Seminars

  • Founded
    1971
  • Seminar Number
    521

This seminar covers all aspects of population biology, broadly defined to include ecology, evolution and other aspects of modern organismal biology. It also encompasses studies of animal behavior in the field and laboratory, paleontology, theoretical and experimental biology, genetics and genomics.


Co-Chairs
Alison Cucco
alisoncuc@gmail.com

Kathleen A. Nolan
knolan@sfc.edu

Rapporteur
Lorna Jepkoech Kimaiyo
ljk2158@columbia.edu

Meeting Schedule

10/03/2023 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Sunbears (Helarctos melayanus) as seed dispersal agents of megafaunal-syndrome plants
Christina Colon, Kingsborough Community College




11/14/2023 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Suburban meadows can improve soil microbial communities and chemistry
Michael Tessler, Medgar Evers College




12/05/2023 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
TBD
TBD,




02/06/2024 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Zooplankton of the East River (Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York)
Emily Herstoff, St. Francis College
Abstract

Abstract

In sampling the East River in 2022, we found a diversity of zooplankton, from polychaete worms to larval American lobsters. Shannon diversity and evenness did not differ across sample dates and were not influenced by water chemistry. However, the proportion of major zooplankton groups did significantly differ across the sampling period. For instance, gelatinous zooplankton made up a large portion of the zooplankton community for one week in June; the following week, copepod abundance dropped precipitously. The patterns we observed are likely indicative of population cycles in zooplankton abundance and diversity. Our study helps establish a baseline for zooplankton in the East River, which will be useful to monitor alongside local changes in urbanization, habitat restoration, and climate change.





03/18/2024 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
TBD
Evon Hekkala,




04/02/2024 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
TBD
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05/07/2024 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
TBD
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