BiGCB Special Seminars


Fall 2014 - Spring 2015:  BIGCB Seminar Series

Biological responses to environmental change:  using past and present dynamics to predict future responses.

4-5pm, 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

Professor, Ecology and Evolution, UC Davis
The role of history in current ecology
Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland
The effects of global and regional climate change on phenology of wildflowers and animals in the Colorado Rocky Mountains
Giovanni Rapacciuolo Postdoc, Berkeley Initiative in Global Change Biology, UC Berkeley
Detection and attribution of species’ recent range shifts using disparate historic data sources
Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Washington
Examining phenotypes and their shifts to understand responses of montane insects to climate change
Professor, Stanford University
Physiology meets biogeography: Can we explain the present and predict the consequences of global change?
Science coordinator at University of Arizona Sky School
Frontiers in niche-based thinking for ecological dynamics
Professor and Dean of Physical & Biological Sciences, UC Santa Cruz
Shifting baselines on the Antarctic coast: Using mummies to understand the vulnerability of seals to environmental change
Charles Fox
Professor, Entomology Department, University of Kentucky
Inbreeding-environment interactions: Lessons from a seed-feeding beetle
John Wiens
Professor, Dept of Ecology and Evolution, University of Arizona
Climate change, niche evolution, and the past and future of biodiversity
Yadvindher Malhi
Professor of Ecosystem Science, University of Oxford
Tropical forests in the Anthropocene
Graduate student speakers giving short presentations:

Parasite-Host Interactions in a Changing Environment
Morphological impacts of environmental change: temporal and geographic variation in cranial shape of Peromyscus maniculatus
Exposure to lowered pH and acute thermal stress increases mortality in developing porcelain crabs
David Kurz (ESPM)
The matrix matters: protecting amphibians and reptiles in changing tropical landscapes
Microbial mechanisms of soil carbon release after adaptation to warming

Spring 2014

Jonathan Silvertown Professor of Ecology, The Open University, UK
10:30am, UCMP Fishbowl, Valley Life Sciences Building.

Spring 2013

Prof Andrew Light, Center for American Progress and George Mason University
International Climate Diplomacy at a Crossroads:  The Road to 2020.    
1-2pm. Room 2063, Valley Life Science Building.  Building.
From afar it often looks like little progress is made in the annual United Nations climate negotiations held under the auspices of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.  In fact, the last four years have seen a dramatic change in the way this body has moved forward to articulate a more inclusive and robust pathway for global greenhouse gas emission reductions than had been achieved previously through instruments like the Kyoto Protocol.  This presentation reviews this recent history from the Copenhagen summit in 2009 to the last round of climate talks in Doha this past December.
Prof. Shang-Ping Xie, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD
Regional Patterns of Rainfall Change in a Warming Climate: Role of Ocean-Atmosphere Interaction                                          
4-5pm, 141 McCone Hall
Giovanni Rapacciuolo, Postdoc Berkeley Initiative in Global Change Biology
Can species distribution models predict recently-observed changes in the distributions of birds, butterflies and vascular plants of Great Britain?        
12-1pm, 2063 Valley Life Science Building.

Fall 2012

Dr. Jane Lubchenco, National Oceanic and Atmospheric administration
Society's wicked problems, ecological approaches, and scientists' social contract
During the past four years, considerable progress has been made in translating ecological knowledge into federal policies. The talk will highlight the ways that science has shaped policies and management concerning climate, oceans and coasts, and how that science is made available to and used by decision makers and the public. The presentation will invite discussion of the key roles of the academic community in discovering and sharing the knowledge most needed by society to tackle wicked environmental problems.

BIGCB Graduate Seminar Series: Hosted by Ecolunch - Mondays 12-1:30pm in 2063 VLSB

REBIOMA: Biodiversity data and maps to support conservation in Madagascar.
10/15/2012 a novel approach to citizen science
Opening a Window on Bioscience Journal Articles (including the Biotext Search Engine
Ray Sauvajot
(National Park Service)
Confronting Climate Change in U.S. National Parks
Sarah Allen
(National Park Service)
A thumb in the dike: How ocean parks confront climate change
Data-Driven, Legally-Defensible Resource Management in Yosemite National Park - the Case of the Yosemite Toad
The New Vast Machine: Challenges and Solutions to Mapping Global Biodiversity and its Change
Using historic data to synthesize ecological and landscape change information, the case of the Wieslander Vegetation Type Map Project.

Spring 2012

BIGCB Graduate Seminar Series: Hosted by Ecolunch - Mondays 12-1:30pm 2063 VLSB

Overview of the BiGCB. Open forum for faculty to discuss research ideas that will secure and increase the breadth and depth of BiGCB science; funding opportunities.
  Speakers: Prof Rosemary Gillespie, Prof Charles Marshall
Spatial analysis of biodiversity data to test and apply theory-based indicator metrics for effects of global changes in California: MaxEnt, Macroecology, and Foodweb Theory
  Speakers: Prof John Harte, Prof Steve Beissinger, Prof John Huelsenbeck, Nick Matzke (Grad Student), Andy Rominger (Grad Student), and Dr Neo Martinez.
02/06/2012 California’s coastal aquatic ecosystem response to climate change and water management.
  Speakers: Prof Jonathon Stillman, Prof Mary Power, Prof Patrick O'Grady, Dr Brian Ort (Postdoc), Michael Peterson (Grad Student), Lisa Marrack (Grad Student)
02/13/2012 Climatic change, fire regimes, and human landscape management practices on the central coast of California
  Speakers: To be named. Coordinating Group Members: Prof Kent Lightfoot, Prof David Ackerly, Prof Roger Byrne, Dr Josh Collins, Dr Laurel Collins, Dr Rand Evett, Prof Paul Fine, Prof Diane Gifford-Gonzalez, Prof Christine Hastorf, Prof Lynn Ingram, Prof Max Moritz, Prof Scott Stephens.
02/27/2012 Invasive species in the San Francisco Bay Area: Climate change, next generation genomics, and economics.
  Speakers: To be named. Coordinating Group Members: Prof George Roderick, Prof Rodrigo Almeida, Prof Doris Bachtog, Prof Nicholas Mills, Prof Ellen Simms, Prof Wayne Sousa, Prof David Zilberman.
03/05/2012 High resolution record of past climate change and the biotic response: Drilling Clear Lake, Lake County, Central California.
  Speakers: To be named. Coordinating Group Members: Prof Cindy Looy, Prof David Ackerly, Prof Tony Barnosky, Prof Roger Byrne, Prof John Chiang, Prof Richard Dodd, Prof Ivo Duijnstee, Prof Lynn Ingram, Prof Charles Marshall, Prof Bent Mishler, Prof Mary Power, Prof David Wahl, Prof Kip Will, Prof Susan Zimmerman.
03/12/2012 Using genomics, isotopes and pollen to illuminate the past and predict the future of California bees.
  Speakers: To be named. Coordinating Group Members: Prof Neil Tsutsui, Prof David Ackerly, Prof Todd Dawson, Prof Gordon Frankie, Prof Claire Kremen, Prof Cindy Looy, Prof Rasmus Nielsen, Dr Santiago Ramirez (Postdoc)
03/19/2012 Applying novel tools to museum specimens to detect early signatures of species and community responses to environmental change.
  Speakers: To be named. Coordinating Group Members: Prof Eileen Lacey, Prof David Ackerly, Dr Ke Bi (Postdoc), Prof Mike Eisen, Prof Jeff Good, Prof Maggi Kelly, Prof Marjorie Matocq, Prof Adina Merenlender, Prof Rasmus Nielsen, Prof Todd Dawson, Prof Craig Moritz, Prof Wayne Sousa.
04/16/2012 The Terrestrial Biodiversity and Climate Change Collaborative (TBC3): Applied Science for Bay Area Conservation and Climate Adaptation  
  Speakers: David Ackerly (UC Berkeley), Lisa Micheli (Pepperwood Preserve), Alicia Torregrosa (USGS), Al and Lorrie Flint (USGS).

Fall 2011

Presented during existing campus seminar series

Reconciling neontological and paleontological perspectives response to climate change.
  Venue 1101 VLSB - Fossil Coffee (11am-12pm); Speaker: Prof Craig Moritz
The Interaction of Climatic Change, Fire Regimes, and Human Landscape Management Practices on the Central Coast of California: A BIGCB-Moore Foundation Project.
  Venue: 2063 VLSB - Ecolunch (12-1pm); Speaker: Prof Kent Lightfoot
11/30/2011 A conceptual framework for forecasting biological impacts of global change.
  Venue: 3101 VLSB - MVZ Lunch Seminar (12-1pm); Speaker: Prof Anthony Barnosky
12/12/2011 Landscape Genomics for Climate Adaptation.
  Venue: 3101 VLSB - MVZ Lunch Seminar (12-1pm); Speaker: Prof Justin Borevitz