Seminars 2014

Seminars (2014) will be held every Friday, where possible, commencing at 2:00pm (additional seminars are shown in green)
Date Speaker Host/s Title Uni/Organisation WP room Wrnbl room Bwood room
7/02/2014 Dr Damien Dowling Bill Buttemer Mitochondria, maternal inheritance and the evolution of life histories Monash University ka4.207 C.1.13 T3.05
14/02/2014 NO SEMINAR
21/02/2014 NO SEMINAR
28/02/2014 NO SEMINAR
7/03/2014 Dr Jessica Meade Andy Bennett How do birds map the area close to home? Evolution & Ecology Research Centre, University of New South Wales ka5.321  C.1.13 T3.05
14/03/2014 Prof Richard Emlet Craig Sherman The evolution of Australian sea urchin development: historical and oceanographic perspectives Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, University of Oregon, (currently on sabbatical at the Victorian Marine Science Consortium, Queenscliff) ka5.321 C.1.13 T3.05
21/03/2014 NO SEMINAR      
28/03/2014 Dr Rudy Kloser Julie Mondon Deep-water species and ecosystems -observations to inform their status and predictions. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research ka5.321 C.1.13 T3.05
4/04/2014 NORMAL SEMINAR @ 2PM WILL STILL GO AHEAD – CIE STAFF MEETING COMMENCING @ 11:00AM ka5.213 J2.19 L1.05
4/04/2014 Prof Abigail Elizur Luis Afonso Technologies to assist reproductive performance in finfish aquaculture University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland ka5.321 C.1.13 T3.05
7/04/2014
(Monday)
Dr Erik van Sebille  N/A Chasing water: The Lagrangian take on the global ocean circulation Climate Change Research Centre & ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, University of New South Wales, Sydney ka4.207 J.2.20 L1.05
11/04/2014 Dr Bruce Deagle Patricia Lee Integrating next generation DNA sequencing with ecology: seal scats and stickleback SNPs Australian Antarctic Division, Tasmania ka4.207 B3.03 L1.05
18/04/2014     NO SEMINAR – GOOD FRIDAY        
25/04/2014 NO SEMINAR – ANZAC DAY
2/05/2014 Dr Andrew Barron Andy Benentt Understanding honey bee colony collapse Department of Biological Science, Macquarie University, Sydney ka5.321 C.1.13 LT4
9/05/2014 Dr Anne Gaskett Matthew Symonds Plants that deceive: orchids, ancient mosses and insect sensory ecology Bilogical Sciences, The University of Auckland ka4.207 B3.03 T3.05
16/05/2014 Dr Steffen Hahn Marcel Klaassen Interactions on the move: Individual migration pattern, habitat use and infestation of long-distance migrants by malaria parasites Department of Bird Migration, Swiss Ornithological Institute, Switzerland ka5.321 C.1.13 T3.05
23/05/2014  NO SEMINAR
30/05/2014 Dr Megan Higgie John A. Endler Species interactions can drive among population divergence School of Marine & Tropical Biology, James Cook University, QLD ka4.207 B3.03 T3.05
3/06/2014
(Tuesday)
Dr Rupert Woods  N/A The role of the Australian Wildlife Health Network (AWHN) and what the future holds Australian Wildlife Health Network, Sydney Taronga Zoo ka4.207 C.1.13 LT9 (N1.04)
6/06/2014 NO SEMINAR – CIE STAFF MEETING ka4.207 J2.19 L1.05
13/06/2014 Dr Silke Bauer Marcel Klaassen Timing is everything! The role of phenology and synchrony for animal migrants as links between communities Swiss Ornithological Institute & Netherlands Institute of Ecology ka4.207  TBA T3.05
20/06/2014 NO SEMINAR – SCHOOL TEACHING RETREAT
27/06/2014 (AN ADDITIONAL CIE SEMINAR @ 11am) Prof Karl Flessa Chasing water: Bio-physical and social impact of the first environmental flows to the Colorado River delta Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona ka5.321 B3.03 LT4 (B3.05)
27/06/2014 Prof Mandyam Srinivasan Andy Benentt More than a honey machine: vision and navigation in honeybees and applications to robotics Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland ka5.321 C1.13 T3.05
4/07/2014 NO SEMINAR
11/07/2014 Dr Wouter van Dongen Mike Weston The sexual transmission of pathogens in wild birds Victoria University ka4.207 G1.01 T3.05
18/07/2014 Dr Kristal Cain Kate Buchanan Competitive phenotypes in females: Proximate mechanisms and ultimate outcomes Biology and Environment, Australian National University ka4.207 C.1.13 T3.05
25/07/2014  NO SEMINAR
1/08/2014 Nicole Baran & Kristina Smiley (PhD students from Cornell University) Kate Buchanan Nicole Baran: Organizational effects of vasotocin on early attachment and song learning in the zebra finch & Kristina Smiley: Evolutionary perspectives on the mechanisms of parental care Department of Psychology
Behavioral & Evolutionary Neuroscience
Cornell University, UK
ka4.207 B3.03 LT4 (B3.05)
1/08/2014 (AN ADDITIONAL CIE SEMINAR @ 3:30pm) Prof Jim Fourqurean Peter Macareadie Are rebounding green sea turtles in Bermuda causing collapse of seagrass meadows? Department of Biological Sciences, Florida International University ka4.207 B3.03 LT4 (B3.05)
8/08/2014 Prof Sean Connell Alecia Belgrove Life in kelp forests under future ocean acidification and temperature: insights from volcanic vents and mescosms Adelaide University ka4.207 G1.01 (Percy Baxter LT) T3.05
15/08/2014 Assoc Prof David Watson  Euan Ritchie  Parasitic plants as drivers of ecological communities: patterns, predictions, processes Charles Sturt University ka4.207 G1.01 (Percy Baxter LT) T3.05
15/08/2014 (AN ADDITIONAL CIE SEMINAR @ 3:30pm) Professor Timothy Mousseau John Endler Evolution across a mutational landscape: Lessons from Chernobyl, Fukushima and other hot places Department of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina, Columbia, USA ka4.207 G1.01 (Percy Baxter LT) LT4 (B3.05)
22/08/2014 Dr Andrea Griffin Kate Buchanan Animal Innovation: Mechanisms and ecological significance. Findings from a planet-wide avian invader  School of Psychology, University of Newcastle, NSW ka4.207 G1.01 (Percy Baxter LT) T3.05
29/08/2014 Dr Eric A. Treml Dan Ierodiaconou From animal movement to political partnerships: insights from ecological networks Department of Zoology, University of Melbourne ka4.207 G1.01 (Percy Baxter LT) LT4 (B3.05)
5/09/2014 Prof Martyn Jeggo Andy Bennett What ecology and social science can offer infectious disease understanding and mitigation Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases, Deakin University Medical School, Deakin University ka4.207  G1.01 (Percy Baxter LT) T3.05
12/09/2014 Dr Shaun Cunningham   Predicting condition of floodplain forests across the Murray-Darling Basin School of Life & Environmental Sciences, Deakin University ka4.207 G1.01 (Percy Baxter LT) T3.05
19/09/2014   NO SEMINAR – CIE STAFF MEETING   ka4.207 J2.19 T3.05
24/09/2014 (AN ADDITIONAL CIE SEMINAR @ 3:00pm) Professor Brian Dixon Luis Afonso Fish Environmental Immunology: from populations to molecules Department of Biology, University of Waterloo, Canada ka5.321 B3.03 B2.20
25/09/2014 (AN ADDITIONAL CIE SEMINAR @ 1:00pm) Prof Kurt Gamperl Luis Afonso Fish Responses to Environmental Challenges: Physiological Mechanisms and Ecological Implications Ocean Science Centre, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada DD3.219 C1.13 LT11 (B1.20)
26/09/2014     NO SEMINAR  
3/10/2014     NO SEMINAR  
10/10/2014 Prof Sean Connell Alecia Bellgrove From nutrient release to carbon emissions: resource liberation drives ecosystem change within kelp forests School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Adelaide ka4.207 TBA T3.05
17/10/2014 Dr Matthew Symonds Matthew Symonds The real cost of high heating bills: thermoregulation and the evolution of bird beaks School of Life and Envirnonmental Sciences, Deakin University ka4.207 C.1.13 TBA
24/10/2014 Dr Steve Morton Kate Buchanan Australian desert ecology: big picture, big gaps CSIRO Fellow, CSIRO Ecosytem Services, Alice Springs, Northern Territory ka4.207 TBA T3.05
31/10/2014  NO SEMINAR
4/11/2014 (AN ADDITIONAL CIE SEMINAR) Dr Lucie Bland  Rebecca Lester Global indicators of biodiversity change: from species to ecosystems ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, School of Botany, The University of Melbourne ka4.207 C1.13 LT4 (B3.05)
6/11/2014 (AN ADDITIONAL CIE SEMINAR @ 4:00pm) Assoc Professor Alexandre Roulin Andy Bennett The adaptive value of melanin-based color: a role for pleiotropy Department of Ecology and Evolution
University of Lausanne, Switzerland
ka4.207 C1.13 LT11 (B1.20)
7/11/2014 Dr Vanessa Kellermann Dale Nimmo The role of phylogeny and environment in dictating Drosophila species distributions Monash University ka4.207 G1.01 (Percy Baxter LT) T3.05
13/11/2014 (AN ADDITIONAL CIE SEMINAR) Assoc Prof Lian Pin Koh  Euan Ritchie Game of Drones: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Conservation Research and Applications The Environment Institute, University of Adelaide ka4.207 TBA TBA
14/11/2014 Dr Andrea Liebl Lee Ann Rollins Range Expansion of an Introduced Songbird: Physiological and Behavioral Mechanisms Centre of Ecology and Conservation, University of Exeter, Cornwall ka4.207 TBA T3.05
21/11/2014 Chris Feare Kate Buchanan Eradication of invasive birds from tropical oceanic islands: lessons from Common Mynas Acridotheres tristis Wildwings Bird Management, Guildford, UK ka4.207 J2.20 B3.07
21/11/2014 (AN ADDITIONAL CIE SEMINAR @ 3:30pm) Dr Andrew Constable Ty Matthews Challenges for assessing status and trends in marine ecosystems: developing a Southern Ocean Observing System Australian Antarctic Division, Tasmania ka4.207 J2.20 B3.07
28/11/2014 Dr Mark Hamman Graeme Hays The future of marine turtles in the Great Barrier Reef: perceptions and reality ARC Centre for Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville QLD ka4.207 C1.13 B3.07
5/12/2014 Prof Robbie McDonald Euan Ritchie Ecology of bovine tuberculosis control in wildlife and cattle Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Cornwall, UK ka4.207 C1.13 B3.07
12/12/2014     NO SEMINAR – CIE STAFF MEETING # 4   ka4.207 J2.19 T3.05

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CIE Spotlight: Improved color constancy in honey bees enabled by parallel visual projections from dorsal ocelli

Pic by Wikimedia Commons: Rushenb

Authors: Jair E. Garcia, Yu-Shan Hung, Andrew D. Greentree, Marcello G. P. Rosa, John A. Endler, and Adrian G. Dyer

Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (received for review March 1, 2017)

Brief summary of the paper: How can a pollinator, like the honey bee, perceive the same colors on visited flowers, despite continuous and rapid changes in ambient illumination and background color?

A hundred years ago, von Kries proposed an elegant solution to this problem, color constancy, which is currently incorporated in many imaging and technological applications. However, empirical evidence on how this method can operate on animal brains remains tenuous.

Our mathematical modeling proposes that the observed spectral tuning of simple ocellar photoreceptors in the honey bee allows for the necessary input for an optimal color constancy solution to most natural light environments. The model is fully supported by our detailed description of a neural pathway allowing for the integration of signals originating from the ocellar photoreceptors to the information processing regions in the bee brain.

These findings reveal a neural implementation to the classic color constancy problem that can be easily translated into artificial color imaging systems.

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