Aquatic Chemical Communication in the Anthropocene

SPEAKERS

WEIMING LI

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERITY, USA

BIOGRAPHY:

Dr. Weiming Li, FEJ Fry Chair of Environmental Physiology, is a professor jointly appointed in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and the Department of Physiology. He is also a faculty member for the Neuroscience Program and the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior Program. Graduate students advised by him have options to pursue advanced degrees in any of the above mentioned departments and programs.

PETER SORENSEN

MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY, USA

BIOGRAPHY :

Peter is interested in understanding the proximate and ultimate causes of fish behavior, its ramifications to fish ecology, application to management, and how /why freshwater fisheries conservation can be achieved. The fundamental roles that chemical cues, and pheromones in particular, play in fish behavior are of special interest as is the neural basis of their discrimination and their sense of hearing.

CHARLES DERBY

GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY, USA

BIOGRAPHY :

Charles Derby was trained broadly in biology as an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina, and in neuroscience and marine biology as a graduate student at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Florida. The focus of his research centers on sensory biology, especially the chemical senses, with the objective of understanding how nervous systems are organized to allow animals to detect, identify, and respond to natural chemicals.

PAUL MOORE BOWLING

GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY, USA

BIOGRAPHY :

The Laboratory for Sensory Ecology is a multi-disciplinary lab that is interested in any questions concerning sensory behavior, evolution, physiology, and ecology. Most of our current projects are centered on understanding the role that chemical signals play in an organism's ecological role. We have projects that range from understanding the physics behind antennae design, predator avoidance, selection of habitats and mates, dominance hierarchies and other social behaviors to analyzing the chemical composition of these signals. 

MAUD FERRARI

UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEAN, Canada

BIOGRAPHY :

Maud is a behavioural and evolutionary ecologist, interested in understanding how animals respond to changes in their environment, and more specifically, how biotic and abiotic factors (both natural or from anthropogenic origins) affect predator-prey interactions.

BARBARA ZIELINSKI

UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR, Canada

BIOGRAPHY :

Barbara Zielinski's lab makes use of electrophysiology, cellular imaging, tract tracing, immunocytochemistry and behavioural experiments to examine the function of the olfactory system of the sea lamprey, chinook salmon, and round goby.