I was invited to present a seminar in to the spring to The Wildlife Society Nutritional Ecology seminar series, and I’m honored to be part of an all-star line-up!! The talks being given from November through March, and you can find more info the TWS’ seminar announcement, which I have quoted below:
Please join The Wildlife Society’s Nutritional Ecology Working Group for our winter webinar series (https://wildlife.org/newg/webinar-series/). We will host virtual webinars at Noon (Mt Standard Time) on the second Wednesday of every month from 10 November 2021 – 9 March 2022.
This year’s webinar theme is “The digestive biome and the influence of these organisms on nutrition and condition of wildlife.” Our list of speakers this year are very diverse across many taxa!
Nutrition is vitally important for every life process of every living creature—from optimizing growth and reproduction to decreasing susceptibility to disease, predation, and death. The science of nutritional ecology links food resources available to an animal with individual- and population-level performance, as well as to habitat- and landscape-level dynamics. With data collected on nutritional requirements, food availability and quality, foraging and life history strategies under different environmental conditions, and body mass and condition, managers can predict how changes in one will impact the other. This provides a clear path for managing food resources in a way that optimizes population performance, or alternatively, for managing animal populations to optimize the health of ecosystems. As global issues such as climate change, loss of habitat, and the spread of disease and parasites increasingly impact wildlife populations, the need for understanding the degree to which populations are limited by nutrition, and how we can best manage for nutrition, increases as well.
All webinars will be held at 12:00 pm Mountain Standard Time. A flyer with zoom link will be sent out ahead of each webinar.
November 10th, 2021 – Jennifer Forbey – Boise State University. “Manipulating metabolites & microbes to manage wild herbivores”
December 8th, 2021 – Kevin Kohl – University of Pittsburgh. “Who’s in charge here?: Microbial contributions to animal physiology, ecology, and evolution”
January 12th, 2022 – Denise Dearing – University of Utah “Metabolic enabling and detoxification by gut microbes”
February 9th, 2022 – Candace Williams – San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance. “Gut microbiota and their role in rhinoceros infertility”
March 9th, 2022 – Sue Ishaq – University of Maine. “Moose rumen microbes and you”