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Environment / Sustainability

Front Range Student Ecology Symposium Feb. 18 and 19

February 11, 2014
By Erika Foster

"Frontiers in Integrating Society, Environment, and Uncertainty"

Showcasing student work

Front Range Student Ecology Symposium

Students from universities across the Front Range will be gathering at the 20th Annual Student Ecology Symposium Feb. 18 and 19 at Colorado State University’s Lory Student Center. The student-run symposium provides an opportunity for a show-case of student work and serves as a forum for networking and critical discussion of research in a supportive peer environment.

Fellow students and faculty are encouraged to attend to learn about the current research conducted in ecology and related fields at CSU and in the region. The event is FREE and open to the public, all are welcome.

Sustainability strategies

The Symposium begins on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at
4 p.m., with Keynote Speaker F. Stuart Chapin, III, professor emeritus of ecology at Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska - Fairbanks. His acclaimed research focuses on the sustainable lifestyles of indigenous people and how they are adapting to a changing climate. He will present "Ecosystem stewardship: Sustainability strategies for a rapidly changing planet", and a catered reception with Chapin will follow his address in the University Club.

On Wednesday, Feb. 19 the student oral presentations will be held from 8-11:45 a.m. with categories from fish and wildlife to soil and microbial ecology to global climate change and conservation. Each presentation lasts 15 minutes with several talks grouped into each session.

Lunch will be provided along with several fast-paced IGNITE talks from noon-1p.m., featuring innovative CSU researchers: Ed Hall, Liba Pejchar, Claudia Boot and Tony Cheng. Afternoon presentations, focusing on topics such as modeling and humans dimensions of natural resources, follow from
1-2:15 p.m.

Photo contest

An academic poster presentations will be displayed in the North Ballroom from 2:30-4:30pm. Concurrently, the Photo Contest will take place, with the display of the 2014 research photograph submissions. All are encouraged to cast their votes for the shots that best capture research in action. 

The event will be capped off on Wednesday by a catered reception and LIVE music by Blue Grama Bluegrass from 4:30-7 p.m., with an awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m. to recognize outstanding student presenters.

Thanks to our donors

The event is made possible thanks to the generous support of its donors, including CSU’s Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, ASCSU, Warner College of Natural Resources, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, and many more. 

For more information and the full event schedule, visit the website.