Keynote Speakers

2022 Keynote Speaker – Nancy Grimm

Dr. Nancy Grimm, Ecologist, Professor, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA

NANCY B. GRIMM is an ecologist studying interactions of climate change, human activities, resilience, and biogeochemical processes in urban and stream ecosystems. Grimm was founding director of the Central Arizona–Phoenix LTER and now co-directs the Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network and the NATURA and ESSA networks, all focused on solving problems of the Anthropocene. Grimm was President of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) and is a Fellow of AAAS, AGU, ESA, SFS, and a member of the NAS. She is an editor for Earth’s Future and has made >200 contributions to the scientific literature with colleagues and students.

Wednesday Evening Workshop: “Transforming Graduate Education to Meet Challenges of the Anthropocene”

Thursday Keynote Address: “Envisioning positive futures and nature-based solutions for the Anthropocene”

Find out more about Dr. Nancy Grimm’s research and publications here.

2021 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Samniqueka Halsey, Computational Ecologist, Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA

Samniqueka Halsey is currently an Assistant Professor of Ecosystem Health in the School of Natural Resources. She earned her Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology from the University of Illinois-Urbana – Champaign. Her research stresses the importance of using long-term data sets, GIS, and remote sensing. She uses computational approaches to understand the mechanisms involved in the patterns we see in nature. Most of her work involves using modeling approaches to delineate how spatial and temporal changes in ecological interactions influence a focal species. She holds a particular interest in informing management actions with her models. As a computational ecologist, she takes integrative approaches to modeling complex systems while examining the consequences that management actions on biodiversity conservation and emerging disease systems play across a hierarchy of spatial and temporal scales.

More information on her research and publications can be found here.

Dr. Halsey’s Keynote AddressFriday, March 5, 1:30 PM MST, via Zoom

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


Dr. Delia S. Shelton, NIH National Institutes Environmental Health and Safety (NIEHS) K99/R00 Postdoctoral Fellow, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

Dr. Delia Shelton is a NIH National Institute for Environmental Health and Safety K99/R00 postdoctoral fellow studying how environmental features, including contaminants affect the social lives of wild and domestic zebrafish.  She graduated from Southwestern University with a BS in Animal Behavior and Spanish. After spending a year abroad conducting research at Universidad Nacional in Costa Rica and University of Ghana, Shelton received a teaching certificate from Prairie View A&M University. She then taught science at an inner-city high school in the 7th largest school district in the United States.  In 2016, Shelton completed a dual PhD in Psychological and Brain Sciences and Evolution Ecology and Behavior. She was awarded 7 fellowships including a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and a United Negro College Fund•Merck Fellowship, and has published 17 scholarly works. Dr. Shelton coordinated the Charles H. Turner Program through the Animal Behavior Society. She serves as Technical lead for Visioglow, a NSF supported, protected technology that helps finfish farmers become more eFISHent.

More information on her research and publications can be found here.

Dr. Shelton’s Keynote AddressWednesday, March 3 , 10:00 AM MST, via Zoom

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

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