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PREVIOUS SEMINARS

Biodiversity Research Seminars

Fall 2016

 

 

Date

Speaker

Title of Talk

Host Lab

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Sept. 7

Daniel Matute

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

An experimental test of hybrid speciation in Drosophila

Pennell

Sept. 14

Val McKenzie

University of Colorado

Chitty Lecture: Emerging disease affecting wildlife: from the global scale to the microbial scale

grad students

Greg Owens, Linnea Sandell

Sept. 21

Chris Balakrishnan

East Carolina University

Evolutionary genomics of a bird with four sexes

Irwin

Sally Otto, Melissa Guzman

Sept. 28

Ashley Shade

Michigan State University

Divergent extremes but convergent recovery of microbial soil communities to an ongoing press disturbance

Parfrey

Emily West, Ilan Rubin

Oct. 5

Charles Krebs

UBC

Conservation of Caribou: Canada's Conundrum

Myers

Maddie Ore, Ailene PacPherson

Oct. 12

Catherine Wagner

University of Wyoming

Speciation and diversity in African cichlid fishes

Schluter

Ken Thompson, Devin Arbuthnott

Oct. 19

Jay Lennon

Indiana University

Scaling laws predict global microbial diversity

Suttle

Rachel Germain, ?

Oct. 26

Jessica Forrest

University of Ottawa

Temperature and tempo in the life histories of solitary bees

Williams

Patrick Thompson, Amelia Hesketh

Nov. 2

Jason Sexton

University of California, Merced

What is the role of gene flow in rapidly changing environments?

Angert

Jenn Williams, Rachel Wilson

Nov. 9

James Nieh

University of California, San Diego

Cries in the hive: Honey bee referential communication of danger

Altshuler

Mairin Deith, Emily Adamczyk

Nov. 16

Molly Schumer

Columbia University

Hybridization shapes the evolutionary history of swordtail fish

Rieseberg

Silu Wang, Jasmine Ono

Nov. 23

Juli Carrillo

UBC, Land and Food Systems

Ecological and evolutionary disruption of tri-trophic plant defenses: Similarities in plant invasions and crop domestication

Myers

Michelle Tseng, Mackenzie Kinney

Nov. 30

Michael Bonsall

University of Oxford

Spatial ecology: the role of Allee effects and stochasticity on species persistence

Tyson, UBC-O BRAES

UBC-O videolink

Spring 2016

 

 

Date

Speaker

Title of Talk

Host Lab

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Jan. 13

Rosemary Gillespie
UC Berkeley

Chitty Lecture 

graduate students

Marybel Soto Gomez, Kat Anderson

Jan. 20

Lael Parrot

UBC Okanagan

Slow down and save the whales: How participatory agent-based modelling and multi-stakeholder collaboration led to positive change in maritime transportation to enhance whale conservation in the St. Lawrence River Estuary, Quebec 

Chan and Gergel 

Sally Otto, Andrew Cook

Jan. 27

Charles Davis

Harvard University

The big, the bad, and the beautiful: Parasitism and the world’s largest flowers  

Graham

Rachel Wilson, Wesley Gerelle

Feb. 3

Nancy Emery

 University of Colorado

The evolution of habitat specialization in variable environments

Angert

Megan Bontrager, Chris M

Feb. 10

Seth Bordenstein

 Vanderbilt University

Evolution Lecture: Animal-Microbe Symbioses and The Origin of Species 

Graduate Students 

Jedediah Brodie, Jill Jankowski

Feb. 17

 

Reading Week 

 

Feb. 24

David Green

 McGill University

Decline (and Recovery) of Amphibian Populations 

UBC Okanagan 

Mairin Deith, Ilan Rubin

Mar. 2

Fred Allendorf
University of Montana

The use of genetic variation to conserve natural populations: From allozymes to genomes 

Rieseberg, Aitken

Melissa Guzman, Michelle Tseng

Mar. 9

Juan Luis Parra

Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin Colombia

Integrating across scales in community ecology: an example with hummingbirds 

Jankowski

Kyle Gilbert, Norah Brown

Mar. 16

John Novembre
University of Chicago

Computational methods for the study of population structure

Whitlock and Rieseberg

Kim Gilbert, Sam Straus

Tuesday, Mar. 22 12:30-1:30

Tia-Lynn Ashmann
University of Pittsburgh

Sex chromosome diversity in strawberry 

Botany Department and Whitton Lab

Ailene MacPherson, Liz Kleynhans

Mar. 30

Robert Dudley

 UC Berkeley

Fermenting fruit and the historical ecology of ethanol ingestion: is alcoholism in modern humans an evolutionary hangover? 

Altshuler 

Sam Evans, Sylvia Heredia

Apr. 6

Cam Webb

The biogeography of Indonesian forests: tree climbers, cameras and barcodes  

Otto

Jasmine Ono, Matt Osmund

Fall 2015

 

Date

Speaker

Title of Talk

Host Lab

Sept. 9

Nigel Stork

Griffith University

Estimating the inestimable: global species richness and species extinction rates

Srivastava

Sept. 16

Megan Frederickson

University of Toronto

Mutualism ecology and evolution: moving beyond "cheating"

Aviles

Sept. 23

David (Dov) Lank

Simon Fraser University

Evolutionary Ecology of Alternative Inversion Alleles and Reproductive Strategies of Ruff Sandpipers

Martin

Sept. 30

Wesley Hochachka

Cornell University

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Citizen Science Data

Arcese

Oct. 7

Amanda Rodewald

Cornell University

Causes and consequences of altered species interactions in urbanizing landscapes

Arcese

Oct. 14

Erica Bree Rosenblum

UC Berkeley

Speciation and extinction in changing environments

Schluter

Oct. 21

Christian Landry

Université Laval Québec

Ecological genomics of hybrid speciation

Otto

Oct. 28

Rebekah Rogers

UC Berkeley

Complex mutations facilitate rapid evolution

Aviles

Nov. 4

Jen Perry

University of Oxford

Conflict, adaptation, and the evolution of sexual dimorphism

Otto

Nov. 11

Remembrance Day

Nov. 18

Kim Hughes
Florida State University

Variety is the Spice of Life: Sex, death, and the maintenance of genetic diversity

Whitlock

10:00am Nov. 25

Hugh Possingham

University of Queensland

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us

Otto

Spring 2015

 

Date

Speaker

Title of Talk

Host Lab

Jan. 7

Wayne Maddison

University of BC

Phylogeny’s Music

Maddison

Jan. 14

Evolution Lecture

Sharon Strauss

University of California Davis

Integrating molecular phylogenies with ecological data expands our ability to address classic ecological questions 

Grad students

Jan. 21

Patrick Keeling

University of British Columbia

Behaviour and Speciation in Microbial Eukaryotes 

Graham 

Jan. 28

Elizabeth Elle

Simon Fraser University

Pollinator preservation: patterns, processes, practice, and predictions  

Altshuler

Feb. 4

Michael J. Ryan

 University of Texas at Austin

Cognitive aspects of mate choice in tungara frogs

Altshuler

Feb. 11

David Earn

 McMaster University

Puzzles in the Patterns of Plagues 

Otto 

Feb. 18

 

Spring Break

 

Feb. 25

Biodiversity Lecture

Priyanga Amarasekare

UCLA

A trait-based perspective of ecological and evolutionary dynamics 

Grad students

POSTPONED

Chris Balakrishnan

East Carolina University

Population genomics of a supergene in the behaviorally polymorphic white-throated sparrow 

Irwin

Mar. 4

Sara Mostafavi

UBC Department of Statistics and Department of Medical Genetics

Integrating multiple types of genomics data to disentangle meaningful associations 

Otto

Mar. 11

Martin Ackermann

ETH, Zurich

An evolutionary perspective on bacterial individuality 

Doebeli

Mar. 18

Maitreya Dunham

University of Washington

Aneuploidy and adaptation in yeast experimental evolution 

Otto

Mar. 25

Reid Harris
James Madison University

Bacterial biocontrol of the lethal skin disease chytridiomycosis in amphibians

Wegener Parfrey

Apr. 1

Vinicius Farjalla

University of Rio de Janeiro

Precipitation change and the structure and functioning of bromeliad ecosystems 

Srivastava

Apr. 8

Chitty Lecture

Heike Lotze

Dalhousie University

Ecosystem consequences of past and present changes in marine biodiversity

 

Grad students

Apr. 15

Sarah Gergel

University of British Columbia

Why long-term perspectives improve our understanding of Ecosystem Services and Landscape Resilience

Srivastava

Fall 2014

 

Date

Speaker

Title of Talk

Host Lab

Sept. 10

Tony R. E. Sinclair

University of British Columbia

The future of conservation and the need for rewilding

Krebs

Sept. 17

Noah Whiteman

University of Arizona

Evolutionary genomics of a major
life history transition in animals

Crutsinger

Sept. 24

Daniel Ortiz-Barrientos

University of Queensland

The parallel evolution of reproductive isolation
in an Australian wildflower

Rieseberg

Oct. 1

Jennifer Williams

Geography, UBC

Plant invasions: ecological and evolutionary mechanisms contribute to invader success and spread

Schluter

Oct. 8

Amanda Vincent

University of British Columbia

CITES and seahorses: an epic adventure of
trade winds & trade offs

Graham

Oct. 15

Chris Eckert

Queen’s University

Why geographic range limits?
Ecology, evolution & conservation

Angert

Oct. 22

Risa Sargent

University of Ottawa

Invasive species, evolution & the
outcome of biological control

Angert

Oct. 29

Marc Johnson

University of Toronto (Miss)

The (co)evolution of plant defenses against parasites
over micro- and macroevolutionary time

Whitton

Nov. 5

Jeff Feder

University of Notre Dame

The genomics of ecological adaptation and divergence: a case study involving the apple maggot fly

Schluter

Nov. 12

Eric Baack

Luther College

Three generations of selection on crop alleles

in wild sunflowers

Rieseberg

Nov. 19

Louie H. Yang
University of California, Davis

Pulses, phenology and ontogeny: Towards a more temporally explicit framework for understanding species interactions

Richardson

Nov. 26

Sigal Balshine

McMaster University

The ecology and evolution of reproductive tactics in a singing toadfish

Vincent

Spring 2014

 

Date

Speaker

Title of Talk

Host Lab

Jan. 8

Jeremy Kerr

University of Ottawa

The problem at the periphery: terrestrial species endangerment and prospects for recovery

Whitton

Jan. 15

Roger Cousens

University of Melbourne

The curious case of the Cakiles: Invasion piggy-backing and species replacement

Cronk

Jan. 22

Dolph Schluter

University of British Columbia

Speciation and latitude

Schluter

Jan. 29

CANCELLED

 

Feb. 5

Peter Richerson

University of California, Davis

Cultural evolution and the human adaptive radiation

Doebeli

Feb. 12

Ron Ydenberg

Simon Fraser University

The influences of predators on shorebird behavior, from local-to-continental and daily-to-decadal scales.

Altshuler

Feb. 19

Spring Break

Feb 25th

11am

Gordon Orians

University of Washington

Environmental Aesthetics: Is Beauty Only in the Mind of the Beholder?

Schluter

Feb. 26

John Taylor

University of Victoria

Gene duplication and divergence

Taylor

Mar. 5

Nick Barton

Inst. Science & Technology, Austria

Establishment in a new habitat
by polygenic adaptation

Otto

Mar. 12

Linda Kohn

University of Toronto

How fungi diversify and modulate the biodiversity of their hosts

Berbee

Mar. 19

Kevin McCann

University of Guelph

Nature's adaptive capacity: lake trout food webs respond to changing conditions

O’Connor

Mar. 26

Zach Gompert

Utah State University

Genomic insights into the organization and structure of biological diversity in a butterfly species complex

Irwin

Postponed to Apr. 23

CHITTY

LECTURE

Thomas Schoener

University of California, Davis

Evolution + Ecology = EvoEco: The Interplay of Evolutionary and Ecological Dynamics

Grad students

 

 

Fall  2013

 

Date

Speaker

Title of Talk

Host Lab

Sept. 11

Christian Lexer

University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Adaptation, speciation, and evolution of genomic mosaics in plants

Rieseberg

Sept. 18

Rana El-Sabaawi

Univ. Victoria

How rapid evolution affects
nutrient cycling

Richardson

Sept. 25

ESB 1013

4-5pm

Catherine Potvin

McGill University

RSC Romanowski Lecture

Halting deforestation in the Tropics:
One piece of the climate change mitigation puzzle.

Otto

Oct. 2

James Mallet

Harvard University

Evolution Lecture

Hybridization and speciation in
Amazon butterflies

 

Grad students

Oct. 9

David Maddison

Oregon State University

Molecular and morphological surprises:  Unexpected clades and hidden species in the ground beetle genus Bembidion

W Maddison

Oct. 16

Dan Simberloff

Univ. Tennessee

Why the controversies about
biological invasions?

Crutsinger

Oct. 23

Graham Coop

Univ. California, Davis

The role of local adaptation and gene flow in shaping human genetic diversity

Whitlock

Oct. 30

Laurent Keller

University of Lausanne, Switzerland

A Y-like social chromosome regulates social organization in fire ants

Schluter

Nov. 6

Scott Hodges

University of California, Santa Barbara

Adaptation and speciation in Aquilegia: a genomic perspective

Cronk

Nov. 8

Friday noon seminar

Suzanne Alonzo

Yale University

Coevolutionary and social dynamics of reproduction:
theory and data

 

Whitlock

Nov. 13

Taylor Ricketts

University of Vermont

Putting ecosystem services on the map

K Chan

Nov. 15

Friday noon seminar

Barry Sinervo

University of California at
Santa Cruz

Demographic and ecophysiological models of climate change from 50 million years ago to the future

 

Schluter

Nov. 20

Peter McIntyre

University of Wisconsin

Future prospects for freshwater biodiversity and ecosystem services: are we gaining ground?

Brodie

Nov. 27

Sally Leys

University of Alberta

Biodiversity Lecture

Ecophysiology and molecular complexity in the evolution of multicellular animals

Grad students

Dec. 4

Jessica Ware

Rutgers University

Getting better dates: Molecular divergence estimates in Insecta

Srivastava

 

Spring 2013

 

Date

Speaker

Title of Talk

Host Lab

Jan. 9

Nick Gotelli

Univ. Vermont

The Ecological Consequences Of Nitrogen Deposition and Nutrient Loading: Insights From The Carnivorous Pitcher Plant Sarracenia purpurea

Aviles

Jan. 16

Duncan Greig

Max Planck Inst. for Evolutionary Biology

Mate choice in Saccharomyces yeast

Otto

Jan. 23

Renee Duckworth

Univ. Arizona

Evolution of complexity and contingency in adaptive dispersal strategies

Jankowski

Jan. 30

Andrew Dobson

Ecology & Evolutionary Biol

Princeton University

Parasites, Climate Change and Population Cycles in Arctic Ungulates

Feb. 6

Michael Alfaro

Ecology & Evolution, UCLA

Next-gen comparative methods, really large trees, and new insights into the tempo and mode of diversification in fishes, vertebrates, and other eukaryotes

E Taylor

Feb. 13

EVOLUTION LECTURE

David Reznick

UC Riverside

TBA

Graduate students

Feb. 20

Spring Break

Feb. 27

Terry Root

Woods Inst. for the Environment,
Stanford Univ.

Changing Climate: Changing Nature

O’Connor
Wolkovich

Mar. 6

Emilie Snell-Rood

University of Minnesota

Costs and constraints in the evolution of plasticity: lessons from considering developmental mechanisms.

Whitlock

Mar. 13

CHITTY LECTURE

Nelson G. Hairston Jr

Cornell

Hutchinson’s “Ecological Theater” as Improv: Eco-Evolutionary Responses to Environmental Change

Graduate students

Mar. 18  MONDAY

Scott Edwards,

Dept Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, 
Harvard University

Genomes, feathers and flight: comparative genomics of birds and other reptiles

Irwin

Mar. 27

Rana El-Sabaawi

University of Victoria

CANCELLED

Richardson

 

 

Fall  2012

 

Date

Speaker

Title of Talk

Host Lab

Sept. 12

Quentin Cronk

Dept Botany, UBC

Connecting phenotype to genotype in plant evolution

Sept. 19

David Wardle

Swedish Univ. Agricultural Sciences

Linkages between vegetation change, consumers and carbon dynamics: insights from island ecosystems

Crutsinger

Sept. 26

Alex Buerkle

Univ. Wyoming

Building our understanding of speciation by studying the genomes of hybrids

Aitken

Oct. 3

Thor Veen, Florence Debarre, Juan Santos

Oct. 10

Alex Cordoba-Aguilar

Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

Physiology and sexual selection mechanisms of wing pigmentation in insects:  a case study in damselflies and dragonflies

Aviles

Oct. 17

Oct. 24

Jill Johnstone

Univ Saskatchewan

Disturbance as a catalyst and driver of change in boreal forests

Turkington

Oct. 31

George Weiblen
Univ. Minnesota

Community disassembly: dissecting plant-insect food webs in New Guinea rain forests

Brodie

Nov. 7

Toby Bradshaw

Univ. Washington

The molecular genetic basis of reproductive isolation in monkeyflowers

Angert

Nov. 14

Daniel Schindler

Univ. Washington

How watershed complexity affects ecosystem responses to changing climate

Taylor/ Rosenfeld

Nov. 21

NO SEMINAR THIS WEEK

Nov. 28

Craig Moritz

University California, Berkeley

Prevalence and reality of deep phylogeographic structure: implications for speciation and conservation.

Rieseberg

Dec. 5

Ole Seehausen

EAWAG &

Univ. Bern

Cichlid windows to the evolution of species diversity

Schluter

 

Spring 2012

Date

Speaker

Title of Talk

Host Lab

Jan. 11

Katie Suding

Univ California, Berkeley

Species invasion and restoration in a changing world: are we running with the red queen?

Turkington

Jan. 18

Kristan Schneider

Univ. Vienna

Models of frequency-dependent intraspecific competition – linking population genetics and adaptive dynamics

Doebeli

Jan. 25

Ilya Ruvinsky

Univ. Chicago

Conservation, divergence, and epistasis in evolution of gene regulation

Adams

Feb. 1

EVOLUTION LECTURE

Marcus Kronforst

Harvard Univ.

Exploring the genetics and evolution of adaptation and speciation in tropical butterflies

Grad students

Feb. 8

Lauren Buckley

Univ. N. Carolina

Functional models of insect ecological and evolutionary responses to climate change

Jankowski

Feb. 15

Kristi Miller-Saunders

Pacific Biological Station

Genomic insights into the health and condition of wild salmon populations

Whitton

Feb. 22

--

Mid-term Break

--

Feb. 29

Michael Alfaro

Ecology & Evolution

UCLA

Next-gen comparative methods, really large trees, and new insights into the tempo and mode of diversification in fishes, vertebrates, and other eukaryotes

Taylor

Mar. 7

Aimee Classen

Univ. Tennessee

Ecosystem structure and function in a changing world

Crutsinger

Mar. 14

Stephen Wright

Univ. Toronto

How much selection is acting on plant genomes?

Rieseberg

Mar. 21

Julius Lukes

Univ. South Bohemia, Czech Republic

RNA editing in trypanosomes - ever growing complexity

Keeling

Mar. 28

Jonathan Moore

Simon Fraser Univ.

TBA

Srivastava

Apr. 4

Sally Aitken

Forest Sciences, UBC

Changing climates, changing forests: Population genomics of conifer adaptation

Schluter

 

Fall 2011

Date

Speaker

Title of Talk

Host Lab

Sept. 14

Tony Sinclair,

UBC

Alternating effects of the El Niño Southern Oscillation on Serengeti ecosystem stability

Crutzinger

Sept. 21

John McCutcheon

Univ Montana

Extreme genome reduction and metabolic complementarity in bacterial symbionts of sap-feeding insects

Fast

Sept. 28

Kevin Omland

Univ. Maryland, Baltimore

Phylogeny and Hybridization in the Northern Oriole Group

Irwin

Oct. 6,  12pm

THURSDAY

Robert Ricklefs

Univ. Missouri,  St. Louis

Regional perspectives on ecological communities

Otto

Oct. 12

ORGANISMAL DIVERSITY LECTURE

John Stachowicz

Univ. California, Davis

Effects of species and genetic diversity on the functioning of marine communities

Grad students

Oct. 19

Simon Donnor

UBC Geography

Climate change and coral reefs:

Lessons from the Central Equatorial Pacific

Crutzinger

Oct. 26

Josh Tewksbury

Univ. Washington

Catchers in the Rye: Climate Change, Biodiversity and Food Security

Vellend

Nov. 2

CHITTY LECTURE

Andy Derocher

Univ. Alberta

Polar bears in a changing Arctic

Grad students

Nov. 9

Peter Trontelj

Univ Ljubljana, Slovenia

Subterranean biodiversity - fast to evolve, hard to study

Schluter

Nov. 16

Aurora Nedelcu

Univ. New Brunswick

To die or not to die: On the paradigm of altruistic suicide in the unicellular world

Keeling

Nov. 23

Esa Koskela

Univ. Jyväskylä, Finland

Sexual conflicts in mammals - experiments in the bank vole Myodes glareolus

Schluter

Nov. 30

Judy Myers and
 Charley Krebs

UBC

Do long term studies point the way to a national monitoring program for Canada?

Myers

Dec. 7

Postponed to Dec. 14th

Dec. 14

Andrew Gonzalez

McGill University

Biodiversity science for global environmental change

O’Connor

 

Spring 2011

Date

Speaker

Title of Talk

Host Lab

Jan. 12

Warren Allmon

Cornell U

Can paleontologists study speciation?

Leander

Jan. 19

Hopi Hoekstra

Harvard U

Digging for genes underlying behavior in natural populations of mice

Schluter

Jan. 26

Emmett Duffy
Virginia Inst. Marine Science

Biodiversity effects on ecosystem functioning: Are they important in the real world?

O'Connor

Feb. 2

Evolution Lecture:

Maria Servedio

U North Carolina

 

Grad students

Feb. 9

Forest Rohwer

San Diego State U

Coral reef biodiversity:

You haven't seen anything yet

Keeling

Feb. 16

--

Mid-term Break

--

Feb. 23

Graciela Valladares

U Nacional Cordoba, Argentina

Habitat fragmentation leads to insect-plant food web contraction in a native forest from Central Argentina

Srivastava

Mar. 2

Aneil Agrawal

U Toronto

Testing theory for the evolution of sex: It's more fun in practice

Whitlock

Mar. 8
NOTE: This is Tuesday

Kent Holsinger

U Connecticut

But was it adaptive? Drift and adaptation in the radiation of white proteas

Whitton &
Botany Department

Mar. 16

Julian Olden

U Washington

Freshwater protected areas and the defining of a conservation blueprint for desert fishes

Richardson

Mar. 23

Warwick Vincent

U Laval

Our blue-green Earth: three billion years of cyanobacterial dominance

Suttle

Mar. 30

David Jablonski

U Chicago

 

Otto

Apr. 6

Johanna Schmitt

Brown University

Evolutionary genomics of response to climate change in Arabidopsis thaliana

Rieseberg

 

Fall 2010

Date

Speaker

Title of Talk

Host Lab

Sept. 15

Sally Otto

UBC

The evolutionary enigma of sex

Otto

Sept. 22

Curtis Suttle

UBC

Viruses: the largest reservoir of genetic diversity on the planet and drivers of global processes

Fast

Sept. 29

Bernie Crespi

Simon Fraser U

Evolutionary-genomic conflicts from genes to networks to brains

Schluter

Oct. 6

Biodiversity Lecture:

Michael Lynch

Indiana U

Mutation and evolution

 

Grad Students

Oct. 13

Rick Michod

U Arizona

A Darwinian approach to complexity: evolutionary transitions in individuality in the volvocine algae

Doebeli

Oct. 20

John Reynolds

Simon Fraser U

Salmon-fuelled ecosystems in the
Great Bear Rainforest 

Schluter

Oct. 27

Tom Sisk

Northern Arizona U

Edges in dynamic landscapes: integrated models for understanding animal  responses to gradients in habitat quality

Otto

Nov. 3 

Steve Perlman

U Victoria

Ecology and evolution of a novel defensive symbiont of Drosophila

Fast

Nov. 10

Tadashi Fukami

Stanford U

Historical contingency in community assembly

 

Kraft

Nov. 17

John Fryxell

U of Guelph

Social predator-prey dynamics

Goheen

Nov. 24

Yan Boucher

U of Alberta

Marine mobile gene pools: the key to microbial evolution in the ocean

Keeling

Dec. 1

Amy Angert

U Colorado

Functional traits, population dynamics, and species coexistence in desert annual plants

Vellend

Dec. 8

Chitty Lecture:

Steve Palumbi

Stanford U

Hot and sour soup: adaptation of marine life in the face of climate  change

Grad Students

 

 

Spring 2010

Date

Speaker

Title of Talk

Host Lab

Jan. 13

Dave Hik

U of Alberta

Alpine herbivores in a warming climate

www.ipycanada.ca

Turkington

Jan. 20

 

Postponed until April 27

 

Jan. 27

John Taylor

UC Berkeley

Comparative genomics and natural history of a human pathogenic fungus

Keeling

Feb. 3

 

Postponed until March 17

 

Feb. 10

Mary Power

UC Berkeley

Species interactions down drainage networks and river-watershed-ocean connections:  towards predictive mapping

Richardson

Feb. 17

 

Mid-term Break (Olympics)

 

Feb. 24

 

Mid-term Break (Olympics)

 

Mar. 3 

T. Ryan Gregory

U of Guelph

Animal Genomes Large and Small
http://www.gregorylab.org/

Biodiversity Lecture

Mar. 10

Kate Smith

Brown U

Global environmental change,
disease emergence, and the timely birth of conservation medicine

http://katesmithlab.googlepages.com/

 

Chitty Lecture

Mar. 17

Jon Chase

Washington U

Community Assembly in Space and Time

Srivastava

Mar. 24

Mark McPeek

Dartmouth College

Climate change and how we got the fauna we have today

Vellend

Mar. 31

John Stinchcombe

U of Toronto

Ecological genetics of life history and mutualisms

Rieseberg

Apr. 7

Ford Doolittle

Irremediable complexity

Keeling

Apr. 14

Rebecca Safran

U of Colorado at Boulder

The role of sexual selection in maintaining phenotypic differences in the rapidly formed barn swallow species complex

Irwin

Apr. 21

Regular BRS lecture

Patricia Gowaty

U of California Los Angeles

Neutral models of sex roles or there's nothing so like a male as a female and vice versa

Arcese

Apr. 21

4:30
AERL 120

Stephen Hubbell

U of California Los Angeles

Tropical rain forests and the twin riddles of rarity and diversity

Arcese

Apr. 27

(Tuesday)

Jerry Coyne

U of Chicago

Two flies on an island: speciation in Drosophila

Schluter

 

 

Fall 2009

Date

Speaker

Title of Talk

Host Lab

Sept. 16

Miguel Angel Rodriguez-Girones

Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas, CSIC

Evolution in pollination networks

Avilés

Sept. 23

Jonathan Losos

Harvard U

Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree: Ecology and Adaptive Radiation of Anoles

http://www.oeb.harvard.edu/faculty/losos/

Evolution Lecture

Sept. 30

Arne Mooers

Simon Fraser U

Is Phylogenetics Relevant to Conservation?

Schluter

Oct. 7

Tim Chumley

Central Washington U

Exploring Gnetalean affinities in the seed plants with an 81 gene plastid data set

Graham

Oct. 14

Susan McCouch

Cornell U

The history of rice domestication: Genetic isolation punctuated by genetic exchange

Rieseberg

Oct. 21

Jon Shurin

UBC

Variable environments and diversity in lakes

Goheen

Oct. 28

Paul Hebert

U of Guelph

A Census for All Life

http://www.uoguelph.ca/~phebert/

 

Biodiversity Lecture

Nov. 4 

Rosemary Gillespie

UC Berkely

Community assembly through adaptive radiation: Spiders on islands

Avilés

Nov. 11

 

Remembrance Day (University Closed)

 

Nov. 18

Brian Husband

U of Guelph

Polyploidy and the Ecological Amplitude of Plant Species

Whitton

Nov. 25

Patrick Keeling

UBC

Comparative microbial genomics

Schluter

Dec. 2

Wendy Palen

Simon Fraser U

The challenge of putting ecological stressors in context; three stories from the conservation of freshwaters

Harley

Dec. 9

John Willis

Duke U

Genetic analysis of adaptation and speciation in Mimulus

Whitlock

 

 

Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity Seminars

Spring 2009

Date

Speaker

Title of Talk

Host Lab

Jan. 7

Rebecca J. Rundel

UBC

Diversification of the rock and leaf litter-dwelling land snails of Belau (Republic of Palau, Oceania)

Leander

Jan. 14

Trent Hoover

UBC

Physical controls on ecological processes: Tales from a mountain stream system

Richardson

Jan. 21

Simon Conway Morris

U Cambridge

The Cambrian explosion: A reality check for evolution?

Whitlock

Jan. 28

Thomas Quinn

U. Washington

Predation by bears on salmon: ecology, behavior and evolution

E. Taylor

Feb. 4

Ruth Stockey

U Alberta

Distinguishing angiophytes from the earliest angiosperms: new evidence from the fossil record

Berbee

Feb. 11

Ivana Gudelj

Imperial College

Quantifying fitness in a public goods game

Doebeli

Feb. 18

None

MIDTERM BREAK

 

Feb. 25

Diane Srivastava

UBC

Diversity in two dimensions and the dynamics of bromeliad food webs

Srivastava

March 4

Karl Cottenie

U Guelph

Species richness - convenience versus confusion

Shurin

March 11

Anurag Agrawal

Cornell U

Comparative tests of plant defense theory

Chitty Lecture

March 18

Dan Bolnick

U Texas, Austin

Yes, we are all individuals!: The evolutionary and ecological consequences of niche variation

Schluter

March 25

Anne Salomon

UC Santa Barbara

Human Alteration of Coastal Food Webs: Navigating Towards Social-Ecological Resilience

Harley

April 1

Kris Metzger

UBC

Use of long term data for conservation planning

Sinclair

April 8

Rachael Y.  Dudaniec

UBC

Impact and ecological genetics of an invasive parasitic fly of Darwin's finches

Richardson

April 15

John Wakeley

Harvard

tba

Otto

 

Fall 2008

Date

Speaker

Title of Talk

Host Lab

Sept. 10

Josh Korman

UBC

Early life history dynamics of rainbow trout in a large regulated river

Walters

Sept. 17

John Kominoski

UBC

Linking resource and consumer diversity to ecosystem function in detritus-based watersheds

Richardson

Sept. 24 

Charles Krebs

UBC

Climate Change and Vertebrate Population Dynamics in the Boreal Forests and Tundra of Northern Canada

Krebs

Oct. 1

Antoine Leduc

UBC

Effects of weak acidity on behavioural risk  assessment by juvenile salmonids

Rosenfeld

Oct. 8

Rob Heinsohn

Australian Nat. U

Transvestites of the tree-tops: extreme reversed sexual dichromatism in Eclectus parrots

Arcese

Oct. 15

Monika Winder

UC Davis

Climate forcing at the base of the aquatic food web: subtle causes and big effects

Shurin

Oct. 22

Jim Bever

Indiana U

Ecological dynamics and evolutionary maintenance of the plant-mycorrhizal fungal mutualism

Turkington

Oct. 29 

Trevor Price

U Chicago

Speciation into and out of the Himalayas

Evolution Lecture

Nov. 5

Sean Rice

Texas Tech U

Towards an axiomatic theory of evolution

Aviles

Nov. 12

Rebecca Goldman Martone

UBC

Rights-based fisheries in Baja California: A management success story?

Chan

Nov. 19

Morgan Ernest

Utah State U

Zero-sum dynamics, the niche, and metacommunities: a desert rodent
perspective

Goheen

Nov. 26

Janna Rist

UBC

The use of hunters, baselines and cameras in monitoring

Vincent

 

Spring 2008

Date

Speaker

Title of Talk

Host Lab

Jan. 9

David Reznick

UC Riverside

The evolution of placentas in the
fish family Poeciliidae: An empirical study of macroevolution

Evolution Lecture

Jan. 16

Steven DeClerck

UBC

Aquatic biodiversity and its relation with resource limitation, structural diversity and among-patch connectivity

Shurin

Jan. 23

John Richardson

UBC

Donor-controlled ecosystem subsidies and facilitation are important processes in freshwater foodwebs

Richardson

Jan. 30

Marlene Zuk,

UC Riverside

Rapid evolution in silence: the causes and consequences of signal variation

Chitty Lecture

Feb. 6

Todd Palmer

U Florida

Ants, plants and elephants: long-term dynamics of a multi-species ant-Acacia protection symbiosis

Goheen

Feb. 13

J.C. Cahill

U Alberta

Main effects are dead:  Interactions among interactions likely drive community structure in a grassland

Turkington

Feb. 20

None

MIDTERM BREAK

 

Feb. 27

Antoine Lecerf

UBC

Linking ecosystem structure and ecological functions in human-dominated environments

Richardson

March 5

Laurent Lehmann

Stanford

The co-evolution between culturally-inherited helping behaviors and cultural transmission

Whitlock

March 12

Susannah Porter

UC Santa Barbara

The evolution of mineralized skeletons

Leander

March 19

Sabrina Taylor

UBC

Ancestral genetic variation in New Zealand saddlebacks and its consequences for recent serial translocations

Arcese

March 26

Brad Davis

UBC

Extinction & Compensatory Mutation

Whitlock

April 2

Troy Day

Queens

Modeling the evolutionary biology of coral bleaching

Doebeli

April 9

Rene Beyers

UBC

Natural and Anthropogenic Influences on Elephants and other Ungulates in the Congo Forest

Sinclair

April 16

Julia Sigwart

University College Dublin, & National Museum of Ireland

Deep sea chitons: Life on sunken wood

Harley

 

 

Fall 2007

Date

Speaker

Title of Talk

Host Lab

Sept. 5 *

Anthony Waldron

UBC

Geographic Range Size: Speciation, extinction and the stuff that happens in between

Schluter

Sept. 12

Adam Chippindale

Queens U

Gender load: Sexual conflict over gene expression reduces the fitness of sexual populations

Otto

Sept. 19

Michael Nachman

U Arizona

The genetic basis of reproductive 
isolation in mice

Rieseberg

Sept. 26 

Peter & Rosemary Grant

U Princeton

How and Why Species Multiply: the adaptive radiation of Darwin’s finches

Schluter

Oct. 3

Mark Blows

U Queensland

Genetic limits to evolutionary change

Schluter

Oct. 10

KEEP OPEN

KEEP OPEN

 

Oct. 17

Andrew Dobson

U Princeton

Metalife!  The ubiquity of parasitism and the dynamics of pathogens with multiple hosts

Sinclair

Oct. 24

Will Cornwell

UBC

Plant functional diversity: ecological causes and ecosystem effects

Sinclair

Oct. 31 

Dilara Ally

UBC

The Cost of Longevity:  loss of sexual function in clones of P.tremuloides

Otto

Nov. 7

Michael Russello

UBC-O

Revealing cryptic diversity in
species-at-risk

Schluter

Nov. 14

Jabus Tyerman

UBC

Phenotypic divergence in the lab:  What can E. coli tell us about "the
other aspect of speciation"?

Doebeli

Nov. 21

Hiroshi Tomimatsu

UBC

Plant responses to forest fragmentation in northern Japan

Vellend

Nov. 28

Rolf Vinebrook

U Alberta

Non-additive ecological surprises by global stressors

Shurin

 

Spring 2007

Date

Speaker

Title of Talk

Host Lab

Jan. 10

A.R.E. Sinclair

UBC

Longterm dynamics in the Serengeti ecosystem: Lessons for conservation and society

Sinclair

Jan. 17

Ben Kerr

UW

The evolution and resolution of a 'tragedy of the commons' in a host-pathogen metapopulation

Doebeli

Jan. 24

Brent Gurd

UBC

Functional ecomorphology, resource partitioning and the organization of
waterfowl communities.

Sinclair

Jan. 31

Brian Leander

UBC

Convergent evolution in predatory cells

Leander

Feb. 7

Hopi Hoekstra

UC San Diego

The genetic basis of adaptive change: from mice to molecules

Schluter

Feb. 14

Mark Drever

UBC

Of beetles and birds: resource availability, guild structure, and avian richness in the Cariboo-Chilcotin

Martin

Feb. 21

None

MIDTERM BREAK

 

Feb. 28

Bob Holt

UF Gainesville

Niche conservatism, evolution, and applied ecology: Challenges and opportunities

Chitty Lecture

March 7

Stuart West

U of Edinburgh

tba

Evolution Lecture

March 14

Jason Hoeksema

National Evolutionary Synthesis Center Durham, NC

Incorporating stoichiometry and economic principles into models of species interactions

Turkington

March 21

Janneke Hille Ris Lambers

UW

Exotic annual invaders in California: the role of resource competition and grazing

Vellend

March 28 *

Ray Hilborn

UW

Learning from fisheries successes:  managing fish is managing people

Larkin Lecture

April 4

Laurie Marczak

UBC

Trophic flows across ecosystem boundaries - when do they matter?

Richardson

April 11

Marc W Cadotte

UCSB

Species diversity: understanding by linking local and larger scales

Srivastava

April 18

Jason Weir

UBC

Climatic fluctuations and the origin of the Latitudinal diversity gradient

Schluter

April 25

Ricardo Holdo

UF Gainsville

 

Effects of herbivory, fire, and frost on woodland structure and composition in Kalahari savannas

Sinclair

 

Fall 2006

Date

Speaker

Title of Talk

Host Lab

Sept. 13

Ian Walker

UBC-O

The world according to midges

 

Myers

Sept. 20

Jane Reid

U.  Aberdeen

Evolutionary ecology of inbreeding and sexual selection in song sparrows

Arcese

Sept. 27 

Lasse Fast Jensen

Danish Institute for Fisheries Research

Natural selection in wild populations: a study of MHC variation in Danish brown trout (Salmo trutta L.) populations.

E. Taylor

Oct. 4

Arianne Albert

UBC

Sex and the stickleback

Schluter

Oct. 11

Michelle Tseng

UBC

Linking ecological variation to evolutionary change using host-parasite systems

Myers

Oct. 18

Blake Matthews

UBC

Food web ecology of lake zooplankton communities

Shurin

Oct. 25

Doug Armstrong

Massey U. NZ

The role of population ecology in improving our management of reintroduced populations

Arcese

Nov. 1 

Laura Prugh UBC

Island biogeography revisited: testing the importance of patch area and isolation with a global cross-taxonomic meta-analysis

Sinclair

Nov. 8

Matt Arnegard

UBC

Candidate gene for electric signal diversification among Africa's
mormyriform electric fish

Schluter

Nov. 15

Bradley Fedy

UBC

Combining molecular and ecological research to understand the metapopulation dynamics of an alpine obligate grouse species.

Martin

Nov. 22

John Fryxell

U. Guelph

Spatial dynamics and the viability of Serengeti herbivores

Sinclair

Nov. 29

Robert Dudley

UC Berkeley

Evolutionary Origins of Human Alcoholism in Primate Frugivory

Brauner

 

 

Spring 2006

Date

Speaker

Title of Talk

Host Lab

Jan. 4

Kai Chan

Conservation planning for ecosystem services

Chan

Jan. 11

Ray Callaway

Que es mas macho, novel weapons or the evolution of increased competitive ability?

Turkington

Jan. 18

Brad Cardinale

Biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, and scale
... can species be redundant?"

Richardson

Jan. 25

Kurtis Trczinski

The failure of an unfished Atlantic Cod population to recover: increasing trends in natural mortality and the role of seal predation

Srivastava

Feb. 1

Makiko Mimura

Dynamics of species' range: adaptation and gene flow in Sitka spruce.

Aitkin

Feb. 8

Sue Hannon

Reproductive source sink dynamics of American Redstarts

Myers

Feb. 15

None

MIDTERM BREAK

 

Feb. 22

Rees Kassen

The ecology and genetics of adaptation and diversification

Otto

March 1

Anthony Ives

Phylogenetic signal in host-parasitoid associations and Diversity and biological control of aphids

Chitty Lecture

March 8

Greg O'Corry-Crowe

The Molecular Ecology of Marine Mammals in a Changing Environment: Steller Sea Lions and Beluga Whales

Trites

March 15

Ingi Agnarsson

Spider sociality: repeated origins of an evolutionary dead-end?

Aviles/Maddison

March 22

Sean Rogers

The genetic bases of adaptation and reproductive isolation in the lake whitefish species complex (Coregonus clupeaformis)

Schluter

March 29

Richard Svanbäck

Ecology and Evolution of Adaptive Morphological Variation

Schluter

April 5

Brian Starzomski

The effects of metacommunity size and indirect interactions on local species diversity

Srivastava

April 12

Paul Brakefield

Butterfly evo-devo and what determines occupancy of morphospace

Evolution Lecture

April 19

Allan Baker

Influence of large-scale paleoenvironmental changes on the evolutionary history of birds

Ritland

 

Fall 2005

Date

Speaker

Title of Talk

Host Lab

Sept. 7

Charles Krebs

Controlling rodent pests: on the ecology of house mouse outbreaks in Australia and ricefield rat control in SE Asia

Krebs

Sept. 14

Barry Hall

Predicting the evolution of antibiotic resistance

 Redfield

Sept. 21

Tara Martin

 Predicting Australian woodland bird response to livestock grazing

Arcese 

Sept. 28

Keith Martin-Smith

Ecology & biodiversity of stream fish in Borneo

 Vincent

Oct. 5

 Helen Regan

Dealing with uncertainty for conservation management

 Gergel

Oct. 12

Luke Harmon

Repeated radiations of island lizards

Schluter

Oct. 19

Nathan Taylor

The Hierarchical Ecological Detective

Walters

Oct. 26

David Coltman

Evolutionary response to human harvesting

E. Taylor

Nov. 2

Kurt Grimm

A general theory of living systems

Grimm

Nov. 9

Sandy Andelman

Dynamics of fire, elephants and vegetation in the Kruger

Arcese

Nov. 16

Craig Benkman

Specialization and coevolution in the adaptive radiation of
crossbills

Irwin

Nov. 23

Chris Lortie

A test of the stress gradient hypothesis using meta-analysis

Turkington

Nov. 30

Wayne Maddison

Monsters lurking in the phylogenetic jungles: confounding asymmetries, skewed error and incomplete lineage sorting

Maddison

 

Spring 2005

Date

Speaker

Title of Talk

Host Lab

Jan. 5

 Mark Lewis

 Mechanistic home range analysis

 Doebeli

Jan. 12

Claire Horner-Devine 

 Big questions about small worlds: Patterns of bacterial diversity and community composition

 Shurin

Jan. 19

 Andrew MacColl

 Cooperative parental care in long-tailed tits

 Schluter

Jan. 26

Lesley Evans Ogden 

 Impacts of elevation on avian life history

 Martin

Feb. 2

 Mark Collard

 Hominid Phylogeny Reconstruction: Problems and Prospects

Maddison 

Feb. 9

Azim Mallik

 Destabilizing black spruce-Kalmia communities of eastern Canada: Allelopathy, disturbance severity and seedbed limitation.

 Richardson

Feb. 16

None

MIDTERM BREAK

 

Feb. 23

Steve Perlman 

 Evolution and ecology of a recently discovered symbiont that manipulates reproduction in insects

 Aviles

March 2

 David Schindler

 Climate Change, Human Use, and Freshwaters of the Western Prairies in the 21st Century

 Chitty Lecture

March 9

 Irby Lovette

 How to build a warbler: the
evolutionary ecology of North America's most diverse songbird
radiation

 Schluter

March 16

 Bob Denno

 Multi-trophic interactions across variable landscapes: consequences of predator invasions for insect herbivores

 Srivastava

March 23

Brian Charlesworth 

 The importance of being closely linked

Evolution Lecture 

March 30

 Risa Sargent

 Pollinator-mediated selection and diversity in flowering plants

 Otto

April 6

Katie Peichel 

 Genetic analysis of reproductive isolation in sticklebacks

 Schluter

April 13

Peter Keightley

The degraded hominid genome

Otto

 

Fall 2004

Date

Speaker

Title of Talk

Host Lab

Sept. 15

 Dolph Schluter

 Ecological Genetics of Adaptation

 Schluter

Sept. 22

Alida Janmaat 

 Environmental Stress and Costs of Resistance

 Myers

Sept. 29

 Roger Nisbet

 

 Population cycles

 http://penguin.zoology.ubc.ca/nisbet/

 Doebeli

Oct. 6

 Chris Eckert

Evolutionary consequences of biological invasion: interactions between founder effect and natural selection

 Whitton/Otto 

Oct. 13

 Keith Adams

 Exploring the Genomic Mysteries of Polyploidy

 Adams

Oct. 20

 Jon Witt

 Accelerated Molecular Evolution and Microvicariance in a Crustacean Genus

E. Taylor 

Oct. 27

Ryan Norris

Geographic connectivity and seasonal interactions in a migratory songbird

Irwin

Nov. 3

 David Green

 Social evolution and adaptive sex ratio manipulation in birds: an Australian perspective

 Smith

Nov. 10

Greg Sharam 

 The decline and restoration of riparian forest fragments in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

 Sinclair

Nov. 17

 Andrew MacDougall

 Stability dynamics in dynamic ecosystems

 Turkington

Nov. 24

 Laura Prugh

Coyote-mediated community dynamics during a snowshoe hare decline in Alaska 

 Krebs

Dec. 1

Jim Elser

 

Biological Stoichiometry from Genes to Ecosystems 

 Shurin

Dec. 8

Cort Griswold

Theoretical models of the genetics of adaptation

Whitlock