Keynote Speakers
Ginger Armbrust is Professor and Director, School of Oceanography, University of Washington. Her research approaches are both lab- and field-based, aimed at uncovering the complexities surrounding diatoms, their environment, and their interactions with other microbes. She and her research group work at cellular, population, and community scales to understand how these organisms shape and are shaped by environmental conditions. Ginger Armbrust

Patrick Keeling is a Professor in the Botany Department at the University of British Columbia, and Director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research program in Integrated Microbial Biodiversity, and the UBC Centre for Microbial Diversity and Evolution. His research group uses molecular, genomic, cell biological and environmental methods to study the diversity and evolution of protists. In particular, his lab focusses on endosymbiotic and parasitic associations, and organelle origins. Patrick Keeling

Alastair G.B. Simpson is an Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Dalhousie University, and the winner of the 2013 Hutner Award of The International Society of Protistologists, a prestigious award for a young researcher. His research examines the biodiversity of free-living protozoa, and the early evolutionary history of eukaryotic cells using electron microscopy and molecular phylogenetic methods. Alastair G.B. Simpson

Geoffrey McFadden is Professor and Director of The Plant Cell Biology Research Centre, School of Botany, University of Melbourne, Australia. He and his research group discovered that the malaria parasite contains a relict plastid, an unorthodox phenomenon for a parasite. They are now exploring the role of this plastid in the life history of Plasmodium, aiming to use their discoveries to fight this deadly disease. Geoff McFadden

Eric Meyer is Group Leader of the Laboratoire de Génétique Moléculaire, École Normale Supiérieure, Paris. He and his research group are probing the functional specialization and developmental program of genome assembly in Paramecium as a model eukaryote. Eric Meyer