SESSION I: Formation and Function of Microbial Communities
Moderator: Jacque Fletcher

10:45-11:15:

Symbiont community complexity: The fungal gardens of leafcutter ants

Cameron R. Currie, University of Wisconsin–Madison

11:15-11:45:

The role of oxygen in shaping the structure and function of microbial communities

Thomas M. Schmidt, Michigan State University

11:45-12:15:

Source-sink dynamics: Marine invertebrate-associated and free-living chemosynthetic symbionts

Colleen Cavanaugh, Harvard University

12:15-1:00:

DISCUSSION

1:00-1:45:

LUNCH

SESSION II: Factors Contributing to Community Stability
Moderator: David Relman

1:45-2:15:

Social evolutionary theory, cooperation, and the expression of virulence in microbial communities

Sam Brown, University of Edinburgh

2:15-2:45:

Ecological factors and processes during evolutionary transitions in Darwinian individuality

Paul Rainey, New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study & Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology

2:45-3:15:

Evolution of cooperation and control of cheating in the social amoeba: Dictyostelium discoideum

Joan E. Strassmann, Washington University

3:15-3:45:

BREAK

3:45-4:15:

Swarming bacteria as freight haulage systems

Colin J. Ingham, Wageningen University



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