Biodiversity Legendary Internal Seminar Series (BLISS)

Winter/Spring 2017

Date Speaker Title Lab
Jan 16 Dr. Jennifer Sunday The ecology of species distributions: testing our understanding across scales Postdoctoral fellow
Jan 23 Alys Granados Ecological effects of disrupting plant-animal interactions (PhD exit seminar) Brodie lab
Jan 30 Dr. Claire Fortunel Functional trait differences and the mechanisms structuring diverse communities UCLA
Feb 6 Kat Anderson Algal-herbivore interactions in a high CO2 world: lessons from different ecological scales Harley lab
Feb 13 Family day -- --
Feb 20 Reading week -- --
Feb 27 Dr. Alyssa Gehman Community interaction & environmental drivers of marine host-parasite dynamics Harley lab
Mar 6 Dr Holly Moeller Trade, Borrow, or Steal: Acquired metabolism in community ecology Biodiversity postdoc
Mar 13 Colin Mahony A closer look at novel climates: Trajectories of climate change beyond North America’s climatic boundaries Aitken lab
Mar 20 Dr Tiffany Stephens Exploring patterns in enzyme activity for the carbon and nitrogen metabolism of 39 seaweeds Martone lab, Fisheries
Mar 27 Dr. Martha Nelson-Flower In line to the throne: queues for dominance in a social bird Arcese lab
Apr 3 Marybel Soto Gomez
Micah Scholer
Adrian Semmelink
BRITE Interns Biodiversity Research Centre
Apr 10 Dr. Walden Kwong The bee microbiome: a new model system Keeling lab
Apr 17 Statutory holiday -- --
Apr 24 Joey Bernhardt Causes and consequences of nutritional diversity in aquatic food webs O'Connor lab



Fall 2016

Date Speaker Title Lab
Sep 12 Prof Isla Myers-Smith Arctic ecology in a warming world University of Edinburgh
Sep 19 Dr Giulio Valentino Dalla Riva Tree and leaf: on the evolution of cultural and natural networks Dobeli lab
Sep 26 Dr Rachel Germain Historical contingencies in the ecology and evolution of species diversity Biodiversity Postdoc
Oct 3 Dr Devin Arbuthnott Mate choice, sexual selection, and adaptation in Drosophila melanogaster Whitlock & Schluter labs
Oct 10 Thanksgiving -- --
Oct 17 Kim Gilbert Understanding local adaptation and effective population size in the face of complex demographic history Whitlock lab
Oct 24 Prof Tony Sinclair The future of conservation: lessons from long term research and the need for rewilding Zoology
Oct 31 Dr. Alex Little (Comparative Physiology search) Regulators of Plasticity: molecular fitness determinants in changing environments Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami
Nov 7 Dr. Paula Duarte Guterman (Comparative Physiology search) Comparative physiology of sex steroids: from development to brain function Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, UBC
Nov 14 Beaty Biodiversity Museum What's new at the museum Museum
Nov 21 Prof Sally Aitken Do phenotypes and population genomics paint the same picture of adaptation to climate in conifers? Forestry
Nov 28 Jasmine Ono Genetics of adaptation in experimental yeast populations (PhD exit seminar) Otto lab
Dec 5 Dr Edward Gregr Sea Otters, kelp forests, and ecosystem services: modelling habitats, uncertainties, and trade-offs Chan lab
Dec 12 I: Advanced Research Computing
II: BRITE intern John Lee
I: ARC & Compute Canada at UBC
II: The importance of agricultural biodiversity
ARC UBC



Winter/Spring 2016

Date Speaker Title Lab
Jan 18 Emilie Stump Red List Assessments of Marine Pufferfishes (Tetraodontidae) Vincient Lab
Jan 25 Speak Up! Community-Building with Respect LOCATION room 224 BRC, 12-1:30 RSVP BRC and Botany
Feb 1 Ron Long The Unmatched Biodiversity of Pink Mountain --
Feb 8 Family Day -- --
Feb 15 Reading Week -- --
Feb 22 Taku Demura A tale of the evolution and revolution of water-conducting systems in land plants Botany, Peter Wall Institute
Feb 29 Sara Miller Exit Seminar Schluter Lab
Mar 7 Alathea Letaw Exit Seminar Srivastava Lab
Mar 14 Mollie Chapman
Sarah Amundrud
BRITE Interns Biodiversity Research Centre
Mar 21 Patrik Nosil Punctuated and gradual changes in speciation Schluter Lab
Mar 28 Easter -- --
Apr 4 Marius Rösti -- --
Apr 11 Benjamin Freeman Elevational specialization in tropical montane birds Schluter Lab
Apr 18 Diana Rennison Exit Seminar Schluter Lab
Apr 25 Jennifer Selgrath TBA Gergel and Vincent Labs



Fall 2015

Date Speaker Title Lab
Sep 14 Biodiversity Museum Staff -- --
Sep 21 Kristin Mercer Adaptation of crop landraces to environmental variation in an era of climate change Ohio State University
Sep 28 Jeremy Yoder Species interactions and the origins of biological diversity Aitken
Oct 5 Amanda Vincent The role of SMS texting in conservation UBC Fisheries Centre
Oct 12 -- Thanksgiving --
Oct 19 David Anderson Intermolecular epistasis shaped the evolution of a new gene regulatory module Tokuriki
Oct 26 Rachael Bay Genomic basis of thermal tolerance in corals Schluter
Nov 2 Jesse Weber Adaptation genetics in mice, fish, and tapeworms: behavior, immunology, and coevolution University of Texas
Nov 9 Matt Pennell Evolutionary insights from big biodiversity UBC
Nov 16 Erin McCullough Elaboration and diversification of animal weapons University of Western Australia
Nov 23 Javier del Campo Data scavenging for microbial ecology studies Keeling
Nov 30 Lilly Hehenberger From Endosymbiont to Organelle. Or how Dinoflagellates help us to understand that process Keeling
Dec 7 Meagan Grabowski
Liz Kleynhans
Sarah Klain
BRITE Interns --



Spring 2015

Date Speaker Title Lab
Jan 12 Katie Marshall Integrating the effects of repeated cold exposure from transcriptome to whole organism Killam Fellow
Jan 19 Stephen Heard Diet shifts and speciation in herbivorous insects: ecological causes and evolutionary consequences University of New Brunswick
Jan 26 Andrew MacDonald Exit Seminar: The causes and consequences of variation in community composition in bromeliads Srivastava
Feb 2 Elizabeth Gow Sex related patterns of foraging and parental care across two bird species Killam Fellow
Feb 9 Family Day -- --
Feb 16 Olivier Dézerald Life history and secondary production of tank-bromeliad invertebrates in a neotropical rainforest Université de la Guyane
Feb 23 Anna Hargreaves Testing the limits to species distributions: interactions, climate, dispersal Biodiversity Postdoc
Mar 2 Bernardo Ranieri
Ally Thompson
Alys Granados
BRITE Intern Presentations
Mar 9 Jeremy Draghi Lessons on Evolvability from Complex Genotype-Phenotype Models Whitlock
Mar 16 Brook Moyers Exit Seminar: The landscape of divergence in silverleaf sunflowers Rieseberg
Mar 23 Helen Drost Exit Seminar: Upper thermal limits of Arctic cod (Boreogadus saida) Farrell
Mar 30 Amanda Vincent Postposed until next semester UBC Fisheries Centre
Apr 6 Easter Monday -- --
Apr 13 -- No BLISS - BGSA Symposium --
Apr 20 Kira Delmore Exit Seminar: Examining seasonal migration's role in speciation and its genetic basis Irwin
Apr 27 Julia Gustavsen Temporal dynamics of marine viruses at Jericho Pier Suttle



Fall 2014

Date Speaker Title Lab
Sept 8 BRITE interns:
Edward Gregr
Greg Baute
Megan Vaughan
Special Seminar
Sept 15 Adam Ford Exit Seminar: A mechanistic study of trophic interactions in an African savanna Goheen/Arcese
Sept 22 Celine Caseys Toward understanding the effects of hybridization on plant secondary metabolism Rieseberg
Sept 29 Nicole Balsdon
Jackie Chambers
Communicating Research at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum Beaty Biodiversity Museum
Oct 6 Chris Kopp Plant community response to recent and future climate change in California's White Mountains Angert
Oct 13 -- Thanksgiving (Canada)
Columbus Day (USA)
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Oct 20 Simon Goring Pre-Settlement vegetation in the Upper Midwest: Realized niches, species co-existence and the loss of community analogues in modern forests. Wisconsin
Oct 27 Marjorie Weber Linking ecology with the macroevolution of plant-arthropod defense mutualisms UC Davis Center for Population Biology Postdoctoral Fellow
Nov 3 Adriana Suarez Is allelic introgression from balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera) adaptive in black cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa)? Douglas
Nov 10 Nathaniel Sharp Mutation load in sexual populations: effects of sexual selection and condition-dependence Otto/Whitlock
Nov 17 Holly Kindsvater The evolution and ecology of life histories in the sea Reynolds (SFU)
Nov 24 William Cheung Climate change and ocean acidification: implications for global marine fisheries UBC Fisheries Centre
Dec 1 BRITE interns:
Andew Huang
Matt Strimas-Mackey
Richard Schuster
Kate McGrath
Special Seminar



Spring 2014

Date Speaker Title Lab
Jan 6 Charles Krebs Is modern agriculture sustainable? An ecologists view of agricultural science Krebs
Jan 13 Trevor Gareth Jones Community-based conservation of Madagascar's mangroves Blue Ventures Conservation/UBC
Jan 20 Kristina Cockle Ecological networks of cavity-nesting vertebrates through time and space Louisiana State University-UBC
Jan 27 Christopher D. Muir Is it time for an evolutionary physiology synthesis, yet? Biodiversity Postdoctoral Fellow
Feb 3 Jennifer Sunday Take the heat or get out of the kitchen: Distributional and adaptive responses to climate change among the worlds' ectotherms Biodiversity Postdoctoral Fellow
Feb 10 -- Family Day --
Feb 17 -- Spring Break --
Feb 24 David Toews Exit Seminar: Hybridization, speciation and the biogeography of genetic and phenotypic variation in Setophaga warblers Irwin
Mar 3 Mary O'Connor Metabolic temperature dependence and the importance of herbivory O'Connor
Mar 10 Marco Todesco The molecular basis of plant natural variation (and possibly of plant adaptation) Rieseberg
Mar 17 BRITE interns Special Seminar
Mar 24 Tim Vines Science publishing, data archiving and peer review Axios Review/UBC
Mar 31 Angelica Gonzalez A chemical approach to biodiversity: from individual traits to ecosystem functioning Srivastava
Apr 7 Jennifer Selgrath Mapping fishing and habitats in the Philippines Gergel/Vincent



Fall 2013

Date Speaker Title Lab
Sep 9 Nicolas O. Rode Adaptation to temperature and male-female coevolution in natural populations: new insights from resurrection ecology approaches using the brine shrimp Artemia University of Ottawa
Sep 16 Nicole Littlemore Interacting with the Beaty Museum
Sep 23 BRITE interns Special Seminar
Sep 30 Maria Beger Multiple objectives in spatial conservation prioritization in the Coral Triangle O'Connor
Oct 7 Carl Rothfels Otto
Oct 14 -- Canadian Thanksgiving --
Oct 21 Julie Lee-Yaw Exit seminar: Understanding parapatric range limits in a northern amphibian Irwin
Oct 28 Becca Gooding Exit seminar: Multiple abiotic changes and species interactions mediate responses to climate change on rocky shores Harley
Nov 4 Becca Kordas Exit seminar# Community ecology in a warming world: The influence of temperature on species composition and interspecific interactions in marine systems Harley
Nov 11 -- Remembrance Day --
Nov 18 Liz Perkin The effects of artificial light at night on stream ecosystems Richardson
Nov 25 Christine Grossen Risks and benefits of introgression: insights from Alpine ibex and Sapsuckers Irwin
Dec 2 Roz Dakin Iridescent color signals in birds Altshuler
Dec 9 Robin LeCraw Exit seminar: The influence of spatial processes at multiple scales on local community structure and function Srivastava



Spring 2013

Date Speaker Title Lab
Jan 14 Jeremy Draghi Toward an Evolutionary Theory of Genotype-Phenotype Maps Whitlock
Jan 21 Lizzie Wolkovich Community Assembly & Disassembly with global change Biodiversity Postdoc
Jan 28 Kyle Demes Exit Seminar Harley
Feb 4 Ethan White Testing a general theory of macroecology using big data Utah State University
Feb 11 -- Family Day --
Feb 18 -- Reading week --
Feb 25 Greg Sharam How to get a job in Consulting
Mar 4 Jennie McLaren The influences of plant identity on ecosystem properties in a changing arctic Turkington
Mar 11 Juan Santos Emergent Properties in Poison Frogs: Aposematism, Bioacoustics and Systematics Biodiversity Postdoc
Mar 18 BRS -- --
Mar 25 Heather Kharouba Exit Seminar Mark Vellend
Apr 1 -- Easter Monday --
Apr 8 Rob Colautti Rapid evolution, genetic constraints and climate adaptation in a changing world Rieseberg
Apr 15 Gwylim Blackburn Exit Seminar Maddison