TLDG readings

The theme for the 2016 Thursday Lunch Discussion Group (TLDG) is once again 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, there will be no TLDG. Links to or pdfs of each week's paper will be posted here. Grace Pold and Daniel Petersen are this spring's organizers.

The group meets in the French Library (205 French) on Thursdays from 12 noon - 1 p.m. Lunch is provided.

Thursday, February 4
Seminar: Friday, February 5 • Landbird trends in national parks of Pacific Northwest
Chris Ray, Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado, Boulder
Host: Martha Hoopes
TLDG Reading: Jeffress et al. 2013. The idiosyncrasies of place: geographic variation in the climate-distribution relationships of the American pika. Ecological Applications 23(4):864-78.
Discussion Leader: Mariamar Gutierrez Ramirez

Thursday, February 11
Seminar: Thursday, February 12 • Using genomics to directly measure the forces of evolution
John Kelly, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, The University of Kansas
Host: Norman Johnson
TLDG Reading: Sarah A. Bodbyl Roels and John K. Kelly. 2011. RAPID EVOLUTION CAUSED BY POLLINATOR LOSS IN MIMULUS GUTTATUS. Evolution. 65(9) 2541-2552. DOI: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01326.x
Discussion Leader: Norm Johnson

Thursday, February 18
Seminar: Friday, February 19 • The sensory ecology of song in a grassland specialist, the Grasshopper Sparrow
Bernard Lohr, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Host: Jeff Podos
TLDG Reading: Lohr et al. 2013. The function of song types and song components in Grasshopper Sparrows (Ammodramus savanna rum). Behaviour. (150)9-10: 1085-1106.
Discussion Leader:>| Grace Pold

Thursday, February 25
Seminar: Friday, February 26 • Constrained by royal decree: Trans-generational immunity in bumblebees and consequences for friend and foe
Ben Sadd, Infectious Disease Ecology Group, School of Biological Sciences, Illinois State University
Host: Evan Palmer-Young
TLDG Reading: Sadd et al. 2009. A distinct infection cost associated with trans-generational priming of antibacterial immunity in bumble-bees. Biology Letters. 5(6):798-801

Thursday, March 3
Seminar: Friday, March 4 • The remarkable evolutionary convergence of alternative photosynthetic syndromes in plants
Erika Edwards, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Brown University
Host: Madelaine Bartlett
TLDG Reading: Christin et al. 2014. Shared origins of a key enzyme during the evolution of C4 and CAM metabolism. Journal of Experimental Botany. 65(13):3609–3621

Thursday, March 25
Seminar: Friday, March 26 • Larval fish ecology, from the Sargasso Sea to the pond over yonder
John Llopiz, Fisheries Oceanography and Larval Fish Ecology Lab, Department of Biology, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Host: Adrian Jordaan
TLDG Reading: Leis, Jeffrey M, et al. (2013) Does fish larval dispersal differ between high and low latitudes? Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences 280 (1759)

Thursday, March 31
Seminar: Friday, April 1 • How jumping spiders see the world
Elizabeth Jakob, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences and Organismic & Evolutionary Biology, UMass Amherst
Host: TBD
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Thursday, April 7
Seminar: Friday, April 8 • Sinauer Lecture - Biological robotics: Inspiration from the grand diversity of fishes
George Lauder, Department of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
Host: Duncan Irschick
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Thursday, April 14
Seminar: Friday, April 15 • The Huddler’s dilemma: A cold shoulder or a warm inner glow
David Haig, Department of Biology, Duke University
Host: Daniel Petersen
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Thursday, April 21
Seminar: Friday, April 22 • Alexander Lecture - Seeing at the limits: Vision and visual navigation in nocturnal insects
Erik Warrant, Department of Biology, Lund University
Host: Elizabeth Jakob
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