Welcome to the 2018 GLS Symposium!

When:  September 27 & 28, 2018
Where:  D. Dan and Betty Kahn Auditorium, Biomedical Science Research Building (BSRB), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Speakers: 2018 Symposia & Panelist List
Cost:  FREE

2nd Annual Symposium:  Plant-Environment Interactions Across Scales

Plants interact with both a variety of community members (other plants, the microbial community, pollinators, herbivores) and are exposed to a variety of abiotic environmental stressors (drought and changing climate, human-mediated agents of selection). These interactions are often examined at the phenotypic level by evolutionary ecologists whereas the mechanistic basis of such interactions are detailed by molecular geneticists; longer-term outcomes of such interactions are assessed by paleobiologists. It is rare, however, that plant-environment interactions are examined across scales within the same system, i.e. from genes, to molecular mechanism, phenotype, fitness, and deeper evolutionary patterns across time. The aim of this conference is to highlight the work of prominent evolutionary ecologists, molecular geneticists, ecophysiologists, and paleobiologists at the University of Michigan and beyond that examine similar plant-interaction phenomena but at very different scales of study. Our overall goal is to stimulate new collaborations and novel takes on overlapping phenomenon studied across scales.

Format & Participation Opportunities:

Researchers will present their work during five sessions and have ample time for networking at coffee breaks. We are accepting a small number of outside presentations appropriate to any of our five main sub-themes via self-nomination. Early career researchers (undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral research scholars, assistant professors) are likewise encouraged to present a poster during the Thursday evening poster session which will be held at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

If you wish to be considered for a talk, please submit an abstract, 250 words or less, in the field indicated in the registration form by May 1st, 2018.  Spaces for talks will be limited.

A limited amount of funds are available to help offset the cost of travel or room and board for early-career researchers who are presenting either a talk or a poster; funding decisions will be made by the organizing committee before June. If you would like to be considered for travel funds, please email Gina Baucom with this information by May 1, 2018.

Registration for this conference is free, and a dinner will be held Thursday night (Sept 27, 2018) for conference speakers and poster presenters.

Please Note:  Unfortunately, the space for poster presentations is full.


Map & Directions:

Lodging & Transportation:

Parking Information


To and from airport, check out AirRide. $12 regular standard one-way fare (with reservation). $15 regular standard one-way fare (walk-on without reservation). Exact change is required, no bills larger than $20. Reduced fares available for seniors, youth and people with disabilities. 734.707.7AIR (7247)

NightRide 734.528.5432


A block of rooms for conference goers has been reserved at the Kensington Hotel.  Individual attendees can call the hotel (734-761-7800) to place their reservation on or before August 27, 2018 (after this date, unreserved rooms will open to the general public).  Guests must state that they are with the Green Life Sciences Symposium at the time of reservation in order to receive the discounted room rate ($109 for a standard room).

There are many other choices for accommodation in Ann Arbor as well. Please check arborweb.com. Please note: some venues may be full.

Hotels within walking distance of the symposium:

The Inn at the Michigan League

The Bell Tower Hotel

The Graduate Ann Arbor

The Executive Residence

Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown

Near campus:

Fairfield Inn Ann Arbor by Marriott

Holiday Inn Ann Arbor Hotel

GLS organizing committee: Gina Baucom, Cora MacAlister, Selena Smith, Jillian Myers, Robert Grese, and David Michener
Funding for the 2nd annual GLS Symposium is generously supplied by the following University of Michigan units: the EEB, MCDB, PitE, and SEAS departments; the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; the Matthaei Botanical Gardens; and an Elizabeth Crosby award to R. S. Baucom, S. Smith, C. MacAlister from the Advance office.