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

2018/19 Academic Year

September 20 Bernie Crespi

Why does the Jerboa Jump? Placental Invasiveness, Maternal-Fetal Conflicts, and Pre-eclampsia in Evolution, Health and Disease

September 27 Jonathon Rolland Studying biodiversity patterns using macro and microevolutionary approaches [CHANGE OF LOCATION: AQ3150]
October 4 Matthew Mitchell Managing landscapes for people and nature at multiple scales
October 11 Leticia Aviles From three-dimensional scaling to community assembly - the ecology of spider sociality 
October 18 Julie Dimitrijevic Microplastic interactions with British Columbia blue mussels; an assessment on the potential use as bioindicators of marine plastic pollution
October 25
Kyle Wilson Consequences of spatial exploitation in complex adaptive social-ecological systems
November 1 Kirstin Wilcox/Brett Howard KW: Salmon nutrient subsidies influence life-history trade-offs for an avian insectivore along riparian forests; BH: It's always greener on the other side: explaining the variability in populations sizes of invasive European green crab in British Columbia
November 8 Daniel Anstett Latitudinal gradients in herbivory, defence, and drought resistance traits
November 15 Luke Rogers Spatial coherence and phase switching in pink salmon population dynamics
November 22 Melissa Orobko/Fiona Francis MO: Multiple stressors, resilience, and management of marine ecosystems; FF: Fish pee and nutrient provisioning on coral reefs
November 29 Richard Johnston Functional composition of migratory bird communities across danger and productivity landscapes
December 6 Tyler Kelly Plant pollinator networks of the oak savannah

2016/17 Academic Year

September 15

Bernard Crespi

The Evolution of Imagination and Intelligence
September 22 Nico Munoz Trying to study Chinook Salmon in Patagonia
September 29 Caroline Fox Where the wild things are (and aren't): Marine bird and mammal distributions, abundances, and habitat associations.
October 6 Bruce Leighton
A brief history of sea star disease on the British Columbia coast.
October 13
Adrienne Berchtold, Luis Malpica Cruz, Lilly Haines (Cote Lab) Exploring coral reef fish ecology: movements, anti-predator behavior and trophic interactions
October 20 Tanya Procyshyn
Hormones, genes, and individual differences in human social behaviour
October 27

Michelle Toshack and Sandra Gillespie (Elle Lab)

Bumble bees are picky eaters: floral resources, fat content and farms;

Native pollinators vary in floral resource use across an invasion gradient

November 3 Anna Hargreaves Local adaptation, biotic interactions, and species range limits
November 10 Martha Nelson-Flower The bold and the beautiful: cooperation and conflict in the social lives of birds
November 17
Chris Keeling Chemical ecology of resin vesicles on conifer seeds
November 24 Colin Bailey Quantifying the effect of Pink Salmon on Steelhead Trout demographics
December 1 David Bradley The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Citizen Science and what it can tell us about bird populations in BC
December 8 Karen Devitt Australia’s protected area network fails to adequately protect the world’s most threatened marine fishes
January 12   CANCELLED
January 19

Jillian Dunic

Isabelle Cote

Contexualizing local biodiversity change in the face of human impacts

Cheating in a noisy world

January 26 Elizabeth Elle
Collaborative Action Through Art and Science: Designing Creative Catalysts for Change
February 1* Rolf Mathewes

Back to the future: time travels of a paleoecologist           

*This talk will be held on a Wednesday

February 9 Florent Mazel The evolution of mammals and their gut microbiota
February 16   READING BREAK
February 28* Ross Thompson

Unpacking the mechanisms that support biodiversity         

*This talk will be held on a Tuesday

March 9 David Marques Learning from stickleback genomes on rapid adaptation to changing environments
March 16 Andrew Bateman Salmon and sea lice: Recent management wins and losses in BC and an evolutionary perspective on treatment resistance in lice?
March 23 Marlene Wagner
The fabulous phenomenon of fish flying through forests
March 30 David Patterson
Sockeye Salmon Research and Scientific Advice for Fisheries Management
April 6 Dr. William Halliday Acoustic impacts of decreased sea ice and increased shipping traffic on marine mammals in the Western Canadian Arctic

2015/16 Academic Year

September 10  

Deanna MacTavish Population Recovery of Coastal Western Painted Turtles in the South Coast of BC

September 17

Tony Williams 

Why you should only do experiments on captive-breeding zebra finches- a tale of breeding phenology in the wild

September 24

Fabiola Ukah

Biomonitoring Tools in Ecological Assessment at Howe Sound

October 1

Sam Wilson and Rebecca Seifert

We're all in this together: experiencing climate change side-by-[river]side

October 8:

Ralph Cartar (University of Calgary)

Life and death in foraging worker bumble bees

October 15

Côté Lab

Fieldnotes from the tropics: Atlantic and Pacific coral reefs

October 22

Marlene Wagner

Fish Flying in the Forest

October 29

Ruth Leeney

Searching for Africa's Last Sawfishes

November 5

Marinde Out

Flyway of fear: is the danger posed by sea eagles fueling changes in goose migration traditions?

November 12

Elizabeth Gow (UBC)

Sex differences in parental care: who cares?

November 19

Sean Godwin

Impacts of sea lice on the fitness of wild sockeye salmon

November 26

Andrew Trites
The Collapse of Seabird and Fur Seal Populations in the Central Bering Sea: Is it food?

December 3

Roz Dakin  

Visual control of forward flight in hummingbirds

December 10

Simon Valdez

Wintering ecology and survival of migratory warblers in natural and anthropogenic habitats in Mexico
January 14 Jennifer Bigman Water and Wildlife Conflict: Stories from the California Delta
January 21 Diana Rennison (UBC) Detecting the drivers of divergence: identifying and estimating natural selection in threespine stickleback
January 28 Lauren Eckert (UVic) Exploring the depths: interweaving knowledge for improved groundfish conservation on the central coast
February 4 Dan Greenberg The Uncertain Future of Amphibians
February 18 Lynne Quarmby     Watermelon snow: A cell biologist lost in the field.     
February 25 Dana Lepofsky and Ginevra Toniello The Social-Ecology of Clam Gardens on the Northwest Coast
March 3 Jeff Yap Will Work for Food: Physiological Response of Increased Foraging Effort
March 10 Devin de Zwaan (UBC) Nestling development in an alpine population of horned larks
March 17 Paul MacDonald Boom or bust: the story behind population cycles
March 24 Wes Didier (UBC) TBA
March 31 David Hope and Richard Johnston Understanding migration and non-breeding site choice in long-distant migrants
April 7 María Magdalena Ramírez Martínez TBA
April 14 Allison Cornell Food, flight ability, and physiology at a critical life history transition

2014/15 Academic Year

September 18
Elizabeth Elle Are we facing a pollination crisis?
September 25
Nastascia Tamburello Managing metapopulations of marine invaders
  Isabelle Côté The scientific value of scientific whaling
October 2
Dan Greenberg Effects of an invasive plant on the population dynamics of an endangered toad
October 9
Bernie Crespi Inclusive fitness theory for the evolution of religion and the meaning of life
October 16 Lais Chaves Management strategies for the lionfish invasion off Bocas del Toro Archipelago, Panama
October 23
Viorel Popescu Wildlife conservation in a changing world: from autecology to broad scale conservation planning
October 30
Bekka Brodie The Beginning of the End: Semiochemical and visual cues attract blowflies to corpses
November 6
Sandy Gillespie Bumblebee competition may affect pollination service to an invasive species in the endangered Garry Oak ecosystem
  Kyle Bobiwash Enhancing pollinator communities for specialty crop pollination
November 12 Jennifer Sunday Using macroecology to understand responses to climate warming
November 20
Margaret Eng Integrating laboratory and field approaches in wildlife toxicology
November 27
Sigal Balshine TBA
December 4
Annie Ellison Acute but not chronic effects of predator proximity on song sparrow (Melospiza melodia) singing behaviour
December 11 Tim Forrester A Riparian Chat: Long-term Songbird Demography in the Okanagan
January 8 Brendan Connors, ESSA technologies Quantifying the reliability of indicators of conservation status
January 15 Steve Heard, UNB (in SSB 7172) What scientific writing is: Reflections on the history, culture, and practice of composition in the natural sciences
January 22  Heather Piwowar (Holly Kindsvater) Open data and alternative citation metrics
January 29  Georgina Cox, UBC Form and function of the coronary artery in sharks
February 5 Mika Mokkonen Brains, hormones and the evolution of sociality
February 12 READING BREAK  
February 19  Philina English Homeless or hungry: conservation biology of a nocturnal aerial insectivore
February 26 Lindsay Davidson, Chris Mull Sex and death of sharks and rays
March 5 Joyce Leung, Leon Li, Paul MacDonald Outbreak: Deadly diseases in insect ecology
March  12 Tom Flower Food theft and deception by an African bird, the fork-tailed drongo
March 19 Sarah Thomsen Climate-driven changes in terrestrial predator abundance
mediates top-down cascade on a threatened seabird
March 26 Les Ecologistes #1000
Bernie Roitberg
April 2 Emily McCauley Indirect effects of fish on harlequin ducks during the breeding season
**April 8** eBERG Speaker
Professor Ruth Mace, University College London
**Note: This talk will be held WEDNESDAY in IRMACS

On March 26, 2015, the lunchtime seminar series ‘Les Ecologistes’ celebrated its 1000th offering.  Begun in 1975 by some of the department’s graduate students, this series has run for 40 years, presenting a seminar once a week during the Fall and Spring semesters.  The series provides a forum for the department’s graduate students and faculty to present their work for discussion, and has also hosted some of the world’s famous ecologists for talks.  

2013/14 Academic Year

December 5 Christopher Harley, UBC
January 23 Dr. Jana Vamosi, UCalgary
February 19 Iain McKechnie, SFU REM
February 27
Corey Tarwater, UBC
March 13 Brett Howard and Natascia Tamburello, SFU
March 20 Steve Munch, NMFS, Santa Cruz
March 27 Mike Beakes, SFU
April 3 Jonathan Reum

2012/13 Academic Year

October 11 Kristen Gorman Trophic interactions and variation in reproductive performance within a community of Antarctic penguins (genus Pygoscelis)
October 18 Mika Mokkenen Evolutionary conflicts in a small mammal: behavioral, physiological and genetic differences between the sexes
October 25 Tanya Stamberger Misinformation leads to overconfidence in aggressive contests
November 1 Erika Eliason Local adaptation and temperature tolerance among sockeye salmon populations
November 8 Erica Jeffrey Size-mediated conflict over mating rate in mosquitofish: are small females calling the shots?
November 22 Alex Chubaty To tree or not to tree: energy- and time-limited habitat settlement decisions in bark beetles
November 29 Heidi Currier Legacy Brominated Flame Retardants and their Replacements: How we can Better Understand their Environmental Threat using both in Vitro and in Vivo Met
December 6 Luis Malpica Cruz Evaluation of trophic levels and feeding grounds of Northeastern Pacific sharks as a function of ontogeny based on stable isotope analysis
December 13 Holly Middleton A 'landscape of fear': the effects of human land uses on habitat use by wintering ducks on the Fraser estuary
January 10 Anne Ellison Are you smarter than a turkey vulture? Testing problem solving in Cathartes aura using the string-pulling approach
January 17 Evan Henderson and Natascia Tamburello Invasive Lionfish in the Caribbean: Movers, Shakers, but not Moneymakers
January 24 Erika Eliason Local adaptation and temperature tolerance among sockeye salmon populations
January 31 Birgit Schwarz Song in the Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri) – function, geographical variation, and the unexpected
February 7 Sean McCann Social birds versus social wasps: the case of the Red-throated Caracara
February 21 Elizabeth M. Wolkovich Community assembly and disassembly under global change
February 28 Yolanda Morbey Timing reproduction in seasonal environments: individual variation and the underlying strategies used by salmonids
March 6 Dr. Charles Crawford Thinking of sexual selection in terms of co-operation and kinship
March 28 Elly Knight Do they fledge at the edge? Impacts of habitat fragmentation on songbirds breeding in Okanagan sagebrush shrubsteppe
April 11 Brendan Connor Are there too many salmon in the ocean?