2019 ECSS CALL FOR NOMINATIONS is now closed

15th Annual University of Michigan Early Career Scientists Symposium

Stable Isotopes in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation


The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan is pleased to present an exciting international symposium to be held Saturday, March 16, 2019 in Palmer Commons, Central Campus, Ann Arbor, Michigan. (LOCATION to be confirmed shortly)

Stable isotopes of common and trace elements have a wide range of applications in modern and ancient ecosystems. The ratios of rare to common isotopes are used to gain insights about nutrient cycling in marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems, dietary ecology of modern and fossil animals, vegetation and climates of the past, life histories of long-lived organisms, evolution of photosynthetic pathways, and movement ecology. The ECSS committee includes faculty, postdoc, and graduate students from EEB, the Museum of Paleontology, and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences to highlight some of our common interests.

The symposium will feature both established and novel uses of stable isotopes across a wide range of organisms, ecosystems, and time periods. Our goal is to create a program with contributions from evolutionary biologists (e.g., evolution of photosynthetic pathways with different isotopic signatures), plant and animal physiologists (e.g., isotopic records of life history), paleobiologists (e.g., prey preferences of ancient predators), ecosystem ecologists (e.g., biogeochemical cycles and food webs), and conservation biologists (e.g., determining the geographic source of elephant ivory). The program will include one to two keynote talks by senior speakers and seven to eight talks by early-career speakers.

We invite you to recommend speakers for this symposium. Early-career speakers include graduate students, postdocs and recently appointed assistant professors (curators).  Senior speakers are those who have multiple years as faculty, curators or other relevant professional positions. Please send the name, contact information, and a brief explanation of relevance of your recommended speaker to ECSS-2019@umich.edu. We would like to receive your recommendations by Wednesday, Nov. 21.

STUDENTS (grad and undergrad) and POSTDOCS from ALL UNIVERSITIES are invited to present their RESEARCH POSTERS on ANY TOPIC. See this link for further information.

Thank you!

ECSS 2019 Committee
Jake Allgeier, EEB
Georgia Auteri, EEB
Catherine Badgley, EEB and Museum of Paleontology
Dan Fisher, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Paleo, and EEB
Katie Loughney, EEB and Paleo
Knute Nadelhoffer, EEB and UMBS
Ben Passey, EARTH
Bian Wang, EARTH and Paleo

The University of Michigan EEB website