Program News

Spotlight on Graduate Research in Spatial Studies


Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
OML 201
Yale Graduate Students

Ben Carlson. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Individual niches in space and time: deconstructing the environmental niche of the white stork 

Bart Difiore. Forestry & Environmental Studies. Monitoring fish behavior using satellite imagery 

Katharine Walter. Epidemiology of Microbes. Invasion of tick-borne diseases acr...

Workshop: Mapping species’ ranges


Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
OML 201
Cory Merow, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University

We'll use a complete workflow - from data download to pretty maps of predictions - to model a species' geographic distributions (ranges). Goals include understanding:(1) Modeling decisions; (2) Statistical regression techniques; (3) Machine learning techniques; (4) Raster manipulation; (5) Customize plots; (6) how to write a workflow that others can use.

Note: The application in this work...

Dirk Karger seminar: The use of new high resolution climate data for macroecological research


Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
OML 202

Dr. Dirk Karger is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany at the University of Zurich in Switzerland. His research interests include community ecology, macroecology, and remote sensing.            ...

Rob Pringle seminar: The assembly, destruction, and reconstruction of African savanna ecosystems


Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
ESC 110

Dr. Pringle is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. His research focuses on three main problems. First, his work aims to understand the ways in which large mammalian herbivores directly and indirectly shape the ecosystems they inhabit: how do they affect plants and other...

Workshop: R you ready for spatial data analysis?


Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
ESC 110
Cory Merow, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University

We’ll use spatial data to introduce fundamental concepts for the R programming language and teach best coding practices useful for beginners and experienced alike. Goals include: (1) Experience useful for future, more specific workshops with BGC; (2) Setting up a workflow to make sure coding isn’t annoying; (3) Loops; (4) Writing functions; (5) Using raster (spatial) da...

Cory Merow Seminar: Making the most of imperfect data: Inferring mechanism to forecast population and community dynamics in a changing world


Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
ESC 110
Cory Merow, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University

Forecasting ecological responses to dynamic, often no-analogue, environments will be key to mitigating global change. The societal demand for management strategies challenges ecologists to forecast systems lacking critical data. I will provide a general overview of my efforts to making the best of imperfect data to develop mechanistic forecasts of population, community and ecosystem responses t...

Mark Urban seminar: Improving the Forecast for Biodiversity in the Global Heat Age


Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
ESC 110

Dr. Urban is an Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut. His research group searches for creative answers to fundamental and applied questions in biology by integrating ecology, evolutionary biology, and genetics. He simultaneously develops novel mathematical theories, conducts intensely controll...

Map of Life and The Field Museum win MacArthur Foundation grant


The Yale-led Map of Life project and The Field Museum in Chicago have won a $300,000 MacArthur Foundation grant to support conservation decisions in South America. The two institutions will work with park services and wildlife agencies in Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia to improve conservation actions by harnessing better information about biodiversity. They will develop online dashboards to p...