The Ecosystems Center will celebrate its 40th anniversary on June 5 and 6, 2015 at MBL.

The celebration will start with keynote talk on Friday evening, June 5, by John Holdren, Science Advisor to President Barack Obama.

A morning session on June 6 will feature invited talks on leading topics in ecosystem ecology and environmental science by people whose careers have been influenced by the Ecosystems Center. Speakers will include former Ecosystems Center Director John Hobbie, Carrie McCalley (former Semester in Environmental Science student), Breck Bowden (former graduate student and research assistant), Gillian Galford (former Brown-MBL PhD student), David Hooper (former research assistant), Suzanne Tank (former postdoc), and Angela Posada-Swafford (alumna of and advisor to the Logan Science Journalism Program).

In an afternoon session on Saturday, distinguished scientists William Schlesinger (Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies), Jerry Melillo (MBL), Penny Chisholm (MIT) and Ian Foster (University of Chicago) will present ideas about the future of ecosystem ecology and global change science in short talks and a moderated panel discussion.

All events will be held in MBL’s Lillie Auditorium and are open to the public.