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ScienceChat: Ecological Seminar and Discussion Series

Science Chat
Science Chat

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- Our next event is actually in the planning stage. Further information will be announced here soon as possible -

 


Further information will be announced as soon as possible. For questions or suggestions we are gladly at your disposal.

Objectives

The weekly ScienceChat is aimed at PhD students in ecology but all interested students, postdoctoral researchers and research fellows of the University Bremen are very welcome to join!

Participation in the “Science Chat” is without any commitment and free of charge! We meet every Monday at 2 p.m. in seminar room NW2 B 4100 (Group Hoffmeister). The event lasts for a maximum of 1 hour and takes place in English.

Science Chat
Science Chat

Founded by a group of PhD students from ecology in 2016, the “ScienceChat” is aimed at doctoral candidates and students in biology and related fields of natural sciences. Interested post-docs and other research staff are also very welcome to join our events.

In our weekly meetings we discuss topics such as latest results, experimental design, planned research questions, publications, or general topics of mutual interest. Due to a dynamic concept structure, our “Science Chat” provides a platform with a broad spectrum of topics, from conference presentations to literature discussions as a “Journal Club”, as well as invited speakers. The international composition of our meetings also offers the possibility to discuss the respective topic by considering different intercultural perspectives.

The intention of the “Science Chat” is to support exchange between different working groups and to provide an interdisciplinary platform for assistance with questions or problems, particularly for PhD students from the natural sciences. Our amicable meetings and relaxed atmosphere allows an impartial exchange of knowledge, resources, methods, contacts, and personal experiences.

In 2017, we were officially accepted as a „Doc-Network“. With support from the Early Carrer Researcher Development (BYRD) of the University of Bremen, we are able to invite guest speakers as well as offer workshops to improve soft sills techniques.

We advertise our meetings publicly and invite everyone who's interested to join us!

If you are interested to give a presentation at the ScienceChat, please use the Typeform registration to send us your title and a short abstract. The registration form can be found here:

 

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Previous Events

Date

Name

Title

Concept

29th March 2021

Madlen Ziege

(www.madlenziege.com)

Stress and the city? The modern tale of the city rabbit and the village rabbit

Online-Presentation

22th March 2021

Stefano Pinto

(Bremen University)

Make fine graphs with ggplot2 (Workshop 3/3)

Workshop

15th March 2021

Stefano Pinto

(Bremen University)

Make fine graphs with ggplot2 (Workshop 2/3)

Workshop

8th March 2021

Stefano Pinto

(Bremen University)

Make fine graphs with ggplot2 (Workshop 1/3)

Workshop

22nd February 2021

Elisabeth Riedel

(AG Hoffmeister)

Maintaining a microbiome: how reliable are fitness benefits conveyed by microbes within maternal fecal matter to fruit fly larvae?

Online-Presentation

15th February 2021

Kathrin Faber

(perspektive promotion)

perspektive promotion - a programme for female early career researchers

Online-Presentation and Discussion

8th February 2021

Leonie Mazalla

(AG Diekmann)

Dry grasslands under drought stress - what are the effects of recent droughts on these biodiversity hotspots?

Online-Presentation

1st February 2021

Gerrit A. Martens

(Hamburg University)

Diving deep into the brain of seals - a lipidomics approach

Online-Presentation

Date

Name

Title

Concept

7th December 2020

Antonia Otte

(NUB)

NUB Project “CampusGoesBiodiverse”

Online-Presentation

23rd November 2020

Cédric Meuiner

(AWI)

Impact of global change on coastal planktonic food webs

Online-Presentation

9th March 2020

Felicia Wolters

(AG Rohlfs)

Influences of the Microbiome Composition on Developmental Success of Drosophila melanogaster

Presentation

2nd March 2020

Kathrin Litza

(AG Diekmann)

Hedgerows as a habitat for forest plant species in the agricultural landscape of Europe

Presentation

17th February 2020

Science Chat

(Group discussion)

International Day of Women and Girls in Science
Discussion
10th February 2020

Arjen Tilstra

(AG Wild)

Denitrification Aligns with N2 Fixation in Red Sea Corals
Presentation
27th January 2020

Leonie Mazalla

(AG Diekmann)

Re-visiting the vegetation of acid grasslands and wet heaths after 32 years - what has changed and why?
Presentation
20th January 2020

Laura Schnee 

(AG Filser)

Does biochar enhance soil carbon accumulation?
Presentation
13th January 2020

Nauras Daraghmeh

(AG Wild) 

The effects of seasonality on nutrient stoichiometry in the central Red Sea coral Pocillopora verrucosa
Presentation

Date

Name

Title

Concept

16th December 2019

Rebecca Borges

(ZMT, Leibniz-Zentrum für Marine Tropenforschung) 

Assessing the spatial management of mangroves and small-scale fisheries in protected areas on the Brazilian Amazon coast

Presentation

2nd December 2019

Jana Michaelis

(Hegemann Umwelttechnik GmbH) 

Modern Alchemy - the art of turning waste into gold!
Presentation
4th November 2019

Elisabeth Riedel

(AG Rohlfs) 

Substrate dependent role of microbes in Drosophila melanogaster fitness experiment
Presentation
7th October 2019

Kim Ferguson

(Wageningen University) 

Ableism in Science

Presentation

Invited speaker in cooperation with BYRD

26th August 2019

Carmen Villacañas de Castro

(AG Hoffmeister) 

Friend or foe? Parasitism by a Braconid wasp shifts the cost/benefit ratio in a nursery pollination system impacting plant fitness in the next generation
Presentation
29th July 2019

Moira McKee

(AG Filser) 

Mixture toxicity of nanomaterials and antibiotics in aquatic ecosystems
Presentation
8th July 2019

Greta Sondej & Christoph Kulmann

(AG Mi­cro­pa­lae­on­to­logy-Pa­laeocean­o­graphy, MARUM) 

In the course of the student programme REXUS/BEXUS we constructed a life support system for cultivating Foraminifera aboard a sounding rocket
Presentation
1st July 2019

Kathrin Litza

(AG Diekmann) 

Historical or present-day conditions - which variables affect the forest specialist diversity in hedgerows?
Presentation
24th June 2019

Yvonne Sakka

(AG Filser) 

The “ALBINA” project – environmentally friendly additives for lubricants from algae
Presentation
17th June 2019

Jana Collatz

(Agroscope, Zurich) 

Native natural enemies of Drosophila suzukii in Europe

Presentation

Invited speaker in cooperation with BYRD

3rd June 2019

Thomas Riemensperger

(University of Cologne) 

Disease triggered modulation of behavior

Presentation

Invited speaker in cooperation with BYRD

13th May 2019

Renate Kienzle

(AG Hoffmeister) 

Responses to heterospecific cues enhance Drosophila suzukii’s oviposition preference for healthy fruits
Presentation
4th February 2019

Valentina Migani

(AG Hoffmeister) 

Plotting categorical variables using ggplot in R

Workshop

28th January 2019

Bart Vandenbossche

(e-nema)

Genetic breeding of an entomopathogenic nematode for better control of the Western Corn Rootworm

Presentation

Invited speaker in cooperation with BYRD

Date

Name

Title

Concept

10th December 2018

Sophie Chattington

(AG Hoffmeister)

The Lepidoptera-parasitoid complex present in organic German cabbage field with a focus on Trichogramma

Presentation

3rd December 2018

Julia Birkholz

(AG Elster)

Societal Engagement – Knowledge Transfer and Communication

Presentation

26th November 2018

Nolan Rappa

(AG Hoffmeister)

Evaluating the use of the entomopathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana against the Andromeda Lacebug on Rhododendron

Presentation

19th November 2018

María Cuenca Cambronero

(University of Birmingham, UK)

Bringing back 100 years of evolution in one afternoon (from a Resurrection Ecology perspective)

Presentation

Invited speaker in cooperation with BYRD

5th November 2018

Susana Simancas Giraldo & Ameris Contreras Silva

(AG Wild)

Evaluation of octocoral ecophysiological response under ocean warming scenarios

&

Spatio-temporal changes in the Mexican Caribbean coral reef communities over the last four decades

Presentation and conference preparation

22nd October 2018

Kim Ferguson

(Wageningen University & Research, Laboratory of Genetics)

Applications of genomes in advancing biological control research

Presentation

Invited speaker in cooperation with BYRD

24th September 2018

Marko Rohlfs

(AG Population and Evolutionary Ecology)

The Drosophila story – from individual fly behaviour to complex multi-microbial interactions and back

Presentation

10th September 2018

João Manuel Cordeiro Vale Pereira

(AG Diekmann)

Bird diversity in the Andean countries: an overview

Presentation

3rd September 2018

Anastasia Roberts 

(Salzburg University, Austria)

Land-use effects on decomposer metacommunities in tree holes

Presentation

Invited speaker in cooperation with BYRD

25th June 2018

Alejandra Centurión Carrera  

(AG Hoffmeister)

Linking genetics with life history traits: Proof of principle in a Braconid wasp

Presentation

18th June 2018

Sophie Chattington

(AG Hoffmeister)

Trichogramma populations in organic German cabbage fields – a genetic, ecological, and behavioural overview

Presentation

4th June 2018

Lara Groß 

(AG Diekmann)

Native birds but not invasive rodents are the main predators of the Fan-tailed Gerygone (Gerygone flavolateralis) in New Caledonia

Presentation

28th May 2018

Rumpa Pal

(AG Grabowsky)

A visit to the Australian Center of Neutron Scattering: Critical for localization of hydrogen atoms

Presentation

14th May 2018

Cátia Monteiro 

(AG Bischof)

Is local adaptation driving the transcriptomic responses to multiple stressors in the kelp S. latissima?

Presentation

7th May 2018

Arjen Tilstra

(AG Wild)

Six month of coral reef related fieldwork in Saudi Arabia: An overview

Presentation

16th April 2018

Andrea Campos Candela

(IMEDEA-CSIC and University of Alicante, Spain)

Bridging the gap between individual behavioral variation and life histories using mass/energy fluxes

Presentation

Invited speaker in cooperation with BYRD

19th March 2018

Valentina Migani

(AG Hoffmeister)

Looking at predation and competition in an ant-fruit fly system

Presentation

12th March 2018

Kathrin Litza

(AG Diekmann)

Only a matter of time: Comparing recent with ancient hedgerows

Presentation

5th March 2018

Lara Groß

(Master of Ecology)

Conducting scientific research in tropical paradise

Presentation

26th February 2018

Julie Stearns

Make an Impact! Networking and Communication Skills for Scientists

Workshop in cooperation with BYRD/ImpulsPlus

12th February 2018

Carmen Villacañas de Castro

(AG Hoffmeister)

Unconscious Gender Bias in Science and Academia: How to recognise it and overcome it

Discussion

22nd January 2018

Stefanos Banos

(AG Reich)

Marine Fungi: Spotlights on an overseen organism group

Presentation

15th January 2018

Valentina Migani

(AG Hoffmeister)

"Too deep or not too deep? That's the question': fruit fly egg distribution and its effects on their parasitoids

Presentation and Experimental design

Date

Name

Title

Concept

4th December 2017

Carmen Villacañas de Castro

(AG Hoffmeister)

Between antagonism and mutualism: can a natural enemy shift the balance in a nursery pollination system?

Poster presentation

27th November 2017

Sophie Chattington

(AG Hoffmeister)

Trichogramma life-history traits: a meta-analysis

Presentation and poster presentation

20th November 2017

Sophie Chattington

(AG Hoffmeister)

Gender-biased perceptions of important ecological articels

Journal Club

13th November 2017

Anneke Immoor

(AG Nehls)

Impact of symbiosis repressed poplar genes upon ectomycorrhizal function and development

Presentation

6th November 2017

Kathrin Litza

(AG Hoffmeister)

Introduction to data management using Microsoft Access

Method

23rd October 2017

Stefan Christ

(AG Hoffmeister)

The occurrence of Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura) in communities of native Drosophilidae in South-Hessia

Presentation

9th October 2017

Ameris Contreras Silva

(AG Wild)

Spatio-temporal benthic community shifts in Mexican Mesoamerican reefs over the last 25 years

Analysis discussion

25th September 2017

Naomi Taylor

(AG Wild)

Planning a conference

Presentation

26th June 2017

Sophie Chattington

(AG Hoffmeister)

Distribution of Trichogramma parasitoids

Experimental design discussion

19th June 2017

Anna Koester

(AG Wild)

From Seychelles to Bremen (and hopefully back)

Presentation

12th June 2017

Kathrin Litza& Jana Michaelis

(AG Diekmann)

Well-hedged by hedgerows? How traits determine the forest herb community in hedgerows

&

Demands deviate, or perhaps not? - Soil pH niche shifts in herbaceous forest species across north-western Europe

Conference presentation practice

29th May 2017
 

Yusuf El-Khalid

(AG Wild)

A valuation basis for bats in windfarm planning in Northwestern Germany

Presentation

22nd May 2017

Moira McKee

(AG Filser)

Unraveling the effects of soil components on the toxicity of silver nanoparticles to Collembola - an acute toxicity test in aqueous medium

Presentation

15th May 2017

Alejandra Centurión Carrera

(AG Hoffmeister)

Control of the Western Corn Rootworm in maize with Heterorhabditis bacteriophora: Influence of field persistence and infectivity

Presentation

8th May 2017

Shelby Caughman & Lara Groß

(AG Hoffmeister)

Intraspecific competition in the invasive fruit fly Drosophila suzukii

Presentation

24th April 2017

Valentina Migani

(AG Hoffmeister)

Exploitation of hetero- and conspecific oviposition punctures as an oviposition strategy in mango fruit flies

Presentation

10th April 2017

Carmen Villacañas de Castro

(AG Hoffmeister)

Between antagonism and mutualism: how a natural enemy can shift the balance in a nursery pollination system

Conference presentation practice

3rd April 2017

Nikola Misevic

(AG Dicke)

Visual object processing in amphibians: Projections from the thalamus and optic nerve

Presentation

27th March 2017

Ameris Contreras Silva

(AG Wild)

Coral reef monitoring in the Mexican Caribbean

Presentation

20th March 2017

Nolan Rappa

(AG Hoffmeister)

The Collection, Preservation, and Preparation of Insects

Presentation

13th March 2017

Jörn Profe

(AG Zolitschka)

Geochemical record of the loess-paleosol sequence Süttö (Hungary) derived from X-ray fluorescence scanning of discrete samples

Conference presentation practice

6th March 2017

Stefan Christ & Sophie Chattington

(AG Hoffmeister)

Oh brother, where art thou? Kin recognition in a parasitic wasp

&

Comparative intra-guild competition in Trichogramma

Conference presentation practice

27th February 2017

Kathrin Litza

(AG Diekmann)

Making maps with R

Method

20th February 2017

Arjen Tilstra

(AG Wild)

Disentangling nitrogen cycling in benthic coral reef organisms under seasonal and environmental change

Presentation

13th February 2017

Andra Thiel

(AG Hoffmeister)

Can inbreeding depression actually be beneficial?

Journal Club

6th February 2017

Jana Michaelis

(AG Diekmann)

Visualizing data - Introduction to the R package ggplot2

Method introduction

Date

Name

Title

Concept

17th November 2016

Peter Biedermann

(Universität Jena)

Ambrosia (bark) beetles and their associated fungal/bacterial communities

Presentation

26th October 2016

Arjen Tilstra

(AG Wild)

Light modulates thermal stress responses of Stylophora pistillata

Manuscript discussion