The keynote speakers for the 2015 conference were Dr. Robert Bakker and Dr. Jessamyn Manson.
Dr. Robert Bakker, External Keynote
Dr. Bakker is a pioneer in the field of “paleo-ecology”. He was instrumental in establishing the dinosaur/bird connection and in arguing that dinosaurs were endothermic. He is passionate about science outreach, and was a scientific advisor for the Jurassic Park films. He visited us from Houston, Texas, where he works as Curator of Paleontology at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Dr. Jessamyn Manson, U of A Keynote
Dr. Manson is an assistant professor at the University of Alberta. Her lab studies the chemical, evolutionary, and community ecology of plant-pollinator interactions. Her passions include the adaptive function of secondary metabolites in nectar, the effects of invasive plants on native pollinators, and the microbial ecology of floral nectar.