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27th Annual Front Range Student Ecology Symposium

March 3-5, 2021

Virtual via Zoom

Thank you for attending FRSES 2021!

Our first ever virtual event was a huge success thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers, presenters and attendees. We thank you for a great symposium amid these unprecedented times and look forward to seeing you all back during Spring 2022 for (hopefully) an in-person FRSES event.

Check out the full 2021 schedule here.

What is FRSES?

FRSES is a student-run symposium that provides an opportunity for Front Range students doing research in ecology to showcase their work and network in a friendly and supportive peer environment. Highlights of the event this year include keynote addresses by two engaging invited speakers, two exciting workshops hosted by our invited speakers, three days of oral presentation sessions, and online poster session, a lunchtime town hall on DEI initiatives, an awards banquet to recognize exceptional student work, and a virtual social gathering to celebrate the success of our participating students.

Submitting an abstract to FRSES and presenting your research, in either a poster or oral presentation, is a great way to practice communicating science. This is a skill that students seldom get to work on so FRSES provides a valuable opportunity. Research can be presented in all stages of its development, from proposed research to completed research. The feedback gained from faculty judges is intended to help to improve your research design or your communication skills.


2021 Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Samniqueka Halsey

Keynote Address: Friday, March 5, 1:30 PM MST, via Zoom

Understanding ecological patterns using long-term data sets, remote sensing and computational approaches

Workshop: Thursday, March 4, 3:00 PM MST, via Zoom


Dr. Delia S. Shelton

Keynote Address: Wednesday, March 3, 10:00 AM MST, via Zoom

A tale of two finned kin, the environment affects all within

To protect ecosystems and human health we must understand how the physical and social environments interact to produce phenotypes. Environments are expected to change at alarming rates. Thus, there is a need to understand how environmental features impact multi-level organizations (e.g., individuals-groups-populations) to predict consequences and mitigate risk. I will describe how my team and I identify key aspects of the environment (e.g., structures, water flow, vegetation, pollution) that affect the density, group size, social networks, vision, and collective responses of wild and domesticated zebrafish (Danio rerio) in the laboratory and in the field. My findings emphasize the ways that subtle changes in the environment can profoundly impact individuals and groups.

Workshop: Thursday, March 4, 10:30 AM MST, via Zoom


Want to get involved?

We are seeking volunteers to help run FRSES 2022. Contact us at ecosym@rams.colostate.edu for more information.