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Department of Biological Science

at Florida State University

2016-2017 Seminars in Ecology and Evolution

Seminars in Ecology and Evolution meet at 4:00 p.m. on Fridays (unless otherwise noted below), in room 1024 King Life Sciences Building on the FSU campus in Tallahassee, Florida. They are open to the public.

Fall Series

  • September 23: Dr. John J. Stachowicz, Professor of Evolution and Ecology, University of California, Davis, CA
    ‘Ecological fitting’: lessons for and from the invasion of marine invertebrate communities
    Host: Dr. Sophie J. McCoy

  • September 30: Johanna Imhoff, FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory, and Department of Biological Science, Florida State University
    Comparative trophic ecology and mercury contamination in demersal deep sea sharks
    Host: Dr. R. Dean Grubbs

  • October 7: Dr. Hope Klug, Department of Biology, Geology and Environmental Science, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, TN
    Parental care, filial cannibalism, and the evolution of social behavior
    Host: Dr. Leithen M'gonigle

  • October 14: Dr. Blake C. Jones, Department of Biology, University of Memphis, TN
    Encountering predators: the nature of the acute stress response and its effects on learned antipredator behavior in free-living birds
    Host: Dr. Emily h. duVal

  • October 21: Dr. Meredith Cenzer, University of California, Davis, CA
    The breakdown of local adaptation in soapberry bugs: the consequences of switching to an invasive host plant
    Host: Dr. Leithen M'gonigle

  • October 28: Dr. Catalina Cuellar Gempeler, Department of Biological Science, Florida State University
    Influences of multiple species pools on fiddler crab associated microbial communities
    Host: Dr. Thomas E. Miller

  • November 4: Ellen Kosman, Department of Biological Science, Florida State University
    Untangling interactions between gamete traits and the sperm environment in a broadcast spawner
    Host: To be announced

  • November 18: Dr. Robert Steneck, School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine
    Flips, locks & feedbacks: the lasting effects of fisheries on Maine's kelp forest ecosystem
    Host: Dr. Felicia C. Coleman

  • December 2: Victoria Pearson, Department of Biological Science, Florida State University
    A view of the tiniest of the tiny: viral metagenomics in Northwest Florida
    Host: To be announced

  • December 9: Dr. Renee Duckworth, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
    Interspecific aggression, species borders and the dynamics of hybridization
    Host: Jessica Cusick

Spring Series

  • January 20: Dr. Douglas Rasher, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, East Boothbay, ME
    Breaking bad: identifying the ecological drivers of coral reef resilience
    Host: Dr. Sophie J. McCoy

  • January 27: Dr. Angela Tringali, Statewide Florida Scrub-Jay Conservation Coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Research Affiliate at Archbold Biological Station
    Long-term effects of early environmental conditions in Florida scrub-jays
    Host: Dr. Emily H. duVal

  • February 3: Jessica Cusick, Department of Biological Science, Florida State University
    Recruitment and benefits of helpers in a cooperative breeder
    Host: Dr. Emily H. duVal

  • February 17: Dr. Leithen M'Gonigle, Department of Biological Science, Florida State University
    Occupancy modeling in ecology: from pollinators in California to birds in Costa Rica
    Host: To be announced

  • February 24: Dr. Judith L. Bronstein, Distinguished Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
    Why cooperate? Bee pollination and the 'temptation to defect'
    Host: Kate Hill

  • March 3: Andrew Sackman, Department of Biological Science, Florida State University
    The genetics of adaptation of ssDNA viruses
    Host: Dr. Darin R. Rokyta

  • March 10: Stephen Kuhn-Hendricks, Department of Biological Science, Florida State University
    The biomechanical evolution of mammalian prismatic enamel: inspiration for biomimetic ceramics
    Host: Dr. Gregory M. Erickson

  • March 24: Jose Moscoso, Department of Biological Science, Florida State University
    Assortative mating in the sea urchin Lytechinus variegatus: color variation, gamete compatibility and patterns of aggregation
    Host: Dr. Don R. Levitan

  • March 31: David Kay, Department of Biological Science, Florida State University
    Evolution of material properties of mineralized dental tissues
    Host: Dr. Gregory M. Erickson

  • April 7: Dr. Mark Hay, Regents Professor and Harry and Linda Teasley Chair, Department of Biological Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology
    Chemical ecology, ecosystem tipping points, and the death spiral of coral reefs
    Host: Dr. Felicia C. Coleman

  • April 14: Ryan McKenzie, Department of Biological Science, Florida State University
    Reproductive dynamics of Black Sea Bass in the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico
    Host: Dr. Felicia C. Coleman

  • April 21: Andrew Merwin, Department of Biological Science, Florida State University
    Insects in variable landscapes: spatial ecology with beans and beetles
    Host: To be announced