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

Destructive and constructive roles for physiological noise in organismal biology

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Dr. Art Woods Presents:

Tuesday February 10th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Anatomy/Zoology Building W118

In organisms, physiological noise arises from many sources—from changes in the external environment, from changes in internal physiological state, and from stochastic effects from the small numbers of particles interacting. I will discuss both destructive and constructive consequences of physiological noise, and I will propose a unified view for how organisms have evolved in response […]

The origin of red flowers: genetic mechanisms, ecological drivers and macroevolutionary patterns

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Dr. Stacey Smith Presents:

Tuesday February 24th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Anatomy/Zoology Building W118

Angiosperms display an incredible diversity of flower colors, although relatively little is known about macroevolutionary trends in flower color and the genetic basis for different classes of color transitions. My talk will focus on the distribution of red flowers and the genetic basis for the origin of this trait.  Studies in a handful of taxa, including […]

Overcoming the challenges of applying synthetic biology principles to plants

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Mauricio Antunes Presents:

Tuesday March 31st, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Anatomy/Zoology Building W118

TBA – speciation in frogs

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Dr. Emily Moriarty Lemmon Presents:

Tuesday April 7th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Anatomy/Zoology Building W118

**PhD Seminar** Testing the effects of gene flow on adaptation, fitness, and demography in wild populations

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Sarah Fitzpatrick Presents:

Tuesday April 14th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Anatomy/Zoology Building W118

TBA – plant genomics

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Dr. Todd Mockler Presents:

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

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

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Luke Tembrock Presents:

Wednesday April 22nd, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Anatomy/Zoology Building W118

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 […]

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

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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 […]

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