Les Ecologistes

'Les Ecol' presents lunch time seminar talks of general ecological and evolutionary interest, Thursdays 12:30-13:30 in B9242. (Unless noted*)

Please contact the host for this semester: phoebe_gross@sfu.ca or djgreen@sfu.ca for more information.

Spring 2024

Date Speaker Affiliation Talk Title
Jayme Lewthwaite
University of Southern California Building a framework to harness "big data" and complex modellingto improve Species-At-Risk assessment in Canada
Sarah Gutzmann Environmental Science, SFU Centering Indigenous governance principles, values,
and objectives to build a just blue economy decision space15-
Ron Ydenberg     Biological Sciences, SFU Top Predators and Healthy Ecosystems: the good, the bad and the ugly
22-Feb-2024 Cancelled   Cancelled
29-Feb-2024 Caroline Dingle Capilano University Challenges for songbirds in Asia: migration, urbanization and wildlife trade
7-Mar-2024 Hope Klug University of Tennessee at Chattanooga           
The Operation of Sexual Selection Revisited
14-Mar-2024 Cancelled   Cancelled
21-Mar-2024 Cancelled   Cancelled
28-Mar-2024 Bernie Roitberg Biological Sciences, SFU Seeing the forest for the trees
4-Apr-2024 Bill Harrower BC Ministry of Water Land and Natural Resources Restoring Species at Risk to Support Ecosystem Health
11-Apr-2024 Isabelle Côté                   
Biological Sciences, SFU Rowing across the ocean for the oceans

Fall 2023

Date                                                    Speaker                                                         Affiliation                                Talk Title                                                                                              
14-Sept-2023 Hannah Watkins Biological Sciences, SFU
Canada's Next Top (Species-at-Risk) Model
21-Sept-2023 Rachel Fairfeld-Cheko and Mikayla Young SFU Ecological Restoration The health of the Southern Resident Killer Whales
and their traditional feeding territory
28-Sept-2023 Brynna Kagwa-Vistentin SFU Geography Indigenous-led Conservation: An Eco-Cultural Response to
Pacific Salmon Decline in British Columbia
5-Oct-2023 Cancelled   Cancelled
12-Oct-2023 TBA   TBA
19-Oct-2023 Cancelled   Cancelled
26-Oct-2023 TBA   TBA
2-Nov-2023 Pourya Sardari
Biological Sciences, SFU Wildlife Trafficking in Iran: A Growing Concern
9-Nov-2023 TBA   TBA
16-Nov-2023 Tom Booker UBC Zoology The structure of the environment and the evolution of local adaption
30-Nov-2023 Ben Zdasiuk Biological Sciences, SFU Signal detection in stream science and conservation: tales of four fish.
7-Dec-2023 Ira Sutherland Biological Sciences, SFU Is conservation working? Insights from ecosystem services monitoring in British Columbia forests

Spring 2023

Date   Speaker Affiliation Talk Title
26-Jan-2023 Dr. Eric Jones Postdoctoral Fellow, Physics, SFU Whence your gut microbiome?
02-Feb-2023 Julian Gan and Daniel Scurfield Mooers lab, Biological Sciences, SFU Juvenile salmon estuarine ecology
09-Feb-2023 Dr. Ruth Joy Environmental Science, SFU Double-crested Cormorants in the Salish Sea: Paradise Lost?
16-Feb-2023 Phil Fernandez Moore lab, Biological Sciences, SFU
The evolutionary side of biodiversity change: how is local phylogenetic diversity changing globally?
02-Mar-2023 Brett Hodinka Williams lab, Biological Sciences, SFU Is it 'evolutionarily' adaptive to be thin or fat: plasticity in body mass
**Zoom only**
Audrey Looby Univerrsity of Florida FishSounds: A Global Review and Website on Sound Production in Fishes
16-Mar-2023 Dr. Isabelle Côté and Claire Attridge Biological Sciences, SFU Rowing across the Atlantic and "Kelp forest canopies: Linking habitat structure to community composition"
23-Mar-2023 Dr. Pauline Deschodt Postdoctoral Fellow, Cory Lab, Biological Sciences, SFU Mixed pathogen infections: complex interactions between host plant, timing of infection and pathogen groups
30-Mar-2023 Dr. Shahin Dashtgard Geology Professor, SFU A geological perspective of the Fraser River, BC
6-Apr-2023 Dr. Kieran Celeste Reynolds lab, Biological Sciences, SFU Sockeye salmon and a century of marine ecosystem change
13-Apr-2023 Miranda Dennis Mooers and Hart Labs Demographic history of the Pacific nudibranch genus Hermissenda

Fall 2022

Date Speaker Affiliation Talk Title
15-Sept-2022                       Alejandro Rico-Guevara Burke Museum,
University of
Behavioral Ecophysics of Avian Nectarivory


Hanna Jackson M’Gonigle Lab, 
Biological Sciences, SFU
Climate change winners and losers among North American 
bumble bees
29-Sept-2022 Arne Mooers
Biological Sciences, SFU Biologists are not Philosophers!
Some hidden values in ecology research
06-Oct-2022 Sarah Gravel Dulvy Lab, Biological
Sciences, SFU
Searching for the metabolic why and where of fish population
growth rate across the ocean
13-Oct-2022 Maryam Nakhostin Dulvy Lab, Biological
Sciences, SFU
Protecting carpet sharks: are MPAs alone enough?
20-Oct-2022 No seminar    
27-Oct-2022 Bernie Crespi Biological Sciences,
The fat that makes you thin: the evolution, 
ecology,and reproductive significance of 
brown adipose tissue
03-Nov-2022 Marta Ulaski Moore Lab, Biological
Sciences, SFU
Climate and conspecific density inform
phenotypic forecasting of
juvenile Pacific salmon body size
10-Nov-2022 Sam Wilson Moore lab, Biological
Sciences, SFU
(presenting remotely)
Changing outmigration phenology and
phenological mismatch in juvenile salmon
17-Nov-2022 No seminar    
24-Nov-2022 Emmanuel Hung Gries Lab, Biological
Sciences, SFU
Grabbing a bite: Investigating the Foraging
Ecology of the Stable Fly (Stomoxys calcitrans)
01-Dec-2022 Josh Allen Williams Lab, Biological
Sciences, SFU
Decoupling of growth, physiology and
post-fledging performance in a manipulated songbird
08-Dec-2022 Hannah Roodenrijs
and Cole Rankin
Green Lab, Biological
Sciences, SFU
Black oystercatcher movement, migration,
and morphology


Date Speaker Affiliation Talk Title
13-Jan-2022 Ron Ydenberg Centre for Wildlife Ecology, Biological Sciences, SFU What's killing the world's shorebirds?
20-Jan-2022 Toby St. Clair and Jeremiah Kennedy Pacific Megascops Research Alliance Finding and Filling Gaps in Conservation Science for Threatened Coastal Western Screech-Owls
27-Jan-2022 Mike Kelly Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, SFU Sleep in sharks
3-Feb-2022 Samantha Sherman Postdoctoral Fellow, Biological Sciences, SFU Drivers of diversity, abundance, and distribution of sharks and rays on coral reefs
10-Feb-2022 Hannah Hall CWE, Biological Sciences, SFU The health and habitat use of glaucous-winged gulls in the Salish Sea
17-Feb-2022 Tess Grainger Biodiversity Postdoctoral Fellow, UBC The importance of timing in ecology and evolution
24-Feb-2022 N/A   READING BREAK
3-Mar-2022 Bernie Roitberg Department of Biological Sciences, SFU No Anti-Vaxxers Here: A New Theory For Infectious Disease In Social Insects
10-Mar-2022 Joseph Weaver NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Newcastle University Inferring Drift Prevalence Using Agent-Based Biofilm Models and Its Implications in Environmental Biotechnology
17-Mar-2022 Garth Covernton Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto Microplastics and aquatic food webs: trophic dynamics and potential for harm
24-Mar-2022 Sam Starko Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Victoria How heatwaves are impacting marine habitats
31-Mar-2022 Em Lim E2O, Biological Sciences, SFU Animal-mediated nutrient provisioning to marine primary producers: the effects of scale and context
7-Apr-2022 Kieran Cox Liber Ero and NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biological Sciences, SFU
Unravelling Ocean Noise: Insights into fish sounds, noise pollution, and managing soundscapes

FALL 2021

Date Speaker Affiliation Talk Title
23-Sept-21                 Bernie Crespi
Biological Sciences, SFU Batural Selection: The Evolutionary Ecology of SARS-CoV-2. The following links provide some background reading to Dr. Crespi's talk here and here.
07-Oct-21 Krista De Groot
Environment and Climate Change Canada Seasonal patterns of bird mortality and species vulnerable to collisions with buildings on the West Coast
28-Oct-21 Wade VanderWright Biological Sciences, SFU Gill slits provide a window into the respiratory physiology of sharks
04-Nov-21 Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor School of Resource and Environmental Management, SFU Enabling conditions for a Blue Economy
11-Nov-21 N/A   Remembrance Day 
18-Nov-21            Joey Bernhardt Zoology, UBC Towards a coherent and mechanistic science of global change: from cells to ecosystems and human well-being
25-Nov-21 Devin DeZwaan Centre for Applied Conservation Research, UBC Coping strategies of alpine birds in response to environmental stressors across the annual cycle
02-Dec-21 Asim Renyard Biological Sciences, SFU Bimodal pheromone and vibratory alarm communication in Western carpenter ants
09-Dec-21 Michael Price Biological Sciences, SFU Centennial-scale impacts of climate, fishing, and enhancement on Skeena River sockeye salmon

Spring 2020

Date Speaker Talk Title
16-Jan-20 Ron Ydenberg Attack of the Dutch killer muskrats
Starts at 12:00pm
Kate Fremlin Ecological Impacts and Risks of Rodenticides to Owls in North Vancouver
30-Jan-20 Scott Flemming Unravelling the indirect and cascading effects of hyperabundant geese on Arctic-nesting shorebirds
06-Feb-20 Rémi Matthey-Doret Background selection and FST: Consequences for detecting local adaptation / Plasticity and Developmental Robustness
13-Feb-20 Norah Brown Ecological responses to ocean acidification
27-Feb-20 Elijah Reyes The coevolution of dispersal and resource traits in multi-resource landscapes
05-Mar-20 Andrew Simon Biodiversity beyond boundaries: networking biodiversity projects in the Salish Sea
12-Mar-20 Debora Obrist Islands fed by the sea: how marine-derived nutrients affect terrestrial bird ecology
19-Mar-20 Asim Renyard & Jaime Chalissery There and back again: trail following behavior and foraging ecology of ants
26-Mar-20 Melissa Guzman Using occupancy models on pollination networks
02-Apr-20 David Moulton Examining the interplay of multiple stressors affecting migrating Fraser River sockeye salmon
09-Apr-20 Evan Hersh A clone together: exploring the causes and consequences of range divergence between sexual and asexual Easter Daisies
16-Apr-20 Kieran Cox Coastal Shellfish: Cultivation, Marine Subsidies, and Implications for Nearshore Biodiversity