Sunday, 27 August 2017

Biosciences Science Club Events 30 August 2017

Biosciences Science Club Series - Summer 2017
30 August 2017 - 1pm - Zoology Museum (W129)

Merging phylogenetic- and trait-based approaches into Network Ecology 

Dr Vinicius Bastazini

Dr Vinicius Bastazini, postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Biodiversity Theory and Modelling at the Station d'Ecologie Théorique et Expérimentale CNRS Centre in Moulis (France) will be visiting our department this coming week and has kindly agreed to give also a seminar - muito obrigado Vinicius! If you would like to also arrange a chat with Vinicius, please contact Dr John Griffin.

Understanding how species interact and how the topology of ecological networks influences the dynamics of populations and communities has been mind- boggling ecologists for over a century now. Despite this long tradition and the rapid increase in the number of studies of complex ecological networks in the past two decades, only recently have ecologists begun to move beyond the description of topological patterns of interaction networks and started to integrate other important biological data, such as functional traits and phylogenies in Network Ecology. 

Therefore, the aim of this talk is mainly two-fold: to introduce a new analytical approach capable to integrate functional and phylogenetic information in order to describe structural patterns in ecological networks, and to demonstrate the effects of eco- evolutionary dynamics on network resistance.

Hope to see many of you - everyone most welcome to attend!

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