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Friday, May 26

Midwest PopGen Meeting at MSU: Aug4-5

From: Gideon Bradburd <bradburd@msu.edu>
Subject: Midwest PopGen Meeting at MSU: Aug4-5
Date: May 25, 2017 at 3:09:16 PM EDT

Dear Colleagues and previous MWPG-ers,

I'm excited to announce that this summer, the annual Midwest Population Genetics Meeting will be coming to MSU!

The meeting, which is geared toward fostering community and collaboration in the Midwestern population genetics community, will take place over two days on MSU campus from August 4th-5th.  The meeting will begin Friday at noon and continue to Saturday evening with a dinner on Friday evening.

Approximately fifteen 25-minute talks will be selected from submitted abstracts, and there will be a poster session. The meeting will be trainee-oriented, so students and postdocs are especially encouraged to present their work.  There will be prizes awarded for best poster and best talk given by a student and postdoc.

Registration is free, but please RSVP as soon as possible, preferably by June 21st by adding your name and information to the registration list.  If you would like to give an oral presentation, submit your abstracts by June 21st to Anna Di Rienzo <dirienzo at bsd dot uchicago dot edu>. Submitters will be notified if their abstract is chosen for a talk by July 1st.  If you would like to present a poster, you don't need to submit an abstract, just sign up with your name and a tentative title on the registration page. Please continue to check the registration GoogleSheet for further details about accommodations, location, and time.

We hope you can make it and that we can continue this meeting for the population geneticists in our region!


Gideon Bradburd
Dept. Integrative Biology
Michigan State University

Monday, May 22

Sign up to be a SEEDS Mentor at the ESA Annual Meeting!

Become a SEEDS Mentor at the ESA Annual Meeting!

The Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability (SEEDS) Program of the Ecological Society of America is seeking ESA Members to serve as SEEDS Meeting Mentors for undergraduate students during the 2017 ESA Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon from August 6-11. This year, the SEEDS Program will sponsor 50 students from diverse backgrounds with a demonstrated commitment to the SEEDS mission.  The mentoring program is integral in helping SEEDS nurture student interest in ecology, and ultimately to diversify and advance our science. 

If you are interested in mentoring, please visit: 
for more information! 
Jorge Ramos and Erica Harris - SEEDS mentors at the 100th ESA Annual Meeting.

Applying to be a mentor does not guarantee that you will be selected by a SEEDS student. If you are selected by a student, your primary role will be to help guide your student through the meeting and share your personal experiences in the field of ecology.  

Expectations for mentors include:  
  • Prior attendance to an ESA Annual Meeting 
  • Sensitivity to the needs of underrepresented students 
  • Communicating with students and staff over the summer
  • Meeting with your student at least once a day at the meeting
  • Attend all 4 SEEDS Mentor events listed on the website
  • You are also encouraged to attend SEEDS students presentations.
If you have any questions, please contact Fred Abbott at (202) 833-8773 or seeds@esa.org 
SEEDS Leadership Meeting participants at Las Cebezas de San Juan Nature Reserve
2017 SEEDS Leadership Meeting in Puerto Rico!  

From April 5-9, SEEDS hosted the 12th SEEDS Leadership Meeting at El Yunque National Forest in Rio Grande, PR! 23 undergraduate students from all over the US participated in this meeting that focused on the connections between forests and communities. We stayed at El Verde Field Station, managed by the University of Puerto Rico. The students participated workshops and activities at Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve and El Yunque National Forest. Participants learned about the importance of good management strategies to incorporate the local community and stakeholders at a national forest.  They conducted a visitor survey at El Yunque and had the opportunity to analyze and present their findings. They also learned about invasive species, and participated in a citizen science project at Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve to dig up green iguana eggs - a prominent invasive on the island.  All of these activities made this a truly unforgettable experience. SEEDS hosted this amazing event thanks to the support from the USDA Forest Service.  For more pictures from this trip - follow ESA-SEEDS on Facebook! 

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2017 Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits

Meet with Your Lawmakers This Summer and Help Inform Science Policy

Registration is now open for the 2017 Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event.

This national initiative, organized by the American Institute of Biological Sciences, is an opportunity for biologists across the country to meet with their federal or state elected officials to showcase the people, facilities, and equipment that are required to support and conduct scientific research.

Now in its ninth year, the event enables scientists, graduate students, representatives of research facilities, and people affiliated with scientific collections to meet with their federal or state elected officials without traveling to Washington, DC. Participants may either invite their elected officials to visit their research facility or can meet at the policymaker's local office.

AIBS will schedule the meetings with lawmakers and will prepare participants through online training and one-on-one support.
“Participating in the Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event was an invaluable experience to have as a graduate student. The training provided by AIBS made me feel confident and ready to go have a conversation with Representative Reed’s District Director about federal funding, especially how it’s benefitted me during my Ph.D. I was struck during our meeting by how meaningful it is to ‘show up’ and participate in the political process, especially as it relates to federal funding for the biological sciences. We scientists take the importance of federal funding to do our research to be a given, but it’s important for us to be able to communicate that effectively, especially with policymakers, to ensure that federal funding is maintained in the future.”

Erin Larson
Cornell University
2016 participant

The event is made possible by the American Institute of Biological Sciences, with the support of event sponsors American Society of Plant Taxonomists, American Society of Primatologists, Botanical Society of America, Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, Helminthological Society of Washington, Natural Science Collections Alliance, Organization of Biological Field Stations, Paleontological Society, Society for Freshwater Science, and Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, and event supporter Society of Nematologists.

Participation is free, but registration will close on July 18, 2017. For more information and to register, visit www.aibs.org/public-policy/congressional_district_visits.html.

Please share this announcement with interested colleagues and graduate students. 

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Friday, May 19


Introducing #MyRackhamSummer

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Some examples of Rackham students abroad and in Ann Arbor during the summer.
Rackham graduate students traveling, researching, and playing with family during the summer.
“Summer” might have a very different meaning for each grad student.
Are you working in the lab? Researching/traveling abroad? Enjoying the few months of beautiful Ann Arbor weather? Hanging out with your dog? All of the above?
Let us know what you are up to this summer by using the hashtag #MyRackhamSummer on:
  • Twitter
  • Facebook (make your post public)
  • Instagram (tag and follow @umichgradschool)
P.S. Are you interested in taking over our Instagram for a day this summer? (Think: A day in the life of a grad student: Summer edition) If so, please contact rack.comm@umich.edu.

Wolverine Pathways

Hi all,

Wolverine Pathways (WP) is a program for middle and high school students from the communities of Detroit, Southfield, and Ypsilanti in Southeast MI. Wolverine Pathways provides learning experiences that will help students succeed in school, college, and future careers, and is one of Michigan’s featured Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) programs. Students who complete the program and are admitted to the University of Michigan receive a full four-year tuition scholarship to Michigan.

This summer, we are developing and leading an activity for rising seniors in the WP program. Our activity is called “Prove it! How to find and use data to answer questions you care about”. The goal of Prove It is to teach students how to:
  • identify questions of interest,
  • refine those questions into something that can be addressed with data,
  • access and work with reliable sources of data,
  • draw conclusions from data, and
  • present their findings in an accessible, engaging manner.
These are important skills for being an informed citizen, but are also skills that will be particularly relevant to rising seniors in the Wolverine Pathways program. As seniors, Wolverine Pathways scholars will complete a senior capstone project; for many of them, this will involve working with data, and our goal is to help them develop the skills needed to do so. This will be student-centered learning, with WP students determining what question they work on and the instructors facilitating that work. We have a team of instructors who will be in the classroom full time, but we are looking for additional graduate student assistants who can work with the students, to guide them as they develop and refine their questions, work with data, and plan to present their results.

That's where you come in: we are looking for 9 graduate students who can assist with this activity. If you think you might be interested, please read more in this google document. (Anyone logged in to their UMich account should have access.) Note that students will be paid according to the UMich hourly pay scale for graduate students.

Applications are due by 5PM on May 31st. This link will take you directly to the application form. You should receive a copy of your responses by email. If you don't receive that or if you have any problems with the form, please send me an email.

Please forward this application on to others who might be interested! They do not need to be in EEB to participate. Interested undergraduates are also invited to apply. 

Meghan Duffy

11th International Conference on Behaviour, Physiology and Genetics of Wildlife

We are delighted to inform you that the online registration and abstract submission for the “11th International Conference on Behaviour, Physiology and Genetics of Wildlife” (4th - 7th October, 2017) is now open!
Call for abstractsPlease find all important information concerning abstract submission here.
Deadline for early bird registration and abstract submission: 19th July 2017
Main topics:- Behavioural Ecology
- Stress & Disturbance
- Reproduction Management of Zoo Collections
Conservation Genetics
- Conservation Biology
Parallel sessions and workshops:
- Environmental epigenetics
- Ecophysiology of wildlife
- Urban wildlife ecology
- Conservation
- Cryopreservation of gametes and embryos for conservation breeding
- Wildlife detection dogs

Please find further information and the preliminary conference schedule here.

Conference key information:

What:11th International Conference on Behaviour, Physiology and Genetics of Wildlife
When:4th to 7th October 2017
Where:Berlin, Germany
Organised by:Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA)
Conference website:http://www.izw-berlin.de/welcome-234.html
Online registration:Please register here
Contact persons:Josepha PrĂ¼gel, Steven Seet
Phone:+49 (0) 30 5168 127

Further announcement:Following the 11th International Conference on Behaviour, Physiology and Genetics of Wildlife you are cordially invited to participate in the 9th Berlin Summer School on Non-invasive Monitoring of Hormones. Please find all important information here.

Wednesday, May 10

MEEC 2018

MEEC 2017 meec2017@gmail.com

3:09 PM (19 minutes ago)
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Please forward the following message to all graduate students in ecology, evolutionary biology, and related fields at your institution.


The Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference is a graduate student run conference in early spring, hosted at different Midwestern academic institutions each year. Your institution could host next year’s MEEC meeting!

If you are interested in organizing MEEC 2018, please consult with other graduate students and faculty members in your program and submit the following information to meec2017@gmail.com as soon as possible:
1) List of co-chairs who would organize the event
2) Name of sponsoring programs at your institution
3) Short description of your institution's capacity to host MEEC (potential meeting space, funding, etc.)
4) Names of faculty members who support hosting MEEC at your institution
Please write to meec2017@gmail.com with any questions you have and submit your bid to host ASAP!  Don't miss out on this great opportunity to showcase your school and contribute to the MEEC community!
MEEC 2017 Organizers
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Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference here at UM

Hello All,

Graduate studentswho wish to attend the Inaugural Digital Data in Biodiversity Research conference to be held 5-6 June at the University of Michigan will be reimbursed for the registration fee ($20) by EEB. Please contact Robbin Murrell or Michael Ehnis for reimbursement.  Please see below for a link to the conference schedule.  Registration deadline is May 15th.


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From: Gil Nelson gnelson@bio.fsu.edu [AAMG-L] <AAMG-L@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 3:39 PM
Subject: [AAMG-L] Final call for registration for the Inaugural Digital Data in Biodiversity Research conference
To: AAMG-L@yahoogroups.com

We are pleased to release the (mostly) complete agenda for the upcoming
Inaugural Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference, to be held
5-6 June 2017 at the University of Michigan. Thanks to an abundance of
interest, 45 speakers will make presentations on a wide variety of topics.

The agenda is available directly at:
or via a link on the conference wiki at:

Registration closes 15 May or when the conference reaches capacity,
whichever comes first. To register, navigate to
https://umich.irisregistration.com/Form/iDigBio2017. Registration is $50
for professionals, $20 for students.

Although speaker slots are full, we do have room for more posters. To
submit a poster abstract, navigate to:
Poster submission will also close on 15 May.

The conference venue is the Michigan League. Information about the venue
and hotels is available at the wiki link above.

Additional information about the conference and workshops is available

Feel free to contact me with questions.



Gil Nelson, PhD
Research Faculty
iDigBio Steering Committee
Integrated Digitized Biocollections
Institute for Digital Information and Scientific Communication
College of Communication and Information

UA Post-doc position in Public Policy

Dear colleagues 

We are searching for 3-4 postdocs to join a new interdisciplinary program in biodiversity science that we are starting at the University of Arizona. 

Please pass along to anyone who may be interested in applying



The University of Arizona Office of Research, Discovery and Innovation, in collaboration with the Institute of the Environment and the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, invites applications for 3-4 two-year research appointments in the recently established postdoctoral cluster hire, Forecasting  Biodiversity and Conservation Science.
The program seeks researchers who have (i) an ability to collaborate with interdisciplinary teams and create novel synthetic research, and (ii) creative insight in biodiversity and conservation science and expertise or interest in an additional targeted research area, specifically public health, epidemiology and emerging diseases; public policy, public administration, and governance; national security; or informatics.
These positions will link a team of core faculty, steering committee members, and other affiliated researchers that identified (through a series of workshops in 2016) several cross-cutting research projects that use biodiversity as a focal point for interdisciplinary investigation in public health, governance, informatics, and security.
The scientific goal of the program is to build a more robust and predictive biodiversity and conservation science and to address emerging, critical issues in human health and well-being, and in environmental, food, and national security.

Friday, May 5

Sunseed Farm

Hi everyone,
Sunseed Farm, just outside Ann Arbor, will deliver weekly shares of their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) to our building if we can get interest in 5 shares.
They follow all the organic principles. You can read more on their website and you can choose a 1/2 share or to split shares with someone based on your needs.
The veggies are top quality (I split a 1/2 share with a friend and have discovered many new favorites). There are flyers on the admin front desk and posted around. You can read more on their website: Sunseed Farm.
If you're interested, please let me or Carol know and we'll keep track -- if we get to 5 shares, we'll let you know to go ahead and purchase your share so that they can arrange delivery.
Thanks, let Tomm or Trilby (owners of Sunseed) know if you have any questions.


Gail Kuhnlein | Communications Specialist
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 
2019 Kraus Natural Science Building
830 N University | Ann Arbor MI 48109-1048

734.764.2139 | f 734.763.0544 | e kuhnlein@umich.edu