Evelyn Pielou Discussion Group
Welcome to the Evelyn Pielou Discussion Group hosted by the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Guelph!
The Evelyn Pielou Discussion Group is a weekly discussion group that covers topics relating to the biological and environmental sciences. Topics that are explored include (but are not restricted to) eco-evolutionary dynamics, bioinformatics, future biological methods, and eco-physiological responses to climate change.
The aim for the Evelyn Pielou Discussion Group is to foster a creative environment for biological and environmental scientists at the University of Guelph. Through multidisciplinary discussions, scientists can be exposed to topics outside of their specialization and identify commonalities between disciplines to improve their and other scientist’s research. Furthermore, the Evelyn Pielou Discussion Group provides a space for scientists with varying experience levels to collaborate and assist each other.
The format is very flexible. Although multidisciplinary topics are encouraged, any biological and environmental topic is fair game. One person each week is responsible for beginning the discussion in whatever way they choose. This may involve a paper to discuss, presenting tentative research ideas, a set of data in need of analysis, a finished research product, or anything they see fit to open for discussion. In order to maintain a casual atmosphere, presenters are encouraged to use the whiteboard and describe their data and ideas, rather than relying on Powerpoint.
Any interested undergraduates, graduates, postdocs and faculty are welcome to lead and/or join the discussion.
The Evelyn Pielou Discussion Group meets every Wednesday at 12:00pm for an hour in Rm 4440 Summerlee Science Complex.
Why Evelyn Pielou?
Evelyn Pielou espouses the aims of our discussion group; her interests and biological contributions spanned many fields. She started out with a certificate in radio-physics. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Botany, she taught herself mathematical ecology, published articles, and then turned these articles into a PhD, all without an advisor or committee. She worked for the Canadian government in various capacities and then entered academia formally as a professor at several Canadian Universities. She pioneered the use of multivariate statistics in ecology. During retirement, she wrote several popular science books on topics ranging from biogeography to physics.
Special Series – Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 – New Horizons
In the Winter 2017 semester, the departments of Integrative Biology, Environmental Sciences, and Geography were canvassed to identify concepts and tools that are at the frontiers of the biological and environmental sciences. This horizon scan will form the discussion topics for the Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 semesters.
Fall 2017 Schedule
September 20, 2017 - Science and Policy: Assisted Migration and Climate Change
Facilitated by Emma Davis and Ze'ev Gedalof
September 27, 2017 - Science and Policy: Incorporating Policy into your Science
Facilitated by Monica Granados and Laura Johnson
Recommended Reading: When Canadian scientists were muzzled by their government by Wendy Palen
October 4, 2017 - CRISPR: Introduction
Facilitated by Ryan Gregory
October 11, 2017 - Future Ease of Genomic Data Collection
Facilitated by Robert Hanner
Recommended Reading: Stephens et al. 2015
October 18, 2017 - Microbiome: Host plus microbiome evolution
Facilitated by Jenna Dale and Mason Stothart
Recommended Reading: Zilber-Rosenberg and Rosenberg 2008
October 25, 2017 - Microbiomes: Comparing the ecology of the macro and micro biomes
Facilitated by Tim Bartley
Recommended Reading: Koskella et al. 2017
November 1, 2017 - Machine Learning: Introduction
Facilitated by Cameron Nugent
Recommended Podcast: Arrhythmia Detection with Machine Learning
November 8, 2017 - Machine Learning: Ask the Experts
Guest Experts: Graham Taylor (UoG Machine Learning Research Group), Cameron Nugent (IB PhD Candidate), Joris D'hondt (CBG Lead Data Analyst)
November 15, 2017 - Reproducibility of Science I
Facilitated by Monica Granados and Emma Davis
Recommended Reading: Baker 2016
November 22, 2017 - Reproducibility of Science II
Facilitated by Monica Granados and Emma Davis
Recommended Watching: TEDEd: Is there a reproducibility crisis in science?
November 29, 2017 - Life after Grad School: Industry or Academia
*****Today's discussion will happen at 5pm in Fifth (UC, previously called the Grad Lounge)*****
Facilitated by Chris Greyson-Gaito
Pielou Mailing List Instructions
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If you have any questions about the discussion group, or if you want to facilitate a discussion, please email Chris Greyson-Gaito.
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