Early Career Scientists Symposium – Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Cover image: John Megahan


Global Change and Its Consequences for Green Life

A symposium on March 31st, 2023, at the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens
9:30 am – 4:30 pm with a light reception afterwards


The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at the University of Michigan invites you to attend the 18th Annual Early Career Scientists Symposium (ECSS). This year, we are excited to announce the theme “Global Change and its Consequences for Green Life.” Green life (i.e. plants, algae, microbes) form the basis of productivity in most ecosystems. Understanding how environmental change can impact the ecology and evolution of green life on earth is critical to the future of most communities, ecosystems, and human societies.

The theme includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Direct and indirect impacts of environmental change on green life survival, reproduction, and distribution
  2. How green life can buffer the impact of global change 
  3. Evolutionary responses of green life to environmental change/stress
  4. Green life functional traits and their environmental correlates
  5. Agroecology

The 2023 ECSS will be held on the 31st of March 2023 at the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Garden in Ann Arbor, MI. Six early career scientists will be selected to present their work, and two keynote speakers will be featured. The symposium will also have an afternoon poster session with featured lightning talks and ample time for networking during coffee breaks.

For the chosen talks, 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. Please contact the planning committee with questions about eligibility at ecss-2023@umich.edu.

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).  

Special thanks to cosponsors Green Life Sciences and Matthaei Botanical Gardens!

ECSS 2023 Committee

Marjorie Weber, chair
Regina Baucom
Rosemary Ann Elizabeth Glos
Mia Howard
David Michener
Abrianna Soule
Kristen Wacker
Thais Vasconcelos

Administrative support

Event coordination: Amanda Kosnik
Event promotion: Helen Garbarino
Graphic design/art: John Megahan


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