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 Fall 2014

Flexibility vs. constraint in the evolution of gene expression and behavior

Dr. Kim Hoke Presents:

Tuesday September 23rd, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Anatomy/Zoology Building W118

Adaptive evolution can shape suites of behavioral traits to a remarkable extent, such that different individuals adopt distinct behavioral strategies to facilitate survival and reproduction.  The resulting strategies must balance trade-offs in time, for animals cannot engage in two separate behaviors simultaneously. Work in the Hoke lab asks to what extent those strategies also reflect […]

The evolution of parental care: have fishes been reading life-history theory?

Dr. Colette Marie St. Mary Presents:

Tuesday September 30th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Anatomy/Zoology Building W118

Fishes are an unusual group of organisms, in that males, rather than females, are the primary care givers in species that provide care.  While there exists a laundry list of possible explanations for this pattern, one still understudied hypothesis is that sexual selection acts in concert with natural selection to promote care.  I will share […]

Consequences of rapid mtDNA evolution on nuclear gene variation, hybrid breakdown, and (possibly) speciation

Dr. Ron Burton Presents:

Tuesday October 14th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Anatomy/Zoology Building W118

Abstract: Despite it small size, the rapid evolution of the mitochondrial genome (mtDNA) has significant implications for the evolution of animal populations.  Mitochondrial function requires the transcription and translation of the mtDNA-encoded proteins that are essential for aerobic respiration, and all these functions require proteins encoded in the nuclear genome.  Consequently, the many interactions between […]

**Special Seminar** Niche conservatism deep and shallow, and the origin and future of biodiversity patterns

Dr. John Wiens Presents:

Thursday October 16th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in 332 Gifford

Niche conservatism occurs when populations, species, and clades retain similar ecological characteristics over time.  Niche conservatism may help to explain many different ecological and evolutionary patterns.  In my talk, I will review recent research from my collaborators and I that explore this idea.  First, I will discuss the role that niche conservatism may play in […]

**PhD Seminar** Factors affecting the abundance and dispersion of fleas in prairie dog colonies: implications for transmission and persistence of Yersinia pestis

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David Eads Presents:

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Yates 206

Plague is a rodent-associated zoonosis caused by the primarily flea-borne bacterium Yersinia pestis.  Over half the rodent species of conservation concern in the United States occur within the range of plague.  Protection of many of those species may rely on effective management of this invasive disease.  Rates of plague transmission are thought to positively correlate […]

TBA – microbial physiology

Dr. Chris Dupont Presents:

Tuesday October 28th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Anatomy/Zoology Building W118

Plasticity and divergence: lessons from a hyper generalist

Dr. Davd Skelly Presents:

Tuesday November 11th, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Anatomy/Zoology Building W118

The wood frog is one of the most widely distributed species in North America.  Within its range, it is able to exploit a wider range of conditions than other species.  Part of their success stems from unusual tolerance to closed canopy conditions within their breeding environments.  In spite of cool temperatures and low productivity, larvae […]

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