TLDG readings

The theme for the 2013 Thursday Lunch Discussion Group (TLDG) is Interesting papers by upcoming seminar speakers. Discussing the seminar speaker's papers together beforehand will strengthen our seminar experience, offering a chance for deeper conversations with the speaker when they arrive and giving us background to more fully understand the implications of the speaker's work and seminar. On weeks without a seminar speaker, other topical papers will be chosen for discussion.

PDFs of the TLDG readings for each week are posted as attachments at the BOTTOM of this page and are listed by the LAST NAME of the seminar speaker.

February 1
Of songs and trees: Behavioral diversification in avian radiations
Elizabeth Derryberry, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Tulane University
Host: Dana Moseley
TLDG Reading: Derryberry.etal_.2012.pdf

February 8
Ecotypic variation in common ragweed response to climate change - something to sneeze about?
Kristina Stinson, Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Host: Andrew Whiteley
TLDG Reading: Stinson.etal.2011.Ecosphere

Feb 22
From individuals, to populations, to communities: When does personality matter?
Jonathan Pruitt, Department of Biology, University of Pittsburgh
Host: Beth Jakob
TLDG Reading: Pruitt.2013.American Naturalist

Mar 1
Foraging ecology of apex predatory sharks
Neil Hammerschlag, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami
Host: Duncan Irschick
TLDG Reading: Hammerschlag.etal.2012.PLOSONE

Mar 8
The role of development in morphologic evolution: Evidence from the genetics, development and morphology of mammalian limbs
Karen Sears, Department of Animal Biology, University of illinois
Host: Betsy Dumont
TLDG Reading: Sears.etal.2012.JEB

Mar 29
A sea change in seabird research: How emerging geospatial technologies are radically changing the study of spatial ecology in the Antarctic
Heather Lynch, Department of Ecology and Evolution, Stony Brook University
Host: Krzysztof Sakrejda
TLDG Reading: Lynch.2012.pdf

Apr 5
Ecological validity and the comparative evolution of cognition
Ron Hoy, Department of Neurobiology & Behavior, Cornell University
Host: Sheila Patek
TLDG Reading: Hoy.etal.2009.Science and Hoy.etal.2010.JExpBiol
Additional background papers for Hoy's seminar: Attending to detail by communal spider-eating spiders and Spider Cognition

Apr 12
Ecology & conservation of North Pacific albatrosses
Paul Sievert, Department of Environmental Conservation & OEB, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Host: Betsy Dumont
TLDG Reading: Sievert.etal.albatrosses.2008

Apr 26
Conservation genomics of the endangered Channel Islands Fox: Harnessing the power of next-generation sequencing to improve biodiversity conservation
Chris Funk, Department of Biology, Colorado State University
Host: Andrew Whiteley
TLDG Reading: Funk.etal.2012.TREE