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


Please e-mail Benjamin Freeman if you have questions.


Spring 2020 Schedule


Date

Topic

Readings, tasks etc.

Leader


Jan 13

Set schedule for spring

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 BDGspring l 2019.


Ben Freeman

Jan 20


Why we study what we do 


Read this paper.

Think about why you study what you do. Do you agree with the authors’ suggestion that we specifically target understudied species? Should we all start projects that address such taxonomic gaps & what would happen if we did? The article is mostly about taxonomic biases, but think too about the topics you study (not just the organisms/system). What made you pick these? 



Lydia

Jan 27


When should we study local vs. regional scales?



Antonin


Feb 3


Stochastic communities



Megan

Feb 10


Parasites & host population dynamics / coexistence



Sam


Feb 17

No BDG

Family day



Feb 24


Urbanization & invasion



Darwin


March 2

Performance vs. range position in trees (are some of our core assumptions kind of really wrong?)



Chelsea


March 9

 The right biodiversity index is…




Faith

March 16

Whole Earth vs. Half Earth




Angela

March 23

Bayesian vs. frequentist approaches


Darwin

March 30


Generalizability in science


Lydia

April 6

failure in science (the truth [lots of it] and how to think 15about/deal with it)


Deirdre

April 13

our responsibility as scientists (advocacy etc)


Ben