. . . Friday, January 24. By an anonymous vote, we’ll be having the EEB journal club on campus this semester and roll on to Happy Hour at a bar of our choice afterwards. Hopefully, this will make it more accessible to those who have other commitments after or before. Due to the difficulty of getting a room, we’ve chosen to have it in Butler 202 at 4pm on Fridays. All grad students, post docs and professors are encouraged to attend when they can.
To start, this Friday (Jan. 24) I’ll be presenting this paper on the genomics of ancient Rome. This paper came out late last year and is a really nice example of what we can do with high coverage, high throughput genomic sequencing. [Ancient genetics of Rome]
If you’d like to present a paper on whatever makes you excited to be doing science, here’s a link to the spreadsheet with the dates we’ll be meeting.
If you’d like to do something off the classic papers spreadsheet Zach mentioned, see this link. Any professors reading this, feel free to add more to this spreadsheet, especially ecology & behavior.
. . . Friday, January 17. Hope everyone had a great break. This semester, the EEB journal club will be coordinated by myself (Zach Hancock) and Emma Lehmberg. The first meeting will be this Friday at 4:00 on the 2nd Floor of Butler Hall in room 202. We will be meeting in what is lovingly referred to as “Huxley’s Hole” at the end of the hallway.
In the past we’ve held journal club at O’Bannon’s, but we’d like to give the opportunity this year to change the venue. This Friday we will vote on whether we’d like to keep having journal club here, or if we’d prefer to have it on campus (or at a different bar). In addition, we’d like to discuss how to increase attendance from the EEB students, especially the newer cohorts.
EEB journal club is a great opportunity to meet people in other cohorts, learn what your colleagues are doing, and importantly become exposed to primary literature that may be outside of your field.
. . . Friday, November 15. Natalie Hamilton will present a paper discussing a hot debate in taxonomy: whether a photograph can be a type specimen or not. The main article is Krell and Marshall. Attached are two other short opinion pieces on the matter. People might find it interesting to know just HOW heated taxonomists can get about this topic. As usual, come join the discussion at O’Bannon’s at 4PM on Friday. [Krell and Marshall] [Article] [Rogers et al]
. . . Friday, November 8. This week Emma Lehmberg will present a paper discussing the collective intelligence of slime molds. Come join the discussion at O’Bannon’s at 4PM on Friday. Hope to see everyone there! [Reid & Latty 2016]
. . . Friday, October 25. This week, Gaston Jofre will present a paper that proposes word choice is guided by positive frequency-dependent selection – a bias that makes speakers disproportionately likely to use the words that most others use. Come join the discussion at O’Bannon’s at 4PM on Friday. Hope to see everyone there! [Page et al 2018]
. . . Friday, October 11. Join us on Friday at 4PM at O’Bannon’s to discuss sex-specific parasite effects in birds. Erin Nguyen will lead the discussion. [Hicks et al 2019]
. . . Friday, September 27. For this week’s journal club, Jamie Alfieri will lead the discussion on how “linkage” affects the absence of negative selection signals in cancer cells, not a lack of negative selection. As usual, we will meet at O’Bannon’s at 4 PM on Friday. Hope to see everyone there! [Tilk et al 2019]
. . . Friday, September 20. This week, Faith Hardin will lead our discussion. Attached is a paper on how nest helpers may reduce telomere attrition for dominant female breeders in a cooperatively breeding warbler. It’s an interesting paper that should elicit questions about the role of related and non-related helpers and the role of “altruism” (or not) in the natural world. We’ll meet, as usual, at O’Bannon’s on Friday at 4 PM. Hope to see everyone there! [Hammers et al 2019]
. . . Friday, September 13. Zach Hancock will lead a discussion on the origins of genome complexity. The paper argues that the transition in genome complexity from prokaryotes to eukaryotes emerged passively by nonadaptive processes. Should make for a fun discussion. We will meet on Friday at 4 PM at O’Bannon’s. [Lynch & Conery]
Also, here is a link to a Google sign-up sheet for the rest of the semester. There are a limited number of spots so first come first serve.
. . . Friday, September 6. For this week’s journal club, Steven Bovio will lead a discussion on widespread biases in EEB. The attached paper addresses geographic, taxonomic, and citation biases in publications between temperate and tropical systems. Steven will focus most on what these biases mean, how they influence our understanding of the natural world, and what the community can do moving forward. We will meet on Friday at 4PM at O’Bannon’s in Northgate. Hope to see everyone there! [Culumber et al 2019 ]
. . . Friday, August 30. Howdy EEB community! Hope everyone’s first week back to school is going well. We are going to start our behavior, ecology, and evolution reading (BEER) group back up again this Friday at 4:00 PM at O’Bannon’s on Northgate. The BEER group is a graduate student-run social journal club that meets each week. In the past, we typically have one student sign up for a week of the semester to facilitate a discussion on a paper of their choosing. There is no particular theme other than it must be related to EEB. The BEER group is open to anyone and faculty members are highly encouraged to attend. Though the journal club name and location are beer-related, there is absolutely no pressure to imbibe.
As a graduate student, networking and connecting with your fellow student researchers is an important way to share information, discover innovative solutions to research problems, and even set up collaborations.
The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Interdisciplinary Student Organization (EEBISO) facilitates the formation of these connections by providing a relaxed setting for students to stay abreast of our ever-changing field(s), socialize with students from a vast array of departments and research backgrounds, have fun and make lasting friendships and collaborations in the process.
Below is a list of some of the events the EEBISO hosts. All are student-run, with the goal of fostering leadership and community within the graduate students participating in EEB.
If you want to get on the EEBISO (student organization) listserv, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with SUBSCRIBE eebiso FirstName LastName in the body of the message.
Weekly Journal Club
Every week, EEBISO students meet up to discuss a journal article that is ecology or evolutionary biology-themed. This serves as a way for students to learn about cutting-edge research across our wide disciplines. See the journal club schedule on this page.
Monthly Shop Talks
The first week of every month, in-lieu of journal club, students may present talks in progress, a discussion about a new lab methodology they’re trying, photos from a recent field expedition, or data they’re trouble shooting to their peers for help and feedback. Pizza is often provided!
Weekly Happy Hours
EEB students and faculty at A&M know that relaxing after a long week in the lab is important for mental and emotional health—and many take part in this informal happy hour event held at Northgate (just north of campus) to relax and catch up with colleagues.
Fall EEBISO-hosted Picnic and Spring Crawfish Boil
Every semester, EEBISO officers and volunteers put together these often huge and always fun social gatherings. In fall, activities include eating great food catered from local businesses and a pre-Halloween/science themed costume contest. Our crawfish boil takes advantage of the spring crawfish harvest and is one of our most popular events.
In addition to the activities listed above, EEBISO members also play intramural soccer, go on camping adventures together, and often assist with other EEB sponsored activities, such as the Ecological Integration Symposium (EIS), which happens every spring.
For more information about Journal Club or EEBISO, contact Alyson Brokaw.