Biodiversity Discussion Group 

Welcome! The Biodiversity Discussion Group meets weekly to discuss recent research papers and topics in biodiversity from both ecological and evolutionary perspectives. Any interested undergraduates, graduates, postdocs, and faculty are welcome to suggest papers and join the discussion. 

Time: Fridays at 1:00 pm

Location: Beaty 224 (Ralf Yorque Room). 

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Fall 2018 Schedule



Week

Topic

Readings, tasks etc.

Leader

Snack provider

Wk 1 (Sept 14)

Habitat fragmentation

Read this paper: Fletcher & friends 2018 

Sign up to lead discussions in future weeks 

Home opener! Biodiv postdocs

Ben

Wk 2 (Sept 21)

Observations vs. experiments

Read this paper: Barner & friends 2018 

*ROOM CHANGE* BIOSCIENCES 4223 (4th floor)

Rachel

Rachel

Wk 3 (Sept 28)

Convergence of entire assemblages 

Read this paper: Mahler & friends 2013 

Ben

Ben

Wk 4 (Oct 5)

Is the way we do science ok?

Read this paper: Fraser & friends 2018 

Jankowski lab (Santiago)

Jankowski lab

Wk 5 (Oct 12)

Women in academia: challenges and opportunities to increase representation

Read this paper: Carter & friends 2018 

Williams lab (Olivia & Sophie)

Williams lab

Wk 6 (Oct 19)

IPCC 1.5 degree report: Will your grandchildren see coral reefs?

Read this paper:  Hock & friends 2017 

Ben

Ben

Wk 7 (Oct 26)

No BDG!


Go to EcoEvo Retreat & learn stuff & have fun

No BDG!

No BDG!

Wk 8 (Nov 2)

Gut microbiomes: Is everything everywhere? 

Read this paper:  Moeller & friends 2018 

Florent Mazel

Ben

Wk 9 (Nov 9)

Latitudinal gradients & biotic interactions

Read Moles & Ollerton 2016

Aviles lab (Sam)

Aviles lab

Wk 10 (Nov 16)

Behaviorally dominant species live in cities

Read this paper:  Martin & Bonier 2018 

Ben

Ben

Wk 11 (Nov 23)

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

Wk 12 (Nov 30)

TBD

TBD

Deirdre Loughnan


TBD

Wk 13 (Dec 7)

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

Wk 14 (Dec 14)

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD



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Tips for a great meeting: 

Ask questions, whether you fret they are silly or not, what you think is a 'dumb question' is probably a fundamental question that many are wondering about or should be. So speak up. 

Bring an expert: Special guests, faculty, and experts in a topic are especially welcome. If you're running a discussion and think someone should be there, or just if you know someone who should be at a particular discussion, bring them!

Tips for running a great discussion: Take a look at these tips, compiled specifically for BDG - they contain several possible ways to structure the hour so that everyone gets the most out of it. 

Previous terms
Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013
, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2015,Fall 2016, Spring 2017 

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