Fall 2018


Quantitative Think Tank (QDT)

Wednesdays 9:00-10:00am in N240
QDT is the EBIO quantitative discussion group. It's a fun skill-sharing meeting where anyone can give informal tutorials to share data analysis and visualization skills. It's also a very supportive environment where you can get helpful feedback on your preliminary data analyses or experimental design. Grad students, post docs, and faculty all welcome. No specific expertise is required to join.


Time/Place TBD
We discuss all things related to worms (and other parasites!) but primarily focus on aspects from host-parasite community ecology. This is a very informal reading group, and we pick papers/analyses that might be interesting or relevant to our research.

Writing Co-Op

The Graduate Writing Co-Op was started to help provide a place for peer editing of written projects at any stage of development. 


Angela Oliverio and Hannah Holland-Mortiz

Meetings will be held every other week, more details to come!

A twice a month reading group for all things microbial. Whether you're interested in microbes directly or in their interactions with your ecosystem/organisms of choice we'd love your company (and your brains).

Plant-Animal Interactions (PAI)

Deane Bowers

Mondays 5:00-6:30pm in N240This group has been going steadily for at least 15 years.  It was begun by Yan Linhart and Deane Bowers and many graduate students and faculty have participated over the years.  We discuss papers on plant-animal interactions, broadly defined (and I mean broadly!). We have participants interested in population genetics, microbe-plant interactions, social insects, chemical ecology, plant physiology, insect evolution and systematic, and insect-natural enemy interactions (to name some of them).  We usually meet on Monday evenings and read a paper chosen by one of the group.  That person also brings snacks and libations!  We have a great time!!!  Just ask anyone who's been.

Diversity & Inclusion Seminar

Dr. Julian Resasco

Mondays 12-12:50pm in MUEN E131

This group started in Spring 2017 and is focused on learning about and discussing issues of diversity and inclusion in STEM.


Dr. Megan Peterson

A group of faculty, students, and postdocs is initiating a new reading group to discuss papers in evolutionary biology, population ecology, and related fields that have an organismal focus while addressing big (or quirky) questions. Our goal is to pick a paper each week that is fun, broadly interesting, and short, and then discuss it.

Reading Groups in hiatus



Samuel Flaxman, Nolan KaneRebecca SafranScott Taylor

We discuss all things evolution-related (what isn't, really?).  We read everything from classic papers and book chapters (ie Fisher, Wright, Darwin, etc.) to cutting-edge stuff (next gen anyone?)

This reading group is open to all, and offered for credit as EBIO 6300 Sect 002 Evolutionary Genomics.

Genetic and Developmental Mechanisms of Evolution

Dan Medeiros

While natural selection generally comes to mind as the mechanism of evolution, it is only part of the process because of its dependence on heritable genetic variation. This seminar will focus on the genetic changes responsible for phenotypic evolution and/or how they act through alteration of the process of development. All organisms, phenotypes, approaches (genetics, genomics, evo-devo), and levels of expertise are welcome. The format is that of a journal club; each week a different participant will lead a discussion of a relevant article from the recent literature.

This reading group is open to all, and offered for credit as EBIO 6300 Sect 004 Genetic and Developmental Mechanisms of Evolution.

'Origin of Species' Reading Group

Kathryn Grabenstein



Helen McCreery

This group is focused on ecological and evolutionary modeling of any type (differential equations, stochastic simulation, individual-based models, etc.). We read primary literature and book chapters, and group members also present ongoing research projects.

Current Topics in Evolution and Ecology

Geoffrey Legault

This group is dedicated to reading the cutting-edge of research in EEB and will focus exclusively on papers published in the past 12 months from the following top journals:

Nature, Science, Procedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Ecology Letters, Molecular Biology and Evolution, Ecology, Evolution, The ISME Journal, The American Naturalist, Current Biology

The group will meet once per week on campus to critically discuss papers selected by the group. Graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty are all welcome.

Animal Behavior Reading Group

Description:  In this reading group, we discuss all types of behavior in all different kinds of organisms, from birds, to insects, to wolves, and yes, even to nematodes. We also delve into evolution, physiological mechanisms, and pretty much anything else you can think of that relates to behavior!

Microbiome Reading Group (Animal Microbiome Reading Group?)

Description: The purpose of this group is to read and discuss empirical, theoretical, and review papers that deal with the animal microbiome, or microbes that inhabit animal hosts. Papers will usually focus on community dynamics, but may also deal with microbe physiology, host immunology, or medicine. Both vertebrate and invertebrate hosts will be discussed, and both gut and skin microbiota are of interest.

Population Biology and Community Ecology Reading Group

Description: A new reading group in population biology and community ecology. Our goal is to read a wide range of  recent articles that will be of broad interest.

Conservation Biology Reading Group

Description: ConBio is a weekly reading group that welcomes all graduate students, postdocs, professors and others interested in discussing contemporary conservation biology topics. Each week a different person or research group will choose a succinct and recent paper in the field of conservation biology for the group to extol (or condemn) while sipping microbrews and fostering interdisciplinary discussion.

Community Ecology 

Caitlin White

A group of students working reading chapters of textbooks and papers in community ecology