Past Speakers | Program in Ecology

Program in Ecology

Program in Ecology has hosted dozens of visiting ecologists since the Program's inception in 2005.  PiE supports two speaker series, one selected by PiE faculty ("Distinguished Ecologist Lecture Series") and one selected by PiE students.

AY 2012-2013

Dr. Eric Pianka, University of Texas Austin (Oct. 4-5, 2012)
     PiE Student-Invited Speaker

  • "Why can't humans share Spaceship Earth?"
  • "Rarity in Australian Desert Lizards: Why are so many species rare?"

Dr. Peter Adler, Utah State University (Nov. 8-9, 2012)
     PiE Student-Invited Speaker


AY 2011-2012

Dr. Jack Williams, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Jan. 26-27, 2012)
    PiE Student-Invited Speaker

Dr. Tony Barnosky, University of California-Berkeley (Mar. 7-9, 2012)
    Distinguished Ecologist Lecture Series

  • "Are we in the Sixth Mass Extinction and how do we know?" - WyoCast

  • "What we don't know about biological forecasting and how paleo helps"

Dr. Gene Likens, Cary Institute of Environmental Sciences (Oct. 19-22, 2011)
    PiE Student-Invited Speaker

  • "What's up with nitrogen at Hubbard Brook: A long term perspective" - WyoCast

  • "Water: The Challenging Interface between Science Understanding and Policy"

 Dr. David Skelly, Yale University (Sept. 7-10, 2011)
    PiE Student-Invited Speaker

  • "Amphibian metacommunities: dynamics and mechanisms" - WyoCast


AY 2010-2011

Ray Callaway, University of Montana (Sep. 22-24, 2010)

Yiqi Luo, University of Oklahoma (Oct. 14-16, 2010)

John Wiens, PRBO Conservation Science (Apr. 14-16, 2011)

  • "Changing the conservation paradigm"

AY 2009-2010


AY 2008-2009

Robert Ricklefs, University of Missouri, St. Louis (Aug. 29, 2008)

  • "Parental investment and avian life histories"

  • "Diversification and global patterns of biodiversity"

Stephen Pacala, Princeton University (Oct. 23-24, 2008)

  • "Equitable solutions to the carbon and climate problem"

  • "On modeling the global carbon cycle: melding community ecology and biogeochemistry"

  • "Educating the public in the Intermountain West on climate change and energy issues through local TV"

Doug Schemske, Michigan State University (Apr. 8-9, 2009)

  • "Ecological genetics of adaptation in plant populations"

  • "Evolution in the tropics: Dobzhansky revisited"

AY 2007/2008

Monica Turner, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Sept. 26-27, 2007)

  • "Disturbance, heterogeneity and ecosystem function: insights from the 1988 Yellowstone fires"

  • "Linking space and time: legacies of disturbance and land-use"

Diana Wall, Colorado State University (Oct. 10-12, 2007)

Lisa Graumlich, University of Arizona (Feb. 4-6, 2008)

  • "Adapting to climate change: reconsidering the role of protected areas in western North America"

  • "Communiticating science to the public: messages that stick"

  • "The future of the West: adapting to a warmer, more crowded world"

Graham Farquhar, The Australian National University (Mar. 10-14, 2008)

  • "CO2, climate change and agriculture: it's more or less about water"

  • "Carbon isotope discrimination and plant"

Kevin Rice, University of California-Davis (Apr. 6-9, 2008)

  • "Contemporary evolution: where ecological and evolutionary times converge"

  • "Evolution ecology and restoration"

AY 2006/2007

Terry Chapin, University of Alaska Fairbanks (Oct. 2-3, 2006)

  • "Socio-ecological sustainability in a changing world: concepts and policy strategies to address climate change in Alaskan boreal forests"

  • "Ecological and societal consequences of a changing fire regime in Alaska"

James Estes, University of California-Santa Cruz (Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2006)

  • "Repatriating ecological process: a role for big predators?"

  • "The historical ecology of kelp forest ecosystems"

Thomas Whitham, Norther Arizona University (Mar. 8-9, 2007)

  • "Community and biodiversity consequences of climate change"

  • "Community and ecosystem genetics of foundation tree species: a gene-to-ecosystem approach"

Jeremy Jackson, University of California-San Diego (Mar. 29-30, 2007)

  • "Evolution and environment in Tropical America"

  • "Ecosystem extinction in the sea"

Simon Levin, Princeton University (Apr. 18-19, 2007)

  • "Achieving a sustainable world: challenges for ecology in the new millennium"

  • "From microscopic to macroscopic: evolutionary perspectives on ecological patterns"

AY 2005/2006

Mary Firestone, University of California-Berkeley (Sept. 21-24, 2005)

  • "A carbon-nitrogen dance between grass roots and soil bacteria"

  • "The latest and hottest in microbial ecology and biogeochemistry"

Gordon Bonan, National Center for Atmospheric Research (Oct. 19-20, 2005)

  • "How vegetation affects weather and climate"

Julio Betancourt, University of Arizona (Feb. 4-8, 2006)

  • "Patterns, sources and impacts of decadal-to-multidecadal climate variability in the West"

  • "An environmental history of the Atacama Desert: nature's experiment at the edge of life"

Robert Holt, University of Florida (Apr. 20-21, 2006)

  • "Experimental model systems: Glimpses into ecological complexity"

  • "Niche conservatism, evolution and applied ecology: challenges and opportunities"

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