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Science Seminar: How Predators and Herbivores Impact Ways Plants Defend Themselves

Science Seminar: How Predators and Herbivores Impact Ways Plants Defend Themselves

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Event Location
Schmidt Conference Center

Speaker: Colleen Nell, University of California, Irvine

Pre-registration Required
No

Event Details

Our midday seminars are open to the public. Because they are directed to a scientific audience, they are more technical than our evening lectures. To learn more about our free Bay Optimism evening lecture series, visit our evening lecture homepage.

Summary:
Plant-herbivore interactions have traditionally been framed in only two dimensions, focusing on the direct effects of plant defensive traits on herbivores, and the direct effects of herbivores on plants. However, the ecological and evolutionary outcomes of such pairwise interactions depend on the complex ecological communities in which they are embedded. Dr. Nell's work brings new insight into plant-herbivore interactions by bringing in a third dimension: insectivorous bird predators. In this seminar, Nell will discuss (1) plant traits that mediate herbivore resistance through indirect interactions with predators, (2) dynamic feedbacks between plant and predator diversity, and (3) implications of this three-party system for conservation.

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How soil texture and metals impact carbon storage and wetland microbes

How soil texture and metals impact carbon storage and wetland microbes

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Event Location
Schmidt Conference Center

Speaker: Stephanie Yarwood (University of Maryland, College Park)

Pre-registration Required
No

Event Details

Our midday seminars are open to the public. Because they are directed to a scientific audience, they are more technical than our evening lectures. To learn more about our free Bay Optimism evening lecture series, visit our evening lecture homepage.

Stephanie Yarwood is an associate professor of Environmental Microbiology at the University of Maryland, College Park, in the department of Environmental Science and Technology. Her research focuses on the ecology of soil microbes, specifically how human activity impacts microbial communities and their functions in wetlands, urban environments, and farming systems. Part of her research involves trying to improve wetland restoration, by understanding the mechanisms that allow for carbon storage in natural wetlands. This research has been conducted in freshwater tidal wetlands, and includes both field observations and manipulative experiments. 

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