance. For poster specifications, please refer to the poster link on this page. Lunch will be provided at the poster session and a dinner reception will follow the symposium.

Read more and register on the ECSS 2014 website.