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Schedule for Spring 2017

Meetings are held Fridays 3-4PM in KIN 2057.

  01/20      Katie Kaiser

I'll be giving the very early version of a talk I'm giving at the Big Bend Symposium in a couple weeks about climate change-mediated shifting species ranges in sponges. I'll be talking about the importance of sponges and the potential impacts of climate change as well as present some preliminary data on range shifts along the Florida gulf coast. There are sure to be lots of photos!

  01/27      Jess Cusick
This week at EERDG I will be practicing my E&E seminar titled "Recruitment and benefits of helpers in a cooperative breeder." Come meet the objectively adorable brown-headed nuthatch. You will learn about their cooperative interactions, witness intense conflict with other birds of the forest, and see for yourself how terrifying a hand-sanitizer container can be.

  02/03      Will Ryan's mental health funtimes
Friday in EERDG I will be giving my annual presentation discussing mental health wellness in grad school, strategies for keeping your soul intact over the long haul of earning a degree and what kinds of institutional resources we have available to us so that we all have a basic idea of how seek help for ourselves and how to offer help to others.

  02/10      Chris Malanowski, then DARWIN DAY!
Although I am no longer giving my seminar talk next Friday, sniff sniff, I am still looking forward to entertaining you with some preliminary data from my dissertation research and with stories from the field. If you come, you will hear many a grandiose tale of the once overfished and now controversial Goliath Grouper, and its complicated ecology as we know it. I will discuss my research on this magnificent species as it relates to mercury and the sources, patterns, and potential impacts to population recovery.

  02/17      Andrew Merwin
Animals' habitats are often patchily distributed. Patch shape and size can influence the movement and density of the critters therein. Yet, experimental studies have not sought to disentangle the independent influences of size and shape. I'll be presenting some (very) preliminary findings on a large (yet low rep) field experiment I conducted over the summer involving ground beetles in soybean patches. This is a not a polished story and I'm still hammering out the details. All feedback is welcome.

  02/24      Brendan Scherer
So this Friday I want to ask for some ideas on bridging the gaps between two areas I'm hammering out for my research: evolution of the mangrove habit in the red mangrove family, and microbiomes of mangrove propagules. If this sounds ridiculous, good, because it kind of does to me too. As a bonus, I have a short drone canopy video that I want to show, and pictures from Costa Rica, if anyone is interested in those sorts of things.

  03/03      Jose Moscoso
Disclaimer: This talk will not be about politicians. I'm presenting my exit seminar March 24 and I?m starting to put my research into telling a story about these urchins in terms of how complex explaining genetic variation can be. While many of you have already seen my data, I'm trying to give it a new perspective. I can almost guarantee you will laugh at least once, so come give me feedback on this talk about urchin racist sex.

  03/10      Ryan McKenzie
I have my seminar coming up on the second week of April, so tomorrow I will be giving a really rough talk about the research I have been doing over the last two years on the reproductive dynamics of the Gulf Black Sea Bass. I have really been interesting in looking at their reproductive dynamics at both the population level scale by investigating the spatial and temporal trends of spawning population structure and the individual level scale by investigating the influence of fish behavior on size and sex selectivity.

  03/17      SPRING BREAK
  03/24      Cheston Peterson
  03/31      Brian Moe
  04/07      James Soda
  04/14      Will Booker
  04/21      Abigail Pastore
  04/29      Felicia Coleman: Enhancing your professional presentations



Geometrid caterpillar during field surveys in Quincy, FL. Photo by EERDG-ite Jessie Mutz.