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Workshop: Advance your R skills


Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
ESC 110
Cory Merow

This hands-on workshop will help participants advance their R skills with cutting edge research and teaching tools: a reproducible research workflow, web app development, and interactive presentations that allow students to use your classroom slides as R tutorials. The focus will be demonstrating how these tools can be simply and practically used in your own work, and practicing with hands-on e...

Jacquelyn Gill Seminar: Come together, right now: ecological communities as temporal phenomena


Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
ESC 110

In recent decades, there have been significant advancements in understanding how ecological processes play out across spatial scales, but we have lagged in developing a similar framework for understanding communities as temporal phenomena. From historical legacies to disequilibrium dynamics, to understand the "where" and "how" of communities, we must also understand the "when." This talk...

Carlos Daniel Cadena - Tropical mountains: Biodiversity hotspots and hotbeds for studying evolutionary diversification


Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
ESC 110

Northern South America is a hotspot of biological diversity and endemism in various groups, including birds. Thus, understanding the factors promoting high diversity in this region is central to biogeography and macroecology. Although some studies focused on understanding environmental factors associated with global patterns of diversity have revealed strong effects of contemporary climate and...

Zoonotic diseases, biodiversity and climate change: pattern of emergence of Lyme disease in Southern Quebec


Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
OML 201
Virginie Millien

A majority of infectious diseases in humans are zoonotic. The incidence of infectious diseases in humans and wildlife is increasing worldwide and the main drivers for diseases outbreaks are land use and climate change. At the same time, human activities are also reducing biodiversity, and thus the relation between biodiversity loss and the rise of infectious zoonotic diseases has been ext...

Workshop: Functional Data Analysis -- Methods and Computing


Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
OML 201
Giles Hooker - Cornell University

Functional Data Analysis (FDA) is a class of statistical methods that apply to repeated, complex processes. Classical examples include motion capture data in which subjects repeat the same action several times. These actions are recorded with very high frequency and accuracy, but will differ from repeat to repeat and from subject to subject. Because the process are complicated, they are modeled...

Giles Hooker Seminar: Decision Trees and CLT's: Machine Learning and Ecological Inference


Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
OML 202
Giles Hooker - Cornell University

Machine learning methods are powerful statistical tools that produce prediction models from data. These methods have enjoyed a great deal of success over the past few decades in a wide range of application areas. Within ecology, they have been most widely used in species distribution models such as MaxEnt.

However, while they are very effective at prediction, the models produced by machin...

Brian T. Smith Seminar: A Biological View of Avian Phylogeography


Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 4:00pm
OML 201
Brian T. Smith

Over the last 30 years phylogeographic data have provided detailed resolution into the geographical distribution of genetic diversity in species. The field of phylogeography has grown from descriptive narratives of how genetic variation is distributed across the landscape to integrative studies explaining community-level patterns. In this talk I will focus on phylogeographic data of birds from...

Roy Plotnick Seminar: Spatial Patterns of Fossil Localities


Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 4:00pm
OML 201

The Paleobiology Database is a community produced compilation of global fossil occurrences and is the basis for recent analyses of the history of biodiversity. Point pattern analyses of the distribution of fossil localities from the database for 17 time bins suggest that their distribution is fractal in space. This pattern may result from multiple geologic, biologic, and anthropogenic processes...