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Image for Kris Kaiser: Urban impacts on herpetofauna: evidence from species from four countries and three continents
October 14, 2015

Urban landscapes are growing quickly: by 2030, and as a result, globally, urbanization has become one of the largest causes for habitat degradation and loss; habitat that remains is dramatically altered with respect to a variety of parameters, including light, noise, temperature, and precipitation regimes.  Here I present three sets of studies investigating these impacts on the behavior a

Image for Travis Longcore: Spatial Insights for Applied Ecology: Found Data, Large-Scale Synthesis, and Mapping
October 1, 2015

Spatial tools are now ubiquitous in ecological research. In this talk, I present case studies that illustrate some trends emerging as a result of the availability and application of these tools to better understand pattern and process on the landscape.

Image for Heather Watts: Environmental cues and the timing of annual schedules in birds
September 23, 2015

Heather Watts is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Loyola Marymount University. She got her undergraduate degree from Duke and her PhD from Michigan State where she worked with Kay Holekamp on integrative biology of hyenas. Dr.

Image for George Sakoulas: Discovery of Novel Antibiotic Treatment Strategies: A Bedside to Bench Approach
September 15, 2015

Dr. Sakoulas is an active infectious diseases clinician evaluating patients on the inpatient consult service and in outpatient clinics based at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego.  He lectures extensively on topics such as the global implications of methicillin-resistant S.

Image for Eliot Bush: Comparing closely related bacterial genomes to identify horizontal transfer events
September 11, 2015

Eliot Bush uses computational methods to study evolution, covering a range of topics from sequence analysis to modeling. He co-developed a novel introductory level course at Harvey Mudd College called CS5 Green that introduces computer science through biology. He is also the author of Computing for Biologists, Python Programming and Principles. One current focus in Dr.

Image for Joel Sachs: Host control over invasion by cheater symbionts
September 7, 2015

Bacterial symbioses are ubiquitous and provide eukaryotes a broad array of resources and services. Yet the benefits that these symbionts deliver to hosts are not automatic or fixed. Bacteria have a tremendous evolutionary advantage over hosts in terms of generation time and population size.

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