2021 Spring Symposium

The Wisconsin Ecology Spring Symposium is an opportunity for members of different ecologically driven disciplines to come together and share stories from the diverse projects occurring across UW-Madison.

The symposium serves as a celebration of the ground-breaking ecological research done by our graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. We hope that this will spark conversations between departments and lead to future interdisciplinary collaborations.

April 27-28, 2021

Keynote Speaker

We are pleased to host Dr. Elena Bennett, a research chair in Sustainability Science at McGill University in Quebec, as our keynote speaker.

Bennett is a University of Wisconsin-Madison and Nelson Institute alumna, having graduated in with a MS in land resources in 1999 and a PhD in limnology and marine sciences in 2002.

She is an internationally regarded for her contributions to ecosystem services science. Dr. Bennett was inducted to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists in 2017 and was appointed Canada Research Chair in Sustainability Science in 2019. Among her significant contributions, she served as a lead author on the UN’s IPBES reports.

Watch her TED Talk, “The Recipe for a Good Anthropocene,” to appreciate the breadth of her work.

Interactive Session

Dr. Bennett’s talk will include an interactive session driven by the topics and ideas brainstormed by symposium participants. Following the keynote talk, we will invite viewers to submit questions and discussion topics, which serve as a framework for a discussion the following day. The interactive session will be facilitated by graduate representatives.


Tuesday, April 27

Wednesday, April 28

Contact Us

The annual Spring Symposium is organized by the Wisconsin Ecology Graduate Student Committee.

Kate McGinn

Patricia Tran

Tyler Hoecker

Neil Gilbert