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 begin conducted by the Odum graduate community.

The 2022 Odum School of Ecology Graduate Student Symposium (GSS) will be held as a hybrid form on February 11th and 12th, 2022. The keynote speaker will be Marcelo Ardón, Ph.D. ’06. The full program is available here.

Dr. Ardón was born and raised in Costa Rica. He did his undergraduate degree in Biology and Environmental Science at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. He got his Ph.D. in the Odum School of Ecology (though back then it was called the Institute of Ecology) in 2006, under the direction of Dr. Cathy Pringle. He then did a postdoc at Duke University under the direction of Dr. Emily Bernhardt. In 2011, he started as an assistant professor in the Department of Biology at East Carolina University. In 2016, he moved to NC State University, where he is currently an Associate professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources. He has received various awards, including the Mercer Award from the Ecological Society of America, for an outstanding paper by a young author. In 2015, he received the prestigious NSF CAREER award. In 2019, he received the Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award from the NC State Graduate School. He enjoys hiking and kayaking with his two kiddos.

Previous schedules can be found here.