Monday, June 17, 2013

STRI weekly seminar program:

Tuesday seminar June 18th, 2013 at the Earl S. Tupper Conference Center
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Announcing the STRI Tuesday afternoon seminar for June 18th, 2013 at 4:00 pm in the Earl S. Tupper auditorium:

Speaker: Thorsten Wiegand and Adreas Huth, Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research

Title: Towards a unified spatial theory of biodiversity

Abstract:  To understand the relative importance of processes and factors that govern the composition and dynamics of species-rich communities we use an approach that differs radically from previous attempts in adopting a spatially explicit perspective towards a Unified Spatial Theory of Biodiversity. We capitalize the tremendous amount of information on spatial patterns buried in fully mapped plots of tropical forests by integrating recent theory on statistical inference for stochastic simulation models with spatial point pattern analysis. We present an introduction into the project, a brief summary of major achievements and one case study for a spatial point pattern analysis.

Upcoming seminars: 

June 25:  Bernard Roitberg, Simon Fraser University

Title to be announced

July 2:  Mark Guiltinan, Penn State University

Exploring the Genome of Theobroma cacao:  Functional Analysis of Key Regulators of the Plant Immune System

July 9:  Sunshine Van Bael, Tulane University & STRI

Leaf traits and host plant-fungal endophyte associations in a tropical forest

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