Join us weekly for the Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology Colloquium! Renowned scientists and educators present original research and perspectives, and meet one-on-one with faculty and graduate students, fostering collaboration and strengthening connections across the scientific community.

Spring 2024 schedule of speakers

This series features speakers every Thursday from 4 to 4:50 p.m. during the weeks in which classes are held.

The talks are located in the Davidson Math and Science Center (DMS), Room 104.

Date Speaker Institution Hosted by
EECB speaker schedule
February 1 Dr. Erin Hanan University of Nevada, Reno Sarah Bisbing
February 8 Dr. Emily DuVal Florida State University Davide Baldan
February 15 Dr. Sam Fey Reed College Mike Logan
February 22 Dr. Stephanie Galla Boise State University Marjorie Matocq
February 29 Dr. Steve Frese University of Nevada, Reno Marjorie Matocq
March 7 Dr. Joan Dudney UC Santa Barbara Hall Cushman
March 14 Dr. Harold Zakon University of Texas, Austin Chris Feldman
March 21 Dr. Jason Dunham USGS-FRESC Jeff Falke
March 28 Spring break -- --
April 4 No colloquium -- --
April 11 Dr. Stephanie Yelenik U.S. Forest Service Hall Cushman
April 18 Museum of Natural History  University of Nevada, Reno Beth Leger
April 25 Dr. Andy Sih UC Davis Ben Sonnenberg
May 2 Dr. Beth Gardner University of Washington Maddie Lohman and Julie Brockman

Instructions for students and faculty

Endowed lectureships

The EECB Colloquium Series has become an integral part of the University's scientific community. The program is supported in part by generous donations. Every year, the program recognizes and invites two prominent scientists in the areas of Conservation Biology and Natural History. These lectureships recognize EECB’s deep commitment to conducting fundamental and use-inspired research on how organisms function in the natural environment.

2023 Peter Brussard Lecturer in Conservation Biology

Carla D'AntonioDr. Carla D'Antonio

Dr. D’Antonio is a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara and holds the Schuyler Endowed Chair in Environmental Studies. Dr. D’Antonio’s research program seeks to understand the mechanisms that drive plant community change across landscapes and how the invasion of plant species affects ecosystem composition, structure and function. Dr. D’Antonio’s research on species traits that affect invasion dynamics and the role of exotic grasses in the grass-fire cycle have had a profound impact on land management and restoration ecology. In addition to her internationally renowned research program, Dr. D’Antonio is widely recognized as a passionate educator and mentor. She is a fellow of the Ecological Society of America and has received many honors, including the Distinguished Teaching Award at UCSB and John C. Prtizlaff Conservation Award. Learn more about Dr. D’Antonio.

About the Peter F. Brussard Memorial Lectureship in Conservation Biology

Peter F. Brussard, Ph.D., was a beloved Professor Emeritus of Biology at the University of Nevada, Reno, who passed away in 2018.  As a professor, Dr. Brussard produced over forty doctorate and master's students, virtually all of whom still work to promote the conservation or restoration of biological diversity. Furthermore, Dr. Brussard played a significant role in the international conservation movement, establishing the Society of Conservation Biology and organizing its first national and international meeting.  He also co-founded the Nevada Biodiversity Initiative, which has raised millions of dollars for teaching and research to study and protect Nevada’s rich wildlife.  He played an active role at state, national, and international levels advocating a science-based approach to the conservation of biological resources.

2023 Gary L. Vinyard Lecturer in Natural History

Rulon Clark catching a snake in a grassy meadowDr. Rulon Clark

Dr. Clark is a professor at San Diego State University. He is an integrative biologist who seeks to understand how behavior at the individual level impacts social interactions, species interactions, community dynamics, and even population connectivity and conservation management.  Though he has studied a wide range of vertebrate species, he is best known for seminal work on eastern and western rattlesnakes, using new technology to uncover the social lives of these cryptic and often misunderstood animals. His videos have revealed the stunning details of predator-prey interactions to audiences worldwide. He is known to be an excellent mentor, and his expertise and passion for the natural world have drawn students and collaborators from across the globe. Learn more about Dr. Clark.

About the Gary L. Vinyard Memorial Lectureship in Natural History

Gary L. Vinyard, Ph.D., was a professor of Biology at the University of Nevada, Reno.  An excellent educator, Dr. Vinyard’s enthusiasm and unbridled joy for biology generally, and aquatic ecology specifically, attracted students to his classes and to his laboratory.  Dr. Vinyard was also prolific, having published 43 scientific papers and mentoring 21 graduate students.  And he was a major contributor to the conservation of Great Basin systems and organisms two of which were named in his honor: Pyrgulopsis vinyardi and Cyclocypris vinyardi.