UPDATED: Unifying Ecology across Scales: Mentoring Program [announcement]
Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Mentoring Program
Gordon Research Conference: Unifying Ecology across Scales
ADDED BELOW: Who can apply is added under financial support (why it’s where will make more sense when you read it)
Time and Place:
July 19-25, 2014 at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine
Ecological patterns and processes occur at multiple scales of space, time, and organization. This complexity makes predicting ecological responses challenging because changes in one scale can have profound impacts on patterns and processes at other scales. Because subdisciplines have traditionally focused on one or two scales, we have few approaches that enable us to predict the connections and feedbacks across scales that shape biodiversity. This Gordon Research Conference, titled “Unifying ecology across scales: the roles of nutrients, metabolism, and physiology” will bring a small group of experts together to explore how the flow of energy and nutrients can be used to understand patterns and processes across scales. Research interests of the participants will span diverse areas of ecology, evolution, and physiology, but are united by the goal of using energetics and stoichiometry to unify subdisciplines of ecology. The schedule includes a 5-day research conference (co-chaired by Morgan Ernest & Michael Angilletta) preceded by a 2-day research seminar oriented toward students and postdocs (co-chaired by Sarah Supp & Sarah Diamond).
The National Science Foundation will support a mentoring program at this conference aimed at graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. This program will provide participants with the following opportunities: 1) presenting their research as either a short ~10 minute ‘lightning’ talk during the Gordon Research Conference or a full-length 30 minute talk during the Gordon Research Seminar, 2) one-on-one interactions with a more senior researcher at the conference who will serve as a career mentor, and 3) group discussions on topics pertaining to success as an early-career scientist. Applicants must commit to attending the 2-day seminar and the 5-day conference.
Graduate students and postdocs accepted into the program will receive up to $1000 for registration fees and up to $300 for travel expenses. Registration for all events includes meals and housing.
ADDED: While all current graduate students and postdocs are encouraged to apply, financial support is slightly restricted for non-US residents. We cannot fund foreign travel for non US citizens, but can reimburse for travel expenses incurred within the US. Both US and non-US students/postdocs qualify for the registration fees funds. We are allowed for pay for foreign travel for US Citizens.
How to Apply:
Graduate students or postdoctoral researchers interested in participating in the conference mentoring program should send their current curriculum vitae and an abstract of their proposed talk for the conference (≤ 250 words) to Morgan Ernest at firstname.lastname@example.org. Both items should be combined in a single PDF file.
Deadline: 5 pm EST on Feb 1, 2014
For more information:
Gordon Research Conference
Email: Morgan Ernest (email@example.com) or Michael Angilletta (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Gordon Research Seminar
Email: Sarah Supp (email@example.com) or Sarah Diamond (firstname.lastname@example.org)