Ecology Seminar (PEERS)

The Ecology Seminar (aka PEERS: PErspectives in Ecological ReSearch) meets Fridays at 3 p.m. in 222 Carr Hall during spring and fall semesters.
A big thanks to Matthew Leibold for leading PEERS from Fall 2018 through Fall 2019.


Tips on how to effectively respond to a review of your manuscript: download PowerPoint presentation.

Helpful tips on Writing Manuscripts by Emma Sayer: key points and the full version.

My own tips on structuring a paper around a set of questions or hypotheses: download PowerPoint presentation.

Science Communication Resources (courtesy of Jamie Gillooly): download pdf

Readings for Fall 2017

Oct. 20: Usinowicz et al. 2017. Temporal coexistence mechanisms contribute to the latitudinal gradient in forest diversity. Nature 550:105-108. pdf

Optional/supplementary readings for 9/1 (I doubt we will discuss these, so these are really just resources for the curious):

  • Ainsworth, E. A., and A. Rogers. 2007. The response of photosynthesis and stomatal conductance to rising [CO2]: mechanisms and environmental interactions. Plant, Cell & Environment 30:258–270. pdf
  • Cernusak, L. A., N. Ubierna, K. Winter, J. A. M. Holtum, J. D. Marshall, and G. D. Farquhar. 2013. Environmental and physiological determinants of carbon isotope discrimination in terrestrial plants. New Phytologist 200:950–965. pdf
  • Norby, R. J., and D. R. Zak. 2011. Ecological lessons from free-air CO2 enrichment (FACE) experiments. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 42:181–203. pdf


Readings for Spring 2017

March 3: Asner et al. 2017. Airborne laser-guided imaging spectroscopy to map forest trait diversity and guide conservation. Science 355:385-389. pdf | supplement

March 31: Lamb et al. 2017. Seagrass ecosystems reduce exposure to bacterial pathogens of humans, fishes, and invertebrates. Science 355:731-733. pdf | supplement