Program News

Christian Ziegler: Documenting Tropical Biodiversity and Conservation

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 2:30pm - 3:30pm
SBSC Seminar

Seminar: Documenting Tropical Biodiversity and Conservation

2:30pm - 3:30pm, ESC 110

Christian is a photojournalist specializing in natural history and science-related topics. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic Magazine and...

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Vojtech Novotny: Tropical plant-insect food webs

SBSC Seminar

Seminar: Why are tropical plant-insect food webs so complicated: adventures from a tropical island.

Wednesday,  March 19, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm, ESC 110

The extraordinary diversity of insects in tropical forests translates into...

A new series of workshops on data-intensive geo-spatial and environmental analysis on an open-source platform

SBSC Workshops

These workshops will be offered on Thursdays (4-7pm) during the spring 2014 semester, and are designed to give an overview of methods for performing Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing analysis under the Linux Operating System.


Geo-data are getting larger and complex; consequently, their analysis requires new capabilities both in computer har...

Nick Matzke: Model choice in phylogenetic biogeography - workshop and seminar

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
SBSC Seminar + Workshop

Seminar: Model choice in phylogenetic biogeography

12:00pm - 1:00pm, OML 40

Historical biogeography has been characterized by unresolved debates about which processes, such as dispersal or vicariance, are most important for explaining geographic distributions. Biogeography programs typically make fixed assumptions about which proces...

Bob O'Hara seminar: Ecological Statistics: how to make the most of a typical mess

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
SBSC Seminar

12:00pm - 1:00pm, OML 400

Ecology has to be observed in the real world, which does not always cooperate to give us nice neat data. For statisticians this is a good thing, because it means we can work with models more interesting than a classical ANOVA. I will explain how we can use moderns statistical ideas, hierarchical models, state space model...

Jan Beck Seminar: Getting to grips with the spatial diversity patterns of (tropical) insects

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
SBSC Seminar

12:00pm - 1:00pm, OML 400

Insects are strongly underrepresented in macroecology and large-scale biodiversity research, and this applies even more in tropical regions although tropical insects make the largest contribution to global biodiversity. Using an example from temperate regions, I highlight that biodiversity patterns cannot be unders...

New SBSC course: Methods in spatial and environmental biodiversity data analysis

Walter Jetz - SBSC

Methods in spatial and environmental biodiversity data analysis (EEB 713)

Taught by Walter Jetz, Giuseppe Amatulli, Petr Keil, Adam M. Wilson

Over the past few decades there has been an explosion of information for environmental and spatial biodiversity research. This "big data" now allows us to address a number of old and new important questions with unprecedented rigor and general...

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Toward Global Standards for Biodiversity Surveys and Checklists

Supported by BioSynC and SBSC

Join us for a mini-symposium on Thursday, June 20th. Leading biodiversity informaticians and (island) biogeographers will give presentations on the opportunities for standardization and integration of global biodiversity survey and chec...