Plenary Speakers

The Ecological Stoichiometry Cooperative is proud to announce Drs. Elena Litchman, Angélica L. González, and Shawn Wilder as the CoBS 2023 plenary speakers.

Elena Litchman

Elena Litchman is a Senior Staff Scientist in the Department of Global Ecology. Prior to starting at Carnegie, she was an MSU Foundation Professor at Michigan State University. She received her undergraduate degree from Moscow State University, Russia, and Ph.D. in ecology from University of Minnesota.

Dr. Litchman studies marine and freshwater ecosystems, focusing on phytoplankton, major primary producers in most aquatic environments. Her main interests are the eco-evolutionary responses of aquatic ecosystems to changing environments, including anthropogenic global change, and the consequences of those changes for biodiversity, biogeochemical cycles, and ecosystem functioning. 

She received the G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award from the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), and Petersen Foundation Excellence Professorship Award from the Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research, Germany. She is the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and the NSF CAREER Award.

Angélica L. González

Dr. Angélica L. González is a broadly-trained ecologist with interests that range from organismal traits to community and ecosystem ecology. Much of her research is concerned with the effects of natural and human-induced environmental changes on the diversity, composition and function of communities and ecosystems. Drawing from general principles, Dr. González aims to develop a more integrated understanding of ecological systems. Her work combines theory, observations, experiments, and data synthesis approaches in order to predict ecological patterns and processes across space and time.

She completed her Ph.D. at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Zoology and the Biodiversity Research Centre at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and is now an Associate Professor at Rutgers University. 

Shawn Wilder

Dr. Shawn Wilder is an ecologist who is interested in the trophic transfer of nutrients in terrestrial ecosystems. Much of this work has focused on the nutritional ecology of predatory arthropods, including the consequences of diet for fitness, nutrient extraction from prey and how prey vary in nutrient content. More recent work has examined predator excretion and its consequences for ecosystems, as well as some work studying herbivore nutritional ecology. Throughout this work, he has used biochemical and elemental approaches and strives to better understand the relationships between these currencies and how they might be combined for a more unified approach to nutrition.

He completed a Ph.D. at Miami University in Ohio, postdoctoral positions at Texas A&M University and the University of Sydney, and is currently an Associate Professor at Oklahoma State University.