EEB Seminar Dr. Julie Messier  (University of Waterloo) Exploring the limits of trait-based ecology: Causes and consequences of phenotypic variation and integration across biological scales  April 15th 12:30-1:30pm ET The popularity of the trait-based approach to ecology (i.e. functional ecology) is partly due to three important promises the approach makes: generality, predictability and integration across biologicalContinue reading

EEB Seminar Amy Forsythe  (Queen’s University) Ecological and evolutionary consequences of individual heterogeneity April 1st 12:30-1:30pm ET Among-individual variation in vital rates, such as mortality and birth rates, exists in nearly all populations. While traditional life-history theory predicts that such individual heterogeneity will manifest as trade-offs between individual vital rates, accumulating empirical evidence reveals thatContinue reading

EEB Seminar Dr. Zeeshan Syed (Syracuse University) Sperm-looping: A spermatogenic novelty March 25th 12:30-1:30pm ET Post copulatory sexual selection (PCSS) is often responsible for rapid coevolution of male and female reproductive traits, resulting in co-diversification of those traits traits among species. One of the more dramatic examples of such co-diversification is the evolution of spermContinue reading

EEB Seminar Dr. Amanda Xuereb (Université Laval) Dispersal, connectivity, and population genetic structure in the sea: insights from an exploited marine invertebrate and applications to spatial management  March 18th 12:30-1:30pm ET Marine populations are typically characterized by weak genetic differentiation due to the potential for long-distance dispersal favouring high levels of gene flow. However, strongContinue reading

EEB Seminar Dr. Christopher Schell (University of Washington, Tacoma) Socio-eco-evo dynamics: Exploring how society shapes the biology of cities March 11th 12:30-1:30pm ET Urban ecosystems are intrinsically heterogenous, characterized by dynamic biotic and abiotic interactions that are not witnessed in non-urban environments. Urban flora and fauna experience a suite of novel disturbances and stressors that haveContinue reading

EEB Seminar Dr. Emily Choy (McGill University) Marine predators as sentinels of environmental change in Arctic ecosystems March 4th 12:30-1:30pm ET Arctic ecosystems are undergoing rapid change, and long-lived top predators are considered sentinels of the impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems. Beaufort Sea beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) and thick-billed murres (Uria lomvia) inContinue reading

EEB Seminar Daniel Gillis (University of Toronto) Citizen science reveals songbird spring migration arrival time is advancing more for efficient fliers February 25th 12:30-1:30pm ET Shifting phenology in response to climate change has been documented for many taxa worldwide. Several migratory bird species are arriving at their breeding regions earlier, which can lead to trophicContinue reading

EEB Seminar Dr. Lindsay Miles (University of Toronto) Gene flow and genetic drift in urban environments February 18th 12:30-1:30pm ET We currently live in the Anthropocene, where humans have a drastic impact on ecosystems. One of the ways that we alter ecosystems is through urbanization, the building of cities. This new urban ecosystem has theContinue reading

EEB SEMINAR Dr. Geetha Thimmegowda (National Centre for Biological Sciences) The effect of air pollution on insects Feb 11th 12:30-1:30pm ET While the impact of air pollution on human health is well studied, mechanistic impacts of air pollution on wild systems, including those providing essential ecosystem services, are largely unknown, but directly impact our healthContinue reading

EEB SEMINAR René S. Shahmohamadloo from Guelph University The toxicology of microcystins in freshwater organisms of the Great Lakes  Feb 4th 12:30-1:30pm ET Harmful algal blooms dominated by Microcystis aeruginosa are causing ecological and socio-economic disturbances to freshwater ecosystems, in particular the Great Lakes, through the production of microcystin toxins, which can cause disease-related effects in freshwaterContinue reading