Closing out the @USU_Ecology Speaker Series for 2013-14

Later this month, the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies' Dr. Kathleen Weathers will deliver the final Utah State University Ecology Center seminars of the 2013-14 speaker series.

Dr. Weathers' visit will cap off another tremendous year of influential ecologists coming to Logan, insightful research talks, and community events at Utah State. This speaker series is almost entirely organized and implemented by USU graduate students with the help of Nancy Huntly, Ecology Center staff and ecology faculty. The success of the series is truly a testament to the commitment of the Ecology Center students and director Nancy Huntly to attract leading ecologists to Logan to engage with the larger ecological research community. My hat is off to USU grad students Andy Kleinhesselink (WILD) and Lexine Long (WATS) for spearheading last year's committee. Much gratitude should also be levied to the numerous speakers who get off the beaten path and come to Logan to present their work and meet with students and faculty.

Last month the new speaker series committee met to select speakers for 2014-15, and after making a few calls, it looks to be another great year. While plans are still being finalized, it appears that USU will be visited by Jeremy Fox, Mary Ruckleshaus, Jon Moore, Jim Grace, Hope Jahren, Tom Hobbs, Diana Wall and Bob Holt during the 2014-15 seminar series.

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