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Fall 2021 Friday Ecology Seminars

Ecology Seminars hosted by the Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research are held on Fridays at 12:15 p.m. and are open to the public. During the fall 2021 semester, talks will be virtual or hybrid and broadcast via Zoom. Please join Zoom by 12:10 p.m. if possible. Recordings will be posted on our YouTube channel during the following week.

For speakers who would like to give an in-person talk, we will set up in Takeru Higuchi Hall or Smissman Hall on West Campus, the two buildings directly north of the Park-and-Ride lot. The format options will be noted in the weekly announcements about talks.

To join the mailing list for notifications and reminders of upcoming seminars, share your name and email address using our quick webform. Note: If you use Gmail and do not receive an email in the coming week, please check your Promotions tab and move any emails from us to your Primary tab.

If you have questions about the seminars, email Prof. Ben Sikes, ben.sikes@ku.edu. Ben will coordinate introductions at the beginning of each talk as well as the question-and-answer session at the end of the talk.

To access the seminars via Zoom, please use the following link and passcode each week, Sept. 3 through Dec. 3. Please do NOT share the link and passcode on social media.

Join Zoom meeting
Meeting ID:  918 2726 4661
Passcode:  2021

Our seminars cover a wide range of topics that broadly relate to ecology and/or conservation issues. Often presentations are given by KU faculty, staff or students, but we also have talks by people at nearby colleges and universities, visitors to campus, or people in the region. Most of our talks are research-oriented, but this seminar series also has proven to be a good forum for sharing information about nonprofits and government agencies. We interpret "talks" broadly; some are polished presentations, while others are opportunities to discuss ideas or a tentative plan for a project.

Friday, Sept. 3 — No presentation

Friday,  Sept. 10 — No presentation

Friday, Sept. 17 — No formal presentation; Sara Baer, director of the Kansas Biological Survey and Center for Ecological Research will hold a start-of-semester discussion with graduate students who are members of labs at the center.

Friday, Sept. 24 — Justin Van Goor (postdoc, Bever/Schultz Lab): Multitropic interactinos with nematodes, figs, and fig pollinators

Friday, Oct. 1Janine Antoni: Art, Nature and the KU Field Station

Friday, Oct. 8 — No seminar (Fall Break begins the following day)

Friday, Oct. 15 — Rondy Malik (postdoc, Bever/Schultz Lab): Global change impacts on plant-microbe interactions

Friday, Oct. 22 — Scott Colborne (University of California-Davis): Sturgeon migration

Friday, Oct. 29 — Trevor Flynn (City of Lawrence Municipal Services): Ecological engineering in Lawrence Municipal Services

Friday, Nov. 5 —Shyamolina Ghosh (former postdoc, Reuman Lab; Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL): Community synchrony

Friday, Nov. 12 —Susan Magnoli (postdoc, Bever/Schultz Lab): Plant-rhizobial interactions

Friday, Nov. 19 — Ligia Souza (doctoral student, Billings Lab; KU Field Station Student Research Award recipient): Soil enzymes and biogeochemistry across Kansas rainfall and land use gradients

Friday, Nov. 26 — No seminar; Thanksgiving break

Friday, Dec. 3 — Atefeh Hosseini (KU graduate student in environmental engineering and KU Field Station Student Research Award recipient): Computational hydrology

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