Spring Symposium 2022

The Center for Ecology and the Environment’s Spring Symposium 2022 was held May 2-3, 2022, at the H.F. DeLuca Forum in the Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard St.

The goal of the Spring Symposium is to highlight the variety of ecology research across campus, with a focus on early-career researchers, including undergraduates, graduates and postdoctoral researchers.

As part of this annual event, a keynote speaker gave two talks, we heard talks from graduate students and postdocs, and had a poster session featuring undergraduate and graduate student research. Each day included opportunities to network and socialize, including during snack/beverage breaks, and a graduate student lunch with the keynote speaker. This year’s keynote speaker was Dr. Meghan Duffy.

Keynote Speaker

Meghan Duffy
Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan

Meghan Duffy is a leading ecologist whose research uses theory, experiments, and field studies to explore the interplay between ecology and evolution in natural systems. Her work has been recognized with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and awards from the Ecological Society of America, and the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography. Duffy’s talk, titled “The impact of food webs on host-parasite dynamics: insights from Daphnia-parasite interactions,” on May 2, 2022, will explore findings from her research.

In addition to her academic interests, Duffy is a passionate advocate for graduate student wellbeing. She currently serves as the chair of the Rackham Graduate School’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Committee at the University of Michigan. Her talk on May 3, titled “Graduate student mental health: why it matters, where things stand, and what to do,” will focus on this committee service.

The CEE Spring Symposium will also highlight research by University of Wisconsin–Madison early career scientists with a poster session on May 3 and talks on both May 2 and 3, 2022.

Funding for keynote speaker Meghan Duffy provided by the University Lectures Fund.


Monday, May 2

  • Noon–1 p.m.: Grad student lunch with Dr. Meghan Duffy
  • 2–2:15 p.m.: Registration (includes snacks)
  • 2:30 p.m.: Intro talk
  • 2:35–4 p.m.: Oral presentations: Adam Rexroade, Laura Bates, Jaimie West, Nathan G. Kiel
  • 4–5 pm: Keynote presentation
  • 5:30 p.m.: Reception

Tuesday, May 3

Contact Us

Contact the Graduate Student Committee organizers with any questions.

Patricia Tran

Dana Johnson

Kate McGinn

Roberto Carrera-Martinez

Jamie Botsch

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