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2015-16 Seminars

  • 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
    TBD

    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
    TBD

    February 8 — DR. SUSAN SINGER, NSF
    TBD

    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. 
    Host: UGSRC-MARINE

    March 14 — NO SEMINAR
    Spring Break

    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
    TBD 
    Host: UGSRC-BIO, Dr. Fourqurean

    April 18 — DR. DAVID PODGORSKI, FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
    The Convergence of Photosolubilized Carbon with the Background DOC Pool 
    Host: UGSRC-MARINE

    April 25 — BIOLOGY HONORS TALKS
    TBD 
    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

    Dr. James Elser

    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.

    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.

    This evening is co-sponsored by FIU Department of Biological Sciences, the Southeast Environmental Research Center, and the Everglades Foundation.

    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 jedwell@fiu.edu.

  • 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