- Bio Seminars, Spring 2016
These seminars take place on Mondays from 3 pm until 4 pm in WC-130 at MMC Campus broadcasted from/to MSB-105, BBC Campus.
January 11 — DR. SAT GAVASSA, FIU
Hybrid learning: blending the best of both worlds
January 11 — DR. KRISTIN BISHOP AND DR. LIGIA COLLADO-VIDES, FIU
Active learning with stadium seating
January 18 — NO SEMINAR SCHEDULED.
Martin Luther King’s Day
January 25 — RESERVED FOR ICTB/PLANTBIOCHEMIST SEARCH CANDIDATE
January 26 — DR. JIM ELSER, ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
Glaser Seminar Week
Ecological Stoichiometry – Overview Lecture Part I
January 27 — DR. JIM ELSER, ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
Glaser Seminar Week
Ecological Stoichiometry – Overview Lecture Part II
January 28 — DR. JIM ELSER, ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
Glaser Seminar Week
Phosphorus, Food and Our Future
January 29 — DR. JIM ELSER, ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
Glaser Seminar Week
Ecological Stoichiometry – Technical Workshop
February 1 — RESERVED FOR ICTB/PLANTBIOCHEMIST SEARCH CANDIDATE
February 8 — DR. SUSAN SINGER, NSF
February 15 — DR. BENJAMIN BECK, SMITHSONIAN
Conservation of Small Populations of Nonhuman Primates
February 22 — DR. CHRIS CRAFT, INDIANA UNIVERSITY
Environmental Gradients, Ecosystem Services and Disturbance: The Life and Times of Coastal Wetlands
Host: UGSRC-BIO, Dr. Kominoski
February 29 — DR. EBEN GOODALE, GUANGXI UNIVERSITY, CHINA
Challenges and opportunities for bird conservation in an Asia-dominated century
Host: FIU’s Tropical Conservation Institute (TCI) & International Center for Tropical Botany (ICTB), Dr. Baraloto
March 7 — DR. TODD LAJEUNESSE, PENN STATE UNIVERSITY
The stability and functionality of coral-algal mutualisms in a time of climate change.
March 14 — NO SEMINAR
March 21 — DR. ILKA FELLER, SMITHSONIAN ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH CENTER
Consequences of Climate Change in Mangrove Ecosystems
Host: UGSRC-BIO, Dr. Troxler
March 28 — DR. PATRICK SULLIVAN, CORNELL UNIVERSITY
Bayesian Hierarchical Modeling of Acoustic Uncertainty on Mysid Shrimp in the Great Lakes
Host: UGSRC-MARINE. Dr. Zhang
March 31 - Thursday — DR. KEITH CRANDALL, GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
Computational Approaches to Biodiversity Informatics
Host: UGSRC-BIO, Dr. Bracken-Grissom
April 4 — DR. TOM ILIFFE, TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY AT GALVESTON
Biodiversity, biogeography and evolution of anchialine cave fauna
Host: UGSRC-MARINE, Dr. Bracken-Grissom
April 11 — DR. MARIANNE HOLMER, UNIV OF SOUTHERN DENMARK
Host: UGSRC-BIO, Dr. Fourqurean
April 18 — DR. DAVID PODGORSKI, FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
The Convergence of Photosolubilized Carbon with the Background DOC Pool
April 25 — BIOLOGY HONORS TALKS
Host: Dr. Goldberg
May 2 — DR. DAVID KADKO, FIU
The US Arctic Geotraces Expedition-North Pole and back!
- 2016 Glaser Distinguished Seminar Speaker Series
Ecological Stoichiometry, Phosphorus and Sustainability
Dr. James Elser – Regent’s and Parents Association Professor University of Arizona
James Elser tests the theory of biological stoichiometry (the balance of elements in nature), spanning scales from organisms to ecosystems. His research integrates global comparisons of various phenomena associated with biological stoichiometry, and he is truly a world leader and integrator of this field. Dr. Elser has expanded ecological stoichiometry by increasing our understanding of how organisms use elemental resource ratios and how resource supply relative to resource demand drives critical biological process ranging from cellular production of ATP to organismal growth rates to ecosystem net productivity. At the cellular level, he is investigating how tumor growth rates are linked to differences in carbon to nitrogen and carbon to phosphorus ratios within cells, and at the global level he is leading research that addresses the uncertainty associated with global declines in phosphorus and the consequences for human nutrition.
Dr. Elser’s outstanding role as a professional mentor is perhaps best exemplified by his development of Woodstoich, an ecologist’s version of Woodstock, whereby rebellious youth expand beyond the confines of our current knowledge and understanding of, in this case, the theory of ecological stoichiometry. Woodstoich has attracted early-career scientists interested in synthesizing or exploring promising connections between ecological stoichiometry and nutritional geometry, or the connections between either of these and other major ecological or evolutionary theories. The workshops have been wildly successful, and fun, resulting each year in special issues in the journal Oikos. Many of the early-career participants make important discoveries and advancements to the field and establish international collaborations that they maintain throughout their careers.
Dr. Elser has over 215 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and currently has $11 million in grants from NSF and NASA. He is co-author of the book Ecological Stoichiometry: The Biology of Elements from Molecules to the Biosphere. He is past president of the Ecological Society of America, and current president of the Association of the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography.
2016 Lectures – Three Parts
Part 1. Academic lectures and workshop
All will be held 3-4 pm in WC130, MMC campus of Florida International University, simultaneously shown in MSB105 on the BBC campus.
- Tuesday, January 26: Ecological Stochiometry – Overview Lecture Part I
- Wednesday, January 27: Ecological Stochiometry – Overview Lecture Part II
- Thursday, January 28: Phosphorus, Food, and Our Future
- Friday, January 29: Ecological Stochiometry – Technical Workshop
Part 2. Presentation open to the general public followed by a wine and cheese reception
Phosphorus, Food, and Our Future
Thursday, January 28, 7 pm – The Kampong Tropical Botanical Garden – 4013 Douglas Rd, Coconut Grove.
In addition to Dr. Elser, the discussion panelists will include:
- Dr. Evelyn Gaiser, Executive Director of the School of Environment, Arts & Society, Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Lead-PI Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research Program, Florida International University
- Ms. Sonia Succar Rodríguez, Director, Phosphorus Grand Challenge, Everglades Foundation. Ms. Succar Rodríguez oversees the Foundation’s first-ever science competition, a multimillion dollar prize aimed at finding an innovative solution to solving the global problem of excessive phosphorus entering water bodies.
- Dr. Katrina Schwartz, Former Fellow at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Dr. Schwartz is a qualitative social scientist working in the interdisciplinary field of political ecology.
- Dr. Gail Hollander, Associate Professor, Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies, Florida International University. She is the author of “Raising Cane in the ‘Glades: The Global Sugar Trade and the Transformation of Florida”, “Securing Sugar: National Security Discourse and the Establishment of Florida’s Sugar-producing Region,” in Economic Geography, and “Agricultural Trade Liberalization, Multifunctionality, and Sugar in the South Florida Landscape” in Geoforum.
- Dr. Sue Newman, Sr. Scientific Section Lead at South Florida Water Management District. Sue has extensive research on phosphorus biogeochemistry in sub-tropical ecosystems.
Part 3. Exploration of the intersection of science and art
Dr. Elser will be a discussion panelist and show his video “The Long Alchemy of Becoming” as part of the art/science exhibition In Deep with Diatoms. Monday, February 1, 3-5 PM, starting in BBC campus room HL175 for the video and panel discussion, then moving to the Hubert Library ASK! Center for the art exhibition.
If you have any questions about these events please contact Jeffrey Wells at 305-348-1320 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- QBIC Confluence Seminars, 2016
Like many universities, a large percentage of the biology majors at Florida International University are pre–medical students. As a department, we are committed to training them to the heights of their abilities.
However, in our biology department, we have identified a need for undergraduates to be exposed to subdisciplines in biology that they may not have seen during their K–12 years.
Confluence is a seminar series whose explicit aim is to introduce undergraduates to the lives and work of researchers in the field of biology. We aim not only to introduce students to the latest scientific questions being addressed in the field, but more importantly to talk about when, in the lives of these great men and women, did they decide to pursue the troubling questions of how this world works.
The seminar speakers talk about their work, what inspired them to pursue this work, and how they view a better mankind because of the questions they are trying to answer. Our guests give an hour–long seminar discussing their research to a largely undergraduate audience. Afterward, they give an interview where they talk more deeply about their life and their work. The QBIC program is proud to present these interviews for your viewing pleasure. View more.
- Plant Talks 2016