27 February 2014

BES Year of Theory Webinars

In order to improve the use of theory in BES, we will conduct a series of webinars using Go-To-Meeting.  This Spring, we will present the webinars alternately on Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, and on Wednesday at 2 p.m.  All members of BES, including PIs, Postdocs, Grad Students, and environmental decision makers, are encouraged to participate in these sessions.  A brief commentary on the readings will be given, and discussion will follow.  The intent is to explore important theoretical topics and to understand how they can improve our science, our conceptual synthesis, our education, and our application.

Several readings will come from the BES Book of the Year, which you are encouraged to have ready access to.  The book, Scheiner, S. M. and M. R. Willig, editors. 2011. The theory of ecology. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, is widely available from online sources and from the Press.  PIs are encouraged to have their institutional libraries or their own laboratories obtain this book.

Session 1: Structure of Theory in Ecology
·         Date and Time: Tuesday, 4 March 2014 at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
·         At that date and time use this link to join the meeting: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/882708421
·         Two chapters will be discussed: 1. A General Theory of Ecology: Samuel M. Scheiner and Michael R. Willig; and as backup, 2. Theory Makes Ecology Evolve: Jurek Kolasa
·         Closer to the time of the meeting, some summary materials will be posted on the BES website and the link circulated to the BES community.  These will require the password to the internal page of the BES website.  If you do not have or have misplaced the credentials, contact BES Information Manager, Jonathan Walsh at walshj@ caryinsititue. org.

Session 2: A Theory of Heterogeneity for BES
·         Date and Time: Wednesday, 19 March, 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time.
·         Go-To-Meeting links announced later.

Please RSVP to beyarh@caryinstitute.org if you plan to attend the webinars.

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