3 - 4 pm
Lory Student Center, Cherokee Park Ballroom
Join us in honoring GDPE Resident Distinguished Ecologist, Dr. Bill Parton. His seminar will be held in the Lory Student Center, Cherokee Park Room. Immediately following, a University Club reception will be held in his honor.
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3 - 4 pm
Lory Student Center, Grand Ballroom A
Dr. Jesse Nippert, GDPE graduate, will be speaking about his current work as well as his road from graduate school to his current position. Immediately following, a reception will be held in his honor.
When graduate student Kate Wilkins hikes through Soapstone Prairie Natural Area and Red Mountain Open Space to check images on her wildlife cameras, she's looking at much more than pictures of pronghorns and prairie grasses. The ecology doctoral student is looking at an entire ecosystem, from the wildflowers animals tread upon, to birds that fly over rolling hills, and to humans who hike the trails. "This is an exciting opportunity to integrate our university's strengths in ecology, veterinary medicine, assisted reproduction, environmental anthropology, conservation social science and human well-being," said Liba Pejchar, associate professor in CSU's Warner College of Natural Resources, and co-principal investigator on the ecological part of the study.
For those familiar with the practice of composting, seeing - and smelling - the breakdown of plant and organic material over a long period of time is quite familiar. In a Colorado State University-led study, published in the journal "Nature Geoscience," a new approach to soil management for carbon sequestration may help combat climate change. Francesca Cotrufo, a professor of soil and crop sciences and lead investigator on the study, worked on the study with a number of researchers, including Diana Wall, director of CSU's School of Global Environmental Sustainability.
Cameron Ghalambor, professor of biology, researched how phenotypic plasticity may have a role in the evolutionary adaptation of populations to changed environmental conditions, but it has not been clear whether it facilitates or hinders adaptation. The authors of this study allowed guppies to evolve in a novel predator-free environment and looked at the resulting changes in gene expression. They see that the genes that evolve expression differences are not those that were adaptively phenotypically plastic, but those whose plasticity of gene expression was non-adaptive in the ancestral population.