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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Spring 2019 Schedule



Readings, tasks etc.


Snack provider

Wk 1 (Jan 11)

Ways to study Ecology: WWND? (N = Newton)

Read this paper: Currie 2019

Sign up to lead discussions in future weeks 

Home opener! Biodiv postdocs


Wk 2 (Jan 18)

Wk 3 (Jan 25)

Wk 4 (Feb 1)

Wk 5 (Feb 8)

Wk 6 (Feb 15)

Wk 7 (Feb 22)

Wk 8 (March 1)

Wk 9 (March 8)

Wk 10 (March 15)

Wk 11 (March 22)

Wk 12 (April 5)

Wk 13 (April 12)

Wk 14 (April 19)

Tweets about "#ubcbdg"

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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Biodiversity Research Centre
#112-2212 Main Mall
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z4, Canada