Graduate Student Symposium 2016

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Biology/Physics Building Room 130, 9:00am to ~ 4:00pm

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: BS/MS, 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.

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Time Speaker Title
8:30-9:00 Coffee and potluck breakfast.
9:00-9:15 Dr. Jeff Seemann: Vice President for Research Welcome Address
9:15-9:30 Nora Mitchell Lost in a sea of genes: Using anchored phylogenomics to understand evolutionary relationships in Protea
9:30-9:45 Mike Smircich Feeding ecology of early stage Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis) over 25 years in the Hudson River estuary
9:45-10:00 Tim Moore Trait-environment associations need an evolutionary context
10:00-10:15 Annette Evans The distribution of red-backed salamander (Plethodon cinereus) color morphs following 40 years of climate change
10:15-10:30 Mauri Liberati Beyond Protection: Expanding “Conservation Opportunity” to Redefine Conservation Planning in the 21st Century
10:30-11:00 Morning Break
11:00-11:15 Cera Fisher Tissue specific RNA-Seq indicates wing-like gene expression in Treehopper helmet development
11:15-11:30 Kaitlin Gallagher Looking beyond the surface: Deciphering the bizarre internal anatomy of an enigmatic tapeworm using transmission electron microscopy
11:30-11:45 Michael Hutson Larval marbled salamanders may rule the fate of many
11:45-12:00 Pancho New findings in elasmobranch taxonomy: Implications for management and conservation
12:00-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:00 Dr. Rachel Prunier, Western Connecticut State University Keynote Address: Phylogeography, Gene Flow and Selection in Protea repens. And job stuff too
2:00-2:15 Veronica Bueno How to recognize a sucker when you see one.
2:15-2:30 Katie Taylor Hybridization between carnea-group lacewing species
2:30-2:45 Austin Spence Newts and nanoparticles: Small particle, big problem?
2:45-3:00 Suman Neupane Evolution of secondary woodiness and biogeographic disjunctions in the herbaceous tribe Spermacoceae (Rubiaceae)
3:00-3:10 Afternoon Break
3:10-3:25 Kristen Nolting What makes a ‘Biodiversity Hotspot’ hot? Exploring the role functional diversity plays in structuring plant communities in South African Fynbos
3:25-3:40 James Mickley Variation, heritability, and correlated selection in Phlox petal number
3:40-4:00 Speed Talks and Photo Contest
3:40-3:45 Kevin Keegan Adventures in Crowdfunding
3:45-3:50 Lauren Stanley Adaptive peak shift: valleys, ridges, or wormholes?
3:50-3:55 Ben Gagliardi Secrets of the canopy: non-nectar feeding and false rarity of hairstreak butterflies
3:55-4:00 Photo Contest Results Photo Contest Submissions

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