Fall Symposium 2022

November 28–29, 3–5:30 p.m. each day
Orchard View Room, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 N. Orchard St.

This annual two-day event includes keynote speeches from a prominent visiting researcher in the field of ecology and talks from early-career and recent additions to UW–Madison’s ecology community.

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Keynote Speaker

Mercedes Pascual
Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago

Pascual is a theoretical ecologist interested in the temporal and spatio-temporal dynamics of ecological systems, from populations experiencing the spread of pathogens to large communities of interacting species in ecosystems. With an itinerant undergraduate and graduate trajectory that took her back and forth between biology and mathematics, she is deeply interested in the intersection of numbers and nature. She studies complex systems in ecology and epidemiology to understand and predict patterns of variability and their connection to structure and scale.

“Biological systems in general, with their diversity and interactions at different levels of organization, represent this century’s challenge for quantitative approaches, including dynamical modeling, statistical inference and informatics,” Pascual says. “Ecological systems, including the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases, pose some of the most urgent and challenging problems today.”

Pascual will present two keynote talks:

  • The Structure of Hyper-Diversity and Niche Emergence in Host-Pathogen Systems
  • Polarization in the Science and Communication of Climate and Infectious Diseases

UW–Madison Faculty Speakers

Sarah Ensor

Assistant Professor, Department of English

Queer Ecologies and Other Incongruous Juxtapositions

Nisa Karimi

Research Associate, Department of Botany

Spatial Variation in the Pollination Ecology of the African Baobab (Adansonia digitata)

Jess Hua

Assistant Professor, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology

Pollutants, Parasites, and People — Disease Ecology in the Face of Environmental Change

Olaf Jensen

Associate Professor, Center for Limnology

Are Marine Fisheries Sustainable? Comparative Analysis of the World’s Largest Fisheries

Schedule

Monday, November 28

  • 3 p.m.: Introduction
  • 3:10 p.m.: Talks by early-career UW–Madison faculty
  • 4 p.m.: Lecture by Dr. Mercedes Pascual, “The Structure of Hyper-Diversity and Niche Emergence in Host-Pathogen Systems”
  • 5 p.m.: Reception

Tuesday, November 29

  • 3 p.m.: Welcome
  • 3:10 p.m.: Talks by early-career UW–Madison faculty
  • 4 p.m.: Lecture by Dr. Mercedes Pascual, “Polarization in the Science and Communication of Climate and Infectious Diseases”
  • 5 p.m.: Reception

Contact Us

Sean Schoville

Director
sean.schoville@wisc.edu

Kyle Webert

Administrative contact
webert@wisc.edu

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