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Mutualistic Networks: Structure, Function, and Response to Perturbations

Mutualisms are species interactions that are mutually beneficial, including cleaning mutualisms, seed dispersal, and pollination among many others. In nature, most mutualistic interactions are generalized, with any given species interacting with many other partner species. The interactions between pairs of species scale up to form networks, which have a characteristic set of structural properties that are widely consistent across different species, interaction types, and ecosystems.

Applying, Advancing, and Accelerating Evidence-Based Practices in Biology Education

In her talk, Elli Theobald will provide an overview of her efforts to apply evidence-based practices in introductory Biology courses, advance the use of these practices through her research and graduate-level coursework, and accelerate the adoption and support of these practices through joint work with undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students and researchers.

Contributions of Perception, Learning, and Memory to Animal Movement

Explosive growth in the availability of animal movement tracking data is providing
unprecedented opportunities for investigating the linkages between behavior and
ecology over large spatial scales. Cognitive movement ecology brings together
aspects of animal cognition (perception, learning, and memory) to understand how
animals’ context and experience influence movement and space use, affording
insights into encounters, territoriality, migration, and biogeography, among many
other topics.


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