Keynote Speakers

2022 Keynote Speaker – Nancy Grimm

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

Nancy Grimm is currently the Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Ecology in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University (ASU) and a Distinguished Sustainability Scientist with the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. Professor Grimm earned her Ph.D. in Zoology from Arizona State University. Her interdisciplinary research in both urban and stream ecosystems has focused on disturbance, resilience, and biogeochemical processes. The Grimm Lab studies how disturbances affect the structure and processes of desert streams, how chemical elements move through and cycle within both desert streams and cities, the effects of stormwater infrastructure on water material movement across an urban landscape, and the impacts of extreme events on urban social-ecological-technological systems.

Along with her research lab, Professor Grimm directed the Central Arizona–Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research program from 1997-2016. She now co-directs the Sustainability Research Network that focuses on urban resilience to extreme weather and an international network of networks, “Nature Based Solutions to Urban Resilience in the Anthropocene” (NATURA). She was president (2005-06) and is a fellow of the Ecological Society of America of and is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Society for Freshwater Science. She is an elected member (2019) of the US National Academy of Sciences.

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

Thursday Keynote Address: Title TBA

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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