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Second Annual Symposium: Collaborations in Biodiversity Research

May 7 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The joint UFBI, IFAS and Ordway-Swisher 2nd Annual Symposium: Collaborations in Biodiversity Research will be held on Monday, May 7, 2018, 8:00AM – 5:00PM, in the Chamber Room (ground floor) at the J. Wayne Reitz Union.

8:00AM – 8:15AM Morning Snacks and Coffee [G310]
8:15AM – 8:30 AM Opening Remarks [Chamber] Jackie K. Burns UFIFAS Dean for Research, Director of Florida Agricultural Experiment Station
Pan Soltis Distinguished Professor, Director of UF Biodiversity Institute
8:30AM – 10:10AM 10 Minute Project Summaries [Chamber] Hilary Swain Executive Director, Archbold Biological Station “Collaborative opportunities for researchers at Archbold”
Eben Broadbent Assistant Professor, UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources & Conservation “The phenology of sound: leveraging NEON data to understand how environmental change impacts the sound of nature”
 Brent Christner Professor, UF/IFAS Microbiology and Cell Science Development “EMBER: Exploring Microbial Bioaerosol Effects on Rainfall”
 Young Gu Her Assistant Professor, UF/IFAS Tropical Research & Education Ctr. “Quantifying climate change impacts on ecosystem service dynamics in hydrologically connected forest wetland and lake systems”
 Jonathan Judy Assistant Professor, UF/IFAS Soil & Water Science Dept. “Dissolved and colloidal phosphorus concentration, speciation and flux as a function of vegetative cover, soil properties and depth in well-drained forest soils”
 Matthew Leibold Professor, Dept. of Biology, CLAS “New frontiers in community and ecosystem ecology”
 J. Morgan Varner Team Leader, USDA Forest Service, Seattle WA “Fire return intervals drive ecosystem functions”
Katie Sieving Professor, UF/IFAS Wildlife Ecology & Conservation Dept. “Causes and consequences of extraordinary vocal complexity in birds”
Emilio Bruna Professor, UF/IFAS Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Dept. “Connectivity and fragmentation in complex ecosystems”
Damian Adams Associate Professor, IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation “The value of ecosystem services: Ordway-Swisher forest water yield as an example case”
10:10AM – 10:30AM Networking Break [G310]
10:30AM – 11:00AM Biodiversity Institute Graduate Student Awardees [Chamber] John Park Ph.D. Candidate, Biology and Florida Museum of Natural History “Tracking individual tree leaf phenology in tropical forest using drones”
Ana Carolina Fiorini
CLAS Biology  “Produtores de Agua e Floresta,” a payment for ecosystem services case study.
Jonathan Spoelhof Ph.D. Candidate, Florida Museum of Natural History “Different homes for different chroms? Evaluating the influences of chromosomal changes on abiotic niche evolution in angiosperms”
11:10AM – 12:10PM Keynote Address [Chamber]  Michael Binford Program Leader, NFS MacroSystems Biology & Early NEON Science
12:00PM – 12:40PM Lunch [G310 – G315]
12:40PM – 1:30PM Biodiversity Institute Graduate Students and Faculty [Chamber]  Johanna Jantzen CLAS Biology, Florida Museum of Natural History “Alternative taxonomic sampling and tree reconstruction strategies can affect patterns of phylogenetic diversity: Evidence from a case study in Florida.”
Sergio Marconi Ph.D. Student, UF/UFBI School of Natural Resources & Environment “Rethinking remote sensing fundamental unit: scaling functional and structural traits from individuals to Landscape scale”
Farah Carrasco-Rueda Ph.D. Candidate, UF/UFBI School of Natural Resources & Environment, Tropical Conservation & Development Program “Landuse change and bat diversity: understanding patterns and driving mechanisms”
Laura Brenskelle Ph.D. Student, CLAS Biology, Florida Museum of Natural History “An informatician chasing the ancient Maya: leveraging modern data to answer old questions”
Hannah Owens & Robert Guralnick Post-doc, Florida Museum of Natural History and Associate Curator, Florida Museum of Natural History “Bridge Tree: Better Biogeography Through the Union of Phylogenetics and Macroecology”
1:30PM – 2:15PM Panel Discussion [Chamber] Guy Fausnaught Manager, Field Operations, National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) “NEON – Data, Protocols and Shadowing”
2:15PM – 2:30PM Afternoon Break [G310]
2:30PM – 3:00PM Panel Discussion [Chamber] Mike Binford, Pam Soltis, Ben Baiser, Ethan White “Leveraging NEON in NSF Grant Applications”
 3:00PM – 5:00PM Poster Session [G315]

The Symposium is free, but registration is required. Please register here.


If you have any questions regarding the symposium, please contact Dr. Pam Soltis at or Dr. John Davis at

For questions regarding the logistics or registration, please contact Hampton Glover at, Cassie Sexson at or Flora Marynak at


May 7
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


J. Wayne Reitz Union
655 Reitz Union Drive
Gainesville, FL 32611 United States
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