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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...

Martin Wikelski Seminar: Earth Observation by Animals

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 11:30am - 12:30pm
ESC 110

Martin Wikelski is the Director of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Professor at the University of Konstanz, and a Visiting Research Scholar at Princeton University. His research groups studies how living animals move across the globe, how they survive their perilous journey through time and space and how and why they die. This work includes investigations into...

Andrew Leslie Seminar: The phylogenetic structure of global conifer diversity and conifer richness hotspots

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
OML 201

Conifers play an important role in ecosystems around the world, particularly in Northern Hemisphere forests, and they have received considerable attention in conservation biology, biogeography, and evolutionary biology. The wealth of phylogenetic, ecological, and geographic data available for conifers makes them an ideal group to investigate a variety of macroevolutionary and macroecological pr...