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Discussion Groups

Wednesdays, 12 - 1:30 p.m.,
1088 Ruthven Museums Building 

EEB 800 seminar: The latitudinal diversity gradient: Earth’s fundamental biodiversity pattern

Contacts: Dan Rabosky

The latitudinal diversity gradient is perhaps the most prominent biodiversity pattern on Earth, but the ecological and evolutionary causes of the pattern remain elusive. In this seminar, we will discuss the generality of the gradient and its proposed ecological and evolutionary causes. We will also discuss the relationship between the latitudinal diversity gradient and other regional diversity anomalies, towards understanding why species richness is distributed so unevenly across the Earth’s surface.


Mondays, 1 - 2:30 p.m.,
1088 Ruthven Museums Building 

EEB 800 seminar

Contacts: Catherine Badgley and Miriam Zelditch

We will discuss ecological and evolutionary processes and geographic patterns of diversity. The format will be discussion of papers from the current literature and the framing of studies that integrate species diversity, functional traits and phylogenetic diversity.


Last Tuesday of month, 4 p.m. Sign up for the email group for updates

Data Analysis Networking Group (DANG!)

Contact: Anna Seekatz

Networking/seminar group focused on microbial data analysis. This meeting is geared at trainees doing analysis – postdocs, graduate students etc., actively analyzing their data sets and concentrates on problems and solutions. 

Don't know how to visualize your results? Come to DANG, and hopefully as a group we can come up with a method. Did you recently discover an amazing R package or script? Come to DANG, and share with us how you used it. Our hope is that these meetings/discussions will foster new ideas within our respective fields.

To sign up for future meetings/announcements or propose a topic (which come on a rolling, volunteer basis):

Join the umich DANG group on MCommunity

Thursdays, 12 - 1:30 p.m.,
2060 Kraus Natural Science Building 

Virus Ecology Group (VEG)

Contact: Melissa Duhaime

Paper and data discussion around all things viral (with slant towards using omics to advance viral ecology). Our first meeting theme was "CRISPRs (microbial acquired immunity) at the intersection of community omics and eco-evolutionary modeling."

Join the VEG group on MCommunity   


Dates, times and
location will be announced via 
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EEB/MCDB Journal Club

Contact:  Taylor Nye and Joe Walker

Last summer we started a joint EEB/MCDB journal club, where we get together to discuss interesting papers that appeal to both departments. It's been a great opportunity for us to dissect papers from various angles and to meet some of the people we pass by in the halls of Kraus each day. The ultimate goal of this journal club is to foster a collaborative and interdisciplinary atmosphere, with opportunities to discuss both our own research and current manuscripts that are important to both fields.

If anyone has interest in presenting, please email us and we'll get it on the schedule. We meet once per month.


1 - 2 p.m., Fridays

3141 Kraus Natural Science Building

Integrative Behavioral Ecology Group (BEG)

Contact: Ben Dantzer

This group meets approximately biweekly for paper discussions to informal talks about behavioral ecology, evolutionary ecology, physiological ecology, etc. One specific goal is to provide a venue for people to discuss what they are actively working on and get feedback. This includes graduate students, postdocs and faculty. By adding integrative to behavioral ecology, we hope to make this a group that studies the behavior of animals from a whole-organism approach (the mechanisms underlying the behavior) but at the same time addresses research questions in the evolutionary and ecological context of their study organism. We are open to any type of talk that incorporates behavioral ecology/animal behavior even if it isn’t integrative.

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Mondays, 5 p.m.,
1532 Ruthven Museum (aka Paleo classroom)

Morphometrics Discussion Group

Contact: Miriam Leah Zelditch

The morphometrics seminar will provide an introduction to the theory and practice of shape analysis, focusing on methods for adapting conventional multivariate statistical methods to the distinctive data and shape. As well as introducing standard visualization methods (e.g., principal components analysis and partial least squares analysis) and analytic methods (general linear models and phylogenetic generalized least squares) we will also discuss more specialized methods such as techniques for fitting macroevolutionary models to multivariate data, methods for analyzing modularity and the evolution of covariance matrices, according to the interests of participants. Familiarity with R is helpful but not necessary.


5:30 - 7 p.m., 
Kraus Natural Science Building - Room 2111

New World Agriculture and Ecology Group

Contact: John Vandermeer

NWAEG is made up of faculty and students from various departments who share an interest in agroecological, political, and economic issues of importance in the western hemisphere, although issues of global interest are occasionally dealt with. Meetings are held once a week and feature presentations and/or discussion of readings, followed by a social hour. Other activities that the group engages in typically focus on education and outreach, and range from writing letters to journals and newspapers, to designing and teaching a minicourse on a topic not addressed by existing courses.

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Tuesdays, 4 - 5 p.m. 1056 Kraus Natural Science Building

Plant Ecology Discussion Group

Contact: Deborah E. Goldberg

Also known as PEDG or pedagogue, meets weekly to talk about current research, both from the literature and by members of the group. It is an excellent forum to discuss all stages of research, from initial half-baked ideas to practice conference presentations or critiques of a manuscript draft. The range of topics depends on the interest of the group and (despite the name) is not limited to plant ecology.


Fridays, noon,
1088 Ruthven
Museums Building

Phylogenetics Discussion/Reading Group

Contact: Caroline Parins-Fukuchi

We get together to discuss recent papers on phylogenetic methods, biogeography, comparative methods, and anything related to using phylogeny to answer interesting ecology and evolutionary questions. The meeting location may rotate so if you're not sure, stop by Room 2071 a little early. Visit mcommunity, login and search systematics to join the group.

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