October 27, 2015 Several new papers are online now! Check them out: Litchman et al. Journal of Ecology, Thomas et al. Global Ecology and Biogeography, Edwards et al. Ecology, Bonachela et al. Journal of Plankton Research.

October 19, 2015 Elena gave a talk at the University of Texas Austin. She was hosted by Ed Theriot and Mathew Leibold.

October 8, 2015 Elena gave a plenary talk at the Symposium on Trait-based Approaches to Marine Life in Waterville Valley, NH. Kyle, Mridul and Colin also attended the Symposium.

September 22, 2015 Elena and Lea Roselli organized a Symposium on Phytoplankton Traits at the Meeting of European Ecological Federation in Rome, Italy.

September 18, 2015 Elena gave an invited talk at the University of Amsterdam and participated in the PhD defense of Anouk Blauw, also at the University of Amsterdam.

September 16, 2015 Elena gave an invited talk at the DynaTrait meeting in Hannover, Germany.

September 4, 2015 Elena gave an invited talk at the meeting on Marine Microbial Experimental Evolution organized by Sinead Collins at the Kavli Royal Society Centre, Great Britain.

September 1, 2015 Chris and Elena received a contract from DARPA's BRICS program to develop Trait-based Models of Complex Microbial Communities.

August 28, 2015 Paul gave a talk at the Second EMBO Conference on Aquatic Microbial Ecology: SAME-14 in Uppsala, Sweden.

July 10, 2015 Dr. Simon Stump from the University of Arizona joins the lab as a postdoc to study robustness of complex microbial systems.

July 9, 2015 Chris gave a talk at the conference on Mathematical Models in Ecology and Evolution in Paris and Elena gave a plenary talk at the Symposium for European Freshwater Sciences in Geneva, Switzerland.

July 1, 2015 Chris and Elena got a new 3-year grant from the Simons Foundation (Mathematical Models of Living Systems) to study the Microscopic Foundations of Macroecological Patterns.

June 19, 2015 Danny gave a presentation at the Astrobiology Science Conference on Habitability, Habitable Worlds, and Life in Chicago, IL.

June 15, 2015 Evan Johnson from Kalamazoo College returns to the lab as a summer REU to work with Danny on local adaptation and temperature evolution.

May 30, 2015 Elena co-taught a 2-week field class on Algal Biology at KBS with Rex Lowe.

May 15, 2015 Four undergraduates join the lab for the summer to work with Maria on temperature evolution of marine phytoplankton (Krista Anderson from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Casey Geisland from MSU) and with Jake to develop algal biofuel communities (Jake Pino from New Mexico State University and Scott Schultz from MSU).

April 1, 2015 Seyda Erdogan from the Middle East Technical University, Turkey joins the lab as a visiting PhD student.

September 28, 2014 Elena attended the Advisory Board Meeting at WasserCluster Lunz in Austria and gave a talk there.

September 10, 2014 Maria Aranguren-Gassis from Spain joins the lab as a postdoc funded by a two-year fellowship from the Spanish Government.

August 1 2014 We are having several departures from the lab: Mia is leaving to start an assistant professor position at Ludwig Maximilians University in Germany, Sabine is starting a group leader position at IGB, Germany and Lea is going back to Italy.

June 27, 2014 Colin successfully defended his PhD and will be starting an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship at Yale and Princeton Universities.

July 11, 2014 Elena gave an invited talk at the first Ocean Global Change Biology Gordon Research Conference in Waterville Valley, NH.

June 1, 2014 Farhana Haque from the University of Texas joined the lab this summer as an NSF BEACON REU.

May 31, 2014 Chris participated in a Working group on "Advancing the ecological foundations of sustainability science" in Silwood Park, England and taught a course on adaptive dynamics in Milan, Italy.

May 30, 2014 Elena gave a plenary talk at the OCB Scoping Workshop on Improving predictive biogeochemical models through single cell-based analyses of marine plankton physiological plasticity, genetic diversity and evolutionary processes at the Bigelow Lab for Ocean Sciences in Maine.

May 1, 2014 Elena's and Tom Schmidt's NESCent proposal for a Catalysis meeting on the Evolution and Community Ecology of Host-Associated Microbiota got funded! It will be held in October.

March 9, 2014 Congratulations to Colin who was awarded an NSF Math Bio postdoctoral fellowship to model evolution in the ocean, working at Princeton and Yale!

March 4, 2014 Thomas Koffel from France and Lea Roselli from Italy are visiting the lab for 6 months.

February 28, 2014 Congratulations to Paul who was accepted into the C-MORE summer course on Microbial Oceanography in Hawai'i!

December 13, 2013 Congratulations to Mridul who defended his PhD thesis and will be starting a postdoc at EAWAG, Switzerland in April!

November 10, 2013 Kirill Shchapov from Irkutsk State University, Russia returned for a 10-month stay supported by the Russian Federation Presidential Fellowship.

August 30, 2013 Paul, Danny and Elena returned from a field season at Lake Baikal, Russia.

June 3, 2013 Chris started teaching a 3-week advanced ELME class on ecology and evolution of metacommunities with Mathew Leibold.

June 2, 2013 Congratulations to Kyle who has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at the U of Hawai'i! He will start in January 2014.

June 1, 2013 Colin returned from a 2-week course on Big Data held in Okinawa, Japan.

May 31, 2013 Elena co-taught a 2-week field course on Algal Biology with Rex Lowe. Danny, Jake, Paul and Kirill took the course.

May 18, 2013 Kirill Shchapov, a grad student from Irkutsk State University and our collaborator on the Baikal project is visiting to take the Algal Biology course.

May 1, 2013 Sabine Wollrab from the University of Munich joined the lab as a postdoc to work on the Lake Baikal project.

March 30, 2013 Paul returned from a successful Baikal winter sampling expedition.

March 29, 2013 Danny received an NSF predoctoral fellowship! Congratulations!

March 23, 2013 Chris attended a workshop in Chile on the ocean oxygen minimum zones.

March 9, 2013 Chris attended a workshop on interfacing ocean ecosystem models and "omics" approaches.

March 8, 2013 Mia Stockenreiter from the University of Munich joined the lab as a postdoc to work on the algal biofuel project.

February 14, 2013 Elena gave a talk at the ESF EuroEEFG workshop on "Understanding, managing and protecting microbial communities in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems: exploring the trait-based functional biodiversity approach" in Wageningen, the Netherlands.

February 8, 2013 Matt Osmond from McGill U started research with us on evolution in planktonic food webs.

December 15, 2012 Chris attended a food web working group meeting at NIMBioS in Tennessee and a workshop on dispersal in Miami.

November 23, 2012 Our Science paper on thermal adaptation in marine phytoplankton is published!

November 17, 2012 Kyle and Elena participated in a workshop on plankton community assembly at EAWAG, Switzerland.

November 1, 2012 Carlos Cáceres from University of Oviedo, Spain is visiting the lab for 2 months.

September 6, 2012 Kyle's paper on using traits to explain community structure and seasonal dynamics in a marine ecosystem got accepted in Ecology Letters!

September 1, 2012 Elena and Paul recently returned from field work on Lake Baikal. Check out the blog from our multi-institutional research team.

August 23, 2012 Lydia Auner, a freshman from Carleton College, MN finished her summer stint in the lab working with Mridul and Colin on temperature-nutrient interactions.

August 10, 2012 Mridul received a Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the College of Natural Sciences. Congratulations!

June 6, 2012 Chris and Elena gave talks at Umeå University, Sweden.

May 10, 2012 Chris gave a talk at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Magdeburg, Germany.

May 8, 2012 Elena gave a talk at the workshop on the 10th anniversary of the Jena Biodiversity experiment in Jena, Germany.

May 2, 2012 Mridul received Marvin Hensley Endowed Fellowship from the College of Natural Sciences. Congratulations!

May 2, 2012 Our paper in Ecology with Chris Steiner as a first author was highlighted by Faculty of 1000.

April 19, 2012 Elena visited ETH Zurich and gave a talk at EAWAG.

April 2, 2012 Jake received honorable mention on his NSF predoctoral fellowship application.

March 31, 2012 Our paper on "Allometric scaling and taxonomic variation in nutrient utilization traits and maximum growth rate of phytoplankton" was just published in Limnology and Oceanography.

March 30, 2012 Chris co-authored a paper in Science with Meg Duffy, Spencer Hall, and colleagues, on evolution and disease in Daphnia.

March 25, 2012 Danny O'Donnell and Paul Wilburn are joining the lab in the summer as new graduate students.

February 24, 2012 Mridul's undergrad biology lab curiculum design featured in Science.

December 21, 2011 Two more of our 2011 papers were highlighted recently in the Faculty of 1000: Schwaderer et al. in Limnology and Oceanography and Edwards et al. in Ecology.

October 5, 2011 Chris and Elena joined the International Advisory Board for the Danish Centre for Ocean Life.

September 27, 2011 Elena was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Here is the link to the White House press release. Elena was nominated by the NSF.

September 19, 2011 Our NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity proposal on Lake Baikal involving colleagues from UCSB, University of Texas, Wellesley College, Eastern Tennessee State University and Irkutsk State University got funded!

August 18, 2011 Elena and Chris's NSF proposal to use trait-based approaches for designing algal biofuel polycultures got funded!

July 6, 2011 Paula is back! She is spending 3 months in the lab on a Fulbright Fellowship!

July 5, 2011 Our paper on phytoplankton diversity gradients was highlighted again, this time in Science!

June 21, 2011 Mirae Guenther from Kalamazoo College is starting her Senior Independent Project in the lab. Mirae will be working with Beth to assess traits of species from Wintergreen Lake.

June 20, 2011 Kyle, Chris and Elena have their paper on three-way trade-off in phytoplankton accepted in Ecology.

June 17, 2011 Mridul has co-authored a paper on the integration of evolutionary biology and ecosystem science published in July issue of Ecology Letters. Congrats!

June 12, 2011 Our paper on phytoplankton diversity gradients was highlighted in the Faculty of 1000!

June 11, 2011 Together with Stefan Geritz from University of Helsinki, Chris is teaching a 3-week advanced course on adaptive dynamics. Colin is helping out as a TA.

June 10, 2011 Connie High, a high school teacher from Delton Kellogg High School will be working in the lab again this summer.

May 27, 2011 Marilyn Gould from University of Connecticut will be working with Mridul and Elena in the summer as a BEACON REU.

May 24, 2011 Elena gave a talk at the meeting on The importance of trait variation for the dynamics of ecological systems in Potsdam, Germany.

May 10, 2011 Colin returned from a short but productive visit to Mick Follows' lab at MIT.

April 15, 2011 Jake Nalley from Loyola University in Chicago is joining the lab in the fall as a grad student.

March 12, 2011 Colin participated in a winter school on eco-evolutionary modeling of speciation held in Abisko, Sweden. As Abisko is above the Arctic circle, Colin saw aurora borealis almost every night!

February 20, 2011 Chris, Colin, Elena, Kyle and Mridul gave presentations at the ASLO meeting in Puerto Rico and visited the rain forest! Colin and Mridul also swam in the famous bioluminescent bay on Vieques Island, which dramatically increased their appreciation for dinoflagellates.

February 7, 2011 The project on rapid evolution in marine phytoplankton has been funded by BEACON. Elena, Chris, Mridul and Colin will work on it in collaboration with Ginger Armbrust's lab (U of Washington).

December 17, 2010 Chris gave a talk at the Workshop on PDE models of biological processes in Taiwan.

November 5, 2010 Elena gave a talk at UC San Diego.

October 22, 2010 Cait Ryan, our 2009 NSF REU student has been awarded Best Undergraduate Presentation Award by the ESA for her poster on the competitive success of an invasive cyanobacterium under different nutrient and temperature regimes. The award will be given at the next year's ESA meeting. Congratulations Cait!

October 20, 2010 Chris gave a lecture at the Advanced School on Complexity, Adaptation and Emergence in Marine Ecosystems in Trieste, Italy.

October 15, 2010 Our paper on phytoplankton light utilization traits co-authored by many people from the lab and a fabulous collaborator Nate Swenson has been accepted by Limnology and Oceanography.

October 15, 2010 Chris and Elena attended an IMBER conference on Integrating biogeochemistry and ecosystems in a changing ocean in Crete, Greece. Chris gave a talk on phytoplankton stoichiometry there.

September 28, 2010 One more paper from the lab is accepted: Jarad's paper on vertical distribution of phytoplankton co-authored with Kohei, Elena and Chris is accepted by the Journal of Theoretical Biology.

September 27, 2010 Elena's review on invasive microbes in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems was accepted in Ecology Letters.

August 20, 2010 Kyle Edwards from UC Davis has started a postdoc with us. He is working on the phytoplankton traits synthesis project.

August 16, 2010 Mridul passed his written and oral prelims with flying colors. Well done!

August 10, 2010 Our lab had a good showing at ESA: Chris, Elena and Mridul gave talks and Colin and Cait Ryan presented posters.

July 23, 2010 Elena, Mridul and Chris attended a Gordon Research Conference on Metabolic Basis of Ecology in Biddeford, ME. Elena gave a talk and Mridul presented a poster. Both presentations generated a lot of interest.

July 16, 2010 Elena taught a 2-week Field Aquatic Ecology class at KBS.

July 1, 2010 Elena has been promoted to associate professor with tenure. Congratulations!

June 28, 2010 Connie High, a high school teacher from Delton, MI is working in the lab this summer developing education kits on harmful algal blooms, water quality and global change.

May 7-9, 2010 Elena attended an NSF-sponsored workshop on Evolution and Climate Change in the Oceans (ECCO) on Catalina Island, CA

May 3, 2010 Jarad successfully defended his PhD! Congratulations and bon voyage! Jarad will be traveling in SE Asia and then starting a postdoc at Kansas University with Ford Ballantyne in August.

April 26-30, 2010 Chris participated in the first meeting of the working group on Food Web Dynamics and Stoichiometric Constraints in Meta-ecosystems at NIMBioS, Tennessee.

April 7-9, 2010 Elena and Chris attended a workshop on Predictability of Plankton Communities in an Unpredictable World in Amsterdam. Elena gave a plenary talk there.

March 26-28, 2010 Beth and Colin attended the 2010 Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference at Iowa State University. Colin presented his analysis of cyanobacterial blooms in lakes.

March 25-26, 2010 Chris and Elena attended a workshop at Princeton University on Open Problems in Oceanography.

March 16, 2010 Mridul was notified of receiving an Outstanding Poster Presentation Award at the last year's IAGLR Meeting. Congratulations!

March 4, 2010 Elena gave a talk at McGill University.

February 26, 2010 Elena gave an invited talk at the ASLO Ocean Sciences Meeting in Portland, OR.

December 3, 2009 Beth's previous work with Elizabeth Crone and Anna Sala was highlighted in Science.

October 19, 2009 Paula is taking a short course on cyanobacterial phylogeny in Argentina.

October 17, 2009 Kohei, now at University of Tokyo, and Yonatan (Ben Gurion University) are visiting the lab for about a month.

October 10, 2009 Elena and Xiaobo Tan from the College of Engineering received a grant from the NSF's Robust Intelligence Program on "AquaSWARM: Small Wireless Autonomous Robots for Monitoring of Aquatic Environments." The team will develop robotic fish to detect Harmful Algal Blooms. Watch a YouTube video where Xiaobo and Elena discuss the project.

September 2, 2009 Paula's and Elena's manuscript on "Interactive Effects of N:P Ratios and Light on Nitrogen-Fixer Abundance" has been accepted for publication in Oikos.

September 1, 2009 Elena and Chris received a grant from the NSF's Biological Oceanography Program on "Phytoplankton Traits, Functional Groups and Community Organization: A Synthesis."

August 8, 2009 Our fabulous REU students from SUNY Geneseo, Cait Ryan and Dennis Ruppe, finished a very productive summer with us. They not only worked hard but played foosball even harder: see photo.

July 20, 2009 Mridul, Elena and Chris participated in a summer school on "Interactions between ecological and evolutionary processes in aquatic systems" held at EAWAG, Switzerland. Elena lectured on phytoplankton ecology and evolution, Chris gave a tutorial on adaptive dynamics and Mridul listened to all the lectures.

July 2, 2009 Kohei's paper on Phytoplankton Competition for Nutrients and Light in a Stratified Water Column is published in American Naturalist!

June 12, 2009 Chris's NSF CAREER proposal has been recommended for funding. Congratulations!

May 23, 2009 Mary Anne, Elena, Paula and Mridul presented their research at the IAGLR conference in Toledo, OH.

May 22, 2009 Colin attended a course on adaptive dynamics taught by Stefan Geritz in Milan, Italy and will be traveling in Europe for the next three weeks.

May 15, 2009 Congratulations to Chris who has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure!

May 9, 2009 Tanguy Daufresne from INRA Toulouse, France is visiting the lab.

May 4, 2009 Pedro Branco from Jef Huisman's lab at the University of Amsterdam will be visiting the lab for a month.

May 1, 2009 Elena now officially received her NSF CAREER grant to look at the mechanisms of phytoplankton community reorganizations under global change. Congratulations!

April 25, 2009 Congratulations to Jarad who received a Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship!

April 21, 2009 Colin will be staying with us and starting grad school at MSU this fall. Beth Miller will also be joining the lab as a graduate student in the fall.

April 20, 2009 Chris gave a talk on trait-based approaches at a workshop in Potsdam, Germany on modeling hierarchical feedbacks in ecological forecasting.

April 17, 2009 Congratulations to Mridul who received a Sigma Xi grant to support his research on experimental evolution in phytoplankton!

April 17, 2009 Congratulations to Mary Anne who received a postdoc at University of Michigan to work on modeling hypoxia in lakes and estuaries! She will be leaving us in the end of June.

April 10, 2009 Congratulations to Colin who was awarded an NSF predoctoral fellowship!

March 25, 2009 Elena presented the lab's reseach on Harmful Algal Blooms at the 15th Annual Exhibition of the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) on Capitol Hill. See Elena and Geoff Horst talking to Dr. Arden Bement, NSF Director.

March 17, 2009 Elena's, Chris's and Kohei's recent paper in PNAS on diatom size evolution attracted quite a bit of publicity (EurekaAlert, ScienceDaily and others, including a major Japanese newspaper).

March 13, 2009 First ice-free Gull Lake sampling happened almost a month earlier this year than in the last couple of years due to an earlier ice-out. Check out the rugged sampling crew (Paula, Mary Anne and Mridul).

Last updated: December 21, 2011