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Spring 2015
May. 1, 9:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Ecology Seminar Room

SYMBIOFEST is an annual one day meeting of scientists who are interested in symbioses - everyone is invited to attend!

Anyone can give a 10 min presentation (= 10 Powerpoint slides max!) on some aspect of their symbiotic (mutualistic, parasitic, commensal) research. Dr. Becky Vega Thurber will give the main seminar at noon. In addition, Dr. Dan Thornhill, one of the Program Directors at Biological Oceanography (NSF), will make a presentation on writing grant proposals to BIO-OCE.

We are VERY excited to have Dr. Rebecca Vega Thurber give the seminar for SYMBIOFEST. Becky is best known for her research on how bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms interact with and regulate marine ecosystems. She works on viral disease ecology of tropical reefs, the role of marine bacteria in degradation of coastal habitats, and the ecology of marine phages (the viruses that infect bacteria). Becky is currently assistant professor at Oregon State University. Her seminar is co-sponsored by the UGA Odum School of Ecology, UGA Department of Microbiology, UGA Department of Marine Sciences, and UGA Faculty of Infectious Diseases.


9:00 AM - Coffee and donuts

9:30 AM - Presentations

12:00 - 1:00 PM - "Tracing the impacts of overfishing, eutrophication, and thermal stress on corals and their micro biomes," Dr. Rebecca Vega Thurber, Oregon State University

1:00 - 2:30 PM - Lunch

2:30 - 6:00 PM - Presentations

about 4:00 PM - "Roher Coffee Break"

7:00 PM - Dinner (details TBA)