Discussion Groups

4 - 7 p.m. on Mondays
Ruthven Museums Building - Room 1017

NEW: Writing Group 

Contact: Bryan Juarez

The goal of this semester's writing group is to get together with other determined scientists to work on homework, grant applications, theses, etc. in a calm, dedicated environment. Group evaluations of individual writings will be determined closer to deadline season.


11 a.m. on Thursdays
Kraus Natural Science Building - Room 2111

Behavioral Ecology Group (BEG)

Contact: Elizabeth Tibbetts

This is a group of professors and graduate students from EEB, psychology and anthropology who are interested in behavioral ecology and animal behavior. We meet to discuss papers every other week, with a member of the group presenting research ideas or results on the weeks in-between.

E-mail user group: behavioralecology@umich.edu

Not meeting this fall.

Kraus Natural Science Building - Room 2111

Evolutionary Genetics Discussion Group

Contact: Joe Coolon

The Evolutionary Genetics Discussion Group (Evol-Gen) is a group of professors, postdocs and graduate students from various departments that share an interest in evolutionary genetics (everything from population genetics to molecular evolution). We meet every other week with one person leading the discussion of new literature or recent results from their lab. Anyone with an interest in evolutionary genetics is encouraged to attend.

Mondays, 5 p.m.,
1532 Ruthven Museum (aka Paleo classroom)

Morphometrics Discussion Group

Contact: Miriam Leah Zelditch

The focus of the morphometrics seminar this term is on the dynamics of phenotypic evolution, especially on theories of macroevolutionary dynamics. We will begin by reading several papers on these theories, such the ecological theory predicting an “early burst” of diversification and divergence in adaptive radiations. Then we will explore methods for assessing the relative support for alternative hypotheses. Because shape data are multivariate, we will focus on methods suitable for multivariate data.  These are implemented in several R packages, including GEIGER, MOTMOT, SURFACE, plus there are packages that can display phylogenies mapped onto morphospaces (PHYTOOLS, GEOMORPH). There are many others that can analyze simple univariate traits such as size. Using data sets provided by participants or contained within the various packages, we will learn how to run the analyses and interpret statistical and graphical results. Familiarity with R is helpful but not necessary. 


5:30 - 7 p.m., 
Kraus Natural Science Building - Room 2111

New World Agriculture and Ecology Group

Contact: John Vandermeer

NWAEG is made up of faculty and students from various departments who share an interest in agroecological, political, and economic issues of importance in the western hemisphere, although issues of global interest are occasionally dealt with. Meetings are held once a week and feature presentations and/or discussion of readings, followed by a social hour. Other activities that the group engages in typically focus on education and outreach, and range from writing letters to journals and newspapers, to designing and teaching a minicourse on a topic not addressed by existing courses.

Email user group: nwaeg@umich.edu


Wednesdays, 4 - 5 p.m. 1056 Kraus Natural Science Building

Plant Ecology Discussion Group

Contact: Deborah E. Goldberg

Also known as PEDG or pedagogue, meets weekly to talk about current research, both from the literature and by members of the group. It is an excellent forum to discuss all stages of research, from initial half-baked ideas to practice conference presentations or critiques of a manuscript draft. The range of topics depends on the interest of the group and (despite the name) is not limited to plant ecology.


Wednesdays, noon, locations may vary, you will receive emails

Phylogenetics Discussion/Reading Group

Contact: Stephen Smith

We get together to discuss recent papers on phylogenetic methods, biogeography, comparative methods, and anything related to using phylogeny to answer interesting ecology and evolutionary questions. The meeting location may rotate so if you're not sure, stop by Room 2071 a little early. Visit mcommunity, login and search systematics to join the group.

Email user group: phylogenetics@umich.edu


Meeting 9 a.m., Fridays during fall semester. Place TBD. 

Tropical Ecology and Evolution Reading Group (LOTS)

Contact: Robyn Burnham

Also known as LOTS (Lianas and Other Tropical Stuff). This group meets weekly to discuss articles, manuscripts, and occasionally research carried out by one of the group's members, generally on climbing plants but topics vary (tropical plant ecology, New World tropical biogeography, paleobotany, systematics and plant morphology). Open to faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates.

CTools site established each term. May be taken for credit (EEB 800) or joined without credit.


In order to join the above e-mail user groups visit http://directory.umich.edu/. You need to login using your uniquname and password. Select "bind" to make changes. Now click on your uniquname in the upper-right-hand-corner. Your entry should appear. Then press group memberships and a list of the user groups to which you belong will appear. Click Add, and enter the name is it appears above in the top box. Click your uniquname to return to your profile. The name of the user group should now appear.