6th Annual

Interfaces of Global Change Graduate Research Symposium

April 23, 2021

The Sixth Annual Interfaces of Global Change (IGC) Graduate Research Symposium was held virtually over Zoom on April 23, 2021. Although the forum was a little different this year, this annual meeting provides a space to showcase and celebrate the important and impressive work of the IGC Fellows.  It’s also a time for Fellows and GCC faculty to interact and explore connections between labs across campus.  This year’s symposium agenda included 12 platform presentations, 12 research power talks, introductory videos from the 12 newest Fellows in the Spring 2021 cohort, and an overview by Fellows leading a new IGC Peer Mentoring Program.

Awards for Best Platform Presentations and Research Power Talks were selected for the top three presentations in each category. The 2021 winners were:

Platform Presentations

First Place Alaina Weinheimer, “Too big to see: large viruses are overlooked players in the ocean’s nutrient cycles”

Second Place Sara Cathey, “Experimental evidence that biodiversity stabilizes communities through asynchrony”

Third Place Kerry Gendreau, Daniel Smith, Joshua Rady & Isaac VanDiest“V-SCI: Connecting science with local environmental advocacy”

Research Power Talks

First Place Mary Lofton, “Thermocline deepening deepens maximum phytoplankton biomass and affects community phytoplankton community structure in a eutrophic reservoir”

Second Place Sara Richards, “Effects of temperature on contact rates in house finches”

Third Place Korin Jones, “Community assembly in the amphibian microbiome”


Kudos to all the student participants!  Your research never ceases to inspire and give us hope for a bright future.  Thank you to the GCC Faculty and other researchers on campus who came out to show their support for the IGC Fellows!


Friday, April 23, 2021

9:00 am     Welcome, by IGC Director Bill Hopkins

9:15 am     IGC Platform Presentations Session 1

10:15 am   Break

10:30 am   IGC Platform Presentations Session 2

11:30 am   Break

12:30 pm   IGC Platform Presentations Session 3

1:30 pm     Break

2:00 pm     Research Power Talks

3:00 pm     Break

3:30 pm     Introductory Power Talks from newest IGC Fellows

3:50 pm     IGC Peer Mentoring Program Overview

4:05 pm     Best Presentation Awards Announcement


Detailed Symposium Agenda 2021 (PDF)

Symposium Abstracts