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 2017

What Determines the Gradient Bird Species Diversity Across the Himalayas?

Dr. Trevor Price Presents:

Tuesday September 26th, 2017 at 4:00 PM in Biology Auditorium 136

WHAT DETERMINES THE GRADIENT IN BIRD SPECIES DIVERSITY ACROSS THE HIMALAYAS? Why are more species found in tropical than temperate regions? Explanations may be broadly divided into those rooted in history or in present day conditions. I describe our research on this issue, which uses birds of the Himalayas as a model system, and new […]

The Physiology at the Extremes Lab: Current and Future Projects

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Dr. Shane Kanatous Presents:

Wednesday October 4th, 2017 at 4:00 PM in Biology Auditorium 136


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Dr. Joe von Fischer Presents:

Wednesday October 11th, 2017 at 4:00 PM in Biology Auditorium 136

Playing god with guppies: testing the effects of gene flow on adaptation, fitness, and population dynamics using a model experimental system

Dr. Chris Funk Presents:

Wednesday October 18th, 2017 at 4:00 PM in Biology Auditorium 136

The consequence of gene flow for local adaptation and fitness is a fundamental, yet unresolved, problem in evolutionary ecology and conservation biology. On the one hand, gene flow may introduce maladaptive alleles into a population, thereby reducing fitness. On the other hand, gene flow can add genetic variation to small, inbred populations, increasing fitness through […]

The Role of Mitochondria in Plasticity and Adaptation to Environmental Change

Dr. Patricia Schulte Presents:

Tuesday October 24th, 2017 at 4:00 PM in Biology Auditorium 136

Animals are profoundly dependent on aerobic ATP generation by mitochondria, and thus the functional properties of this key cellular organelle play an important role in determining organismal performance and fitness in the context of a changing environment. In addition, because of the endosymbiotic origin of the mitochondrion, any adjustments to mitochondrial function necessarily involve tight […]

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