Immersion Workshop: Ecology

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Matthew C. Fitzpatrick, University of Maryland Center of Environmental Science;
Heather Lynch, Stony Brook University;
Claudio Gratton, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Time of Event: 
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 09:00 to Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 17:00

National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)
1 Park Place, Suite 300
Annapolis, MD 21401

Immersion Distinguished Scholar Workshop: Ecology

Please see this workshop's agenda here

Distinguished Scholars

Matthew C. Fitzpatrick, Appalachian Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science 

Matthew C. Fitzpatrick is Associate Professor at the Appalachian Laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science in Frostburg, MD. He is a quantitative global change ecologist interested in how climate drives ecological patterns and processes, with an emphasis on understanding the distribution of species, patterns of biodiversity, and range expansion of native and introduced organisms. He has worked in both terrestrial and aquatic systems and across scales of biological organization from genes within genomes to species assemblages across the globe. Fitzpatrick holds a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Tennessee and held a post-doctoral position at the Harvard Forest. He was a Distinguished Visiting Researcher at CSIRO Land & Water in Canberra, Australia from 2017-2018. 

Heather Lynch, Stony Brook University

Dr. Heather Lynch is a quantitative ecologist and an Associate Professor at Stony Brook University with a joint appointment in the Department of Ecology & Evolution and the Institute for Advanced Computational Science. Dr. Lynch’s research is focused on the distribution and abundance of Antarctic wildlife, particularly Antarctic penguins, and the development of decision support tools to provide up-to-date information to Antarctic stakeholders. Dr. Lynch currently serves as Principal Investigator for a large, multi-institution National Science Foundation award tasked with building the cyberinfrastructure required to unite high resolution commercial imagery and high-performance computing for imagery-enabled science in the polar regions. Dr. Lynch has led the development of the Mapping Application for Penguin Populations and Projected Dynamics (MAPPPD;, an interactive search engine designed to facilitate the development of Visitor Guidelines and the design and monitoring of protected areas. Dr. Lynch has an A.B. in Physics from Princeton University, and M.A. in Physics from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University.

Claudio Gratton, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Dr. Gratton has been on the faculty in the Entomology department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison since 2003.  His research group works broadly on the landscape ecology of arthropods in managed and natural environments.  He is particularly interested in the interconnections of habitats and ecosystems in the landscape.  His research group has examined the role of unmanaged “non-crop” lands in the agricultural matrix and their effects on the abundance and diversity of beneficial insects including predators and pollinators and their effect on the provisioning of ecosystem services such as biological control and pollination in agricultural habitats.  He has also worked on the connections between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.  Dr. Gratton received his BS in Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1991) and his PhD in Entomology from the University of California – Berkeley (1997). At UW he teaches courses in Basic and Applied Insect Ecology, Agroecology, Field Ecology, and Multivariate Methods in Ecological research. A full list of his research publications can be found here.

This is a closed workshop designed for SESYNC Postdoctoral Fellows.

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, funded through an award to the University of Maryland from the National Science Foundation, is a research center dedicated to accelerating data-driven scientific discovery at the interface of human and ecological systems. Visit us online at and follow us on Twitter @SESYNC.

Event type: 
Immersion Workshop
Event Attendance: 
Private Working Group
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