On 27 February, Gabriele Consoli will be giving a seminar to our department with the title Ecomorphological effects of experimental floods in an alpine river: insights from the long-term e-flow program on the Spöl River. His work centers on the ways in which large wood and flow management affect rivers and their ecological functioning. Having a background in ecology and geomorphology, he now works as a postdoc at the River Ecosystems research group at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland), where he combines abiotic, biotic and drone data to find out how flow affects the geomorphology and ecology of streams.

Read more about the River Ecosystems research group on their website and join us for the seminar on 27 February at 13:15 CET via  https://kau-se.zoom.us/j/65816884688

On February 20, Dr. Frank Jauker will be giving a talk about his work on agricultural landscapes and biodiversity promotion at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany. He will specifically present the GreenGrass project, where many societal stakeholders work together to improve grazing management, with the ultimate goal of making dairy production more sustainable.

Figure 1: View at one of the study sites in the GreenGrass project.

Attend the seminar via Zoom: https://kau-se.zoom.us/my/kaubiology, at 13:15 CET on February 20.

Felix Eissenhauer, a PhD student at the University of New Brunswick, will be giving a seminar entitled “Ecology of the American eel (Anguilla rostrata) in a large tidal and hydropower-regulated river” over Zoom  https://kau-se.zoom.us/j/65816884688 at 13:15 CET on December 5, 2023.

Felix’s work focuses on the ecology of the American eel in the Wolastoq River, a large tidal and hydropower-regulated river in Canada. He is studying how a hydropower dam affects the recruitment of eel elvers and using mark-recapture methods to assess their population size and demographics. Further, Felix uses acoustic telemetry to study the depth and thermal habitat use and the seasonal migration behaviour of yellow eels in the Wolastoq River.

You are welcome to join this seminar

Louis Addo, a doctoral student from the Department of Environmental and Life Science, biology, will give a 50 percent seminar on his doctoral research work. The opponent will be Paul Hart, Professor Emeritus, from the University of Leicester, UK. Date: November 16 at 13.15 CET. Location: 5F423  and Zoom: https://kau-se.zoom.us/s/65816884688. You are warmly welcome!

Stephen De Lisle (Associate Senior Lecturer)

Stephen’s research focuses on understanding the causes and consequences of natural selection, specifically in sexually reproducing populations. In this seminar, he will argue the following points: sexual dimorphism, or within species differences between the sexes, are a pervasive form of biodiversity, often with ecological importance. He will then present a series of experiments from salamanders and flies that test for a role of direct ecological causes of sexual dimorphism – that is, ecological character displacement between the sexes. He will then go on to explore the theoretical and realized consequences of sexual dimorphism for the assembly of ecological communities. 

Tuesday 31 October 2023, kl. 13.15 Room 5F322 (https://kau-se.zoom.us/j/3552606964). You are welcome!

Satu Ramula (PhD, adjunct Professor)

Satu Ramula, an Adjunct Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from University of Turku, Finland will give a seminar entitled ” The role of soil microbes in plant invasions“. Satu’s areas of expertise are Demographic methods, invasive species, plant ecology, population ecology, and structured population models.

Time and Date: Friday 13th October 2023 from 09:00 to 9:50 CET over zoom (https://kau-se.zoom.us/j/63791052457). You are cordially welcome to join this seminar.

Raviv Gal, PhD Student

Raviv Gal, PhD student at NRRV, will give a seminar about freshwater mussels as ecosystem engineers. Freshwater mussels are a highly endangered group with a fascinating life history and an important role in the ecosystem. Raviv will tell us about what we know about the role of mussels in freshwaters, with a focus on his own research into their interactions with the rest of the benthic macroinvertebrate community and decomposition processes. Date and Time: Tuesday 19 September 2023 at 13:15 CET. You can join this seminar live on Zoom (https://kau-se.zoom.us/j/63110430909) or in Room 5D306 at Karlstad University campus. You are all invited.