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Green Life Sciences Symposium 2018: Plant-Environment Interactions Across Scales

Numerous national speakers

landscape illustration by John Megahan landscape illustration by John Megahan
Plants interact with both a variety of community members (other plants, the microbial community, pollinators, herbivores) and are exposed to a variety of abiotic environmental stressors (drought and changing climate, human-mediated agents of selection). These interactions are often examined at the phenotypic level by evolutionary ecologists whereas the mechanistic basis of such interactions are detailed by molecular geneticists; longer-term outcomes of such interactions are assessed by paleobiologists. It is rare, however, that plant-environment interactions are examined across scales within the same system, i.e. from genes, to molecular mechanism, phenotype, fitness, and deeper evolutionary patterns across time. The aim of this conference is to highlight the work of prominent evolutionary ecologists, molecular geneticists, ecophysiologists, and paleobiologists at the University of Michigan and beyond that examine similar plant-interaction phenomena but at very different scales of study. Our overall goal is to stimulate new collaborations and novel takes on overlapping phenomenon studied across scales.

Illustration: John Megahan.
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When and Where

Map Taubman Biomedical Science Research Building - D. Dan and Betty Kahn Auditorium

September 2018

8:15am - 6:00pm
9:00am - 6:00pm

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