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Sea Mammal Research Unit: Current seminars

04 May 2016
1:00 PM
BMS
Lecture Theatre

BSRC Seminar Series: mRNA capping in pluripotency and differentiation
Dr Vicky Cowling
University of Dundee, School of Life Sciences

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05 May 2016
1:00 PM
Dyers Brae
Seminar Room

SPECIAL CBD SEMINAR: Whither the Red Knot? Mapping and Modelling the Distribution of an Arctic shorebird at Landscape and Regional Scales
Prof. Richard G. Lathrop
Rutgers University Ecological Preserve

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The Western Atlantic population of Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa) has undergone dramatic declines in recent decades and conservation biologists have sought to improve knowledge about the species’ ecology in an effort to address these declines.  One major information gap has been the lack of good information to describe range and habitat use during the breeding season, when the species is distributed sparsely across the Canadian Arctic. Airborne radio-telemetry surveys and intensive field surveys were conducted across the central Canadian Arctic to locate breeding Red Knots and record characteristics of their nesting habitat. Maximum entropy modeling (MaxEnt) and geographic information system (GIS) data on environmental characteristics were used to predict Red Knot habitat suitability at two spatial scales: of nesting site location suitability at the landscape scale across Southampton Island, and of breeding habitat suitability (i.e., both nesting and foraging habitat) at a broader, regional scale across the central Canadian Arctic. I will examine the relative influence of different environmental characteristics on the predictions of this model of habitat suitability, comment on the bias inherent in such efforts for a sparsely distributed and difficult-to-study species like the Red Knot, and discuss the implications of the results for conservation and future status assessments of other low density shorebird species.

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11 May 2016
1:00 PM
BMS
Lecture Theatre

BSRC Seminar Series: A Chemical Biology Perspective on RNA-Binding Proteins and the 5' Cap
Professor Dr Andrea Rentmeister
University of Muenster, Institute of Biochemistry, Germany

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12 May 2016
1:00 PM
SOI
Lecture Theatre

Scientific Listening: Representing and exploring dynamic animal vocalisation soundscapes
Dr Ann Warde
University of York

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18 May 2016
1:00 PM
BMS
Lecture Theatre

BSRC Seminar Series: In-cell EPR spectroscopy of membrane transporters in E. coli
Dr Benesh Joseph
Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Frankfurt

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24 May 2016
1:00 PM
Dyers Brae
Seminar Room

CBD Seminar
Keith Bennett

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25 May 2016
1:00 PM
BMS
Lecture Theatre

BSRC Seminar Series: Metabolic Vulnerabilities of Cancer
Professor Eyal Gottlieb
Head of the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, Glasgow

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31 May 2016
1:00 PM
Dyers Brae
Seminar Room

CBD Seminar
Claire Garrigue

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08 Jun 2016
1:00 PM
BMS
Lecture Theatre

BSRC Seminar Series: Cytomegalovirus: a tale of corruption and evasion
Professor Gavin Wilkinson
Cardiff University, Institute of Infection and Immunity

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