2019 Plant Science Symposium

The Plant Sciences Graduate Student Council is excited for our 9th Annual Plant Sciences Symposium! View our speaker abstracts here!

Interested in attending? Register here!

THEME: “Plant Sciences: Evolving with the Times”

DATE:  Friday, November 15th, 2019

LOCATION: H.F. DeLuca Forum in the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (330 N Orchard St, Madison, WI 53715)


Dr. Sarah Hart, University of Wisconsin- Madison

Dr. Matthew Hufford, Iowa State University

Dr. Seth Murray, Texas A&M University

Dr. Matt Smalley, Corteva Agriscience

Dr. Selena Smith, University of Michigan

Dr. Chelsea Specht, Cornell University



7:30 am        Registration and Breakfast

8:15 am        Introduction by Bridget McFarland, PSGSC President

8:20 am       Opening Remarks by Tabare Abadie, Coretva Agriscience

8:30 am       Plant paleobiology in the digital era: using X-ray computed tomography to shed light on plant evolution

   Dr. Selena Smith, Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan

9:20 am        Searching for phylogenetic signal: a holistic view for the Zingiberales

   Dr. Chelsea Specht, Professor of Plant Biology at Cornell University

10:10 am       Break- Poster presentations in atrium

10:30 am      Assembly and Comparative Genomic Analysis of the Maize NAM Founders 

    Dr. Matthew Hufford, Assistant Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University

11:20 am      Lightning Talk Competition

11:45 am      Lunch

12:45 pm     Disturbance ecology in a changing world: Cross-scale interactions amongst climate, trees, and bark beetles

              Dr. Sarah Hart, Assistant Professor of Forestry and Wildlife Ecology at UW-Madison

1:35 pm       Evolution of Industrial Hybrid Breeding

   Dr. Matt Smalley, Research Director at Corteva Agriscience

2:25 pm       Break- Poster presentations in atrium

3:15 pm        Plant phenomics and unoccupied aerial systems (UAS, aka drone) phenotyping for Southern maize crop improvement

   Dr. Seth Murray, Associate Professor in Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University

4:05 pm       Closing Remarks by Bridget McFarland, PSGSC President


Funding for the 9th Annual Plant Sciences Symposium has been graciously provided by Corteva Agriscience, Ball Horticultural Company, Valent U.S.A. Corporation, the Associated Students of Madison (ASM), the Wisconsin Experience Grant, Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association (WALSAA), University Lectures Grant and the UW-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.



2018- Leavesdropping on Plants: Microscopic to Macroscopic Conversations

2017 – Plants in the Anthropocene: Diversity, Genetics, and Biotic Interactions
2016 – Turning a New Leaf on Plant Evolution and Ecology
2015 – Leveraging Data in Plant Sciences: In vivo, in vitro, in silico
2014 – Plants and Society: Integrating Food and Science in Today’s Culture
2013 – Transforming Innovation into New Resources for Plant Science

2012 – Emerging Trends and Paradigm Shifts in Plant Breeding
2011 – Modern Tools for Plant Genetic Improvement