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*** Thanks for making oe3c 2011 a great success--we look forward to seeing you next year at McMaster! ***

 

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The Ontario Ecology, Ethology and Evolution Colloquium (OE3C), formerly OEEC, will be held on May 6 - 8, 2011 at the University of Toronto, Scarborough campus (UTSC).

*** Registration is now Closed ***

**Update** The first 45 students/post-docs to register will receive a free re-useable tote bag! In addition, the first 100 students/post-docs to register will be put into a raffle for a chance to win free registration (1 prize available, reimbursed at meeting)!

Important dates:
Early Registration ends April 20.
Regular registration starts April 21.
Registration closes April 29.
All payment must be received by April 29.

The OE3C is a provincial conference, organized by graduate students, that draws in young researchers, faculty and post-docs from around Ontario and beyond. For each of the past 40 years, this annual conference has been an intimate forum for graduate students and the top undergraduate honours students to present research in a constructive and friendly atmosphere and for faculty to recruit promising young students. Although originally conceived as a venue to present research in ecology and behaviour (previously named the Ontario Ethology and Ecology Colloquium), OE3C has been broadened to explicitly include such diverse topics as evolution, genetics, psychology, conservation and environmental science.

PhoneApes

In an effort to reduce waste, we are requesting that you please bring your own coffee mugs, water bottles, pens and notebooks.  Thank you.

We are encouraging participants to bring old cell phones to the conference to donate to the PhoneApes progam. The Toronto Zoo gets 0.70$ per phone donated and the money goes directly to the conservation of Gorilla habitat in Africa. You can read more about the program from their website.

This year we are pleased to have four plenary speakers:

Dr. Philip Gingerich, University of Michigan
Dr. Antónia Monteiro, Yale University
Dr. Bridget Stutchbury, York University
Dr. Darryl Gwynne, University of Toronto Mississauga

Click HERE for more information about the 2011 OE3C plenary speakers. Sponsored by UTSC Office of the Vice-Principal, Research.

Updates

5.08.2011

Thanks for making oe3c 2011 a great success--we look forward to seeing you next year at McMaster!

5.05.2011

Updates/Changes have been made to the Conference Program.

5.03.2011

The official Conference Program is now posted.

4.30.2011

Conference registration is now closed.

4.17.2011

Phil Gingerich's abstract is now posted under the OE3C Program page.

4.11.2011

Orders of this year's OE3C t-shirts are available for sale through conference registration--please include the cost of t-shirt in the registration fees ($15). All t-shirt orders must be placed by April 20th. Only a limited number of extra t-shirts will be available at the conference. 

New Sponsors:

4.06.2011

The first 45 students/post-docs to register will receive a free re-useable tote bag! In addition, the first 100 students/post-docs to register will be put into a raffle for a chance to win free registration (1 prize available, reimbursed at meeting)!PhoneApes

3.31.2011

We are encouraging participants to bring old cell phones to the conference to donate to the PhoneApes progam. The Toronto Zoo gets 0.70$ per phone donated and the money goes directly to the conservation of Gorilla habitat in Africa. You can read more about the program from their website.

Location

UTSC Campus Map: (pdf)

Parking locations: PA, P3, P4, P5 - see map, put your cursor over the parking lots for more information. $2-5/day (some lots are coins only and some take credit cards

UTSC Address:
1265 Military Trail, Toronto, ON, Canada, M1C 1A4 (map)


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By Car:
From Highway 401, exit at Morningside Ave. southbound, then turn eastbound onto Military Trail. Interested in carpooling? Click here to organize.

By TTC:
(416) 393-4636 TTC schedule details
From York Mills Subway, take bus 95/95B/95E/95F
From Scarborough Town Centre, take bus 38
From Kennedy Subway, rush-hours only, take bus 116E

*Please note that subways on Sunday do not start until 9am. There are blue buses or to try and organize carpooling click here.

By GO Transit:

(416) 869-3200 GO schedule details
From the Pickering GO Train station, take the GO Hwy 407 Express bu.
Note: Total travel time direct to U of T Scarborough, from the Durham region GO Train stations varies from only 15 minutes from Pickering to 37 minutes from Oshawa.
The Hwy 407 Express bus services Pickering to Hamilton.
From the Rouge Hill GO Train station, take TTC bus 38.
From the Guilwood GO Train station, take TTC bus 86A/116.

From Pearson International Airport: (map)

Accommodations

On-campus accommodations: $45 + 13% HST = $50.85 CAD per night

Four person townhouses and apartments with shared bathrooms, kitchen and living room. Check out the virtual tours in the links above.

On campus parking is included at no additional charge for those staying on campus.

A separate registration form is required by UTSC conference services for on-campus housing. Please complete the pdf (interactive fields) and fax to (416) 287-7323 by April 22, 2011

Space is limited so please fax the form as soon as possible so we can request more rooms if necessary.
If you fax your registration form for on-campus housing a lot earlier than you plan to submit your abstract, please send us an email letting us know so we have a better estimate of the number of attendees.

Accommodations Registration Form

**Please remember there is a separate registration form/payment for the conference.**

Parking locations for commuters: PA, P3, P4, P5 - see map, put your cursor over the parking lots for more information. $2-5/day (some lots are coins only and some take credit cards). Interested in carpooling? Click here to organize.

 

Off-campus accommodations:

The on-campus housing will be your best option if you want the cheapest option. The rooms and the units are spacious and very close to the talks.

Delta Toronto East (Toronto Hotel)
2035 Kennedy Road, Scarborough |Tel. 1-800-663-3386
Rates: Single from $130/night. One room, max 5 people (2 doubles) = $204/night
Transit: 30-35 min bus ride, 10min car ride

Holiday Inn Express Toronto East*
50 Estate Drive, Scarborough |Tel. 416-439-9666
Rates: Single and Double from $120/night
Transit: closest to Scarborough Town Centre station

New Plaza Motel*
4584 Kingston Rd., Scarborough | Tel. 416-284-9966
Rates: Single $72.80/night, Double $72.80/night, Triple $85/night, Quad $94/night
Transit: very short walk to UTSC, close to Guildwood GO station and Lawrence and Kennedy subway stations

*The above information is provided by Student Housing Service from the University of Toronto St. George Campus.  Please click here.

Conference Registration

**********REGISTRATION IS CLOSED************

Conference registration/payment is separate from Accommodation registration/payment.

The first 45 students/post-docs to register will receive a free re-useable tote bag! In addition, the first 100 students/post-docs to register will be put into a raffle for a chance to win free registration (1 prize available, reimbursed at meeting)!

Important dates:
Early Registration ends April 20.
Regular registration starts April 21.
Registration closes April 29.
All payment must be received by April 29.

 

Early registration ($75 for students/postdocs & $110 for faculty/other**) ends Wednesday, April 20. 
Registration fees include lunches and a light breakfast on May 7 & 8 and dinner on May 7.
Starting Thursday, April 21 registration will be: $85 for students/postdocs & $120 for faculty/other.

**Unfortunately we had to increase the registration fee from what was previously advertised. Thank you for your understanding.

Please see the Abstract Submission page for instructions.

Cheques/Money orders* should be made payable to "University of Toronto" with your *full name* and "OE3C" in the memo. If paying for multiple people please include all names in full.

*We will not accept any other forms of payment.

Please send your cheques to:

OE3C 2011
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada M1C 1A4

 

Conference T-shirt design
Orders of this year's OE3C t-shirts are available for sale through conference registration--please include the cost of t-shirt in the registration fees ($15). All t-shirt orders must be placed by April 20th. Only a limited number of extra t-shirts will be available at the conference. 

Tshirt

Abstract Submission

Please have your abstract prepared when registering as abstracts will be submitted online.

Abstracts are required for all presenters (verbal/poster). 200 word maximum.

Avoid special characters (symbols, italics), and review your information thoroughly before submitting. You will not have the opportunity to make any corrections once we receive your abstract!

Include all authors: Complete list of authors (separated by a semi-colon, including presenter indicated with an *).

Example - Last Name1, First Name1; Last Name2, First Name2*

Presentation Instructions

General information: 

Oral presentations and poster presentations are open to all (undergrads, grads, postdocs, and faculty).
We strive to create a welcoming environment where we encourage students to share their work at whatever stage it is at (e.g. proposal, in progress, published, etc...). This is a great platform to gather feedback and new perspectives from your peers, to seek out potential supervisors and for faculty to recruit and promote their labs.

Instructions for Oral Presentations

Length of talks: 12 mins for the talk and 3 mins for questions

File format: PowerPoint (.ppt, .pps) and optimized to run on Windows.

Presentation rooms contain Windows computers. All machines are equipped with internet access and Powerpoint. If you require other arrangements please email the organizers at oe3c@utsc.utoronto.ca.

We encourage you to bring your PowerPoint presentation in both .ppt and .pps formats. The .pps format is a PowerPoint Show that encapsulates all aspects of your presentation, including fonts that might not be available on the conference computers. You can generate a .pps version of your presentation by using Save As... and selecting PowerPoint Show as the format. We also recommend that you use the pack and go feature to prepare a copy of your presentation.

Uploading talks: Please bring your presentation on a USB key or CD, and present it to us when you register. Please provide your files with clearly recognizable names (include you last name and initials).

If you are presenting in the afternoons, please get your presentation to us at the registration table 9am of the day you are presenting.

Laser pointers: Green laser pointers are prohibited at this conference with no exceptions.

Red laser pointers will be available in each room.

Instructions for Posters Presentations:

Size: Maximum (LXW) 1m X 1m.

Technical aids: Power outlets will not be available, but wireless internet access may be possible if arrangements are made in advance.

Poster session date: Saturday May 7th prior to the Dinner in the Meeting Place. Setup will begin at noon on the 7th.

Program

Conference Program

Plenary Speakers

We are very honoured to have four exceptional researchers at this year's OE3C. The plenary sessions are sponsored by UTSC Office of the Vice-Principal, Research.

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Dr. Philip Gingerich, University of Michigan

Title: How fast is Evolution?

Abstract:  Darwin thought evolution is slow. Evolution is slow on long time scales, but the fundamental process works on a generation-to-generation scale, not long time scales.  Phenotypic variation is geometric normal, with normality reflecting its underlying polygenic source; ln transformation is part of the measurement process. The natural rate unit is the haldane, particularly H0, representing change in standard deviations per generation on a timescale of one generation. When appropriately sampled, rates calculated on longer scales can be projected to a generational timescale. Empirical studies are reviewed concerning: (a) rates of polygenic mutation, (b) rates of response to human versus natural disturbance; and (c) rates of change in a classic study of punctuated equilibrium. Rate studies commonly find phenotypic change on the order of H0 = 0.1 to 0.3 standard deviations per generation. This is fast by any standard. Darwin was wrong on rates, but more right than we knew on natural selection.

 

 


asDr. Antónia Monteiro, Yale University

Title: The origin, evolution, and function of butterfly eyespots

Abstract: How does a complex visual signal, such as an eyespot, originate? And what selective factors lead to its maintenance and evolution? Complex gene networks underlie the development of complex morphologies and, thus, its is important to investigate the origin of these networks. I will present our lab’s empirical framework for addressing the origin of complex novelties and illustrate them with examples surrounding the evolution of butterfly eyespots. In addition, I will show how butterfly eyespot number evolves at different rates on distinct surfaces of the wings of closely related species, and at different rates in males and females. I will relate this evolutionary pattern to the eyespots’ role in natural and sexual selection. Finally, I will address how sexual monomorphism in eyespot number can result from developmental plasticity in the sexual roles of males and females

 


stutchburyDr. Bridget Stutchbury, York University

Title:  Frequent fliers: new discoveries in bird migration

Abstract: Miniaturization of tracking technology has made it possible to track the start-to-finish migration of small songbirds for the first time. Since 2007, my lab has used light level archival "geolocators" to track two species of migrants, purple martins that over-winter in South America and wood thrushes that migrate to Central America. Both species exhibit very rapid spring migration, typically returning to their breeding site within 2-3 weeks of departure from the tropics. In wood thrushes, we have found a remarkably high level of breeding-wintering ground connectivity whereas purple martins breeding thousands of kilometers apart nevertheless use a similar wintering region. Migration schedules are highly flexible in wood thrushes and departure dates do not predict arrival dates, owing to prolonged stopovers especially in fall migration. My lab's research raises intriguing questions about plasticity in migration schedules and the extent to which climate change, and tropical deforestation, will impact migratory bird populations.

 

asDr. Darryl Gwynne, University of Toronto Mississauga

Title: Female Ornaments

Abstract: Sexual selection on females is more widespread than previously thought and can be due to mechanisms such as mate choice by males. More rare are reversals in the mating roles: where mate choice by males co-occurs with direct sexual competition among females.Although sexual selection on females is widespread, examples of sexual dimorphism with sexually-selected female-specific ornaments or devices are rare compared to the ubiquity of male-specific ornamentation. I will focus on apparent female ornaments in insect systems in which males feed their mates.For a local species of dance fly I will discuss sexual selection and viability selection in the wild on some particularly elaborate ornaments displayed by females.

Contact

If you require any further information about the conference please feel free to contact us at:

oe3c@utsc.utoronto.ca

Or check out our discussion board for FAQs and to organize carpooling.

Co-chairs, OE3C 2011 Organizing Committee: Janice Ting & Tiffany Schriever.

 

 

 

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