5th Life Discovery: Doing Science Biology Education

5th Life Discovery: Doing Science Biology Education
March 21-23, 2019
Hilton University of Florida Conference Center, Gainesville, Florida

Microbiomes to Ecosystems: Evolution and Biodiversity Across Scale, Space and Time

Our knowledge about the Earth’s biodiversity across space, time, and scale is expanding rapidly. New tools, like remote sensing, are creating new data sources, while other tools, like digitization, are freeing traditional datasets from the cabinets and drawers of labs and collections and making them accessible online. How do we teach students about biodiversity at different scales and contexts with these new data, tools, and resources? How do we best enable and develop the next generation of 21st century scientists and create data-driven educational programs aligned to national initiatives such as Next Generations Science Standards and Vision and Change for Undergraduate Biology Education? The Life Discovery – Doing Science Biology Education Conference will build on the 2017 data theme and challenge educators to create opportunities for their learners to explore our theme across:

Scale  Through new technologies, we can study biodiversity scaling from an individual’s microbiome to the Earth’s biomes. How do we help students explore biodiversity concepts and evolution at different scales and investigate interactions across scales?

Space  We now have access to environmental and biodiversity data spanning habitats, ecosystems, and landscapes. How do we help our students think in broader geographical contexts about evolution, biodiversity, ecology, and conservation?

Time  We have the ability to look at life on earth across geologic time through the fossil record and through digitized natural history collections. How do we approach big questions like how have populations, species, and communities evolved over time and how will big scale processes like climate change and human impacts affect biodiversity in the future?

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Registration and Conference Information

Registration Type
Early Bird
February 15
March 15
Checks only*
Full registration $150 $175 $200
K12 teachers
and students
$125 $150 $175
One day $95 $120 $145

* Please note that we will not process credit card payments onsite. All payments must be made by check payable to “Ecological Society of America”. A $25 fee will be assessed on any checks that are returned.

Registration fee includes breakfast, lunch and breaks on both Friday and Saturday and dinner on Friday.
Participants will be able to attend all regular sessions on both days of the conference. There is an additional fee for the pre-conference workshop and field trips.

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Cancellation Policy

1. Onor before February 18, 2019: Written request of cancellation must be emailed to ldc@esa.org. A refund of registration payments for cancellations will be honored with a $25 processing fee.
2. After February 18, 2019:  No refunds are possible for cancellations because of costs incurred.  

Registration Questions

Why do we ask about your background?  In order for us to understand our audience, we have included a set of questions about yourself and your educational setting. This information allows us to prepare our speakers, report our reach to our funders and better monitor the effectiveness of our reach. Information will only be reported in the aggregate. Thank you for your participation.


Your registration includes breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday and breakfast and lunch on saturday, but will require a ticket. To help us keep costs down, please only select the meals you intend to have.
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To begin the registration process, click on [REGISTER MYSELF/SOMEONE ELSE] and select the applicable registration type. Please note the [SAVE/UPDATE RESPONSES] button on the right side of the screen just before the section on Field trips. You will need to click on the [SAVE/UPDATE RESPONSES] button BEFORE you Proceed to Checkout. If you see a message that you have missed some questions, return to the registration page, and enter your responses again and then click on [SAVE/UPDATE RESPONSES].
Should you have further registration difficulties, please email LDC registrar.

Meeting Code of Conduct

All attendees must accept the ESA Meeting Code of Conduct.

3/21/2019 6:00 AM - 3/23/2019 8:00 PM
Hilton University of Florida Conference Center 1714 SW 34th St Gainesville, FL 32607


Thursday, 21 March 2019

Extinct vertebrates from ancient Florida Registration fees include snacks, drinks and transportation. Click for more details.
12:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3/21/2019 12:30 PM

Registration fees include snacks, drinks and transportation.
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1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
3/21/2019 1:00 PM

Gainesville, Florida- BioBlitz
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2:00 PM
3/21/2019 2:00 PM

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