4th Annual UFBI & IFAS Symposium: Collaborations in Biodiversity Research

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4th Annual UFBI & IFAS Symposium: Collaborations in Biodiversity Research

May 2 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

4th Annual UFBI & IFAS Symposium: Collaborations in Biodiversity Research

Welcome to the 4th Annual Collaborations in Biodiversity Research Symposium! This event showcases collaboration across all colleges at UF, with lightning talks by faculty and students, plenty of time for networking, a keynote address, panel discussions and an outdoor courtyard poster session with drinks and snacks at the end of the day. The afternoon session will highlight the impacts of invasive species on biodiversity – which explains the lionfish image in our branding for this year’s event. Come enjoy your colleagues, free food and drink, and lively discussions! Mark your calendars, and see you there!

Monday, May 2, 2022
8:00AM – 5:00PM
Reitz Union – Chamber Room
This will be a hybrid event taking place online and in person.

Symposium Agenda:

8:00- 8:15AM Opening Remarks
Scott Angle, Senior Vice President of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Robert Gilbert, UF/IFAS Dean for Research and Director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station
Pam Soltis, Distinguished Professor and Director of the UF Biodiversity Institute

8:15 – 9:55AM 10-Minute Project Summaries: Jumpstart Awardees

8:15 – 8:25 am- Jehangir “Jango” Bhadha “Characterizing Soil-Water-Microbiome Domains as Part of an Open Access Database for the DeLuca Preserve”

8:25 – 8:35 am- Stephanie Bohlman “An AI-guided adaptive biodiversity survey to map tree species at Ordway Swisher Biological Station”

8:35 – 8:45 am- Edward “Hance” Ellington “How rangeland bird diversity and abundance respond to grazing management”

8:45 – 8:55 am- Jude Grosser “Planting New Improved Scion/Rootstock Combinations from the CREC Citrus Breeding Program to Demonstrate Sustainable and Profitable Citriculture in Florida”

8:55- 9:05 am- Marcus Lashley “Leveraging Snapshot USA to monitor animal diversity and consequences of oak activity patterns”

9:05- 9:15 am- Lawrence Reeves “Vertebrate surveys through mosquito blood meal-derived DNA at the DeLuca Preserve”

9:15- 9:25 am- Aditya Singh “Mapping and inventorying floristic biological, functional, and structural diversity across the DeLuca Preserve using LiDAR and high-resolution airborne hyperspectral imaging”

9:25- 9:35 am- Matthew Smith “Florida’s Fungal Diversity: Documenting Subtropical Fungi of the DeLuca Preserve and Archbold Biological Station”

9:35- 9:45 am- Andres Susaeta “An integrated bioeconomic model for wildfire risk, surrounding forest management and tradeoffs of ecosystem services in the Deluca Preserve”

9:45- 9:55 am- Jason Vogel “Forest-Level Examination of Silviculture Effects on Ecosystem Services (ForESEES) through integration of Remote Sensing with Field Experiments”

9:5 5- 10:15AM AM Break

10:15AM – 12:15PM Biodiversity Institute student awardees, UFBI fellow talks

10:15 – 10:25 am- Prabha Amarashinghe “The distribution patterns of Sri Lankan Memecylon in changing climates and conservation priorities”

10:25 – 10:35 am- Michael Belitz “Climate drivers of adult insect activity are conditioned by life history traits”

10:35 – 10:45 am- Leo Ohyama “Environmental drivers of omnivory impact the global pattern of body size in ants”

10:45 – 10:55 am- Luis Montalvo “Hybridization and Population Genetics of Two Wrens Across an Environmental Gradient”

10:55- 11:05 am- Patrick Saldana “Grateful for the dead: the widespread importance of dead foundation species for biodiversity and function in marine ecosystems”

11:15 – 11:25 am- Denis Valle “The Latent Dirichlet Allocation model applied to airborne LiDAR data: A case study on mapping forest degradation associated with fragmentation and fire in the Amazon region”

11:25 – 11:35 am- Jessica Whelpley “Establishing a Phylogenetic Backbone to Assess the Biodiversity and Evolutionary Dynamics of Sea Cucumbers Across the Marine Biosphere”

11:35 – 11:45 am- Raeleen Crandall “Fire return interval is more influential than fire seasonality on plant community similarity in pine savannas”

11:45 – 11:55 am- Jeremy Lichstein “Studying the biodiversity of U.S. forests using the Forest Inventory and Analysis database”

11:55 am – 12:05 pm- John Toohey “Grateful for the dead: the widespread importance of dead foundation species for biodiversity and function in marine ecosystems”

12:05 – 12:15 pm- Lindsay Campbell & Robert Guralnick “Bridging the interdisciplinary divide: Florida Mosquito Control District surveillance data for downstream biodiversity research”

12:15 – 12:25 pm- Joshua Doby “Can isotopes predict nitrogen fixing phenotypes: A field study”

12:15 – 12:45PM Networking Lunch

12:45 – 1:45PM Keynote: Matthew Thomas, UF/ FAS Professor and Director, Invasion Science Center

1:45 – 2:00PM Afternoon Break

2:00 – 4:00PM Invasion Science – 2 thematic lightning talk sessions followed by panel discussion

2:50 – 3:00PM Session 1 – 3 Invasion Science faculty (1o min. each) followed by panel discussion

3:50- 4:00PM Session 2 – 3 Invasion Science faculty (1o min. each) followed by panel discussion

4:00- 5:00 pm Poster presentations and networking 

5:00 – 6:00PM Social (G320 Reitz Union)

To register, go to:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-symposium-collaborations-in-biodiversity-research-tickets-260476751977

For more information about the UF IFAS please visit: UF IFAS Research

For more information about the Ordway Swisher Biological Station please visit: OSBS

For additional information, please contact:

John M. Davis
Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Research
Email: Angela Petringelo

or

Pamela S. Soltis
Distinguished Professor and Director of the UF Biodiversity Institute
Email: Flora Marynak

Talk is free, but registration is required. Zoom link will be sent to registrants before the event.

REGISTER

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Date:
May 2
Time:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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