Monster Seminar JAM - Science and Society in Three Foreign Countries: France, California, and Montana
Dr. Robin Waples, NWFSC, NOAA Fisheries
During parts of 2003 and 2004 I was a visiting scientist in France (Universit¿ Joseph Fourier in Grenoble), California (UC Berkeley and Hastings Reserve), and Montana (University of Montana and Flathead Lake Biological Station). This talk will include in roughly equal parts new scientific research, social commentary, and travelogue. Research projects that will be discussed include 1) genetic consequences of shared life history traits of salmon and plants with seed banks; 2) various biases associated with estimating effective population size from genetic data and how to correct for them; 3) a review of genetic methods for "assigning" individuals to population of origin; 4) joint consideration of fine-scale genetic, life history, and habitat data. Other topics that will be touched upon include the French higher education system; privatization of research in France; the pervasive influence of journal citation indices on European scientific research; synchronicity in production of acorns by oak trees in California; conservation of wolves and bull trout in Glacier National Park; and an illustrated guide to the boulangeries, patisseries, and ski resorts around Grenoble.
Date and Time:
April 14, 2005,
11:00 am - 12:30 pm