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Jonathan Baillie Seminar: The New Scientific Vision of the National Geographic Society


Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
ESC 110

Jonathan Baillie is the Chief Scientist and Senior Vice President Science & Exploration at the National Geographic Society. Baillie leads grant-making in the areas of science and exploration across a variety of disciplines and serves as vice chair of the National Geographic Society’s Committee for Research and Exploration. Baillie completed his undergraduate studies at Queen’s Universi...

Frank La Sorte Seminar: Seasonal associations with novel climates for North American migratory bird populations


Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
ESC 110

Assessing the implications of global climate change for migratory bird populations has been constrained by seasonal, spatial, and climatic limitations, resulting in incomplete or skewed conclusions. Here, we use a multivariate approach to summarize how passerine bird species that migrate within the Western Hemisphere (n = 77) are associated with projected novel climates....

Marta Jarzyna seminar: Five decades of biodiversity change: From local to continental scales


Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
ESC 110

Evaluations of spatial patterns of biodiversity change and their underlying causes have been identified by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services as crucial for the conservation of biodiversity, long-term human wellbeing, and sustainable development. To date, trends in biodiversity have seen conflicting reports, with studies documenting declines, in...

Cory Merow Workshop: An introduction to demography with links to species' ranges


Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
ESC 110

In this hands-on workshop, we will explore the basic tools of demography to infer attributes of species' populations. These models have been critical for understanding plant and animal population dynamics, population viability, evolutionarily stable strategies, interspecific competition, and range dynamics, among many other applications. Building on common matrix modeling approaches, participan...

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...