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==<span style="color:#008000">'''EEB 3894 Overview'''</span>==
 
==<span style="color:#008000">'''EEB 3894 Overview'''</span>==
  
Undergraduate Seminar at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Spring, 2009<br>
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Undergraduate Seminar at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Spring, 2014<br>
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2 credits<br>
 
Thursday 2:30-5pm<br>
 
Thursday 2:30-5pm<br>
Bamford conference room (Torrey Life Sciences 171b)<br>
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Room: TLS 181<br>
  
Instructors: [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/index.php/Tobias_Landberg Tobias Landberg] & [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/index.php/Kat_Shaw Katherine Shaw]
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Instructor: [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/index.php/William_Ryerson Bill Ryerson]
  
We will meet all the distinguished scientists on this semester's  [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebwww/seminars.php#228 list of speakers.]
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Spring 2014 Syllabus: [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/f/f8/EEB3894Syllabus.pdf PDF]
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We will meet all the distinguished scientists on this semester's  [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebwww/seminars.php#415 list of speakers.]
 
Student will be responsible for participating in each meeting. We will read at least one research article written by a different visiting scholar every week. After a half hour of discussion, we will meet the person behind the science and then hear them give an hour-long research seminar. This course is for undergraduate students interested in broadening their understanding of modern ecology and evolutionary biology by engaging in active discussion. Read this [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/index.php/Image:Guidesforpaperandiscussion.pdf guide]to writing response papers and preparing for discussion.
 
Student will be responsible for participating in each meeting. We will read at least one research article written by a different visiting scholar every week. After a half hour of discussion, we will meet the person behind the science and then hear them give an hour-long research seminar. This course is for undergraduate students interested in broadening their understanding of modern ecology and evolutionary biology by engaging in active discussion. Read this [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/index.php/Image:Guidesforpaperandiscussion.pdf guide]to writing response papers and preparing for discussion.
  
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'''Leading 1 discussion= 10 points''' Pick research article for the discussion, summarize and focus discussion with peers.  
 
'''Leading 1 discussion= 10 points''' Pick research article for the discussion, summarize and focus discussion with peers.  
  
*Email '''Kat (katherine.shaw@uconn.edu)''' with article choice ''@ least'' 1 week before you lead seminar discussion.
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*Email '''Bill (william.ryerson@uconn.edu)''' with article choice ''@ least'' 1 week before you lead seminar discussion.
  
Read this [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/index.php/Image:Guidesforpaperandiscussion.pdf guide]to writing response papers and preparing for discussion.
 
 
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''' Guide for Paper Discussion: '''[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/index.php/Image:Guidesforpaperandiscussion.pdf guide].
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'''Guide for Critically reading scientific articles: ''' [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/b/b0/ReadingScience.pdf Reading].
  
==<span style="color:#008000">'''Spring 2009 Seminars'''</span>==
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==<span style="color:#008000">'''Spring 2014 Seminars'''</span>==
 
''(Thursday @ 4:00PM in [http://admissions.uconn.edu/virtualtour/search/ BPB 130] unless otherwise noted)''
 
''(Thursday @ 4:00PM in [http://admissions.uconn.edu/virtualtour/search/ BPB 130] unless otherwise noted)''
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'''January 30, 2014'''<br>
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[http://www.haverford.edu/faculty/jwilson Jonathan Wilson] (Haverford College) ''Ecological and evolutionary insights from the study of fossil plants''<br>
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'''February 6, 2014'''<br>
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[http://pringlelab.ecology.uga.edu/ Catherine Pringle] (University of Georgia) '''Climate-driven acidification in Neotropical Streams: Evidence from a long-term research project in Costa Rica.'''<br>
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'''February 13, 2014''' - ''Teale Lecture*''<br>
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[http://environment.yale.edu/profile/leiserowitz/ Anthony Leiserowitz] (Yale University) ''Climate Change in the American Mind''<br>
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'''March 13, 2014'''<br>
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[https://research.brown.edu/research/profile.php?id=1127248140 Elizabeth Brainerd] (Brown University) ''TBD''<br>
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'''March 27, 2014''' - ''Teale Lecture*'' <br>
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[http://www.bren.ucsb.edu/people/Faculty/steven_gaines.htm Steven D. Gaines] (UC - Santa Barbara) ''What role will the oceans play in meeting the global demand for food?''<br>
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'''April 3, 2014'''<br>
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[http://www.doctorbugs.com/Dr._Bugs_Web.html Mark Moffett] (Smithsonian Institute) ''TBD''<br>
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'''April 10, 2014''' - ''Teale Lecture*''<br>
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[http://www.noaa.gov/lubchenco.html Jane Lubchenco] (NOAA) ''Climate, Weather, Oceans and Biodiversity: Science in Policy and Politics''<br>
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'''April 17, 2014'''<br>
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[https://www.chicagobotanic.org/research/staff/wickett Norman Wickett] (Chicago Botanical Gardens) ''TBD'' <br>
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'''April 24, 2014'''<br>
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[http://fieldmuseum.org/users/bruce-patterson Bruce Patterson] (The Field Museum - Chicago) ''TBD''<br>
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'''May 1, 2014''' <br>
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[http://cteg.berkeley.edu/members/heath.html Tracy Heath] (Cal - Berkeley) ''TBD'' <br>
  
'''January 22, 2009'''
 
[http://www.colorado.edu/eeb/MORPH/labs/interests/mcdaniel_ri.html Stuart McDaniel] (Washington University)
 
Mating system, hybrid incompatibility, and diversification in mosses <br>
 
 
 
 
'''January 29, 2009'''
 
[http://www.clemson.edu/cafls/departments/biosci/faculty_staff/blob_r.html Rick Blob] (Clemson University)
 
Functional diversity: insights from studies of weird animals doing strange things <br>
 
 
 
'''February 2, 2009'''
 
[http://www.usm.edu/biology/faculty/Faculty_Profile_Frank_R_Moore.htm Frank Moore] (The University of Southern Mississippi)
 
TBA <br>
 
<span style="color:#ff0000"> MONDAY SEMINAR @ 4:00PM in BPB 130</span> <br>
 
 
 
'''February 5, 2009'''
 
Bud Ward  (The Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media)
 
Bridging the Science/Journalism Gap in a Time of Epochal Change <br>
 
<span style="color:#ff0000">4:00PM in [http://admissions.uconn.edu/virtualtour/search/ Dodd Center]: Teale Lecture Series</span> <br>
 
 
 
'''February 12, 2009'''
 
[http://www.uri.edu/cels/gel_home/fastovsky.htm David Fastovsky] (University of Rhode Island) Catastrophic Extinction of the Dinosaurs at the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary <br>
 
 
 
'''February 19, 2009'''
 
[http://www.columbia.edu/~mu2126/ Maria Uriarte] (Columbia University) Human effects on forested landscapes at several spatial and temporal scales <br>
 
 
 
'''*CANCELLED*''' '''February 25, 2009'''
 
[http://web.mac.com/haughtj1/Site/Welcome.html John Haught] (Georgetown University)
 
Evolution and Faith: What Is at Stake? <br>
 
<span style="color:#ff0000">WEDNESDAY SEMINAR @ 4:00PM in [http://admissions.uconn.edu/virtualtour/search/ Dodd Center]: Darwin Lecture Series</span> <br>
 
 
 
'''March 5, 2009'''
 
[http://biology.mcgill.ca/faculty/potvin/index.htm Catherine Potvin] (McGIll University)
 
Forest carbon stocks and land-use: Reconciling the international agenda with the needs of indigenous populations <span style="color:#ff0000">4:00PM in [http://admissions.uconn.edu/virtualtour/search/ Dodd Center]: Teale Lecture Series</span> <br>
 
 
 
'''March 19, 2009'''
 
[http://www.wjh.harvard.edu/~mnkylab/LPPI.html Mark Hauser] (Harvard University)
 
The Evolution of a Moral Grammar <br>
 
<span style="color:#ff0000">4:00PM in [http://admissions.uconn.edu/virtualtour/search/ Dodd Center]: Darwin Lecture Series</span> <br>
 
 
 
'''March 25, 2009'''
 
[http://www.philosophy.ubc.ca/faculty/beatty/ John Beatty] (University of British Columbia)
 
Karl Popper, Darwinianism, and Totalitarianism: Evolutionary Theory and Political Ideology  <br>
 
<span style="color:#ff0000">WEDNESDAY SEMINAR @ 4:00PM in [http://admissions.uconn.edu/virtualtour/search/ Dodd Center]: Darwin Lecture Series</span> <br>
 
 
 
'''March 26, 2009'''
 
[http://pages.usherbrooke.ca/jshipley/recherche/ Bill Shipley] (Université de Sherbrooke, Quebec)
 
Modelling trait-based community assembly through entropy maximization <br>
 
 
 
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'''April 2, 2009'''
 
[http://zoology.ou.edu/Mares.htm Michael Mares] (University of Oklahoma)
 
Sun Tzu and the Art of War: How the Battle of Museums to Survive has a Negative Impact on Nature and the Environment <br>
 
<span style="color:#ff0000">4:00PM in [http://admissions.uconn.edu/virtualtour/search/ Dodd Center]: Teale Lecture Series</span> <br>
 
 
 
'''April 9, 2009'''
 
[http://www.brown.edu/Faculty/Dunn_Lab/index.php?subject=Research Casey Dunn] (Brown University)
 
Scalable and portable phylogenetic strategies in the era of high throughput sequencing  <br>
 
 
 
'''April 15, 2009'''
 
[http://louisville.edu/a-s/biology/ewald.html Paul Ewald] (University of Louisville)
 
Darwinian Medicine  <br>
 
<span style="color:#ff0000">WEDNESDAY SEMINAR @ 4:00PM in [http://admissions.uconn.edu/virtualtour/search/ Dodd Center]: Darwin Lecture Series</span> <br>
 
 
 
'''April 23, 2009'''
 
[http://research.brown.edu/research/profile.php?id=1100925750 Osvaldo Sala] (Brown University)
 
Spatial and temporal controls of carbon cycling in arid and semiarid ecosystems <br>
 
 
 
'''April 30, 2009'''
 
[http://www.lutzonilab.net/members/page226.shtml Jolanta Miadlikowska] (Duke University)
 
Exploring lichen symbiosis and its contribution to the diversification of Ascomycota <br>
 
  
 
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|22 January || Stuart McDaniel || Tobias & Kat || None - Discuss Syllabus and Website
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|23 January || || Bill || None - Discuss Syllabus, Website, Class Goals, How to read and interpret scientific literature
 
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|29 January || Rick Blob || LeRoy || [http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/112649722/abstract Blob, R. W. and Snelgrove, J. M. 2006. Antler stiffness in moose (Alces alces): Correlated evolution of bone function and material properties? Journal of Morphology 267: 1075-1086.] Download PDF using 'Full Text: '''PDF''''
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|30 January || Jonathan Wilson || Bill || [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/d/d7/Wilson.pdf 400 million years of plant hydraulics]  
 
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|05 February <br> '''(Teale Lecture Series*)''' ||Bud Ward|| Vladimir || Two Posts (online publications) to read: <br>
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|6 February || Cathy Pringle || Erin || [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/c/c6/Barnum.pdf Using stable isotopes to understand niche shifts]
[http://www.yaleclimatemediaforum.org/2007/10/top-news-executives-focus-on-climate-science/ Ward, B. Top News Executives Focus on Climate Science (Pt.1 of 2) The Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media. Oct. 2, 2007.] <br>
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[http://www.yaleclimatemediaforum.org/2007/10/top-news-executives-turn-to-solutions-energy-costs-feasibility-and-more/ Ward, B. Top News Executives Turn to ‘Solutions’: Energy, Costs, Feasibility, and More (Pt.2 of 2) The Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media. Oct. 25, 2007.]  
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|12 February || David Fastovsky || Greg || [http://www.gsajournals.org/archive/1052-5173/15/3/pdf/i1052-5173-15-3-4.pdf Fastovsky, D.E. and Sheehan, P.M.2005. The Extinction of Dinosaurs in North America. GSA Today 15: 4-10.]
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|13 February <br> '''(Teale Lecture Series*)'''|| Anthony Leiserowitz || Pratibha || [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/e/eb/Evangelicalwarming.pdf American evangelicals and global warming]
 
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|19 February || Maria Uriarte || Michael || ''reading sent via email''
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|20 February || Jessica Savage || Dan || [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/d/da/Savage.pdf Daylight and transpiration]
 
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|25 February <br> '''(Darwin Lecture Series*)''' <br> '''(Wednesday Seminar**)''' || John Haught || Thomas || ''reading sent via email''
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|27 February || Emily Grman  || Sagy Dos || [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/a/a6/Grman.pdf Plant allocate differently to fungi]
 
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|05 March <br> '''(Teale Lecture Series*)''' || Catherine Potvin || Sam || [http://www.springerlink.com/content/t887248gxt680622/fulltext.pdf Dalle, S.P. & Potvin C. 2004. Conservation of useful plants: An evaluation of local priorities from two indigenous communities in Eastern Panama. Economic Botany 58: 38-57.]
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|6 March || Robert Coulautti || Stephen || [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/c/c1/Coulatti.pdf Flower plasticity]
 
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|12 March || **Spring Break** || **No Class** ||
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|13 March || Beth Brainerd || Sammy || [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/4/4e/BrainerdVertebralBass.pdf Bending in fish spines]
 
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|19 March <br> '''(Darwin Lecture Series*)''' || Mark Hauser || Yalitza||[http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v437/n7055/pdf/nature03917.pdf Hauser, M. 2005. Our Chimpanzee Mind. Nature 437: 60-63.]
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|20 March || SPRING BREAK!||   ||
 
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|26 March || Bill Shipley || Laura || [http://pages.usherbrooke.ca/jshipley/recherche/downloads%20of%20files/Oikos%20V118%202009.pdf Shipley, B. 2009. Limitations of entropy maximization in ecology:a reply to Haegeman and Loreau. Okios 118: 152-159.]
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|27 March <br> '''(Teale Lecture Series*)''' ||Steven Gaines || Arrian || [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/3/33/Gaines.pdf Marine Reserve Networks]
 
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|2 April November <br> '''(Teale Lecture Series*)''' || Michael Mares  || Sadie || [http://www.jstor.org/stable/pdfplus/1312045.pdf Mares, M. 1993. Desert Rodents, Seed Consumption, and Convergence. BioScience 43(6): 372-379.]
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|3 April || Mark Moffett || || [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/a/a0/Moffett.pdf What is a society?]
 
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|9 April || Casey Dunn || Elijah || [http://www.brown.edu/Faculty/Dunn_Lab/assets/Dunn_Wagner2006.pdf Dunn, C.W. and Wagner, G. P. 2006. The evolution of colony-level development in the Siphonophora (Cnidaria:Hydrozoa). Dev. Genes Ecol. 216: 743-754.]
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|10 April <br> '''(Teale Lecture Series*)''' || Jane Lubchenco || Uday ||| [http://mytilus.science.oregonstate.edu/BAMpubs/Menge%20et%20al.%202011%20Ecol%20Monogr.pdf Climate change and conservation]
 
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|15 April <br> '''(Darwin Lecture Series*)''' <br> '''(Wednesday Seminar**)'''  || Paul Ewald || Colin || [http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=MImg&_imagekey=B6WPG-4575RVM-1-1&_cdi=6990&_user=669286&_orig=search&_coverDate=02%2F28%2F2002&_sk=999659997&view=c&wchp=dGLzVtb-zSkWz&md5=522a587a135e1544eff5ed6ebe9a3d25&ie=/sdarticle.pdf Eaton, S.B. et al. 2002. Evolutionary Health Promotion. Preventive Medicine 34: 109-118]
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|17 April || Norm Wickett || Harley || [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/9/99/Wickett.pdf Ancestral polyploidy in plants]
 
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|23 April || Osvaldo Sala || Gurchetan||
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|24 April || Bruce Patterson || Mary || [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/c/c2/Patterson.pdf Climate and a lion's mane]
 
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|30 April || Jolanta Miadlikowska || Krystle ||  
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|1 May || Tracy Heath|| Sagy || [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/f/f2/Heath.pdf Taxonomic sampling affects phylogenetics]
 
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<nowiki>*</nowiki> Seminars in the [[Darwin Lecture Series]] and Teale Lecture Series are held in the Konover Auditorium of the Dodd Center (near the Homer Babbidge Library).<br>
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<nowiki>*</nowiki> Seminars in the Teale Lecture Series are held in the Konover Auditorium of the Dodd Center (near the Homer Babbidge Library).<br>
<nowiki>**</nowiki> The department seminar will be held on Wednesday of this week. We will discuss a paper on Thursday, and students are encouraged to attend the seminar on Wednesday.
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EEB 3894 Overview

Undergraduate Seminar at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Spring, 2014
2 credits
Thursday 2:30-5pm
Room: TLS 181

Instructor: Bill Ryerson

Spring 2014 Syllabus: PDF

We will meet all the distinguished scientists on this semester's list of speakers. Student will be responsible for participating in each meeting. We will read at least one research article written by a different visiting scholar every week. After a half hour of discussion, we will meet the person behind the science and then hear them give an hour-long research seminar. This course is for undergraduate students interested in broadening their understanding of modern ecology and evolutionary biology by engaging in active discussion. Read this guideto writing response papers and preparing for discussion.

Grades will be calculated out of 140 points (10 points/week)

Attendance= 4 points/week Attend discussion and seminar every week.

Participation= 4 points/week Ask questions, volunteer comments and engage in constructive discussion with peers and speaker.

1 page response paper= 2 points/week Typed, double-spaced response to the research article.

Leading 1 discussion= 10 points Pick research article for the discussion, summarize and focus discussion with peers.

  • Email Bill (william.ryerson@uconn.edu) with article choice @ least 1 week before you lead seminar discussion.



Guide for Paper Discussion: guide.

Guide for Critically reading scientific articles: Reading.


Spring 2014 Seminars

(Thursday @ 4:00PM in BPB 130 unless otherwise noted)
January 30, 2014
Jonathan Wilson (Haverford College) Ecological and evolutionary insights from the study of fossil plants
February 6, 2014
Catherine Pringle (University of Georgia) Climate-driven acidification in Neotropical Streams: Evidence from a long-term research project in Costa Rica.
February 13, 2014 - Teale Lecture*
Anthony Leiserowitz (Yale University) Climate Change in the American Mind
March 13, 2014
Elizabeth Brainerd (Brown University) TBD
March 27, 2014 - Teale Lecture*
Steven D. Gaines (UC - Santa Barbara) What role will the oceans play in meeting the global demand for food?
April 3, 2014
Mark Moffett (Smithsonian Institute) TBD
April 10, 2014 - Teale Lecture*
Jane Lubchenco (NOAA) Climate, Weather, Oceans and Biodiversity: Science in Policy and Politics
April 17, 2014
Norman Wickett (Chicago Botanical Gardens) TBD
April 24, 2014
Bruce Patterson (The Field Museum - Chicago) TBD
May 1, 2014
Tracy Heath (Cal - Berkeley) TBD



EEB 3894 Semester Schedule

Trouble accessing the discussion article when off campus? First sign into the UConn VPN and then try the link.

Date Seminar Speaker Presenter Discussion Article
23 January Bill None - Discuss Syllabus, Website, Class Goals, How to read and interpret scientific literature
30 January Jonathan Wilson Bill 400 million years of plant hydraulics
6 February Cathy Pringle Erin Using stable isotopes to understand niche shifts
13 February
(Teale Lecture Series*)
Anthony Leiserowitz Pratibha American evangelicals and global warming
20 February Jessica Savage Dan Daylight and transpiration
27 February Emily Grman Sagy Dos Plant allocate differently to fungi
6 March Robert Coulautti Stephen Flower plasticity
13 March Beth Brainerd Sammy Bending in fish spines
20 March SPRING BREAK!
27 March
(Teale Lecture Series*)
Steven Gaines Arrian Marine Reserve Networks
3 April Mark Moffett What is a society?
10 April
(Teale Lecture Series*)
Jane Lubchenco Uday Climate change and conservation
17 April Norm Wickett Harley Ancestral polyploidy in plants
24 April Bruce Patterson Mary Climate and a lion's mane
1 May Tracy Heath Sagy Taxonomic sampling affects phylogenetics


* Seminars in the Teale Lecture Series are held in the Konover Auditorium of the Dodd Center (near the Homer Babbidge Library).

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