Bird lab meetings

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EEB 5894–005: Seminar in Ornithology

This page lists weekly meetings of the UConn Bird Group. Students (grads and undergrads) who are doing research in our labs and who are able to attend on a regular basis should sign up for 1 credit to participate in this class. Students doing research are expected to lead at least once a semester; if time permits, twice may be possible. Sessions can focus on research updates, grant proposal or paper reviews, a paper from the literature, stats questions, practice talks, or other items that benefit from a large, diverse group of ornithologists. Students may need a permission number to enroll; please contact whoever your adviser is.

Please note that the goal of these sessions is for EVERYONE to be engaged and participate in a discussion of the topic at hand. Students should come ready to contribute to the conversation every week. Those of us on the faculty side have a tendency to ramble on and dominate the conversation. We'll try not to do this, but it will be easier for us to behave if you all come with lots to say. If you're new to the group don't worry about asking "foolish" questions. They're often the most important ones as they either make the rest of us think about things that we've got complacent about or they show us that we're not communicating things very well.

Meeting time: Tuesdays 1:00 – 2:15 pm

Location: zooming through the ether

If you have other ideas for things worth discussing (especially relating to professional development), please talk to one of the faculty. Past topics that we have discussed include: how to put together a CV for grad schools/job applications, ethics in research, how to write proposals, the mechanics of managing research funds, etc., etc.

Graduate students can sign up to present by logging in to EEBedia and just editing this page. Undergraduates should talk to one of the faculty.

If there is a published paper to read, please put in a link to it. Note, that the actual papers probably will not be accessible unless you are on a computer connected to the UConn network (you can connect from any computer via the UConn library homepage:

If the date you want is already taken and it says in the notes that it is OK to switch to another date, go ahead and do so (but don't switch someone to a date when they say they will not be there .. and double-check with them that the switch is OK).

Starting Fall 2018: Key Avian Papers in Ornithology and the Ornithologists Who Wrote Them (KAPOOWWTs) Click here

Ladder of Feedback worksheet

Week of: Who Topic Notes
1 Sep All Organization
8 Sep Margaret How to write a letter of recommendation one pager on avoiding gender bias when writing letters of reference:
; New York Times OpEd on whether using the term "articulate" about BIPOC is racist:
15 Sep Chris Picking journals and other publishing questions BES publishing guide (read pp 4-10)
22 Sep Eliza Smith fellowship proposal
29 Sep Jess E paper that's not on birds
6 Oct Jess G Bluebirds
13 Oct Cindy Mariana's Dam Disaster Results Context video #1
Context video #2
News about what happened in Mariana, 2015
20 Oct Sam Manuscript review and discussion Check your email for the manuscript!
27 Oct Franco Potential Research Ideas
3 Nov Austin Breeding Bird Survey paper Check your email for the manuscript:)!
10 Nov Andrew woodpecker paper timing flexible
17 Nov -- NO MEETING
1 Dec Jordana Heat transfer through feathers
8 Dec Reading day ....Frank?


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