EEB-SES Seminar: Jan 30th

This week, we welcome Elizabeth Gow. Tracking birds and their predators throughout the annual cycle to understand population declines Abstract: Tracking birds throughout the year, using miniaturized tracking devices, provides one way in which to identify regions and time periods within the annual cycle that could be responsible for population declines. I used range-wide continental-scaleContinue reading “EEB-SES Seminar: Jan 30th”

EEB Seminar: Jan 9th

This week, we welcome Corrina Thomsen. Province-wide patterns, and between-layer associations, of mycorrhizal host type within British Columbia forests Abstract: Plant-soil feedbacks within forests can facilitate or inhibit success among neighbour seedlings depending in part on the type of mycorrhizal association; ectomycorrhizal (ECM) associations tend to yield positive, facilitative effects whereas arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) associationsContinue reading “EEB Seminar: Jan 9th”

EEB Seminar: December 5th

This week, we welcome Carly Ziter. Thinking outside the park: a landscape ecology approach to urban ecosystem servicesAbstract: The current era of unprecedented urban growth has markedly changed ecosystem structure, function, and biodiversity, and consequently the ecosystem services that our health and wellbeing depend on. To work towards more sustainable, liveable cities, it is important to understand whereContinue reading “EEB Seminar: December 5th”

EEB Seminar: Nov 28th

This week, we welcome Wendy Van Drunen. The immediate phenotypic effects of whole-genome duplication on asexual reproduction through clonality Abstract: Polyploidy, having 2 or more complete chromosome sets, is extremely common throughout the flowering plants and is believed to play a large role in speciation and diversification. However, surprisingly little is known about the mechanisms thatContinue reading “EEB Seminar: Nov 28th”

EEB Seminar: Nov 21st

This week, we welcome Andrew Wright. RoboScientist: Whale research in collaboration with machines Abstract: Whales and dolphins has always been a challenge, as they spend most of their lives below the surface. Oceanic conditions can also make observations tricky. Fortunately, technological developments are opening up new avenues of study. We can now deploy equipment into theContinue reading “EEB Seminar: Nov 21st”

EEB Seminar: Nov 14th

This week, we welcome Rosalind Murray. Selection for elaborate female traits: sex-biased resource allocation in insects Abstract: Sexual selection theory was developed to describe the elaborate sex-specific traits that result from intra-specific competition for mates. Since then, a substantial body of theoretical and empirical literature has revealed sexual selection to be a common phenomenon that frequentlyContinue reading “EEB Seminar: Nov 14th”

EEB Seminar: Nov 7th

This week, we welcome Gemma Clucas. Marine conservation genomics: exploring the past, present, and future of oceanic ecosystems Many marine ecosystems have been dramatically changed due to anthropogenic influences, yet, monitoring these changes can often be challenging due to the inaccessible nature of the marine environment. Genomics can offer us unprecedented insights into aspects ofContinue reading “EEB Seminar: Nov 7th”

EEB Seminar: October 31st

This week, we welcome Michael Hochberg Evolution and Environment Shape Cancer Across Species Evolutionary theory explains why metazoan species are largely protected against the negative fitness effects of cancers. Nevertheless, cancer is observed across a range of species and sometimes at high prevalence. I present a simple model showing how life history traits (e.g., body size) are expected to co-evolve with anti-cancer mechanisms. TheContinue reading “EEB Seminar: October 31st”

EEB Seminar: October 24th

This week, we welcome our own Alexandra McClymont. Abstract: Extensive road salt use across the Northern Hemisphere is causing long-term and substantial salinization in many freshwater systems, with significant consequences for aquatic organisms and communities. American and Canadian water quality guidelines for chloride are currently based on single-species studies conducted under laboratory conditions, which doContinue reading “EEB Seminar: October 24th”