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 elme2013@kbs.msu.edu 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 elme2013@kbs.msu.edu

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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