Biodiversity Discussion Group 

Welcome! The Biodiversity Discusstion 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 2017 Schedule



Week

Topic

Readings, tasks etc.

Leader

Snack provider

Wk 1 (Sept 15)

Neutral theory! (sort of)

Read this paper: Gilbert & Levine 2017 

Sign up to lead discussions in future weeks 

Home opener! Biodiv postdocs

Rachel

2 (Sept 22)

Life at climate extremes

Read this paper: Palmer et al. 2017

Megan/Haley

Rachel

3 (Sept 29)

Postponed

Go to Kat's exit seminar

NA

NA 

3 (Oct 6)

Body size and energy fluxes

Read this paper: Malerba et al. 2017

Tseng lab!

Tseng lab (what troopers)

5 (Oct 13)

Traits + Food webs


Read this paper: Gilbert & Delong 2017


Diane/Melissa

Melissa

6 (Oct 20)

Evolution of plant defense


Read this paper: Pellissier et al. 2015


Juli Carrillo

Takuji

7 (Oct 27)

"Something spooky", crossover week with EDG


Read this paper: Bosse et al. 2017


Note: we will met at 12:30 this week


Ken Thompson

TBD

8 (Nov 3)

No BDG!

Go to EcoEvo Retreat

Everyone

TBD

9 (Nov 10)

Transient dynamics in ecology

Read this paper: Iles et al. 2016


Think about transient dynamics (compared to asymptotic/equilibrium) and how they might apply to your own systems 

Williams lab

Williams lab

10 (Nov 17)

Self-organizing ecosystems

Read this paper: Braakman et al. 2017

Stilian

Laura

11 (Nov 24)

Engaging scientists with federal environmental assessments

This one will be half presentation, half workshop


Think about how your science can help decision making



Check out this link 

Alana Westwood

Stilian

12 (Dec 1)

Trait-based coexistence

Read this paper: Adler et al. 2013

Sam Straus

Jeannette

11 (Dec 8)

Ploidy under resource limitation


Read this paper: Guignard et al. 2016


Whitton lab

TBD

14 (Dec 15)

Latitudinal variation in storage effects

TBD

Joey/Patrick

TBD

15 (Jan 12)

Intraspecific vs intraspecific ecological effects


Read this paper: Des Roches et al. 2017

Rachel

Rachel

15 (Jan 19)

Inverted trophic pyramids


Read this paper: McCauley et al. 2018

Srivastavans

Srivastavans

15 (Jan 26)

Expt'l test of reproducability

Read this paper: Milcu et al. 2018

Takuji

Probably Rachel

15 (Feb 2)

Disease and cannibalism

Read this paper: VanAllen et al. 2017

Carrillo lab

Juli

15 (Feb 9)

(Lack of) Bergmann’s rule in endotherms 

Read this paper: Riemer et al. 2017

Tseng lab

Tseng lab

15 (Feb 16)

Pollinators and invasive plants

Read this paper: Vanbergen et al. 2018

Olivia/Williams lab

Olivia

15 (Feb 23)

Reading week!

Go skiing or something

You

All of you

15 (Mar 2)

Latitude and herbivory pressure

Read this paper: Baskett et al. 2018

Schluter lab

Schluterians

15 (Mar 9)

Ecological limits on species richness (it’s a debate!)

Read this paper: Rabosky & Hurlbert 2015 

Or read this paper: Harmon & Harrison 2015


TBD

TBD

15 (Mar 16)

Metabolic scaling & ecological traits

Read this paper: Pequeno et al. 2016

Aviles lab

Aviles lab

15 (Mar 23)

Body size, abundance & beta diversity (in the oceans)

Read this paper: Villarino et al. 2018

Parfrey lab

Parfrey lab

15 (Mar 30)

Nothing~!

Enjoy a day off.

You

NA

15 (Apr 6)

ZGSA symposium

Don’t read anything at all. 

You

ZGSA

15 (Apr 13)

Bees and BC blueberries

Read this paper: Gibbs et al. 2016

Carillo lab

Carillo lab


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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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