Discussion Groups

Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3 p.m., Room 1088 Museum of Zoology


NEW! Landscape history and diversification

Contact:  Catherine Badgley

This winter seminar about landscape history and diversification (EEB 800.008) is as much an interest group as a course, so come by even if you are not registering for the course. We will hear from people in several research groups on campus who work on geological and evolutionary aspects of this topic. Most sessions will be about works in progress, in which we are discussing the overarching questions, useful methods for analyzing data, and integration of insights from the geological and fossil records with molecular phylogenies.  We are interested in many different organisms, including vertebrates, invertebrates and plants.


Dates, times and
location will be announced via 
email once you 
sign up


EEB/MCDB Journal Club

Contact:  Taylor Nye and Joe Walker

Last summer we started a joint EEB/MCDB journal club, where we get together to discuss interesting papers that appeal to both departments. It's been a great opportunity for us to dissect papers from various angles and to meet some of the people we pass by in the halls of Kraus each day. The ultimate goal of this journal club is to foster a collaborative and interdisciplinary atmosphere, with opportunities to discuss both our own research and current manuscripts that are important to both fields.

If anyone has interest in presenting, please email us and we'll get it on the schedule. We meet once per month.


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

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.


Not currently meeting

Watch for updates

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

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

Morphometrics Discussion Group

Contact: Miriam Leah Zelditch

The morphometrics seminar will provide an introduction to the theory and practice of shape analysis, focusing on methods for adapting conventional multivariate statistical methods to the distinctive data and shape. As well as introducing standard visualization methods (e.g., principal components analysis and partial least squares analysis) and analytic methods (general linear models and phylogenetic generalized least squares) we will also discuss more specialized methods such as techniques for fitting macroevolutionary models to multivariate data, methods for analyzing modularity and the evolution of covariance matrices, according to the interests of participants. 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.


Fridays, noon,
1088 Ruthven
Museums Building

Phylogenetics Discussion/Reading Group

Contact: Caroline Parins-Fukuchi

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


Fridays at 9 - 10 a.m., 1047 Ruthven Museums Buidling 

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 EEB 300 for undergrads) 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.