Ecology Through Time: Perspectives from the Past, Present and Future
The 2023 Ecological Integration Symposium Committee invites you to attend the 23rd Annual Texas A&M University Ecological Integration Symposium on March 30th and 31st, 2023 at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center (Day 1) and Rudder Tower (Day 2) at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
Plenary talks will be on March 30th and student presentations and poster sessions will be on March 31st. A social gathering will follow the symposium on Friday evening. Stay tuned for more information on registration for student presentations and poster sessions.
We are excited to announce our 2023 plenary speakers: Dr. Daniel Simberloff (University of Tennessee), Dr. Emília Martins (Arizona State University), Dr. Walter Jetz (Yale University), Dr. Kelly Zamudio (University of Texas at Austin), Dr. Rodrigo Medellín (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) and Dr. Nancy Grimm (Arizona State University). See the 2023 Plenary Speakers page for bios and links.
Commemorative T-Shirt (see below)
Registration and Presentation
Click here to register for EIS 2023.
Click here to submit abstract for EIS 2023.
Presenters will have an option to choose either poster or oral presentation formats. For those not wanting to present, online registration will remain open until the day before EIS begins (3/29). However, if you are interested in presenting (either poster or oral formats), please submit the registration form no later than March 14th. Abstract submissions will also be due on March 14th.
More information regarding the abstract submission process will be distributed in the coming weeks. Oral presentations will be organized in 15-minute time intervals (12 minutes for talk, 3 minutes for questions and switching rooms) on March 31st throughout the day at Rudder Tower and Rudder Atrium. Poster presentations will be held during the afternoon of March 31st at the same venue. Presentations will be judged and monetary awards will be distributed for best student poster and oral presentations.
EIS 2023 Commemorative T-Shirt
EIS 2023 merchandise is available for purchase here!
Schedule (subject to change)
|Thursday, March 30th|
|8:00 am||Registration (coffee and snacks served)|
|8:45 am||Welcoming remarks|
|9:00 am||Plenary speakers|
|12:30 pm||Lunch (food provided)|
|1:30 pm||Plenary speakers|
|5:00 pm||Speaker panel|
|6:00 pm||Final announcements and Happy Hour at Carney’s Pub|
|Friday, March 31st|
|8:00 am||Registration (coffee and snacks served)|
|8:30 am||Poster check-in|
|9:00 am||Student oral presentations|
|11:20 am||Lunch (food provided)|
|Noon||Student poster session|
|2:00 pm||Student oral presentations|
|4:15 pm||Poster breakdown|
|4:30 pm||Awards and closing remarks|
|6:00 pm||Social (food and drinks provided)|
2023 Planning Committee
The Ecological Integration Symposium is a graduate student-run event. The Planning Committee plays a key role in the continued success of EIS. Meet this year’s members!
Lab: Dr. Anjel HelmsI am a Ph.D. candidate in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program at TAMU. My research focuses on linking plant-plant volatile communication (chemical ecology) with stomatal behavior (plant physiology). I spent a year as a Fulbright scholar at the Universidad Politecnica in Madrid, Spain, and studied the effect of water stress on Dutch Elm Disease. I am a recipient of the Bill and Melinda Gates Millenium Fellowship and the Merit Fellowship at Texas A&M. Most importantly, I am passionate about STEM outreach and education!!
Lab: Dr. Michelle Lawing
I am a biologist from Colombia and am now a second year PhD student in EEB. My research is focused on understanding the ecological and evolutionary processes that drive biodiversity patterns and trait distribution at large temporal and spatial scales in mammal communities.
Lab: Rusty Feagin
I am a PhD candidate in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program working in the coastal ecology and management lab. My research focuses on the time domain of ecosystem-level perturbations in productivity and carbon flux, and patterns in ecosystem resistance and resilience to disturbances. I have recently given presentations at the Ecological Society of America (ESA) conference and the Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry (OCB) C-saw extreme events workshop.
Lab: Lee Fitzgerald
I am a PhD student in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program at Texas A&M University advised by Dr. Lee Fitzgerald in the Ecology and Conservation Biology Department. My research interests are on the ecology and conservation of herpetofauna and how global change is impacting herpetofauna. My current research focuses on invasive amphibians. I study trends of amphibian introductions and how introduced amphibians interact with and impact populations and communities of herpetofauna in regions they are not historically native to. This is my second year on the EIS planning committee.
Lab: Mariana Mateos
I am in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology PhD program at Texas A&M in the Ecology and Conservation Biology Department. My research interests include phylogenetics, population genetics, evolution, and wildlife conservation. My research focuses on phylogenetics and hybridization in Poeciliopsis fish.
Lab: William E. Grant
I am a PhD student in the Ecological Systems Laboratory within the Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology at Texas A&M University. My dissertation is on quantitative modeling of woody encroachment in grasslands, and my research interests are in ecology, simulation modeling, woody plant encroachment, invasive species, biogeography, and conservation GIS. I received a Merit fellowship in 2020 and the Welder Wildlife Foundation Fellowship for 2022 and 2023. For more information about me, go to my LinkedIn or check out my published research on ResearchGate.
Lab: Dr. Michelle Lawing (TAMU) and Dr. Gil Rosenthal (University of Padua)
I am a PhD student in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program working in the Paleoecology, Evolution, and Climate Lab in the Ecology and Conservation Biology Department at Texas A&M University. My research focuses on the mechanisms and facilitating factors of biological invasions across local, regional, and global scales.
Lab: Joshuah Perkin
I am a second year PhD student in the Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology as part of Dr. Joshuah Perkin’s Riverscape Ecology Lab. I received my Master’s of Science degree in Spring 2022 in this lab as well. I am broadly interested in aquatic ecology and have used various integrated field and laboratory approaches to learn about freshwater fishes with the hope to provide important information for managing threatened species inhabiting Texas rivers and streams. My current PhD research investigates the genetics and morphology of an undescribed freshwater fish, the Llano River Carpsucker, inhabiting the Texas Hill Country streams of the Colorado River basin in Texas.