Graduate Research Symposium 2009

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Revision as of 09:13, 16 March 2009

Saturday, March 21st 2009


New Schedule

Time Speaker Title
8:30-9:00 Coffee & Tea (drinks only)
9:00-9:15 Dean Teitelbaum Welcome Address
9:15-9:30 Laura Cisneros Comparison of tropical metacommunities along an extensive

elevational gradient

9:30-9:45 Vanessa Boukili Plant functional traits and patterns of community assembly during natural rain forest regeneration
9:45-10:00 Frank Smith The Genetic Loci of Evolutionary Change of Tribolium Beetle Antennal


10:00-10:15 Kerri Mocko In the South African veld: solar tracking and temperatures in contrasting leaf shapes of Pelargonium
10:30-11:00 Morning Break - Drinks and Fruit
11:00-11:15 Karolina Fucikova What Bracteacoccus is not
11:15-11:30 Lori Benoit Phylogenetic relationships and genetic diversity of the invasive aquatic angiosperm Hydrilla verticillata (l.f.) Royle (Hydrocharitaceae)
11:45-12:00 Nicholas Tippery But will it float? Evolution of inflorescence architecture in Nymphoides (Menyanthaceae)
12:00-1:30 Lunch - Sandwiches and Salad
1:30-2:00 Roland de Gouvenain Keynote Address
2:00-2:15 Tobias Landberg Experimental manipulation of maternal investment in sister salamander


2:45-3:00 Speed Talks
2:45-2:50 Nicholas Tippery Top graduate student webpages of 2009

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.

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.

15min Talk Title Submission Deadline: TBA

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



Insert Abstract Here...
Karolina Fučíková
What Bracteacoccus is not.
Traditionally, the classification of coccoid green algae depended on subtle morphological differences, without much information about the potential variation or plasticity of these traits. The use of molecular sequence data provides a high number of characters that are not subject to phenotypic plasticity and therefore are assumed to provide a more direct measure of phylogenetic relationships. Molecular phylogenetic studies of coccoids often yield unexpected results, uncovering cryptic diversity as well as placing taxa in dramatically different positions from those expected under the morphological paradigm. As part of a monographic study of the chlorophycean genus Bracteacoccus, several strains deposited in culture collections under this generic name were found to belong to other green algal genera. Although morphologically similar to young cells of Bracteacoccus, these algae were demonstrated to belong to the genera Myrmecia and Pseudomuriella based on 18S and rbcL sequence data. These cases may represent two of potentially many discrepancies of morphological and sequence data.

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