Terrestrial Course|Aquatic Course|Electives|Projects| Seminar Series| Science Writing Seminar| Prerequisites
A number of distinguished scientists are invited to give lectures and meet with SES students each year. It is an opportunity for students to hear from some of the country's top practitioners and to find out about their research and current concerns. During the visit of each of these scientists, the SES students are able to question them closely about everything from basic science to environmental problems to the availability of graduate programs

September 14
Mark Kurz, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. "Noble gases from the deep Earth, cosmogenic nuclides and landscape evolution (Why biologists should care)" 3 PM, Speck Auditorium,.

September 21
Christy Goodale, Cornell University, “Nitrogen-deposition effects on forest carbon sequestration,” 3 PM, Speck Auditorium, MBL

October 5
Russell Schmidt, UC Santa Barbara, “Abrupt state change and resilience in marine ecosystems: What coral reefs are telling us” 3 PM, Loeb G70, MBL

October 26
Sarah Hobbie, University of Minnesota, “Biogeochemical fluxes through neighborhoods and households in the Twin Cities, Minnesota" 3 PM, Loeb G70, MBL

November 2
Shahid Naeem, Columbia University, “Importance of biodiversity to ecosystem function” 3 PM, Speck Auditorium, MBL


September 16
Scott Doney, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. "Rising atmospheric CO2 and ocean acidification."3 PM, Speck Auditorium, MBL

September 30
Ecward DeLong, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "Exploring marine microbial diversity, from genomes to biomes." 3 PM, Speck Auditorium, MBL

October 14
Bridget Emmett, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Environment Centre, Wales."How are soils changing and what are the impacts for ecosystem services?"3 PM, Redfield Auditorium, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

October 28
Kevin McCann, University of Guelph. "Lake food web expansion and contraction: Nature flexes its muscles.' 3 PM, Speck Auditorium, MBL

November 18
Robert Twilley, University of Louisiana at Lafayette. "Risks, Reorganization and Restoration of Deltaic Coasts as Landscapes on the Edge: Perspectives from the Mississippi River Delta." 3 PM, Speck Auditorium, MBL


September 17
Carlos Duarte, Spanish Research Council. "Facing the global loss of seagrass meadows: Trends, causes, outlook and opportunities"

September 24
Ken Buesseler, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. "Understanding the ocean's biological pump"

October 15
Christopher Reddy, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. "Searching for Subsurface plumes in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon accident"

October 29
Thompson Webb III, Brown University. "Climate warming and vegetation changes in North America since the ‘Last Ice Age’ 21,000 years ago"

November 5
Monice Turner, University of Wisconsin. "Landscape heterogeneity, disturbance and ecosystem function"


September 18
Mark Serreze, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado. "Environmental impacts of a shrinking Arctic sea ice cover." 3 PM, Speck Auditorium

September 25
Peter Groffman, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. "Exotic earthworm invasion and soil carbon in forests." 3 PM, Speck Auditorium.

October 23
George Kling, University of Michigan. "Using ecosystems science to solve problems: The case of killer lakes in Africa."3 PM, Lillie Auditorium

October 30
Cabell Davis, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. "The effects of local to climate scale physical forcing on the Northwest Atlantic fishery ecosystem: Will climate change cause a collapse?" 3 PM, Speck Auditorium

November 6
Bess Ward, Princeton University. Biogeochemistry and molecular ecology of the marine nitrogen cycle. 3 PM, Speck Auditorium.


September 12
Peter Ward, University of Washington
"Is past global warming in deep time a clue to the near future on Earth?"

September 26
Steward Pickett, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
"Urban ecology: Approach and insights as illustrated by the Baltimore Ecosystems Study Long-Term Ecological Research project"

October 24
Ivette Perfecto, Dept. of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan, “Special ecology in a coffee agroecosystem: Implications for biological control of pests and diseases”

October 31
Ruth DeFries, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
“Land use transitions in the tropics”


 September 14
Mike Behrenfeld, Oregon State University
“New insights into global ocean primary production.”

 September 28
Tim Fahey, Cornell University
“Energy supply for the below-ground community.” 

 November 2
Kristina Sundback, Göteborg University, Sweden
“Role of benthic microalgae in nutrient cycling and resilience in shallow water sediment systems.”

 November 16 
Ian Bowles, Secretary of the Environment and Energy, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Science, public policy and economics of clean energy in the Commonwealth”



 September 15  
Paul Mayewski, University of Maine
“Naturally and humanly forced climate change – an ice core perspective.”

 September 29
Margaret Palmer, University of Maryland Chesapeake Biological Laboratory,
“What happens to terrestrial carbon when it enters aquatic ecosystems?”

 October 20 
Barbara Bond, Oregon State University
“Size matters: Impacts of big trees and big mountains on water fluxes.”

 October 27
James Cloern, U. S. Geological Survey
“The altered states of San Francisco Bay: Surprises from three decades of observation.”

 November 17  
John Holdren, Woods Hole Research Center
“Meeting the climate change challenge.”