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Activities for members

A number of activities focussed on biodiversity research is exclusive to GGBC members. This is where our researchers can present their ideas to each other, receive feedback and forge collaborations.

Annual Member Meetings

Photo: Allison Perrigo

Every year in December the members of the GGBC get together to network, establish new collaborations and present on the past year's achievements and findings. The meetings started in 2017 and on December 6-7, 2021 we held our 5th annual meeting.

The meetings take place at Bioteket and in venues at our partner organisations.

Monday Meetings

Every Monday at 08:45 we meet up to listen to a GGBC member presenting on a current project. Afterwards we discuss and give feedback, making use of the various expertise within our network. The topics of the presentations range from systematics to ecosystem services in urban environments, from elephants to bromeliads, but all with biodiversity as a common denominator.

Masters and PhD students are encouraged to present in the early stages of each paper/project they are developing. Post-docs and more senior researchers are likewise encouraged to present work that is in early stages, including grant application ideas. Every third Monday of the month, we invite an external speaker to share some aspect of their biodiversity-related work, with a specific goal of sparking discussion and new ideas. 

Information on how to join the meetings will soon be sent monthly to our members. Are you a GGBC member and would you like to present or join the meetings? Let Anna Pielach know. 
 

The upcoming speakers in 2022 are:

May 9th: Mikael Olsson, BioEnv, UGOT, VIRTUE - Explore aquatic biodiversity through accumulation of organisms on CD-shaped discs using extensive web support. www.virtue.gmbl.se

May 16th: Cinthya Lana, Department of Historical Studies, UGOT, Digital Repatriation in the Global South: a model for open access to museum collections empowering indigenous communities in the Brazilian Amazon

May 23rd: Robert Björk, Earth Science, UGOT, title TBA

May 30th: Harith Farooq, BioEnv, UGOT, Extinct or Shy: A quest to find two of the least known skinks in East Africa

June 13th: Andrea Belgrano, Swedish Institute for Marine Research, UGOT, title TBA

June 20th: Raphaela Infanger, BioEnv, UGOT, title TBA

June 27th: Oskar Abrahamsson, Dept. of Economy and Society, UGOT, title TBA

 

Past speakers in 2022:

May 2: Bengt Oxelman, BioEnv, UGOT, Species delimitation: Philosophical and practical considerations

Apr 25: Eskil Mattsson, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, A conceptual landscape-level approach to assess the impacts of forestry on biodiversity

Apr 11: Allison Perrigo, National vs IUCN Red Lists, similarities, differences and implications for conservation

Mar 28: Simon Schowanek, formerly BioEnv, UGOT, Rewilding: the rocky road from theory to practice 

Mar 7: Julia Osterman, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg and soon BioEnv, The ecology of crop pollination and its integration into farm management to ensure sustainable and stable crop yield 

Feb 28: Tobias Andermann, BioEnv, UGOT, Biodiversity and speciation

Feb 14: William Tejler, BioEnv, Seasonal and decadal changes and fluctuations in the diet of African forest elephants.

Jan 31: Kate Evans, Elephants for Africa: The Push-me Pull- me of Botwana’s elephants; what is driving range expansion.

Jan 24: Geerte Fälthammar de Jong, Monitoring changes in Arctic vegetation phenology using 3 methods

Jan 17: James Hagan, Building a global database of length-mass equations for freshwater macroinvertebrates and zooplankton to make estimating community and species-specific biomass distributions easier and more accessible. 

Journal Club

Scope
In this journal club we focus on papers in biodiversity, ecology and systematics that have a broad application. Especially encouraged are methodological and conceptual papers that encourage discussions and allows for participants from different areas within biodiversity research to understand and get value from the journal club. Any organismal group can be covered in the paper but have in mind that the focus of the paper should be relevant for others working outside of that group.

Format
The GGBC journal club meets every other week on Thu at 13:00. The meetings have a hybrid setup and take place in the Botan building, Carl Skottbergs gata 22b, Gothenburg. There will be possibilities to join online for GGBC members not based in Gothenburg. Please refer to the #journal-club channel in the GGBC Slack workspace for Zoom links and information.

For whom?
All levels of researchers and students from MSc-students to professors at the GGBC are welcome. Have you never been to a journal club before? Don't hesitate to reach out and join us to see what it's like!

Presenter and participants roles
Each meeting a member is responsible for presenting a paper of their own choice. Dates for presenting are assigned by the organizer after agreement with the presenter. The presenter is expected to:

  • announce their choice of paper at least one week before the meeting.
  • present 2-3 slides focusing on: main figures, points or critizism, take home message or questions they have

Participants are expected to:

  • have read the paper before the meeting
  • bring 1-2 questions or thoughts

Note that it might be possible for PhD-students to receive credits for participation in the Journal Club. The Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at GU awards the students with 0.2 hec for each meeting but please confirm the terms for credits with your examinor.

To sign up or if you have questions, please contact Heléne Aronsson, PhD student at the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences who is responsible for arranging the journal club.
helene.aronsson@bioenv.gu.se

Taxonomy Club

The GGBC Taxonomy Club at the University of Gothenburg was founded in 2019 by a group of enthusiastic young botanists from across the globe. Their motivation was to share and learn from one another’s skills in plant identification, using the collections at HerbariumGB. Today, Taxonomy Club has grown beyond its plant focus, and explores fungal and animal taxonomy as well.

Beyond their work with morphological identification, Taxonomy Club members often discuss relevant topics in their monthly meetings, for example species delimitation in light of morphological and molecular data. This is especially relevant as many members are working with collections directly, as well as with “big data” and next-generation sequencing (NGS) data from the collections.

Taxonomy Club has also been working alongside Universeum to put their identification skills to the test, putting names on the plant collections in Universeum’s Rainforest. You can watch a short film, produced with the support of BECC, about this member-driven initiative.

Are you a GGBC member working with taxonomy and interested in joining the club? You can contact Anne-Sophie Quatela for more information.