School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Forestry Distinguished Ecologist Series

We welcome distinguished ecologists each fall to the Distinguished Ecologist Lecture Series (DELS). The Series is co-sponsored by the Ecosystem Science Center and the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science.

Graduate students enrolled in FW5000 receive one credit for attending the series and can take the course as many times as they like. They have the opportunity to meet the guest ecologists in pre- and post-lecture meetings to review their research and discuss its impact on the field of ecology.  For more information, please contact  Research Scientist Jessie Knowlton.

The Fall 2016 schedule of distinguished ecologists is as follows:


Scaling leaf processes to landscapes, from tropical to temperate forests

Thursday, October 6 at 12:30 p.m. in Forestry G002. Scott will be visiting October 6-7.
Host: Molly Cavaleri
Scott Saleska

Focuses on how climate interacts with plant physiology, demography, and ecological processes to influence or control biogeochemical cycling from local to global scales. 


Fire and Ice: Carbon cycling feedbacks to climate in the far north

Tuesday, October 18 at 12:00 p.m. in Forestry G002. Dr. Mack will be visiting October 18-19.
Host: Evan Kane
Dr. Michelle Mack
Professor of Ecosystem Ecology
Department of Biological Sciences
Center for Ecosystem Science and Society
Northern Arizona University

Seeks to understand general controls over ecosystem structure and function in sites that range from tropical wet forest to arctic tundra.


The Biogeochemistry of Drought

Thursday, October 27 at 12:30 p.m. in Forestry G002. Josh will be visiting October 27-28.
Host: Erik Lilleskov
Josh Schimel

Interested in the role of soil microbes in controlling ecosystem scale processes.

Extra Talk: "Writing Science" Friday, October 28 at 3:00 p.m. in Forestry G002.

Please see past years' information at: