Kimberly Tanner , Ph.D. - Monday, June 3, 2012
Assosiate Professor of Biology
San Francisco State University
San Francisco, California
How do biology experts structure their thinking about the concepts in their discipline? How is this different from the way those new to the field approach these same ideas? In this interactive seminar, Dr. Kimberly Tanner will engage the audience in thinking about expert and novice thinking in biology by drawing upon her own research that integrates methodologies from science education and cognitive psychology. Approaches to understanding and measuring biological expertise are strongly tied to ideas put forward by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the recently published, Vision and Change for Undergraduate Biology Education.
Seminar will be held at 3:15 p.m. Salazar Hall room C162.
Corey Garza, Ph.D. - Thursday, June 6, 2012
Division of Science and Environmental Policy
California State University, Monterey Bay
Monterey Bay, California
Recent advances in the ability of geospatial technologies, such as LIDAR and GIS, to capture and visualize large swaths of environmental data now provide ecologists with an unprecedented ability to examine patterns of species distribution and abundance across multiple scales of ecosystem organization. The application of these techniques, particularly in the marine environment, are providing ecologists with an increased understanding of how spatial variation in biological and physical factors structure communities ranging from deep sea hydrothermal vent to rocky shore communities. In addition to enhancing our basic understanding of the mechanisms structuring marine ecosystems, geospatial technologies can also inform conservation efforts focused on the application of marine spatial planning in the management of coastal resources. In this talk, I will review three case studies from the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in which geospatial technologies and spatial statistics were applied to studies that examined spatial variation in the biological and physical factors structuring intertidal, kelp forest and deep sea rocky reef communities. I close with a discussion of how marine resource management and education can be enhanced through the integration of geospatial technologies and approaches..
Seminar will be held at 3:00 in Science Wing B Lecture Hall (room 132).