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Summer Lecture Series

Every year the University of Michigan Biological Station, a 10,000-acre research and teaching campus founded in 1909 just south of the Mackinac Bridge on Douglas Lake, hosts distinguished scientists, artists and authors from across the country as part of its Summer Lecture Series, a long-running UMBS tradition.

The annual Summer Lecture Series explores scientific topics and celebrates notable achievements. Our lecture series is free and open to the public, welcoming community members to learn more about the natural world and the Biological Station.

We are located at: 9133 Biological Rd., Pellston, MI 49769.

All events are on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the Biological Station. Please join us!

Speakers from all over the country and the UMBS community are invited to participate and share their work. We encourage everyone, including our students, faculty, researchers and the public, to attend.

2024 Summer Lecture Series

Olin Sewall Pettingill (left) and colleagues.

Our endowed lectures honor former instructors at UMBS:

  • Olin Sewall Pettingill Lecture in Natural History
  • Harry Hann Lecture in Ornithology
  • Ralph E. Bennett Lecture in Mycology and Plant Biology

This year's endowed lecturers are:

  • Matt McCary, Rice University, Pettingill Lecturer
  • Noah Whiteman, University of California, Berkeley, Hann Lecturer 
  • Tadashi Fukami, Stanford University, Bennett Lecturer
  • Kerri Crawford, University of Houston, Bennett Lecturer

In addition to our endowed lecture series, UMBS hosts weekly talks in the summer months — free and open to all. The full itinerary is available here