Current Topics in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (Spring 2008)
This seminar provides an up-close-and-personal experience with the broad range of current research in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB). It offers the opportunity to think critically and develop thoughts within a structured yet informal setting. Once per week we read and discuss background literature and attend the presentation of the EEB Department Seminar series. In most cases we will have the opportunity to meet with the researcher.
Weekly Schedule (on Thursday of every week)
- 2:30pm - Convene in the Bamford Room (TLS 171b). Discussion leader presents background to paper and seminar speaker, and leads discussion about the research objectives and methods of the paper.
- 3:00pm - Seminar speaker arrives. Students engage the speaker about his/her research or academic background.
- 3:30pm - Seminar speaker departs. Students and instructors conduct wrap-up discussion.
- 3:45pm - Brief break before seminar.
- 4:00pm - Students attend EEB Department Seminar (typically in BPB 130).
Each week students are expected to read the assigned primary literature article, authored by that week’s seminar speaker. Prior to arriving to class, students write a one-paragraph summary of that week’s paper. Students are also responsible for bringing four questions to class, two for the paper discussion and two for the seminar speaker. In addition, each student leads the discussion of one or two papers over the semester. The student leading the discussion is responsible for providing a more thorough outline of the paper and initiating and guiding the discussion.
|Weekly (12 weeks, 10 points/week, 80% of grade)||120 points|
|Participation in discussions||2.5 points|
|Paragraph summary of paper||2.5 points|
|4 prepared questions for discussion||2.5 points|
|2 questions in reference to the paper|
|2 questions for the seminar speaker|
|Course Reflections (2 reflections, 20% of grade)||30 points|
|Midterm (06 March)||15 points|
|Final (01 May)||15 points|
|Date||Seminar Speaker||Presenter||Discussion Paper|
|24 January||Sallie Sheldon||Nic||Sheldon, S. P. and R. P. Creed, Jr. 1995. Use of a native insect as a biological control for an introduced weed. Ecological Applications 5: 1122-1132.|
|31 January||Derek Briggs||Suegene||Briggs, D. and R. A. Fortey. 2005. Wonderful strife: systematics, stem groups, and the phylogenetic signal of the Cambrian radiation. Paleobiology 31: 94-112.|
|Ivette Perfecto||Nic||Perfecto, I., J. Vandermeer, A. Mas, and L. Soto Pinto. 2005. Biodiversity, yield, and shade coffee certification. Ecological Economics 54: 435-446.|
|Hiroyoshi Higuchi||Scott||Higuchi H., Pierre J.P., Krever V., Andronov V., Fujita G., Ozaki K., Goroshko O., Ueta M., Smirensky S. and Mita N. 2004. Using a remote technology in conservation: satellite-tracking White-naped Cranes in Russia and Asia. Conservation Biology 18: 136-147.|
|21 February||Scott Edwards||Rachelle||Edwards, S. V., B. Fertil, A. Giron, and P. J. Deschavanne. 2002. A genomic schism in birds revealed by phylogenetic analysis of DNA strings. Systematic Biology 51: 599-613.|
|28 February||Justin Schaefer||Natasha||Schaefer, J. T. and A. P. Summers. 2005. Batoid wing skeletal structure: Novel morphologies, mechanical implications, and phylogenetic patterns. Journal of Morphology 264: 298-313.|
|06 March|| Amy Zanne
|Charlie||Zanne, A. E. and C. A. Chapman. 2001. Expediting reforestation in tropical grasslands: distance and isolation from seed sources in plantations. Ecological Applications 11: 1610-1621.|
|13 March||**Spring Break**||**No Class**|
|Roger Gottlieb|| Kimelyn
|27 March||CT Museum of Natural History||Rachelle||Example of a journalistic article about a museum|
|03 April||Maureen Donnelly||Scott||R. A. Saporito, M. A. Donnelly, R. A. Norton, H. M. Garraffo, T. F. Spande, and J. W. Daly. 2007. Oribatid mites as a major dietary source for alkaloids in poison frogs. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 104: 8885-8890.|
|17 April||Monique Turmel||Kimelyn|
|24 April||Dan Rabosky||John|
|01 May|| Reed Noss
* Seminars in the Teale Lecture Series are held in the Konover Auditorium of the Dodd Center (near the Homer Babbidge Library).
** The department seminar will be held on Tuesday of this week. We will discuss a paper on Thursday, and students are encouraged to attend the seminar on Tuesday.