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Welcome to the website for the inaugural E3B Symposium! This conference will highlight cutting edge ecology, evolution and conservation science being done by NYC-based scientists. 



April 3rd, 2020


Schiff Family Great Hall at the Bronx Zoo


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Please note that this is a free event for E3B students, postdocs, faculty, and affiliates, as well as for conservation scientists and staff at WCS and with our other affiliate organizations. 


Schedule of Events


8-9:30 Coffee & breakfast
9-9:30 Welcoming remarks
9:30-10:30 Morning session 1: Speed talks (5 mins)
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:45 Morning session 2: 12-minute Presentations
11:45 -1:15 Lunch: Boxed Lunches – explore the zoo
1:15-2:15 Afternoon session 1: Speed talks (5 mins)
2:15-2:30 Break
2:30-3:30 Afternoon session 2: 12-minute Presentations
3:30-4 Plenary speaker
4-6 Happy Hour + Poster Session 

(Student Awards Announced!)

Scheduled Talks:


Time Start Presenter Title:
Morning Session 1-Speed Talks
9:30 AM Michael Levin Data Efficient: Using GBIF Data to Accurately and Rapidly Assess the Conservation Status of Plants
9:35 AM Evan Eskew United States wildlife and wildlife product imports from 2000–2014
9:40 AM Hannah Dancy Behavioral responses of captive male tigers (Panthera tigris) to olfactory stimuli at the Bronx Zoo, New York
9:45 AM Jason Hagani Livestock Depredation in the United States: Conflict, Mitigation Strategies, and Future Directions
9:50 AM Anika Staccone Nutrient recycling in plants and the role of litter diffusion
9:55 AM Ivan Monagan Title TBA
10:00 AM Jasmina Dzurlic Genetic mapping of sex determination in Amaranthus
10:05 AM Henry Landis A model for hybridization as a driver of evolution in oaks and amaranth
10:10 AM Emily Chou (WCS) TBA
10:15 AM Faculty or WCS TBA
10:20 AM Questions

10:30 10:45 AM

Morning Session 2
10:45 AM Meredith VanAcker Integrating host movement to predict urban tick-borne disease risk
10:57 AM Carlos Maya-Lastra Dobzhansky-Muller incompatibilities do not accumulate faster than linearly
11:09 AM Sarah Trabue What’s the buzz? Potential impacts of anthropogenic noise on the foraging activity of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the New York Bight
11:21 AM Jo Jensen Lidar-derived tree age structure suggests recent regeneration failure at the Alaskan Forest tundra ecotone
11:33 AM Steven Davis Insights into insect scale development and photonic crystal formation

11:45 AM – 1:15 PM

Afternoon Session 1
1:15 PM Faculty or WCS TBA
1:20 PM Pedro Ribeiro Piffer Forest transitions in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest: has agricultural intensification ceded way to forest regeneration in this endangered biome?
1:25 PM Jay Schoen Follow the Money: Is there a mismatch between conservation threats and solutions?
1:35 PM Maria Fernandez Human adaptive behavior and landscape configuration affects human-tick interactions.
1:40 PM Shailee Shah Cooperative breeding species dispersal
1:45 PM Renata Mazzei Does habitat use influence social behaviour and cognition in marine cleaning gobies?
1:50 PM Yiru Cheng Emergence of complex society in a cooperatively breeding bird
1:55 PM Jared Meek Mountain phylogeography and conservation: a case study in Pedicularis (Orobanchaceae)
2:00 PM Deren Eaton Applying a spatial multi-species coalescent
2:05-2:15PM Questions

2:15 – 2:30 PM

Afternoon Session 2
2:30 PM Lucas Rocha Genomics of parallel divergence and local adaptation in two North American woodpeckers
2:42 PM Rachel Donabedian Factors influencing social rank acquisition in juvenile blue monkeys
2:54 PM Patrick McKenzie Inferring historical introgression using machine learning on phylogenetic invariants
3:06 PM Howard Rosenbaum TBA
3:18 PM Palani Akana How does a tree’s rooting distribution influence its ability to acquire nutrients?
Plenary Speaker

3:304:00 PM

Poster Session 1
4:00 PM Emily Weisenberger Enter Coyote, Stage Left: Community Assemblages in New York City Parks and the Influence of Coyotes
4:00 PM Alexa Helms How does Robinia pseduoacacia influence the growth of neighboring trees?
4:00 PM Holly Fuong How caller relevance influences blue monkey (Cercopithecus mitis) responses to conspecific and heterospecific alarm calls
4:00 PM Jazlynn Hall Hurricane-induced rainfall is a stronger predictor of tropical forest damage in Puerto Rico than maximum wind speeds
4:00 PM Natalie Niepoth An integrative genetic approach to identify adrenal features that contribute to the evolution of exploratory behavior in Peromyscus mice
4:00 PM Hiroki Tomida The genetic pollution of Japanese rice fish
4:00 PM Sandra Hoffberg The recent spread of herbicide resistance via introgression in Amaranthus
Poster Session 2
5:00 PM Roi Ankori-Karlinsky Compound Disturbance Effects in a Wet Tropical Forest
5:00 PM Shana Caro Decision-making efficiency in wild great tits, with real world consequences
5:00 PM Isobel Mifsud Nitrogen fixation in xylophagous beetle larvae
5:00 PM Amanda Johnston Effects of Positive Reinforcement Training on Chimpanzee Cortisol Concentration
5:00 PM Stephanie Schmiege Physiological traits of shade tolerance determine conifer survival in a tropical Vietnamese forest
5:00 PM JianJun Jin Phylogeny and plastome evolution of the legume family (Leguminosae)


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