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Biology Department Seminars

Biology Department Seminars

Charles Darwin
Biology Departmental Seminars are usually held on Fridays at 2 pm in Room 116 of the Supple (Science) Building, or as announced below. A brief Q&A period typically follows each seminar. After that, everyone (age 21 and over only) is welcome to attend a reception for the speaker in the courtyard of the Old Greenhouse, liquid refreshments provided. To find out more about the speakers, follow the links to their web pages, and check out the seminar (you never know what interesting person might be speaking). TBA indicates "to be announced" unless the date arrives and no seminar speaker has been scheduled at which point it means we do not have a seminar speaker for that day.   Please check frequently.
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Spring 2018 Seminar Schedule


 Name, Affiliation  

         Title              Host    Summary Paper
 26 - Jan

Dr. Bryan Tarbox

Texas State University

"Conserving Neotropical biodiversity in pasture-dominated landscapes" Clay Green PDF  
02 - Feb

Dr. Mark Ott


"Space Microbiology at NASA" Bob McLean   PDF
09 - Feb

Dr. David Rodriguez,

Texas State University

"Investigating pathogen dynamics of the amphibian-killing fungus in temperate and tropical ecosystems"

Dittmar Hahn PDF  
16 - Feb

Dr. Jessica Dutton

Texas State University

"Mercury accumulation in marine life from the Gulf of Mexico" Dittmar Hahn PDF PDF
23 - Feb    Biology Colloquium      
02 - March

 Dr. Hua Lu

 University of Maryland

"Circadian Regulation of Plant Innate Immunity" HongGu Kang PDF PDF
09 - March

Dr. Doug Woodhams

University of Massachusetts

"Ecology and Evolution on Amphibian Skin:  Responding to Disease Emergence with Microbial Therapy" Caitlin Gabor PDF PDF
23 - March

Dr. Mark Merchant

McNeese State University

"Color Change in Crocodylians:  A Response to Environmental Conditions"  David Rodriguez PDF  
30 - March

Dr. John Nason 

Iowa State University

"Figs, pollinators, and parasites: co-diversification in deep and shallow time"



06 - April

Dr. Houjian Cai

University of Georgia

"Metabolism of long chain saturated fatty acids and prostate cancer progression" Dittmar Hahn PDF PDF
13 - April   SWAN meeting      
20 - April

Dr. Joshua Jahner

University of Nevada

"Do next-generation population genomic approaches actually improve our understanding of evolutionary processes in wild populations?" Chris Nice    
27 - April    Awards day      




Fall 2017 Seminar Schedule

Date Name, Affiliation Title Host Summary Paper
01 - Sept

Dr. Chris Butler

University of Central Oklahoma

"A Naturalist's Year in South Africa"  Clay Green    
08 -Sept 

Dr. Lisa Boucher,

University of Texas, Austin

"Cretaceous landscape heterogeneity and the evolution of paleofloras"

Gary Upchurch PDF PDF
15 - Sept

 Dr. Jennifer Lewis

 University of California, Berkeley.

"Functional analysis of immune receptor complex reveals key residues and domains for immunity and protein-protein interactions".

HongGu Kang PDF PDF
22 - Sept

Dr. Kristy Daniel

Texas State University

“Supporting effective biology learning environments through research in education, communication, and engagement.” Dittmar Hahn    PDF PDF
29 - Sept

 Dr. Carla Harper,

 University of Kansas

“Ancient microbes in extreme environments” David Lemke    PDF PDF
06 - Oct

 Dr. Hannah Adams,

 Trinity University

"Streptococcus mitis and S. oralis mutate an 'essential' gene upon exposure to daptomycin."

Bob McLean PDF  
13 - Oct

Dr. Kent Chapman

University North Texas

“Imaging Lipids in Plant Seed Tissues by Mass Spectrometry” Nihal Dharmasiri PDF PDF
20 - Oct

Dr. Cheryl Murphy.

Michigan State University

“Scaling sublethal effects of contaminants and stressors to population effect in fish: an adverse outcome pathway framework.”

Mar Huertas PDF PDF

27 - Oct

 Dr. Robert Page

 Texas A&M University - San Antonio

"Insights into the Introduction Histories and Population Genetic Dynamics of Two Large Invasive Lizards in Florida" Caitlin Gabor PDF PDF
03 - Nov

 Yogendra Bordiya

 Texas State University

"Epigenetic regulation of immune response in Arabidopsis thaliana"

HongGu Kang PDF


10 - Nov
 Dr. Gaurav Varshney
Oklahoma Medical Research foundation

“A High-Throughput workflow for CRISPR/Cas9 mediated targeted mutagenesis to model human disease genes in zebrafish”

Manish Kumar PDF PDF
17 - Nov

 Dr. Russell Perry

 USGS - Columbia Research Laboratory

"The Stream Salmonid Simulator: a dynamic simulation model for assessing how habitat and water management actions affect growth, movement, and survival of juvenile salmonid populations."

Thom Hardy    PDF  
01 - Dec

Dr. Butch Weckerly

Texas State University

"Redundancy and resiliency of Roosevelt elk herds in Redwood National and State Parks."

Dittmar Hahn PDF PDF