Recorded Lectures

Speakers

NOTE: ECSS Seminars are typically held from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Due to potential time differences between invited seminar speakers and USU, Wednesday and Thursday Seminars may not always start at 4:00 PM. Seminar times will be posted as soon as we know them, but if you have questions about an upcoming seminar, please email Thad Nicholls (thad.nicholls@usu.edu).

Seminars are recorded and made available below, and can also be found on the Ecology Center YouTube Channel HERE

Date Speaker Lectures
2015

David Denlinger
Ohio State University

Insect Diapause: Shutting Down for the Winter
Surviving in the Antarctica: And Insect Perspective
2021

Peter Marra
Georgetown University, Director of the Georgetown Environment Initiative
Washington D.C.

Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer
Studying birds in the context of the annual cycle: Seasonal interactions and carry-over effects.
2021

Ivette Perfecto
University of Michigan, Professor of Environment & Sustainability
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Integrating Conservation and Agruiculture to Feel the World Sustainably and with a Social Justice Lens
Using natural history to informt he study of complex ecological systems: a case study of the coffee agroecosystem
2021

Diana Six
University of Montana, Professor of Forest Entomology/Pathology
Missula, Montana

Fungi matter: the ecological stoichiometry of bark beetle-fungus symbioses
What makes a survivor? Growth, chemistry, genetics, and climate sensitivity of whitebark pine affected by climate-driven mountain pine beetle outbreaks
2021

Chelsea Wood
University of Washington, Assistant Professor of Aquatic & Fishery Science
Seattle, Washington

Ghosts of oceans past: What can data on historical parasite burdens tell us about the future of marine disease?
Habitat area integrates over spatial and temporal variability in snail abundance to predict human urogenital schistosomiasis burden
2021

James Beasley
University of Georgia, Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology & Management
Athens, Georgia

History, management and future of invasive wild pigs in the U.S.
Radioactive Wildlife: Impacts of the Chernobyl and Fukushima on Wildlife
2020

Tadashi Fukami
Stanford University, Associate Professor of Biology
Stanford, California

Origins and Frontiers
Nectar microbes as a natural microcosm
2020

Jessica Hua
Binghamton University, Assistant Professor of Biological Studies
Binghamton, New York

Disease Ecology in the Face of Global Change
Scientists as Environmental Educators
2020 Jonathan Hall
West Virgina University, Assistant Professor of Geography
Morganton, West Virginia
Conservation geography in the Anthropocene
California Condor movement ecology in human-dominated landscapes
2020 Abi Vanak
Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Fellow
Bengaluru, India
Help! My best friend is an invasive: Dogs in the wrong places
Mad dogs and sick monkeys: Understanding pathogen dynamics in complex systems
2019

Kezia Manlove
Assistant Professor, Ecology Center & QCNR
Utah State Univesity

Harnessing incomplete information in real-time to understand -and manage- emerging infectious disease events in humans and wildlife: Some synthesis and an eye towards COVID-19
2019

Clare Aslan
Associate Director, School of Earth & Sustainability
Northern Arizona University

Friends Forever? Environmental Change and Pollination
Pollinator Visitation to Native Hawaiin Plants
2019

John Fieberg
Associate Professor, Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology
University of Minnesota

What I've learned, so far, as a quantitative ecologist
Methods for modeling among-animal variability in habitat selection studies
2019

Nyeema Harris
Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Michigan

Carnivore community ecology in light of anthropogenic pressures.
2019

Danica Lombardozzi
Project Scientist II, Global Dynamics Laboratory
National Center for Atmospheric Research

What can plants tell us about air pollution?
Linking leaves to global climate: Understanding terrestrial ecosystems in changing environments
2019

Robin Kimmerer
Distinguished Teaching Professor and Director
Center for Native Peoples and the Environment

p- values and cultural values: creating symbiosis between indigenous and western scientific knowledges to advance ecological justice
2019

Rob Jackson
Professor, Earth System Science
Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Senior Fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy
Stanford University

Greenhouse gas emissions and natural solutions
Ecology underground: belowground processes and global change
2019

Bob Holt
University of Florida
Chair in Ecological Studies

Niche Conservatism, evolution, and applied ecology
2019

Kaveh Madani
Imperial College London
Visiting Professor of Natural Sciences

Water, Complexity, and Public Policy in Iran
Can we solve one problem without creating new ones?
2018

Jesse Morris
University of Utah
Research Assistant Professor

Long-term perspectives on environmental change: What does paleoecology offer?
Black cats in dark rooms: Reconstructing past forest disturbances to confront an uncertain future
2018

Tim Essington
University of Washington
Professor and Associate Director

The big deal about little fish
Why are conference presentations so bad, and what to do about them
2018

Nalini Nadkarni
University of Utah, Professor

Tapestry thinking: Weaving ecology, public engagement to bridge science and society
Effects of disturbance on ecosystem functions of rainforest canopy biota
2018

Andrew Jorgenson
Boston College, Professor & Chair

Sociological research methods for studying socio-environmental relationships
Climate change, inequality and human well-being: perspectives from macrosociology
2018

Elizaeth Borer
University of Minnesota, Professor

Kangaroos, Kudu, and Caribou: mammalian herbivores, nutrients, and future grasslands on Earth
Effects of environmental nutrient enrichment on pathogens: from individual to biogeographic scales
2018

Meghan Duffy
University of Michigan
Associate Professor

The value of basic scientific research: how water fleas might teach us how to fight fungal infections in people
What can plankton tell us about links between ecosystems & disease?
2018

Johanna Varner
Colorado Mesa University, Assistant Professor

Engaging Citizens in Place-Based Climate Change Research
Pikas Under Fire: American Pika Ecology and Behavior in a Time of Global Change
2018

Elizabeth Leger
University of Nevada
Professor

Tales from the crypt: What can we learn from natural history collections? (DVD available in the EC)
Practical applications of contemporary evolution (DVD available in the EC)
2018

Francesca Cotrufo
Colorado State University, Professor & Associate Head

Soil organic matter dynamics in a changing world: can wicked challenges be transformed into opportunities?
From plant inputs to soil organic matter formation and stabilization: an integrated measuring-modeling approach
2018

Craig Allen
USGS Fort Collins Science Center, Research Ecologist

Reflections on landscape change research & the arc of one ecological career
Transformative ecosystem responses to interacting extreme events
2018

Richard Reading
University of Botswanna
Fullbright Scholar/Conservation Scientist

From "Paper Park" to Model Protected Area: Ikh Nart Nature Reserve, Mongolia
African Vulture Crisis
2017

Rob Pringle
Princeton University 
Assistant Professor

Niche collapse and trophic downgrading on islands with 'novel' top predators
2017

Gregory Retallack
University of Oregon 
Professor

Astropedology and the origin of life
Global cooling by grasslands in the geological past and near future
2017

Asmerit Asefaw Berhe
UC Merced
Associate Professor

What's soil erosion got to do with carbon sequestration?
Post-fire soil carbon dynamics: Particulate and dissolved pyrogenic carbon in fire-affected soils
2017

Jennifer Funk
Chapman University 
Associate Professor

There goes the neighborhood: the odyssey of invasive plants
Trait-based approaches to ecological restoration in invaded plant communities
2017

Doug McCauley
University of California

Ecological Dynamics in a Smaller World
Extinction and the Future of Our Oceans
2017

Diana Wall
Colorado State University

New frontiers in biodiversity: soil life moves to the world stage
2017

Nathan Stephenson
USGS

A Non-Traditional Career in Science
Tree growth rate increases continuously with tree size and the origins of a scientific controversy
2017

Daniel Schindler
University of Washington

How watershed features control ecosystem processes in river basins
The importance of prediction for developing effective policy for global change
2016

Nicole Barger
University of Colorado

Advances in biological soil crust restoration in North American drylands
Transforming STEM education in Higher Education
2016

Bruce Hungate
Northern Arizona University, Department of Biological Sciences
Regents' Professor

Microbial ecology of soil carbon
Climate change, what's new?
2016

Sharon Strauss
University of California, Department of Evolution and Ecology
Professor

Are more closely related species more ecologically similar?
The Evolution of the Ecological Niche
2016

Thomas Dietz
Michigan State University
Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Environmental Science

Beyond Well-Being and the Environment
Understanding the Drivers of Global Environmental Change
2016

Anthony Darrouzet-Nardi
University of Texas

CO2 exchange in semiarid soils with biological soil crusts
Cross Biome Contrasts in Soil Biogeochemistry

2016

Lisa Schulte-Moore
Iowa State University

Prairie STRIPS: From Research to Action
Growing a Resilient Agriculture in Iowa and Beyond
2015

Nathan Morehouse
University of Pittsburgh

Evolutionary Insights from the Reproductive Biology of Butterflies
Vision, Predation, and Complex Courtship Signaling in Jumping Spiders

2015

Cathy Whitlock
Montana State University

The Role of Climate and People in Shaping Past Fire Activity
Yellowstone Stability and Change
2015

Trevor Branch
University of Washington

How do fisheries affect marine food webs
The Status of Global Marine Fisheries: Opposing Arguments

2015

Sarah Bush
University of Utah

Evolution of Cryptic Coloration in Ectoparasites
Stalking Wild Lice in the Tropics
2015

Tom Hobbs
Colorado State University

Bayesian Analysis in Ecology: Six reasons to learn it explained simply
2015

Hope Jahren
University of Hawaii

What can the carbon isotope composition of planet tissue tell us
Global Change and Your Dinner Plate
2014

James Grace
USGS

Can we Save Coastal Prairie from Coversion to Exotic Forest
The Great Productivity - Diversity Debate

2014

Jonathan Moore
Simon Fraser University

The Life Blood of Western Canada Oil or Salmon
Free Flowing Rivers and their Diversity, Stability, and Conservation
2014

Mary Ruckelshaus
Stanford Woods Institute

The Science and Practice of Valuing Nautre's Benefits

2014

Jeremy Fox
University of Calgary

Causes and Consequences of Spatially Synchronized Population Dynamics
Blogs: A Newish Niche in the Scientific Communication Ecosystem

2021

Beth Rose Middleton Manning
UC Davis

Toward De-Colonial Political Ecology
Environmental Policy from Native American Studies

2021

Margaret Walls
Resources for the Future

Conservation and Environmental Justice
Fire, Smoke, and Jobs: Economic Impacts of Wildfire in the American West

2021

Merav Ben-David
University of Wyoming

Who Pushed the Button?
When the planet warms up, will social relationships cool down? A furry tail