2024 Annual Gathering Agenda


This is a tentative version of the Annual Gathering agenda. More details will be shared as planning progresses. Please note that the conference officially starts at 5:00pm on Tuesday, August 13 with a social gathering that all are welcome to join. Pre-conference activities earlier on Tuesday are intended for MW CASC staff and leadership. 

Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions. 


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Tuesday, August 13

8:30am - 2:30pm

Project Workshop: Incentivizing & Delivering Synthesis Research & Tools

Invite Only Meeting.

2:30pm - 3:00pmBreak
3:00pm - 5:00pm

Consortium Leadership Team Meeting 

Invite Only Meeting.

5:00pm - 7:00pm 

Welcome Night - Social Activity 

Help kick off the Annual Gathering! Everyone is welcome to join us for an outdoor BBQ at Corey Marsh Ecological Research Center.

Wednesday, August 14

6:30am - 7:30am 

WRASC-ALS - Social Activity

Start the day with the Walkers and Runners of the MW CASC! A group walk/run will be led by MSU’s Rich Kobe – all fitness levels welcome. Group will meet in the Graduate hotel lobby at 6:30am. 

8:00am - 9:00am

Registration and Coffee

9:00am - 9:30am Welcome Remarks
9:30am - 10:15am

Keynote Speaker: Climate Work in Conservation – A State Government Perspective

Shannon Lott, Michigan DNR Natural Resources Deputy Director 

10:15am - 11:00am Research Lightning Talks 
11:00am - 11:15am Break 
11:15am - 12:30pm Plenary Session: Climate Adaptation at the Interface of Land and Water
12:30pm - 2:00pm

Lunch Break 

Lunch is not provided. 


Training on Public Engagement and Science Communication 

For graduate students, postdocs, and early career researchers. Separate RSVP required - details coming soon. 

2:00pm - 3:00pm Breakout Sessions 
3:00pm - 4:30pm Poster Session
4:30pm - 6:30pm

Field Trip: Campus Walking Tour

Led by MSU faculty, this tour will visit sites of interest on campus, including the Baker Woodlot and Red Cedar River. 


External Advisory Board Meeting

Invite Only Meeting. 

6:30pm Dinner on Your Own 
6:30pm - 8:00pm 

Early Career Mixer - Social Activity

For graduate students, postdocs, and early career researchers. Separate RSVP required - details coming soon. 


Game Night - Social Activity 

Come down to the Graduate hotel lobby for some informal board game fun! 

Thursday, August 15

8:00am - 9:00am

Coffee and Networking 

9:00am - 9:15am Morning Remarks 
9:15am - 10:00am 

Keynote Speaker: On Thin Ice: Are Lakes Feeling the Heat?

Sapna Sharma, Professor in the Department of Biology at York University and York Research Chair in Global Change Biology. 

10:00am - 10:15am Break & Group Photo 
10:15am - 11:00am Research Lightning Talks 
11:00am - 12:00pm Plenary Session: Innovation in Adaptation 
12:30pm - 5:00pm

Field Trip: Site Visit to MSU's Kellogg Biological Station

Tour MSU's Kellogg Biological Station, a premier site for field experimental research in aquatic and terrestrial ecology. KBS is approximately 1 hour from the MSU campus.