Graduate Student Symposium 2018

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

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. Michelle Williams, Associate Vice President for Research Welcome Address
9:15-9:30 Elizabeth Herder, MCB Characterization of fecal and feather microbiomes of Saltmarsh Sparrows
9:30-9:45 Annette Evans How does incubation temperature affect salamander development and morphology?
9:45-10:00 Elizabeth Clifton Ter-fight club: linking individual behavior to collective group fighting
10:00-10:15 Katherine Taylor Lacewing species relationships illuminated by genomic data
10:15-10:30 Andrew Stillman What can fledgling woodpeckers teach us about fire ecology?
10:30-10:45 Morning Break
10:45-11:00 Jaleigh Pier Reconstructing Ancient Communities: A Tale of Devonian Selectivity
11:00-11:15 Sam Apgar Behavioral specialization across a gradient of disturbance-prone habitat specialists
11:15-11:30 Eliza Grames The process of process-based model development
11:30-11:45 Marketa Zimova Snowshoe hares and camoflague mismatch
11:45-12:00 Kristen Nolting Trait differences minimize competitive effects promoting coexistence among Proteaceae species in a 'Biodiversity Hotspot'
12:00-1:20 Lunch
1:20-1:30 Announcements
1:30-2:00 Dr. William Ryerson, Saint Anselm College Keynote Address: Science at a Liberal Arts College: A Choose Your Own Adventure Tale.
2:00-2:15 Jacob Kasper Why we should stop eating old fish.
2:15-2:30 Tanisha Williams Herbarium Records Demonstrate Changes in Phenology Associated with Climate Change throughout South Africa
2:30-2:45 Val Milici Precipitation implications for tropical plant diseases and diversity
2:45-3:00 Eileen Schaub Are boreal plants being overcooked?
3:00-3:10 Afternoon Break
3:25-3:40 Sumaira Zaman Comparative Evaluation of Gene Annotation Methods in Conifers
3:40-3:55 Henry Frye Scaling-up Plant Reflectances to Detect Biodiversity and Ecological Patterns in South Africa
3:40-4:00 Speed Talks and Photo Contest
3:55-4:00 Kevin Keegan Remote sensing plants in South Africa
4:00-4:05 Dipanjana Dalui A Beta Transmission Model
4:05-4:10 Austin Spence My PET Hummingbird
4:10-4:15 Photo Contest Results

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