Montana State University

Ecology Seminar Schedule

Spring Semester 2013

Ecological Sciences Seminar Series
Ecology Department
Thursdays 3:30-4:30, 304 Lewis Hall

BIOE 555 Communications in Ecological Sciences SEMINAR SERIES

This new course for graduate students, BIOE 555, will be the basis for the spring Ecological Sciences Seminar Series. This course will require students to gain experience presenting scientific information in a variety of communication methods. The seminar format and schedule will be significantly different than the fall semester series, but the topics will continue to be centered in ecology. Graduate students in the course will be preparing several 10-15 minute presentations for each session. Topics will be presented in a variety of formats. The first four weeks will consist of 10-minute presentations focused on a scientific paper(s), the next four weeks will consist of 10-minute presentations without slides and the topic will be their thesis or dissertation research, and the last three weeks will consist of PechaKucha presentations (these are timed presentations 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide [6:40 to get’r done])—this format is to give them experience presenting complex science to lay audiences. The theme for each date's presentations and individual abstracts will be provided a week in advance. Students will begin preparing their presentations during the first weeks of the semester. The seminar series will begin February 7th.

Attendance from campus and extended communities is encouraged and requested. As most of you know, creating presentations and presenting take a lot of time and energy so please respect their efforts by attending seminar.

All who attend will be invited to evaluate each presentation.

Advance notice is requested so that accommodations can be made for special needs, thank you.

Date
Seminar Details
Feb. 7

10-minute professional paper presentation
  • Tanner Williamson
  • Side scan sonar: A low cost and efficient approach for mapping aquatic habitat
  • Heather Sayine-Crawford
  • Using local ecological knowledge to assess wildlife populations
  • Erica Garroutte
  • Effects of climate change on forage quality and reindeer productivity
  • Elias Rosenblatt
  • Evaluating wire-snare poaching trends and the impacts of by-catch on elephants and large carnivores
Feb. 14

10-minute professional paper presentation
  • Erin Shanahan
  • Monitoring the health and status of whitebark pine in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
  • Ross Hinderer
  • Amphibian malformations- their causes and implications
  • Alex Anderson
  • Maturation and age in queen conch (Strombus gigas): Urgent need for changes in harvest criteria
  • Jassiel M'Soka
  • Ecological determinants of survival and reproduction in the spotted hyena
Feb. 21

10-minute professional paper presentation
  • Eric Scholl
  • The influence of tadpoles on leaf decomposition in a neotropical headwater stream
  • James Junker
  • Timber harvest modifies the ecological role of salmon in Alaskan streams
  • David Dockery
  • All that comes up must come down? Absence of downstream passage through a fish ladder in a large Amazonian river
  • Anthony Slominski
  • Climate associated phenological advances in bee pollinators and bee-pollinated plants
Feb. 28

10-minute professional paper presentation
  • Patrick Uthe
  • Is a trout a trout? A range-wide comparison shows nonnative brook trout exhibit greater density, biomass, and production than native inland cutthroat trout
  • Austin McCullough
  • A basinwide perspective on entrainment of fish in irrigation canals
  • Andrew Gilham
  • A basinwide perspective on entrainment of fish in irrigation canals
Mar. 7

10-minute research presentations
  • James Junker
  • Climate change and freshwater ecosystems: Understanding the role of temperature and flow disturbance on energy and element flows in stream food webs
  • Elias Rosenblatt
  • Developing and using non-invasive methods to study the status and distribution of large felids in two national parks in Zambia
  • Eric Scholl
  • Using quantitative food webs in the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers to assess food limitation of pallid sturgeon
  • Jassiel Mísoka
  • Ecology of Spotted Hyena in a Lion Depleted System
Mar. 14
SPRING BREAK
Mar. 21

10-minute research presentations
  • Ross Hinderer
  • Understanding movement and landscape use of Chiricahua leopard frogs (Lithobates chiricahuensis) to promote species persistence in desert ecosystems
  • Anthony Slominski
  • Life history traits of bees and forbs as mediators of phenological responses to climate change
  • Heather Sayine-Crawford
  • Demography of Dall's Sheep in the Mackenzie Mountains
  • Patrick Uthe
  • Effects of abiotic and biotic factors on life history characteristics and vital rates of Yellowstone cutthroat trout in a headwater basin
Mar. 28

10-minute research presentations
  • Andrew Gilham
  • USING A WATERSHED APPROACH TO DETERMINE CATTLE GRAZING IMPACTS IN SMALL HEADWATER STREAMS
  • Erica Garroutte
  • Using Field Data to Validate Satellite Models of Land Use Effects on Elk Forage in the Upper Yellowstone River Basin
  • Erin Shanahan
  • Whitebark Pine Recruitment: What is the potential of the understory?
  • David Dockery
  • Maintaining Migratory Pathways of Sauger in the Face of Climate Change
Apr. 4

10-minute research presentations
  • Tanner Williamson
  • Effect of temperature on the structure and function of epilithon in experimental channels
  • Alex Anderson
  • Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of the Queen Conch Stock at Turneffe Atoll, Belize
  • Austin McCullough
  • Evaluating the effect of management actions for Arctic grayling Thymallus arcticus in the Big Hole Valley, Montana.
Apr. 11

Pecha Kucha presentations
  • Ross Hinderer
  • Desert tortoise and solar power
  • Tanner Williamson
  • Aquatic biofilms: more than just slime
  • Erin Shanahan
  • Whitebark pine in peril?
  • Jassiel M'soka
  • Living with the enemy
  • Austin McCullough
  • Love connection in the Big Hole valley
Apr. 18

Pecha Kucha presentations
  • Erica Garroutte
  • Responding to Climate Change
  • Eric Scholl
  • Reconnecting a River in Southern Illinois
  • Heather Sayine-Crawford
  • Ghosts of the Boreal Forest
  • Patrick Uthe
  • Fish in the Concrete Jungle
  • Anthony Slominski
  • The Secret Lives of Bees
Apr. 25

Pecha Kucha presentations
  • David Dockery
  • Minnows: More than Just Bait
  • James Junker
  • Don't Let the P Run Out
  • Elias Rosenblatt
  • To Hunt or Not to Hunt
  • Alex Anderson
  • Why Protect Turneffe as a Marine Reserve
  • Andrew Gilham
  • Fish Populations in the World's Ocean: Overharvested?