Summer course on metacommunity ecology and evolution

Former Dynamic Ecologist Chris Klausmeier passes on news of a great-looking graduate summer course he and Mathew Leibold will be teaching at Kellogg Biological Station:

ELME 2013: Metacommunity Ecology and Evolution

ELME is a summer educational program at the Kellogg Biological Station devoted to Enhancing Linkages between Mathematics and Ecology. ELME 2013 will focus on metacommunity ecology and evolution. In this advanced hands-on three-week course, students will learn the basics of metacommunity theory and apply their knowledge to independent modeling projects. A wide variety of approaches to spatial ecology will be employed.

Dates: June 3-21, 2013

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9-5

Instructors: Chris Klausmeier (Michigan State University) and Mathew Leibold (University of Texas – Austin). Also, KBS Eminent Ecologist Sebastian Diehl June 16-22.

Target audience: 12-18 graduate students and postdocs; exceptional undergraduates will be considered

Prerequisites: At least one semester experience in theoretical ecology/evolution. Previous exposure to metacommunity theory useful but not required.

To apply, email the following:

– your CV

– a statement of research interests and why you’d benefit from the course

– a statement of relevant educational/research experience, including related coursework

– the name of a reference who you’ve asked to email a letter of support

Deadline for applications: March 22, 2013

Financial support to cover room and board and help defray transportation costs is available. Let us know if this is not necessary.

Any questions? Email

ELME is supported by MSU and NSF grant DEB-0845825 to C. Klausmeier.

One thought on “Summer course on metacommunity ecology and evolution

  1. I attended a ELME (with different courses) several years ago as an undergrad. I thought it sounded awesome, but was worried I wasn’t qualified. ELME ended up being one of the best experiences I had as an undergrad researcher, and I did just fine. If it sounds like something you think you’d enjoy, I recommend applying even if you’re not sure “exceptional” applies to you.

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