Leading the Way
SEEC 2019- Auburn University will host the 2019 Southeastern Ecology and Evolution Conference (SEEC)
on October 11th and 12th and present research in prescriptive evolution of Southeastern biodiversity.
Our region is a recognized yet understudied biodiversity hotspot facing challenges from expanding cities
and timber farms, and we need strategies to help our biota adapt—avenues created when conservation
uses evolutionary principles. SEEC 2019 will bring together Southeastern scientists to discuss how
evolution and ecology can inform conservation.
SEEC 2019 will begin with a pre-conference workshop on Friday, October 11th (limited space) to
introduce phylogenetic and GIS tools needed to study biodiversity. Ryan Garrick (University of
Mississippi) and Robert Guralnick (University of Florida) will discuss how they apply data science to
understand Southeastern diversity. The next day, our general proceedings will kickoff with an opening
speech by Auburn’s own Alan Wilson followed with a plenary session on prescriptive evolution led by
Andrew Hendry (McGill University) followed by oral and poster presentations from undergraduate and
graduate students. In breakout sessions at lunch and dinner, Auburn faculty will address barriers to
inclusive science and share career resources for underrepresented students. SEEC will conclude by
celebrating Auburn’s nightlife in a bioblitz in our Davis Arboretum.
The Southeastern Ecology and Evolution Conference (SEC) began at Georgia Tech in 2004 by Dr. Alan Wilson (now at Auburn University). His vision was to have a student-run cofnerence for students. SEEC was modeled after the other regional conferences: MEEC (Midwestern Ecology and Evolution Conference) and NEEC (Northeast Ecology and Evolution Conference). Later, PEEC, the Pacific Ecology and Evolution Conference was also founded.
The conference is held at a different school in the southeast each year and has included Georgia Tech (2004,2010), the University of Georgia (2005, 2015), the University of Alabama (2006), the University of Central Florida (2007,2013), Florida State University (2008, 2016), University of Florida (2009), Auburn University (2011, 2019), Clemson University (2012), Georgia Southern University (2014), Florida Gulf Coast University (2017), and University of Miami (2018).
Don’t Miss Out
Friday, October 11th- Mell Center 2550
10am-11:15am- registration and check in
11:15-11:30am-Armbruster opening remarks
11:30am-12:30pm Ryan Garrick (University of Mississippi) talk
1:45pm- 2:45 pm Robert Guralnick (University of Florida) talk
4:30pm-5:30pm biodiversity mixer
6:00pm- 7:00pm Dinner (SCC Building)
Saturday, October 12th- Science Center Classroom Building 118
8am-9am registration, put up posters
9am-9:15am Alan Wilson opening remarks
9:15am-10:15am Keynote speaker Andrew Hendry (McGill University)
10:15am-11:00 am oral presentations
11:15am-11:25 am break
11:30am-12:15 am oral presentations
1:30pm-3pm poster session
3:05pm-3:50pm oral presentations
4:05pm-4:45pm oral presentations
5:30pm-7pm dinner and awards ceremony
7:30pm-9pm nocturnal bioblitz at Auburn Arboretum