2018 Schedule

(2017 Symposium Attendees)

Keynote Speakers:

Beronda Montgomery, MSU Foundation Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology – Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Michigan State University

Johanna Schmitt, Professor
Department of Evolution and Ecology
Center for Population Biology
University of California, Davis


Thursday, Sept 27th

8:15 Introduction

8:30-9:15 Beronda Montgomery, Keynote

9:15am-10:30am Living together: Plant-microbe symbioses

9:15-9:30 Carolyn Malmstrom, Plant Biology, Michigan State University

9:30-9:45 Jessie Uehling, Population Genomics, University of California at Berkeley  

9:45-10:00 Katy Heath, Department of Plant Biology, University of Illinois

10:00-10:15 Cedric Ndinga Muniania, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

10:15-10:30 Maria Rebolleda Gomez, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

10:30 – 11:00am – Coffee Break

11am-12:15pm Stressful interactions: Plant adaptation to abiotic & biotic stressors

11:00-11:15 Jill Anderson, Departments of Ecology and Genetics, University of Georgia

11:15-11:30 Seema Sheth, Department of Plant & Microbial Biology at North Carolina State University

11:30-11:45 Regina Baucom, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department, University of Michigan

11:45-12:00 David Lowry, Department of Plant Biology, Michigan State University

12:00-12:15 Anna O’Brien, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Torontoa

12:30 – 2:30pm – Lunch

2:30pm-3:45pm Interactions affecting plant reproduction

2:30-2:45 Sharon Kessler, Purdue Department of Botany and Plant Pathology

2:45-3:00 Jannice Friedman, Department of Biology, Syracuse University

3:00-3:15 Jennifer Gremer, Department of Evolution and Ecology, UC Davis

3:15-3:30 Rebecca Dalton, Program in Ecology, Duke University

3:30-3:45 Veronika Filipenia, National Academy of Sciences, Belarus, Central Botanic Garden

4:00-4:45pm Annie Schmitt, Keynote

5:30 – 8:30 Poster session and dinner at Matthaei Botanical Gardens (https://mbgna.umich.edu/)

  • Poster session open to all, light snacks will be served (5:30-7pm)
  • Dinner (7pm) restricted to poster presenters, invited speakers & speedtalk presenters
  • Note: busses to MBG will be available for presenters

Friday, Sept 28th

8:30am Deborah Goldberg, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department, University of Michigan

9:15 – 10:30am – How to get and stay in shape

9:15-9:30 Aman Husbands, Department of Molecular Genetics, Ohio State University

9:30-9:45 Siobhan Braybrook, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology Department, UCLA

9:45-10:00 Jiyuan Yang, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology Department, University of Michigan

10:00-10:15 Karolina Heyduk, Department of Plant Biology, University of Georgia

10:15-10:30 Cynthia Gerlein-Safdi, Climate & Space Sciences and Engineering, University of Michigan

10:30 – 11:00am – Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:15pm –  Plant-environment interactions on geological time scales

11:00-11:15 Nathalie Nagalingum, Associate Curator & McAllister Chair of Botany, California Academy of Sciences

11:15-11:30 Regan Dunn, Integrative Research Center, Field Museum of Natural History

11:30-11:45 Selena Smith, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences and the Program in the Environment, University of Michigan

11:45-12:00 Gregory Stull, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department, University of Michigan

12:00-12:15 Dan Peppe, Department of Geosciences, Baylor University


12:30-2:30 pm Lunch

2:30pm-4:00pm Speedtalks

4pm-6pm Career Panel


Outreach Expo


We want to showcase the creative and impactful ways that GLS participants are improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in science and contributing to public scientific literacy! The goal of this expo is to share resources, expand networks, and inspire new ideas and actions. If you are registered for the GLS Symposium and have outreach materials of any format that you are willing to share with others, please contact Jill Myers (jimyers@umich.edu) for more information.