2007 Speakers

Samanta Forde is currently a program officer with the Marine Microbiology Initiative at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, as well as an adjunt assistant professor in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of California Santa Cruz. She is also a co-founder of Women Evolving Biological Sciences, a program aimed at increasing the number of women in leadership positions in the biological sciences.

Recent publication:
S.E. Forde*, I. Gudelj*, R.E. Beardmore*, S. S. Arkin, J. N. Thompson, and L. D. Hurst. 2008. Understanding the limits to generalizability of experimental evolutionary models. Nature 455:220-223
*co-first author
Also published in: Evolution, Research in Microbiology, American Naturalist, and Functional Ecology

Dustin Rubenstein continues to be an assistant professor at Columbia University, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology . He was awarded Outstanding New Investigator Award by the Animal Behavioral Society, as well as the Ned K Johnson Young Invesitgator Award by the American Ornithologists’ Union, both in 2010.

Recent publication:
Rubenstein, D.R. and M.E. Hauber. 2008. Dynamic feedback between phenotype and physiology in sexually selected traits. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 23:655-658.

Also published in: Current Biology, Behavorial Ecology, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London

Renee Duckworth became a G.C. Simpson Fellow at the University of Arizona, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in 2008.

Meghan Duffy became an assistant professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan in 2012. Previously, she was an assistant professor at the School of Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology since 2008. She received a “Research Starter Grant: The role of competition among parasites in driving patterns of disease” from the National Science Foundation.

Brian Langerhans is currently in his fourth year as an assistantpProfessor at North Carolina State University, with an active lab tackling the predictability of phenotypic evolution, the impacts of human activities on rapid evolution in the wild, and the ecological causes of speciation.

Alison Bennett researches evolutionary ecology arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal-plant-insect interactions and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal-plant bipartite networks as a faculty member of the James Hutton Institute in Scotland.

Lesley Campbell is a Huxley Fellow in Evolution at Rice University, Dept of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Marc Johnson is a postdoctoral fellow at Duke University, funded by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Recent publication:
Johnson, M.T.J. 2008 Bottom-up effects of plant genotype on aphids, ants and predators. Ecology 89:145-154
Judith Bronstein is currently University Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona.