ESA 2012 preview: talks to see on Tuesday (UPDATED)


8:20: Iain Stott on using matrix models to analyze transient population dynamics

8:55: Andrew Latimer on Bayesian hierarchical models as tools for explanation and prediction. Bayesian hierarchical models vs. non-explanatory “prediction algorithms” like MaxEnt! I can only assume that when Andrew makes these two bandwagons collide, there will be a massive explosion, which he’ll walk away from without flinching, Hollywood action hero-style. 😉

UPDATE: Here’s a video preview of Andrew’s talk! Presumably that’s Andrew in the shades and trenchcoat flying in at the 1:44 mark.

Andrew, if you’re reading this, thanks for taking my silliness in good spirits–I am honestly looking forward to your talk. 😉

9:20: Erin Mordecai on competition-colonization trade-offs and parasite coexistence

9:55: Jorge Soberon on why we should think about “big datasets” the way computer scientists do, rather than as physicists do (i.e. focusing on the underlying processes that generated the data). I find this one hard to judge from the abstract–could be really interesting and new, could just be a dressed-up argument for rather conventional multivariate stats, could be something else entirely…

10:10: Alvaro Sanchez on the eco-evolutionary dynamics of public goods cooperation and coexistence in yeast

10:30: Jane Cowles on effects of warming and diversity on grassland composition and productivity

10:30: Annette Ostling on the different causal “routes” by which niche differences affect the form of the species-abundance distribution

10:50: Roberto Salguero-Gomez on how temporal variation in precipitation, and associated fluctuations in demographic rates, can actually increase the population growth rates of desert plants. Another recommendation from FODE Robin Snyder.

10:50: Ian Carroll on signature of the initial state in absorbing Markov chains. If this sounds totally obscure to you, don’t bother going. If you know what it means, go, because Ian is very good.

11:10: Melo-Jean Yap on modeling disturbance dynamics in mussel beds

1:30: Blake Matthews on the ecosystem consequences of eco-evolutionary dynamics in fish

1:50: Caroline Farrior on using game-theoretical models of plant competition for multiple resources to predict responses to increased carbon dioxide, with implications for the strength of terrestrial carbon sinks

2:10: Christopher Johnson on the surprising dynamics of an insect host and its multiple parasitoids

2:30: Andrew Kanarek on overcoming Allee effects through evolutionary, genetic, and demographic rescue

3:20: Alan Hastings on how SIR models from epidemiology can be used to explain phyoplankton biomass blooms

3:20: Elizabeth Miller on modeling seasonal succession in phytoplankton cell size

1 thought on “ESA 2012 preview: talks to see on Tuesday (UPDATED)

  1. Pitch: skip the yeast talk, and come see if the observed effects of higher plant diversity (more biomass, supporting more individuals at higher trophic levels, etc.) actually translate into ecosystem services: 1:10 Margaret Kosmala on Biological control of annual crop pests provided by mixed prairie of varying diversity

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