The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Ecology Previous seminars

Ecology seminars that have already happened.

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December 5, 2013 - 4:00pm Ecology graduate students will make presentations on their thesis research. An informal, catered meal will follow. 301D Life Sciences Building
January 16, 2014 - 4:00pm Katharine Suding
(University of California, Berkeley)
Species diversity, community dynamics, and environmental change: lessons from high-elevation mountain systems
108 Wartik
January 23, 2014 - 4:00pm Karen Lips
(University of Maryland)
Amphibian Biodiversity and the Complexity of Amphibian Population Declines
108 Wartik
January 27, 2014 - 4:00pm Nicolae Morar
(Penn State)
Biodiversity at 25: An Argument for a Critical Understanding of the Normative Role of Biodiversity
112 Borland
February 3, 2014 - 4:00pm David Hooper
(Western Washington University)
Effects of biodiversity on ecosystem processes: Does it matter? A tale of two answers.
112 Borland
February 12, 2014 - 12:20pm Gail McCormick
(Penn State)
What makes stress stressful? Why the acute/chronic stress regime is incomplete.
104 Forest Resources Building
February 17, 2014 - 4:00pm Amy Freestone
(Temple University)
Biodiversity and bioinvasions: marine community ecology from local to latitudinal scales
112 Borland
February 19, 2014 - 12:20pm Xin Peng
(Penn State)
Biologically renewable soil nitrogen: simulation of BSC dynamics after applying cyanobacteria to agricultural soil
104 Forest Resources Building
February 24, 2014 - 4:00pm Dov Sax
(Brown University)
Shifts in the Geographic Distributions of Species in Response to Climate Change: Identifying Conservation Options and Elucidating the Role of Climate
112 Borland
February 26, 2014 - 12:20pm Danelle Laflower
(Penn State)
Projecting forest composition and carbon dynamics in the Pacific Northwest, U.S.A.
104 Forest Resources Building
February 26, 2014 - 12:45pm Christy Miller
(Penn State)
Composition and Functional Diversity of Subsurface Microbial Communities at an Acid Mine Drainage Site
104 Forest Resources Building
March 3, 2014 - 1:20pm Jonathan Pruitt
(University of Pittsburgh)
From individuals, to populations, to communities: when does personality matter?
108 Wartik
March 5, 2014 - 12:20pm Jenny Tennessen
(Penn State)
Impacts of anthropogenic noise on stress physiology and reproductive behavior of wood frogs, Lithobates sylvaticus
104 Forest Resources Building
March 5, 2014 - 12:45pm Megan Kepler
(Penn State)
Comparative bioenergetics modeling of lake trout
104 Forest Resources Building
March 17, 2014 - 4:00pm Lacey Knowles
(University of Michigan)
Species Divergence Shaped by the Intersects of Ecology and Climate Change
112 Borland
March 19, 2014 - 12:20pm Katy Barlow
(Penn State)
Invasive plant dispersal along the new corridors of shale gas extraction
104 Forest Resources Building
March 24, 2014 - 4:00pm Mark Patzkowsky
(Penn State)
Biotic Invasion, Niche Conservatism, and the Assembly of Regional Biotas: Lessons from Deep Time
112 Borland
March 26, 2014 - 12:20pm Spencer Carran
(Penn State)
Detecting signatures of contact processes from outbreak dynamics
104 Forest Resources Building
April 2, 2014 - 12:20pm Emilia Sola-Gracia
(Penn State)
Social insects as solitary vehicles
104 Forest Resources Building
April 7, 2014 - 4:00pm Mark Vellend
(Universite de Sherbrooke)
Integrating ecology and genetics: patterns, experiments and ideas
112 Borland
April 9, 2014 - 12:20pm Shuang Liang
(Penn State)
Projecting future forest condition under changing climate in Sierra Nevada Mountains
104 Forest Resources Building
April 14, 2014 - 4:00pm Rachel Whitaker
(University of Illinois)
Maintenance of microbial species diversity in island populations
112 Borland
April 16, 2014 - 12:20pm Andrea Chan
(Penn State)
Are heat-tolerant corals primed to survive ocean acidification?
104 Forest Resources Building
April 23, 2014 - 12:20pm Ethan Davis
(Penn State)
The implications of changing diets on land use, greenhouse gas emissions, and potential ecosystem C sequestration relative to bioenergy
104 Forest Resources Building
April 28, 2014 - 4:00pm Fred Allendorf
(University of Montana)
Human Induced Evolution caused by Unnatural Selection through Harvest of Wild Animals
112 Borland
April 30, 2014 - 12:20pm Morgan Wiechmann
(Penn State)
Quantifying the effect of pre-fire fuels on charcoal formation and carbon storage in a mixed-conifer forest, Sierra Nevada, California
104 Forest Resources Building
April 30, 2014 - 12:45pm Courtney Davis
(Penn State)
Who s where: modeling the abiotic and biotic factors contributing to community assembly in wetlands
104 Forest Resources Building
September 8, 2014 - 4:00pm Lauren Culler
(Dartmouth College)
Mosquito population dynamics in a rapidly changing Arctic
106 Forest Resources Building
January 23, 2015 - 12:20pm Alejandro Royo
(US Forest Service Northern Research Station)
The Forest Above and Below: Disturbance and herbivory interactions govern vegetation and seed bank diversity
104 Forest Resources Building
January 30, 2015 - 12:20pm David Muñoz
(Penn State)
Predicting climate change adaptive potential in red- backed salamanders: within-population variation in responses to climate
104 Forest Resources Building
February 13, 2015 - 12:10pm Uma Ramakrishnan
(Juniata College)
Variation of mercury concentration in coyotes across Pennsylvania: Implications for driving forces in Hg bioaccumulation.
104 Forest Resources Building
February 16, 2015 - 3:35pm Kirk Czymmek
(Carl Zeiss Microscopy)
Advances in 3D Microscopy: Using Photons and Electrons to Explore Plants, Microbes, and Their Interactions
112 Buckhout Laboratory
February 16, 2015 - 4:00pm Paul Lenhart
(University of Kentucky)
Paradox of the prairie: studying the nutritional ecology of a grasshopper community
106 Forest Resource Building
February 17, 2015 - 4:00pm Ed Brook
(Oregon State University)
Greenhouse Gas Dynamics at the End of the Last Ice Age: New Views from the WAIS Divide Ice Core and Taylor Glacier, Antarctica
22 Deike Building
February 18, 2015 - 11:15am Michael Mann
(Penn State)
How Likely WAS the 2014 Global Temperature Record?
529 Walker Building
February 20, 2015 - 11:15am Wendy Klooster
(Ohio State University)
Wood-Boring Insect Ecology
112 Forest Resources Building
February 20, 2015 - 12:20pm Susan Stout
(US Forest Service Northern Research Station)
Women in Forestry: Roots, leaves, branches – and room for growth.
104 Forest Resources Building
February 20, 2015 - 4:00pm Quinn Thomas
(Virginia Tech)
Interaction between forests and global environmental change (Co-sponsored with the Geography Dept.)
112 Walker
February 23, 2015 - 4:00pm CANCELLED - Creagh Breuner
(University of Montana)
Physiological ecology of stress
106 Forest Resources Building
February 27, 2015 - 12:20pm Scott Stoleson
(Forest Service Northern Research Station)
Current work on Cerulean Warblers: Determining migratory connectivity and testing management strategies
104 Forest Resources Building
March 2, 2015 - 4:00pm Michael Sheriff
(Penn State)
Predator-induced fear; the physiological and behavioral consequences of living with risk
106 Forest Resources Building
March 20, 2015 - 12:20pm Maria S. Sepulveda
(Purdue University)
Emerging contaminants in the environment: effects on fish & wildlife.
104 Forest Resources Building
March 23, 2015 - 4:00pm David Carr
(University of Virginia)
Effects of inbreeding on plant-pollinator interactions: the roles or rewards, honest signals, and possible deception
106 Forest Resources Building
March 27, 2015 - 12:20pm Ed Topp
(University of Western Ontario)
Emerging contaminants in the environment: relationships to agricultural practices and livestock.
104 Forest Resources Building
March 30, 2015 - 4:00pm Micky Eubanks
(Texas A & M)
Insect ecology and trophic interactions in plant-insect communities
106 Forest Resources Building
April 3, 2015 - 12:20pm Alan Kolok
(University of Nebraska)
Emerging contaminants in the environment: ecological and human health effects.
104 Forest Resources Building
April 8, 2015 - 4:00pm Steve Palumbi
(Stanford University)
Adaptation to climate change in oceans
107 Forest Resources Building
April 10, 2015 - 12:20pm Edward P. Kolodziej
(University of Washington)
Emerging contaminants in the environment: effects on water quality.
104 Forest Resources Building
April 13, 2015 - 4:00pm Trinity Hamilton
(Penn State)
Microbial communities in stressful environments
106 Forest Resources Building
April 17, 2015 - 12:20pm Huaibin Zhang
(Penn State)
PDDA(Poly dimethyldiallylammonium chloride) intercalated clay nano-composite for anion uptake
104 Forest Resources Building
April 24, 2015 - 12:20pm Scott Sillett
(Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center)
Demographic and behavioral responses of a migratory songbird to climate variation
104 Forest Resources Building
April 27, 2015 - 4:00pm Fred Allendorf
(University of Montana)
The use of genetic variation to conserve natural populations: From allozymes to genomes
112 Forest Resources Building
September 16, 2015 - 12:20pm Shannon White
(Penn State)
Personality, plasticity, and the conservation of brook trout
102 Forest Resources Bldg
September 25, 2015 - 11:15am Eric Lonsdorf
(Chicago Botanic Garden)
Formal application of common sense to integrate our knowledge of bees into fruit farm management decisions
107 Forest Resources Bldg
September 30, 2015 - 12:20pm Ismaiel Szink
(Penn State)
Are endophytes saprotrophs?
102 Forest Resources Bldg
October 5, 2015 - 2:30pm Micky Eubanks
(Texas A&M University)
Ants, plants, and bugs: Community-wide consequences of mutualisms involving honeydew-producing insects
301D Life Sciences Bldg
October 12, 2015 - 2:30pm Chris Howey
(Penn State)
Ecological effects of prescribed fire on black racer habitat use, thermoregulation, and energy expenditures
301D Life Sciences Bldg
October 19, 2015 - 2:30pm Dan Warner
(Auburn University)
he role of developmental plasticity and natural selection in shaping phenotypic variation in lizard populations
301D Life Sciences Bldg
October 21, 2015 - 12:20pm Matt Toenies
(Penn State)
Effects of hemlock decline on bird communities at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
102 Forest Resources Bldg
October 26, 2015 - 2:30pm Barbara Baraibar
(Penn State)
Weed seed predation in agroecosystems
301D Life Sciences Bldg
November 2, 2015 - 2:30pm Clare Rittschof
(Penn State)
Honey bee aggression: Integrating scales and disciplines
301D Life Sciences Bldg
November 4, 2015 - 12:20pm Will Miller
(Penn State)
Evaluating the population genetic structure of eastern white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus): implications for management of chronic wasting disease
102 Forest Resources Bldg
November 9, 2015 - 2:30pm Kristin Strock
(Dickinson College)
Diatom community responses to climate change
301D Life Sciences Bldg
November 11, 2015 - 12:20pm David Muñoz
(Penn State)
The Salamander Population and Adaptation Research Collaboration Network: Where to next?
102 Forest Resources Bldg
November 16, 2015 - 2:30pm F. Joseph Pollock
(Penn State)
Coral health and disease: from ocean basins to bacteria
301D Life Sciences Bldg
November 30, 2015 - 2:30pm Ebony Murrell
(Penn State)
From the ground up: Investigating multitrophic interactions in agroecosystems
301D Life Sciences Bldg
December 2, 2015 - 12:20pm Warren Reed
(Penn State)
Long-term changes in masticated woody fuelbeds in northern California and southern Oregon
102 Forest Resources Bldg
December 7, 2015 - 4:00pm Terry Chapin
(University of Alaska Fairbanks)
Conservation Stewardship: Shaping Pathways of Large-scale Change in Social-ecological Systems
112 Walker Bldg
December 9, 2015 - 12:20pm Weile Chen
(Penn State)
Mycorrhizal fungal communities associated with temperate trees
102 Forest Resources Bldg
February 24, 2016 - 12:20pm Staci Amburgey
(Penn State)
Improving our understanding of the role of climate, species interactions, and land-use change on species range dynamics
104 Forest Resources Building
March 2, 2016 - 12:20pm Lexie Orr
(Penn State)
Topographic controls of soil respiration at the Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory
104 Forest Resources Building
March 16, 2016 - 12:20pm Colbie Reed
(Penn State)
Characteristic necrophoresis behaviors within the social network of Camponotus pennsylvanicus
104 Forest Resources Building
March 23, 2016 - 12:20pm Eric Hagan
(Penn State)
Shifting perspectives in riparian conservation planning: Trade-offs, options and opportunities in managed ecosystems
104 Forest Resources Building
March 30, 2016 - 12:20pm Melanie Kammerer
(Penn State)
Pollinator conservation in agricultural landscapes
104 Forest Resources Building
April 6, 2016 - 12:20pm Christian John
(Penn State)
Migrating against a green wave: caribou movement in a landscape of unpredictable phenological phenomena
104 Forest Resources Building
April 12, 2016 - 1:00pm Novel Ecosystems Research Symposium:
(An afternoon with Penn State Ecologists)
A one day ecology research symposium
University Park
April 12, 2016 - 4:00pm Richard Hobbs
(The University of Western Australia)
Changing ecologies: finding ways to the future without losing the past
Berg Auditorium (100 Life Science Bldg)
April 13, 2016 - 12:20pm Sarah Isbell
(Penn State)
Nutrient supply and retention in ROSE 2.0 (Reduced-Tillage Organic Systems Experiment)
104 Forest Resources Building
April 20, 2016 - 12:20pm Shauna-Kay Rainford
(Penn State)
Thesis proposal: Soil organic carbon in vernal pools
104 Forest Resources Building
April 27, 2016 - 12:20pm Tim Gould
(Penn State)
Floodplain disturbance & ecosystem service provisioning
104 Forest Resources Building
September 12, 2016 - 4:00pm Dr. Peter Hudson
(Penn State)
Some challenges and successes in studying The Ecology of Infectious Diseases
107 Forest Resources Building
September 19, 2016 - 4:00pm Dr. Tomás Carlo
(Penn State)
Ecology of Frugivory and Seed Dispersal: a key animal-plant interaction
107 Forest Resources Building
September 26, 2016 - 4:00pm Dr. Andrew Light
(George Mason University)
Should We Intentionally Create Novel Ecosystems in Response to Climate Change?
107 Forest Resources Building
October 3, 2016 - 4:00pm Dr. Erica Smithwick
(Penn State)
Thinking spatially and socially: enhancing landscape management under rapid ecological change
107 Forest Resources Building
October 17, 2016 - 4:00pm Dr. Jason Kaye
(Penn State)
It isn’t easy to apply biodiversity-ecosystem function theory to sustainable agriculture
107 Forest Resources Building
October 24, 2016 - 4:00pm Dr. Elizabeth Pringle
(University of Nevada, Reno)
Microbial symbionts, plant metabolism, and the trophic exchanges that regulate a multispecies protective mutualism.
107 Forest Resources Building
October 31, 2016 - 4:00pm Dr. David Hughes
(Penn State)
Zombie ant fungi: How the organism without the brain controls the one with the brain
107 Forest Resources Building
November 7, 2016 - 11:53am Richard T.T. Forman
(Stuckeman School - 2016 Landscape Architecture John R. Bracken Fellow)
Urban Ecology Science, Resources Next to Cities, and Where to Add a Billion People
Stuckeman Family Building Jury Space (First Floor)
November 7, 2016 - 4:00pm Dr. Robert R. Junker
(University Salzburg)
Integrating the chemical ecology of flowers into community ecology
107 Forest Resources Building
November 14, 2016 - 4:00pm Dr. Christina Grozinger
(Penn State)
Bee health: from genes to landscapes
107 Forest Resources Building
November 28, 2016 - 4:00pm Dr. Todd LaJeunesse
(Penn State)
Ecological insights from coral-dinoflagellate symbioses: Does competition contribute to stability in mutualisms?
107 Forest Resources Building
December 5, 2016 - 4:00pm Dr. Victoria Braithwaite
(Penn State)
Lessons from Ecology for Conservation: what does a fish need to know?
107 Forest Resources Building
February 1, 2017 - 12:20pm Asia Murphy
(Penn State)
Ecology Colloquium Series - Using Camera Traps to Examine How Carnivore Distributions and Interactions Influence White-tailed Deer Fawn Survival and Density
104 Forest Resources Building
February 6, 2017 - 4:00pm Jesse Lasky
(Penn State)
Ecology Seminar Series - Plant responses to climate from genomic to community level
105 Wartik
February 8, 2017 - 12:20pm Ethan Kibe
(Penn State)
Ecology Colloquium Series - Modeling Black Bear Populations in PA
104 Forest Resources Building
February 11, 2017 - 11:00am Dr. Peter J. Hudson
(Huck Institute for the Life Sciences - Penn State University)
2017 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science
100 Thomas Building, Penn State
February 20, 2017 - 4:00pm Morgan Varner
(US Forest Service)
Ecology Seminar Series - Flammability of North American Forests
106 Forest Resources Building
February 22, 2017 - 12:20pm Colbie Reed
(Penn State )
Ecology Colloquium Series - Biochemical and biophysical factors governing a complex host-parasite relationship: Pathogen growth and development as observed in the entomopathogenic fungus, Ophiocordyceps unilateralis
104 Forest Resources Building
February 27, 2017 - 4:00pm Dr. R. Ford Denison
(University of Minnesota)
Ecology Seminar Series - Evolutionary tradeoffs as opportunities
106 Forest Resources Building
March 1, 2017 - 12:20pm Rachel Rozum
(Penn State)
Ecology Colloquium Series - Modeling Phosphorus Dynamics in Soils and Release to Water Systems
104 Forest Resources Building
March 13, 2017 - 4:00pm Dr. Bruce Schulte
(Western Kentucky University)
Chemical communication and social behavior of elephants with applications for conservation
106 Forest Resources Building
March 15, 2017 - 12:20pm Tim Gould
(Penn State)
Ecology Colloquium Series - Coarse Woody Debris in Riparian Corridors of Central Pennsylvania: How Quantities, Characteristics and Dynamics Vary with Anthropogenic Disturbance
104 Forest Resources Building
March 22, 2017 - 12:20pm Kelly Derham
(Penn State)
Ecology Colloquium Series - Identifying ecological and management factors that affect forest composition 10 years after an overstory removal in mixed-oak forests
104 Forest Resources Building
March 27, 2017 - 4:00pm Dr. Greg Gilbert
(UC Santa Cruz)
Phylogenetic ecology of wild plant diseases
101 ASI
March 29, 2017 - 12:20pm Erik Hagan
(Penn State)
Ecology Colloquium Series - Shifting Perspectives in Riparian Conservation Planning; Trade-offs, Options and Opportunities in Managed Ecosystems
104 Forest Resources Building
April 3, 2017 - 4:00pm Dr. Stephen Keller
(University of Vermont)
Life at the Edge: Ecological genomics of climate adaptation in range-edge populations of balsam poplar
106 Forest Resources Building
April 5, 2017 - 12:20pm Noah Winters
(Penn State)
Ecology Colloquium Series - Mining Tropical Genetic Diversity to Improve Agricultural Crops
104 Forest Resources Building
April 6, 2017 - 12:05pm Dr. James Delattre, PhD
(Penn State University)
Invent Penn State: New Entrepreneurship and Commerialization Support Services for Faculty Research
135 Reber Building
April 10, 2017 - 4:00pm Dr. Brendan Bohannan
(University of Oregon)
Each of Us an Island: Using ecological theory to understand variation in host-associated microbial communities
106 Forest Resources Building
April 12, 2017 - 12:20pm Brady Boyer
(Penn State)
Ecology Colloquium Series - Pre-dispersal seed predation and its effects on the plant community
104 Forest Resources Building
April 17, 2017 - 4:00pm Dr. Lisette Waits
(Univeristy of Idaho)
Comparative landscape genetics of amphibians, bats and rain forest trees in Idaho and Costa Rica
106 Forest Resources Building
April 19, 2017 - 12:20pm Ted Primka
(Penn State)
Ecology Colloquium Series - Effects of soil moisture and topographic position on the distribution of relative root production below ground
104 Forest Resources Building
April 20, 2017 - 12:00pm The Ecology IGDP
(Penn State)
Evolutionary Ecology Research Symposium
301D Life Sciences
April 20, 2017 - 4:00pm Dr. W Christopher Funk
(Colorado State University)
Keynote Address - 2017 Evolutionary Ecology Research Symposium: "My population is screwed. Will genetic rescue help?"
Berg Auditorium - 100 Life Sciences
April 24, 2017 - 4:00pm Dr. Ray Huey
(University of Washington)
Thermal sensitivity of ectotherms in a warming world
106 Forest Resources Building
April 26, 2017 - 12:20pm Curt McConnell
(Penn State)
Ecology Colloquium Series - The Fate of Phosphates in Agricultural Ecosystems: Using 18O to trace phosphorus turnover in soil
104 Forest Resources Building
April 27, 2017 - 12:05pm Dr. Jianjun Cheng, PhD
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Addressing Delivery Challenges through Controlled Materials Design
135 Reber Building
May 9, 2017 - 11:00am Joe Mascaro
(Planet.com)
Daily Monitoring of the Land Surface of the Earth
Berg Auditorium - 100 Life Sciences Building
May 10, 2017 - 7:00am Dr. Charles N. Serhan and Dr. Gary D. Wu, Keynote Speakers
(Penn State University Park Campus)
The 36th Summer Symposium - Metabolism, Disease Models and Model Organisms
Berg Auditorium - 100 Huck Life Sciences Building
September 11, 2017 - 4:00pm David Miller
(Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, Penn State)
Quantifying ecological processes from observational data: using hierarchical models to separate observation-, state-, heterogeneity-, and dynamic-processes
107 Forest Resources Building
September 18, 2017 - 4:00pm Rebecca Bliege Bird
(Department of Anthropology, Penn State)
Does pyrodiversity beget biodiversity? Using ethnoecological methods in Australia
107 Forest Resources Building
September 25, 2017 - 4:00pm Tracy Langkilde
(Biology Department, Penn State)
Adaptive responses to environmental change: Living with fire ants, road noise, and loud croaks
107 Forest Resources Building
October 2, 2017 - 4:00pm Kevin L. Hockett
(Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, Penn State)
When To Kill Your Neighbor: Bacterial Antagonism In the Phyllosphere
107 Forest Resources Building
October 9, 2017 - 4:00pm Margarita López-Uribe
(Department of Entomology, Penn State)
Pollinator health: Lessons from their evolutionary and life history traits
107 Forest Resources Building
October 16, 2017 - 4:00pm Terrance Bell
(Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, Penn State)
Organisms, communities, and environments: What actually matters in a microbiome?
107 Forest Resources Building
October 23, 2017 - 4:00pm Jessica Corman
(University of Wisconsin-Madison, Center for Limnology)
Frontiers and foundations of ecosystem ecology: Legacy of a classic paper (Odum 1969)
107 Forest Resources Building
October 30, 2017 - 4:00pm Kathleen Lohse
(Idaho State University, Department of Biological Science with joint appointment in the Department of Geosciences)
Improving prediction of soil carbon and fluxes at the plot to landscapes scale
107 Forest Resources Building
November 6, 2017 - 12:00pm David Eissenstat
(Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, Penn State)
Strategies of Nutrient Acquisition in Temperate Trees
217 Forest Resources Building
November 13, 2017 - 4:00pm Ruth Yanai
(State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry)
Quantifying Uncertainty in Ecosystem STudies: QUEST
107 Forest Resources Building
November 27, 2017 - 4:00pm Jonathan M Duncan
(Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, Penn State)
Nutrient fluxes in urban watersheds: Insights from the Baltimore Ecosystem Study
107 Forest Resources Building