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 join the discussion. This is a friendly place - the question you have is probably a fundamental question many are wondering about. So speak up. 

Time: Mondays noon to 1 pm (bring a lunch)

Location: Rm 225 Biodiversity Research Centre (2nd floor; Sinclair Room). 


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Fall 2019 Schedule


Date

Topic

Readings, tasks etc.

Leader


Sep 9

Set schedule for fall 

1. Show up & say hi

2. Eat lunch (bring your own) & snacks (I provide)

3. Share what topics/papers you want to discuss in BDG this fall. 

4. Discuss & come to consensus about highest priority topics/papers.

5. Set schedule for BDG fall 2019.


Ben Freeman

Sep 16




The Science of Doubt

Topic: We do science to understand what is true. But there are multiple sources of error that can lead us astray. 

What to do: Watch Mike Whitlock’s American Naturalist lecture (starts at around 11 minute mark, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cESuNcx28_I) or take a look at his slides (link). 

To start the discussion: Think about the sources of error Mike describes, and the degree to which these apply to your research. Then think about Mike’s proposed solutions. Would you adopt his suggestions for your next research project? Which suggestions do you think are the most important for the ecology/evolution research community to adopt?



Ben Freeman


Sep 23


We should all be theoretical biologists


Read this paper (link). 

The argument is that we should all be (to some degree) theoretical biologists. Agree? disagree? let’s talk about it.


Ken Thompson


Sep 30



Insect declines


Michelle Tseng

Oct 7



Patches & chemical defense


Juli Carrillo


Oct 14

No BDG

Canadian Thanksgiving



Oct 21



Patches & working landscapes


Jared Grummer


Oct 28



Spectral diversity 


Darwin Sodhi


Nov 4

 


Information in ecology/evolution


Rachel Germain / Chelsea Little


Nov 11

No BDG

Remembrance Day



Nov 18



Biodiversity & disease debate (e.g. dilution effect)


Alyssa Gehman


Nov 25



How and why we choose what we study


Lydia Fong

Dec 2



Prediction in ecology


Patrick Thompson