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  • Dessert with Discussion: Birds Can Save the World (May 2020)

    Dates:

    May 21, 2020.  7:00 pm 

    Location:

    Kellogg Biological Station - Auditorium, 3700 E. Gull Lake Drive, Hickory Corners, MI 49060

    Description:

    Cornell Lab of Ornithology Executive Director John. W. Fitzpatrick, will share:

    • the power of birds for capturing both our hearts and our minds,
    • how we can harness these unique powers to help human societies live sustainably with healthy and functioning natural systems,
    • newest and most exciting results from the Cornell Lab’s ongoing analyses of eBird, the world’s largest and most rapidly growingcitizen-science project on biodiversity

    Enjoy coffee, tea and delicious locally sourced desserts provided by the KBS Conference Center. A cash bar featuring house wines and Michigan craft beer available prior to the event.

    Can't attend in person? Join us for the live stream via YouTube. Please register to receive more information and a direct link to the evening's live stream.

  • Dunbar Forest Experiment Station (Sault Ste. Marie, MI)

    Location:

    12839 South Scenic Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, MI, 49783.

    Description:

    The 5,760-acre Dunbar Forest is the largest and second-oldest MSU off-campus facility. The forest hosts long-term genetics and silvicultural studies that have helped advance the science of forest management in Michigan and the Great Lakes region. For example, red pine is the most widely planted commercial forest species in Michigan, occupying more than 850,000 acres. Successful long-term management of this important resource is based, in large part, on research results from the Dunbar Forest.

  • Forest Biomass Innovation Center (Escanaba, MI)

    Location:

    6005 J Road, Escanaba, MI, 49829.

    Description:

    The 1,745-acre MSU Forest Biomass Innovation Center in Escanaba is leading a number of initiatives to increase the sustainable use of wood in Michigan’s expanding bioeconomy. This wood will come from the surplus growing in the forests and from willow and poplar energy plantations on marginal farm land in the northern parts of the state. Work focuses on increasing yields, decreasing costs, reducing greenhouse gas and energy losses, retaining rural jobs, and improving supply chain efficiencies. Research at the center also focuses on forest genetics, silviculture and forested wetland management.

  • Herbarium

    Location:

    166 Plant Biology Building, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    Herbaria are natural history collections of preserved plants and fungi that document their biodiversity. The MSU Herbarium houses specimens from all around the world. Current holdings number over 522,800 specimens, with approximately 324,200 (including nearly 70,000 from Michigan and Great Lakes region)  vascular plants, 126,400 lichenized fungi, 41,800 non-lichenized fungi, 26,100 bryophytes, and 4,300 algae specimens. Over 2,000 type specimens are also housed here, along with many Exsiccati and important historical collections made by figures such as William James Beal. The MSU Herbarium is a resource meant to be used by researchers, educators, and the public.

  • Midwest Invasive Species Information Network

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    The Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN) is a regional effort to develop and provide an early detection and rapid response (EDRR) resource for invasive species.  The goal of this regional resource is to assist both experts and citizen scientists in the detection and identification of invasive species in support of the successful management of invasive species.

  • Plant Sciences Weekly Seminar Schedule (Spring and Fall)

    Location:

    Monday: 4:10 p.m. (cookies and coffee at 4:00): Room 101 Biochemistry Building, MSU, East Lansing, MI

    Description:

    MSU's Plant Research Lab (PRL) sponsors weekly seminars throughout the Spring and Fall semesters. Each Monday, a visiting scientist discusses research on a timely topic. While at the PRL, the visiting scientists also visit the PRL laboratories to speak with the students, postdocs, and faculty in an informal setting. This seminar series is administered by the Seminar Committee, composed of two faculty members, two postdoctoral research associates, and one graduate student. Once each semester, the graduate students select and host an outside speaker. Please see the Website below for the latest schedule.

  • Science at the Edge Seminar Series Schedule (Spring and Fall)

    Dates:

    Please see the website below for the current schedule.

     

    Location:

    1400 Biomedical and Physical Sciences Building, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

    Description:

    Traditionally distinct science disciplines are merging to create new and startling opportunities. Share the excitement and challenge each week through seminars and discussions with nationally recognized pioneers in science at the edge. Seminars included on this schedule are in three series: Interdisciplinary Physics Seminars, Quantitative Biology Seminars, and Engineering Seminars. See the Websites below for the latest schedule.

  • South Campus Field Research Facilities

    Location:

    The station’s 2,739 acres of farmland and forest are located south of Mt. Hope Road on MSU’s south campus.

    Description:

    There are 18 research facilities located on the south campus of MSU that allow AgBioResearch scientists to perform research in the areas of animal science and production, plant production and protection, environment and natural resources management, and renewable energy. State-of-the-art facilities and 2,739 acres of farmland and forest allow scientists to perform research close to campus and allow growers to view a number of demonstration plots in one visit to the university.

  • Spud Database: Potato Genomics Resource

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    Spud DB is a collection of datasets and data-mining tools to view and analyze the potato genome, including tools to facilitate breeding improved cultivars.

  • W. K. Kellogg Experimental Forest (Augusta, MI)

    Location:

    7060 N. 42nd Street, Augusta, MI 49012

    Description:

    Established on abandoned agricultural land, the 716-acre Kellogg Experimental Forest is known worldwide for research on tree breeding and genetics, planting techniques, and plantation establishment and management. Much of the research that developed the Spartan spruce, a hybrid that combines the color and drought resistance of a blue spruce and the softer needles and rapid growth rate of the white spruce, was done at the Kellogg Forest. The forest is open to the public for biking, hiking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing, and also has several interpretive trails.

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