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Spring 2022 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 spring 2022 semester, talks will vary in format (in-person, remote or hybrid, as indicated below) 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. (During the following dates, Friday events will be for graduate students in our labs only: Jan. 28, Feb. 4, March 4, April 15, May 6.)

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.

This semester our regular host, Ben Sikes, KU associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and associate scientist at our research center, is on sabbatical. Sara Baer, director of the Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research, and Dan Reuman, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and senior scientist, will host our seminars. They will coordinate introductions at the beginning of each talk as well as the question-and-answer session at the end of the talk. Kirsten Bosnak, communications coordinator, will send weekly emails; please contact her at moonfarm@ku.edu if you have questions.

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 within a week of requesting to join, please check your Promotions tab and move any emails from us to your Primary tab.

To access the seminars via Zoom, please use the same link and passcode each week; these will be available soon. Please do NOT share the link and passcode on social media. Please note that all seminars will be recorded; student seminars will NOT be posted on YouTube, but all other seminars will be posted on our YouTube channel.

Join Zoom meeting:
 https://kansas.zoom.us/j/93668353787
Meeting ID: 936 6835 3787
Passcode: 749297

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, Jan. 28 — (Remote only) STUDENTS ONLY — Professional development for graduate students: Research proposal development (Sara Baer, director, Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research)

Friday, Feb. 4 — (Remote only) STUDENTS ONLY — Update on 2022 Student Research Awards Programs (KU Field Station Awards, Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Students Research Awards, Smalls Grants Program, with Bryan Foster, KU Field Station director, senior scientists, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology). First Friday grab-and-go pizza lunch for graduate students in 130/132 Takeru Higuchi Hall, West Campus.

Friday,  Feb. 11 — (Remote only) Eric Duell, postdoctoral researcher, Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research: "From soil symbionts to disturbances: Eco-evolutionary insights into Asceplias" 

Friday,  Feb. 18 — (Remote only) Mac Callaham, USDA Forest Service, Athens, Ga.: "The forest floor: Leaf litter as fuel, food, and fulcrum for a tipping point in eastern forests" 

Friday,  Feb. 25 — (Remote only) Jasmin Albert, University of Kansas post-baccalaureate researcher: "Assymetric relationships and their influence on competition and coexistence" 

Friday,  March 4 — (Hybrid) STUDENTS ONLY — Professional development for graduate students: GIS & remote sensing for ecological research (Jude Kastens, associate research professor, Kansas Applied Remote Sensing, a program of the Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research)

Friday,  March 11 — (Hybrid) Vadim Karatayev, postdoctoral researcher, Reuman Lab, Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research: Resilience in large ecosystems 

Friday,  March 18 — No seminar (spring break)

Friday,  March 25 — (Hybrid) Jon Walters, University of Virginia: Heterogeneous lake ecosystem trajectories despite global change

Friday,  April 1 — (Hybrid) Elizabeth Bach, The Nature Conservancy Nachusa Grasslands (Illinois): Long-term data and outcomes from the Nachusa Grasslands restorations

Friday,  April 8 — (Remote only) Gaurav Kandlikar, University of Missouri: Microbial effects on plant community dynamics through the lens of plant functional traits

Friday,  April 15 — (Hybrid) STUDENTS ONLY — Professional development for graduate students: Taking publication-worthy photos of field research (Kirsten Bosnak, communications coordinator, Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research)

Friday,  April 22 — Amy Rosemond, University of Georgia, annual Armitage Lecture at the KU Field Station or the KU Burge Union: Topic TBD

Friday,  April 29 — Leland Russell, Wichita State University: Deer herbivory, light availability and tree regeneration in the Kansas Cross Timbers

Friday,  May 6 — Professional development & pizza lunch for graduate students: DEI in the field (Maggie Wagner, assistant scientist, Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research, and KU assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology)


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