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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.


Spring 2022 Seminar Schedule


 Name, Affiliation  

         Title              Host    Summary Paper
28 -Jan.



04 - Feb

Dr. Hernan Lopez-Fernandez

University of Michigan

"Neotropical Riverine Cichlids: Adaptive Radiation and Macroevolution at Continental Scales"

Ivan Castro-Arellano

11 - Feb

Dr. Charles Watson

Texas A&M University San Antonio

"Decoy Coloration in Lizards: A Tail of Deception"

Caitlin Gabor PDF PDF
18 - Feb

Dr. Garrett Street

Mississippi State University

"A Body in Motion: Movement and Its Consequences for Wildlife Ecology"

Floyd Weckerly PDF PDF
25 - Feb




04 - Mar

Dr. Cris Argueso

Colorado State University

"A double edged-sword: Cytokinins in disease resistance and susceptibility of plants to pathogens"

Hong-Gu Kang PDF PDF
11 - Mar

Dr. Drew Davis

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

“Using emerging technologies to understand the distribution of imperiled species” Joseph Veech PDF PDF
25 - Mar

Dr. Laura Mydlarz

University of Texas at Arlington

"Immunity to community: applying coral immune concepts to understanding reef declines" Lauren Fuess PDF PDF
01 - Apr

Dr. Sarah Fritts

Texas State University


"The unintended consequences of intelligent tinkering: revisiting renewable energy ​resources to benefit biodiversity"

Presidential Seminar

(McCoy Hall 119)

08 - Apr

Dr. William Gray

University of Minnesota

"Regulation of Auxin mediated cell expansion by SAUR proteins"

Nihal Dharmasiri PDF PDF
15 - Apr

Dr. Lily Khadempour

Rutgers University

“Leaf-cutters and honeypots: Ant-microbe symbioses as models for microbial ecology and evolution” Camila Carlos-Shanley PDF PDF
22 - Apr

Mr. David Buggs

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

"The value of people diversity to the future of conservation"

Clay Green    


Awards Day      


Fall 2021 Seminar Schedule


 Name, Affiliation   





 03 - Sept.

Dr. Starla Thornhill

Texas State University

"Bacterial Adhesion and Corrosion in Space Flight"

Robert McLean



10 - Sept.

Mr. Richard Shultz

Santa Fe Community College

 “Evolution of Aquaponics over a Long Career”

Mar Huertas



17 - Sept.

Dr. Sangchul Hwang

Texas State University


"Engineering upcycling of invasive aquatic plants"

Sunethra Dharmasiri



24 - Sept.

Dr. Vikram Kapoor

University of Texas at San Antonio


"Microbial source tracking in the recharge and contributing zones of Edwards Aquifer"

Camila Carlos-Shanley


01 - Oct.

Dr. Mar Huertas

Texas State University

“When the nose fails: pathogens, pollution and COVID stories”

Dittmar Hahn


08 - Oct.

Dr. Sarah Fritts

Texas State University

“Gone with the wind: implications of renewable energy on bat populations”

Dittmar Hahn


15 - Oct.

Dr. Noland Martin

Texas State University

"Evolutionary consequences of natural hybridization"

Dittmar Hahn

22 - Oct.

Dr. Keiko Torri

University of Texas at Austin

"Breaking the Silence: How to Make Small Plant Mouths that Support Our Sustenance"

Hong-Gu Kang PDF PDF
29 - Oct.

Dr. Yuan Lu

Texas State University


"From ornamental fish to disease model - Oncogenic allelic interaction in Xiphophorus highlights hybrid incompatibility" Caitlin Gabor PDF PDF
05 - Nov.

Dr. Keisuke Ikehata

Texas State University

"Using Brackish Diatoms for the Treatment of Desalination Wastewater – Squeezing More Usable Water"

Nihal Dharmasiri PDF PDF
12 - Nov.

Dr. Thomas Devitt

University of Texas at Austin

“A CURE for the Biodiversity Crisis: Integrating Biodiversity Research with Education to Increase Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.”

Dana Garcia PDF PDF
19 - Nov.

Dr. Laura Ellis

Texas State University

“Fish Talks: Environmental impacts on cellular biology” Mar Huertas PDF  
26 - Nov.