Graduate Research Symposium 2008

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Saturday, March 1st 2008

8:30am - 4:00pm

BPB 130



Time Speaker Title
8:30-9:00 Coffee & Breakfast
9:00-9:15 Welcome Address
9:15-9:30 Lori Benoit A molecular genetic study of Hydrilla verticillata, an invasive aquatic weed
9:30-9:45 Tobias Landberg Allometric engineering of salamanders
9:45-10:00 Frank Smith A Functional Analysis of the Homeobox Protein Dll-B in the Ascidian Ciona intestinalis
10:00-10:15 Karolina Fucikova Systematics of the Green Algal Genus Bracteacoccus
10:15-10:30 Leah Brown-Wilusz Hatching Plasticity in Spotted Salamanders
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-11:20 Susan G. Letcher Community phylogenetic structure of secondary and old-growth forests in northeastern Costa Rica
11:20-11:45 Adam Wilson & Natalia Norden R Statistics: Don't be scared!
11:45-12:00 Kristiina Hurme Tadpole schooling in Leptodactylus insularum
12:00-12:15 Katherine Shaw Sneaky Threespines: Characterizing geographic variation of sneaking behavior in Gasterosteus aculeatus of the Pacific Northwest
12:15-12:30 Bryan Connolly The interaction of deer and invasive plant species in forests of the northeast
12:30-2:00 Lunch
2:00-2:15 Cory Merow America's Next Top Ecological Model
2:15-2:30 Geert Goemans Eel sushi, delicious or deadly?
2:30-2:45 Nicholas Tippery Population genetic study of Nymphoides cordata (Menyanthaceae) in Connecticut
2:45-3:00 Jessica M. Budke Examining the calyptra-sporophyte interaction in the moss Funaria hygrometrica
3:00-3:15 Suegene Noh Are hybrid lacewings attractive?
3:15-3:30 Speed Talks

The EEB Graduate Student Symposium is an all day event where graduate students present their research to other graduate students and faculty. Any EEB graduate student can present: BSMS, masters, PhD, old and new students. New graduate students usually present research ideas or preliminary data, while those more ‘seasoned’ students present their most recent results, often in preparation for upcoming spring and summer meetings.

This year we are trying out a new phenomenon, Speed Talks, in addition to our regular 15min presentations. There will be an almost unlimited number of 15min talks, and a limited number of speed talks. We would like to invite all EEB graduate students to give a 15min talk. Speed Talks have been seen at several large meetings over the last year (playing off the speed dating idea). These talks will be 3min presentation, PowerPoint optional. They are ideal for sharing side projects, amazing images or videos, great opportunities that others should take advantage of, or any other interesting things that you would like to share. Since this is new, we are going to have one small section of them in the afternoon. We envision these being given in addition to a regular 15min talk. If you are interested in participating in this section please let know, the actual number of these talks is still flexible but we will take these on a first come basis

15min Talk Title Submission Deadline: Monday, Feb 18th

Abstract Submission Deadline: Self-Submitted on EEBedia after the schedule is posted



Lori Benoit

Tobias Landberg

Frank Smith

Karolina Fucikova
Green algae (Chlorophyta) are a morphologically heterogeneous group that is undergoing considerable revisions at present. Especially in coccoid genera, there have been striking cases of polyphyly, when species originally placed in one genus were shown to belong to up to three different classes. The coccoid chlorophycean genus Bracteacoccus Tereg was until recently considered monophyletic, but with the advent of new molecular data, it no longer appears as such. Work is being conducted with the ultimate goal of monographing the genus Bracteacoccus.

Leah Brown-Wilusz

Susan G. Letcher

Kristiina Hurme

Adam Wilson & Natalia Norden

Katherine Shaw

Bryan Connolly

Cory Merow

Nicholas Tippery

Jessica M. Budke

Suegene Noh