Early Career Scientists Symposium – Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

17th Annual Early Career Scientists Symposium

Racial Justice and Anti-Racist Research in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

A symposium beginning Saturday, March 19 in-person (1060 BSB) and via livestream (2pm – 6pm EDT)
and virtual on three consecutive Fridays: March 25 – April 8, 2022 (noon – 1:30/2pm EDT)

Cover image: One of the winning JEDI (Justice. Equity. Diversity. Inclusion.) logos by Brianna Mims.


The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at the University of Michigan presents the 17th Annual Early Career Scientists Symposium: Racial Justice and Anti-Racist Research in EEB. We are delighted to announce that our featured speaker, Steward Pickett, distinguished urban ecologist from the Cary Institute and this year’s eminent ecologist of the Ecological Society of America, will open the symposium. A panel discussion led by Nicholas Reo, Associate Professor of Native American Studies at Dartmouth will bring the symposium to its conclusion.

Eight early career scholars who are transforming our discipline through anti-racist and justice-centered research that pushes our understanding of the links between EEB research and society, will present their perspectives in many areas of EEB, such as Global Environmental Change, Genomics and Population Genetics, Urban Ecology and Evolution, Environmental History, STEM Education, Marine Ecology, Water Security, Theoretical Ecology and Evolution, Global Food Systems, and Disease Ecology. The goal of this symposium is to provide a space for the EEB community to think imaginatively about the future of our discipline. Read more about the SPEAKERS, their PRESENTATIONS and the SCHEDULE at the links above.

The symposium will begin on Saturday, March 19, 2022 in person (1060 Biological Sciences Building) and livestreamed (2pm – 6pm EDT), followed by three consecutive virtual Fridays from March 25– April 8, 2022 (noon – 1:30/2pm EDT). Two to three participants will present each Friday, followed by a moderated discussion. For the symposium, we consider early career scientists as senior graduate students (who stand to receive their Ph.D. within two years), postdoctoral researchers, faculty or staff scientists within their first or second year, and researchers at equivalent career stages who are not affiliated with an academic institution.

While the symposium presents the work of rising early career scientists, it is open to all (i.e., you don’t have to be in your early career to attend).  

One of our winning JEDI logos. By Diana Carolina Vergara.

Special thanks to cosponsors CEW+ Irma M. Wyman Grant Program Fund and the Rackham Faculty Allies Diversity Grant!

ECSS 2022 Committee

John Vandermeer, chair
Catherine Badgley
Susanna Campbell
Shane DuBay
Tom Duda
Samantha Iliff
Nia Johnson
Jo Kurdziel
Nathan Sadowsky
Kristel Sánchez
Chatura Vaidya

Administrative support

Event coordination: Amanda Kosnik
Event promotion: Gail Kuhnlein
Graphic design/art: John Megahan

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