Graduate Student Symposium

The Odum School Graduate Student Symposium (GSS) is a chance to hear the latest research from the graduate student community and posters by undergrad researchers in the Odum School. It is an interdisciplinary conference including students from the Integrative Conservation program (ICON) and Interdisciplinary Disease Ecology Across Scales (IDEAS). This event is organized by the graduate students in order to showcase the ecological research being conducted by the Odum graduate community.

The 2023 Odum School of Ecology Graduate Student Symposium (GSS) will be held as a hybrid form on January 27th and 28th, 2023. The keynote speaker will be Jake Allgeier, Ph.D. ’13.

Dr. Allgeier is an ecologist with broad interests in how human-induced changes alter ecosystem processes and the services that they provide.  His work is rooted in basic ecological theory, but motivated by increasing need for food security, particularly in coastal societies. Much of his research takes place in tropical coastal ecosystems (mangroves, seagrass beds, and coral reefs) where he studies gradients created by anthropogenic impacts to test theory directly within the context of environmental change and biodiversity loss. He received a B.S. in Biology from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky before coming to the University of Georgia, where he got his Ph.D. in Ecology under the supervision of Amy Rosemond. Following his time in Odum, Jake held multiple postdoctoral appointments, including an NSF postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington. Since 2017, he has held a position as Assistant Professor in the department of Ecology, Evolution, and Biology at the University of Michigan. In 2020, Jake was elected an ESA early career fellow.

This year’s GSS program and schedule can be found here.

Previous schedules can be found here.