Appalachian Laboratory

Visiting Scholar Seminar Series

Current Schedule: Spring 2021

Due to concerns relating to the spread of the covid-19 coronavirus, our Visiting Scholars Seminar Series for the Spring 2021 semester will take place virtually via Zoom.  Information on upcoming virtual seminars will be posted as soon as it becomes available, and Zoom instructions will be emailed to the UMCES community. 

Upcoming Spring 2021 Seminars: 
Dr. Judy Wu-Smart, University of Nebraska, "The use of honey bees as bioindicators of systemic pesticide pollution concerns." Host: Rodney Richardson 
 
Thursday, April 22, 3:30pm 
Dr. Justin Mathias, University of CA-Santa Barbara, Title TBD. Host: Dave Nelson 
 
Dr. Bill Currie, University of Michigan, "Modeling community-ecosystem interactions and invasive species management in Great Lakes coastal wetlands." Host: Eric Davidson
 
Thursday, May 6, 3:30pm 
Dr. Meredith Steele, Virginia Tech, Title TBD. Host: Andrew Elmore 
 
Thursday, May 13, 3:30pm 
Dr. Katie Lotterhos, Northeastern, Title TBD. Host: Matt Fitzpatrick 
 
Thursday, May 20, 3:30pm 
Dr. Veronica Del Bianco, UMCES-Appalachian Laboratory, Title TBD. Host: Cat Stylinski 
 
Thursday, June 10, 3:30pm
Dr. Eric Davidson and Dr. Dan Filer, CHWA CESU, "State of the Network: Reviewing and presenting the findings from the five-year assessment report of the Chesapeake Watershed CESU Research Network"

Recent Virtual Seminars

Dr. Amy Johnson,  Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, presented "Virginia Working Landscapes - Connecting Communities for Conservation," as part of the Visiting Scholars Seminar Series on Thursday, April 8, 2021.  


Dr. Philip Townsend, UW-Madison, presented "Functional Diversity of Ecosystems at Continental Scales," on Thursday, March 11, 2021, as part of the Appalachian Laboratory's Visiting Scholar Seminar Series. 


Dr. Robert Hilderbrand, UMCES-Appalachian Laboratory, presented "Urban stream restoration effectivenss and ecologically realistic expectations" on Thursday, March 4, 2021, as part of the Visiting Scholar Seminar Series. 

Steven Guinn, UMCES-AL,  presented "Data management framework for environmental science" on Thursday, January 28, as part of the virtual Visiting Scholar Seminar Series.  


Xin Zhang, UMCES-AL, presented "Towards a new paradigm for sustainable agriculture research," on Thursday, January 21, as part of the virtual Visiting Scholars Seminar Series.


 Dr. Matt Fitzpatrick, UMCES-Appalachian Laboatory, presented "From Genes to Cities: Applications of spatial modeling to assess and communicate climate change vulnerability of forests and urban areas," as part the virtual Visiting Scholar Seminar Series.  


Dr. Elliott Kellner (West Virginia University) presented, "Sub-Watershed trace element regimes in surface waters of an Appalachian mixed-land-use watershed" on November 12 as part of the Visiting Scholar Seminar Series.     


Dr. Elsa Ordway (Harvard University) presented "Tropical forests in a changing world - from agricultural expansion to climate change" on November 5 as part of the Visiting Scholar Seminar Series.    


Dr. Eric Davidson presented "A comprehensive global nitrous oxide budget and what it means for climate change and stratospheric ozone depletion" on Thursday, October 22 as part of the virtual Visiting Scholar Seminar Series.  


Dr. Kevin Omland (UMBC) presented "Studies of Female Bird Song Demonstrate the Importance of Diversity in Science" on Thursday, September 17, as part of the Appalachian Laboratory's virtual Visiting Scholar Seminar Series. Additional details related to the seminar can be found here 


Dr. Dan Filer, Chesapeake Watershed CESU Research Coordinator with the National Park Service
Emily Cohen, Assistant Professor, UMCES-Appalachian Laboratory 
Tim Watkins, Science Access & Engagement Coordinator, National Park Service
Robert A. Boyd III, Graduate Student, American University
David M. Schulte, Marine Biologist, US Army Corp of Engineers
On Thursday, July 23, Dr. Dan Filer, Chesapeake Watershed CESU Research Coordinator with the National Park Service,  led a joint seminar entitled "The CESU in 3 Years: Project Spotlights within and beyond UMCES."  Filer and his co-presenters offered an update on the Chesapeake Watershed Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit (CHWA CESU) over the last 3 years and highlighted three projects that demonstrate the breadth, depth, and scope of the work and research being conducted.  
 
To learn more about the CHWA CESU, visit the network's website
 

Dr. Aaron F. Fox , California State Polytechnic University
On Thursday, June 11, Dr. Aaron F. Fox , California State Polytechnic University, Pomona [Cal Poly Pomona]), presented "Healthy Soils and Urban Farms: Cultivating Sustainable Agriculture in Los Angeles." 

Dr. Donald Boesch, Professor and President Emeritus of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
On Thursday, May 28, Dr. Donald Boesch, Professor and President Emeritus of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, presented "Growing More Forests is Needed to Meet Maryland's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions" as part of the Appalachian Laboratory's virtual seminar series.

Past Seminars

Information on past seminars can be found on the past seminars page