Biodiversity Discussion Group 

Welcome! 

The Biodiversity Discussion Group meets weekly to discuss recent research papers and topics in biodiversity from both ecological and evolutionary perspectives. 

Any interested undergraduates, graduates, postdocs, and faculty are welcome to join the discussion. This is a friendly place - the question you have is probably a fundamental question many are wondering about. So speak up. 

Time: Mondays noon to 1 pm (bring a lunch)

Location: ZOOM link provided. 


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Spring 2021 Schedule



Date

Topic

Readings, tasks etc.

Leader


Jan 18


Say hi and old and new faces and set schedule for Spring


Lindsay Davidson


Jan 25


NO BDG


Go to Connectivity job talks!



Feb 1


Temportal trends in insect abundance


Paper: Nonlinear trends in abundance and diversity and complex responses to climate change in Arctic arthropods (link). 


Optional (good overview): Insect decline in the Anthropocene: Death by a thousand cuts (link). 


Discussion points: Hill numbers - I have not used these and would like us to chat a bit about them. What are the pros/cons of identifying taxa to the family level? What do you think about segmented regression?


Michelle Tseng


Feb 8


Biological Diversity and Cultural Diversity


Paper: The Intersections of Biological Diversity and Cultural Diversity: Towards Integration (link). 

Discussion points:


Ed Tekwa


Feb 15


READING WEEK


NO BDG!




Feb 22


Inquilinism


Paper: TBD


Discussion Points: TBD


Sam Straus


March 1


Social/Ecological stability and response


Paper: TBD


Discussion Points: TBD


Ira Sutherland


Mar 8


TBD


Paper: TBD


Discussion Points: TBD


Jessica Schmidt


Mar 15


Role of Microbiome in differentation


Paper: TBD


Discussion Points: TBD



Jordan Rosenfeld


Mar 22


Evolution of biodiversity, scale, and macroecology


Paper TBD



Antonin Machac


Mar 29


Rapid Evolution


Paper TBD




Tess Grainger


Apr 5


Easter Monday


NO BDG!