March Science Café: Beyond the Chatter
Learn about the fascinating world of animal communication and the answers to such questions as: Why did the robot squirrel wave its tail? What do female pigeons really want, his song or his dance? Do urban birds find it harder to get a date over all that noise?
All Science Café events are free and designed for a public audience. Light snacks will be provided and drinks will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.oebsciencecafe.org
Today's OEB seminar is cancelled due to snowstorm
With the University closing at noon today, Kristina Stinson's seminar has been cancelled.
Classic Readings in Evolution and Ecology
TLDG Schedule and Readings
The schedule and readings for this spring's Thursday Lunch Discussion Group are posted here. TLDG meets every Thursday from 12 noon - 1 p.m. in the OEB seminar room (319 MOR 2) and, as always, lunch is provided.
February Science Café: Smell
February's Science Café topic is Smell: the Secret Sense and features the work of OEB doctoral candidate Tom Eiting. Learn how the sense of smell works in mammals, from the anatomy of nasal passages to how smell is perceived.
The event begins at 6:00 pm on Monday, February 4 at Esselon Café on Route 9 in Hadley, MA. Light snacks are provided and drinks available for purchase. All Science Café events are free and designed for a public audience. You can find more information on the Science Café series here.
Lord's study on why wolves are forever wild attracting attention
OEB alum Kathryn Lord's (PhD, 2010) recent paper in Ethology, A Comparison of the Sensory Development of Wolves (Canis lupus lupus) and Dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) is attracting attention. Lord's research may explain why wolves are forever wild, but dogs can be tamed. Her work suggests the different behaviors are related to the animals' earliest sensory experiences and the critical period of socialization.
Artemis Roehrig and Joshua Pezet Thesis Defenses
Joshua Pezet, MS Thesis Defense
1:00 PM, Friday, January 18, 2013
319 Morrill II
Thesis Title: PATTERNS OF VOLATILE RESIN SECONDARY METABOLISM OF EASTERN HEMLOCK AND INTERACTIONS WITH ITS EXOTIC HERBIVORES
Advisor: Joe Elkinton
Artemis Roehrig, MS Thesis Defense
10 AM, Thursday, January 17, 2013
319 Morrill II
Thesis Title: REGIONAL COMPARISON OF OVERWINTERING MORTALITY, FECUNDITY AND VIRULENCE IN THE HEMLOCK WOOLLY ADELGID
Advisor: Joe Elkinton
Long and Kuo awarded Dissertation Research Grants
OEB doctoral candidates Skye Long and Chi-Yun Kuo have been selected to receive Graduate School Dissertation Research Grants. These new, competitive grants are awarded to UMass doctoral students to help cover expenses connected to the student's doctoral dissertation research. Congratulations to both!
Sinauer Associates Lecture
Cornelia I. Bargmann
Torsten N. Wiesel Professor
Lulu and Anthony Wang Laboratory of Neural Circuits and Behavior
The Rockefeller University
Using fixed circuits to build flexible behaviors
Wednesday, November 28
Engineering II Auditorium (Rm 119)
Dr. Bargmann's research focuses on how the environment, experience and the biology of the brain interact to shape an animal's behavior. Her lab aims to investigate how neural circuits develop in the nematode C. elegans. She is particularly interested in how genes influence neural pathways and behavior. She also has a longstanding interest in human genetics and developmental disorders.
New book by OEB alums
OEB alums Mike Jones and Liz Wiley, founders of the non-profit Beyond Ktaadn, have just published the Eastern Alpine Guide. Beyond Ktaadn is an interdisciplinary effort to promote the conservation and understanding of alpine environments in eastern North America. Their book documents the biodiversity of these mountain landscapes.