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Summer Lecture Series

The annual Summer Lecture Series at the University of Michigan Biological Station explores scientific topics and celebrates notable achievements. Our lecture series is free and open to the public, allowing interested community members to learn more about the natural world, and the Biological Station.

We are located at: 9133 Biological Rd., Pellston, MI 49769.

Speakers from all over the country and the UMBS community are invited to participate and share their work. We encourage everyone, including our students, faculty, researchers, and the public, to attend.

All events start at 7pm at the Biological Station. Please join us!

ANNOUNCING: The 2022 Summer Lecture Series

Olin Sewall Pettingill (left) and colleagues.

Our endowed lectures honor former instructors at UMBS:

  • Olin Sewall Pettingill Lecture in Natural History
  • Harry Hann Lecture in Ornithology
  • Ralph E. Bennett Lecture in Mycology and Plant Biology

This year's endowed lecturers are:

  • Dr. Danielle Ignace, University of British Columbia, Pettingill Lecturer
  • Dr. Ben Winger, University of Michigan, Hann Lecturer 
  • Dr. Angélica L. González, Rutgers University, Bennett Lecturer

In addition to our endowed lecture series, UMBS will host weekly research talks in the summer months - open to all. The full itinerary is available here

June 29: Pettingill Endowed Lecture in Natural History

Wednesday, June 29, 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Danielle Ignace, University of British Columbia

Open to the public; Q&A session to follow

Global change impacts on forest ecosystems: Amplifying indigenous voices to find community-driven solutions

Eastern US forests are losing a foundation tree species, the eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadenis), due to the exotic insect pests hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae) and elongate hemlock scale (Fiorinia externa). The widespread destruction of this important evergreen conifer has large ramifications for ecosystem processes and other species that depend on it for survival. Using an "accidental experiment" initiated by patch-level timber harvesting ~30 years ago in western Massachusetts, I present the impacts on source/sink carbon dynamics, which may be exacerbated by a warming climate. Building on this framework, I discuss how we can center Indigenous voices and knowledge to fully understand local land use history. Going beyond the peer-review publications and moving to include many forms of writings, knowledge sharing, artwork, and communication will be needed to find community-driven solutions to environmental problems. 

The Ignace Lab website

July 27: Hann Endowed Lecture in Ornithology

Wednesday, July 27, 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Ben Winger, University of Michigan

Open to the public; Q&A session to follow

August 10: Bennett Endowed Lecture in Mycology and Plant Biology

Tuesday, August 10, 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Angélica L. González, Rutgers University

Open to the public; Q&A to follow