Evolutionary Biology Graduate Student Workshop - DETAILS STILL TBD

Workshop dates:  TBD, 2023

Enrollment limit:  16

Cost:  $510 (2022 rate)

Deadline for cancelation with refund:  TBD, 2023

Location:  Mountain Lake Biological Station, Pembroke, VA 

MLBS Evolutionary Biology Graduate Student Workshop



Join Drs. Amanda Gibson (University of Virginia), Jeremy Draghi (Virginia Tech), and Idelle Cooper (James Madison University) for a six-day workshop on evolutionary biology for early career graduate students. During this week, you'll have the time and support to think deeply about the evolutionary questions that most excite you and to engage in focused conversations with a small group of peers. As you shape your ideas into a research proposal, you'll practice communicating with others and articulating yourself in writing. The workshop will include a special two-evening tutorial on the art of science writing and question development. We have found this workshop to be particularly valuable for students early in their PhD, prior to writing their dissertation proposal.

The objectives of this workshop are to:

  • identify important questions in evolutionary biology
  • formulate testable hypotheses and design targeted experiments
  • express your ideas clearly through writing and speaking
  • have focused conversations with your peers about shared scientific interests

We've modeled this workshop off of the Evolutionary Biology Workshop in Guarda, Switzerland that was initiated by Stephen C. Stearns in 1988.

Preparation:  Participants will be asked to read portions of Sherratt and Wilkinson's 2009 book Big Questions in Ecology and Evolution.

Schedule:  Attendees should arrive Sunday afternoon, June 12. Earliest room check-in is 4:00pm. The first meal is dinner on Sunday. The program will begin Sunday evening at 7:00pm, and end Saturday evening, June 18. Checkout is Sunday, June 19, by noon. The last meal is lunch on Sunday. 

Location and Travel:  MLBS is a remote full-service residential field station in the Appalachian Mountains of southwest Virginia. Road access is good. Attendees arriving by air should fly into Roanoke Regional Airport (ROA), a 1.25hr drive from the Station. Car rental and shuttle service is available at ROA. The organizers will also arrange at least one group transport from ROA. More…

Accommodations:  Full housing and dining are provided with the registration fee. Housing and facilities are rustic. Shared housing will be assigned unless special arrangements are made and space is available. Linens, pillows, and towels are not provided unless special arrangements are made in advance. Wifi is available throughout the Station. There is no cell service. More…

Cost:  $510 covers all on-site workshop costs, room, and board.

Financial Assistance: To be considered for limited aid email a brief statement of need to mlbs@virginia.edu

Registration:  $50 deposit is required at registration. Balance is due by May 27. Deadline for cancelation with refund is also May 27. Online credit card payment or receipt of check is required to register. Participation is limited to 16. Additional registrants will be kept on a waitlist.

For More information: 
About workshop structure and content: Contact Amanda Gibson, akg5nq@virginia.edu
About registration, travel logistics and the field station: Contact MLBS, mlbs@virginia.edu, 540-626-7196, or visit mlbs.org