3 - 4 pm
Lory Student Center, Cherokee Park Ballroom
Join us in honoring GDPE Resident Distinguished Ecologist, Dr. Bill Parton. His seminar will be held in the Lory Student Center, Cherokee Park Room. Immediately following, a University Club reception will be held in his honor.
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3 - 4 pm
Lory Student Center, Grand Ballroom A
Dr. Jesse Nippert, GDPE graduate, will be speaking about his current work as well as his road from graduate school to his current position. Immediately following, a reception will be held in his honor.
For those familiar with the practice of composting, seeing - and smelling - the breakdown of plant and organic material over a long period of time is quite familiar. In a Colorado State University-led study, published in the journal "Nature Geoscience," a new approach to soil management for carbon sequestration may help combat climate change. Francesca Cotrufo, a professor of soil and crop sciences and lead investigator on the study, worked on the study with a number of researchers, including Diana Wall, director of CSU's School of Global Environmental Sustainability.
Cameron Ghalambor, professor of biology, researched how phenotypic plasticity may have a role in the evolutionary adaptation of populations to changed environmental conditions, but it has not been clear whether it facilitates or hinders adaptation. The authors of this study allowed guppies to evolve in a novel predator-free environment and looked at the resulting changes in gene expression. They see that the genes that evolve expression differences are not those that were adaptively phenotypically plastic, but those whose plasticity of gene expression was non-adaptive in the ancestral population.