Current Seminars

Here you can see all of the Department of Biology’s seminars for this semester. You may view archived seminars for past years by selecting “Seminar Archives” at the bottom.

Seminar Schedule for Spring 2015

Systems-level analysis of drought and heat responses in the model C3 grass Brachypodium distachyon

Dr. Todd Mockler Presents:

Tuesday April 21st, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Anatomy/Zoology Building W118

I will present recent work from my laboratory in the areas of gene network predictions and high-throughput physiological phenotyping to elucidate network modules and pathways underlying the integration of stress responses and growth control in the model grass system Brachypodium distachyon.

Canary in a coal mine: The effects of mercury pollution on terrestrial songbirds

Claire Ramos
Dr. Claire V Ramos Presents:

Tuesday April 28th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Anatomy/Zoology Building W118

Mercury is a persistent environmental contaminant of global concern. It is a neurotoxin with known behavioral and fitness effects on a wide range of vertebrate taxa, including birds. Until recently, it was thought that only birds with a dietary link to aquatic systems (e.g. fish eating birds) were at risk from environmental mercury poisoning. However […]

**PhD Seminar** Flexibility and constraint in the evolution of gene expression and behavior

Eva Fischer Presents:

Tuesday May 5th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Anatomy/Zoology Building W118

Two fundamental unsolved problems in evolutionary biology are (1) predicting how genotype and environment interact to shape evolutionary processes and (2) elucidating the mechanisms by which genetic and environmental influences produce well-adapted phenotypes. Central to these questions are contrasting views on how environmentally induced variation (phenotypic plasticity) influences adaptive evolution, and how selection in a […]

**PhD Seminar** Legend, history, and ethnobotany as a basis for testing alternative hypotheses on the origin, dispersal, evolution, and chemistry of Catha edulis (qat)

Luke Tembrock Presents:

Wednesday May 6th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Yates 206

Catha edulis (Vahl) Forssk. ex Endl. (qat, khat, mirra) is a woody plant species that is grown and consumed in East Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula for its stimulant alkaloids. The alkaloids responsible for the stimulant properties are cathinone, cathine, and norephedrine. These alkaloids are structurally and pharmalogically similar to amphetamines. The evolution of […]

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