Seminars Academic Year 2016 – 2017

Experts in all areas of biological sciences are invited to campus to provide a research seminar, meet with faculty and students, and to tour our academic and research facilities.

Biological Sciences Seminars, Spring 2017

These seminars take place on Mondays from 3 pm until 4 pm in WC-130 at MMC Campus and broadcast from/to MSB-105 on the BBC Campus, unless otherwise noted.

January 23rd

Dr. Christina Staudhammer, University of Alabama

Applied Statistics in Ecology: Advancing Our Understanding of Natural Systems Through Statistical Models. 1:30-2:45 PM

January 23rd

Dr. Matt Shirley, The Rare Species Conservatory Foundation

Conservation Beyond the Cage

January 30th

Dr. Marc Mangel – Distinguished Research Professor, Center for Stock Assessment Research and Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, UCSC

Thinking About the Practice of Modeling in Biology

(see below for full Glaser seminar series)

February 6th

Dr. Steve Schmidt, University of Colorado, Boulder

Microbial Biogeography and Biogeochemistry Across Extreme, High-Elevation Landscapes, From the Andes to the Himalayas (UGS-Bio)

February 13th

Dr. Sparkle Malone, USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station

The Role of Climate and Disturbance in Driving Ecosystem Structure and Function

February 20th, NOON

Dr. Julia Earl, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Oklahoma State University

Combining Field Data with Quantitative Analyses to Inform Animal Conservation

February 20th

Dr. Alexander Pigot, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Species Communities: Accidents of History or Ecologically Pre-Ordained?

February 23rd 2:00 PM in PG5-155

Dr. Julienne Ng, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, U of Colorado at Boulder

Colorful Signals: Pattern and Process Across Multiple Scales

February 27th NOON

Dr. Alessandro Catenazzi, Department of Zoology, Southern Illinois University

Ecological and Physiological Filters to Upslope Range Shifts in Montane Tropical Amphibians

February 27th

Dr. Scott Neubauer, Virginia Commonwealth University

Peering Into the Future: Effects of Environmental Change on Tidal Freshwater Wetlands (UGS-Bio)

March 6th

Dr. Mark M. Martindale, Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, UF

A Developmental View of Radical Changes in Animal Body Plan Organization (UGS-Marine Sciences)

March 13th

Spring Break!

March 20th

Dr. Patricia Medeiros, Department of Marine Sciences, University of Georgia,

Microbially-Mediated Transformations of Estuarine Dissolved Organic Matter: Insights from Ultra-High Resolution Mass Spectrometry (UGS-Marine Sciences)

Friday March 24th, 3-4 PM in PG5-153

Dr. Hans Hofmann, University of Texas at Austin

Evolutionary Neuroethology of the Social Brain

March 27th

Dr. Ruth Gates, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawaii

The Wonderful World of Corals: Harnessing Basic Science to Address an Ecological Crisis (UGS-Marine Sciences)

April 3rd

Dr. Mary Ann Moran, Department of Marine Sciences, University of Georgia

Cryptic Interactions in the Ocean Microbiome (UGS-Marine Sciences)

April 10th

Dr. Yves Van de Peer, Department of Plant Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, Ghent University

The Significance of Gene and Genome Duplications for Plant Evolution

April 17th

Undergraduate Honors Thesis Presentations 2-5:30 PM

April 24th

Finals week, no seminar

2017 Glaser Distinguished Seminar Speaker Series, January 30th-February 3rd

“To Succeed Empirically, Think Mathematically: Adventures in Theoretical Biology.”

Dr. Marc Mangel – Distinguished Research Professor, Center for Stock Assessment Research and Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, UCSC


Dr. Marc Mangel is interested in conceptual unification in the biological sciences. Current Research interests include:

Quantitative Methods for Sustainable Fishery Management

Ecotherms in changing environments

Informing population models with evolutionary theory to infer species’ conservation status

Population Consequences of Disturbance

Science and law

The Glaser lectures will take place January 30 through February 3.  The lectures are as follows:

Monday, January 3oth, 3:00- 4:00PM. Thinking About the Practice of Modeling in Biology,  MMC campus, Rm. WC 130 and broadcast to BBC Campus, Rm. MSB 105.

Tuesday January 31st, 3:00- 4:00PM. Ten Principles from Evolutionary Ecology Essential for Effective Marine Conservation. MMC WC 130 and broadcast to BBC MSB 105.

Wednesday February 1st, 3:00- 4:00PM. State Dependent Behavioral Theory for Assessing the Population Consequences of Disturbance.  BBC MSB 105 and broadcast to MMC WC 130.

In addition, on February 1st there will be a public presentation entitled: Advocate for Science: Whales, Science, and Scientific Whaling in the International Court of Justice. 7-8PM in BBC ACI-194.

Thursday February 2nd,  3:00- 4:00PM. The Evolutionary Ecology of Offspring Number and Investment. BBC MSB 105 and broadcast to MMC WC 130.

Friday, February 3rd, 3:00- 4:00PM. Invasion Biology and the Success of Social Networks. MMC WC 130 and broadcast to BBC MSB 105.

Biological Sciences Seminars, Fall 2016

These seminars take place on Mondays from 3 pm until 4 pm in WC-130 at MMC Campus and broadcast from/to MSB-105 on the BBC Campus.

August 22

Dr. Alejandro Barbieri, Department of Biological Sciences, FIU

Cell communication, Intracellular Networking, and Dynamics of Bioactive Molecules (candidate for promotion)

August 29

Bioseminar kick-off (Department overview, BGSA introduction, and ice cream social (MMC/ potluck (BBC))

September 5

No Seminar Scheduled

Labor Day

September 12

Dr. Kevin Boswell, Department of Biological Sciences, FIU

Multi-scale Interactions in Fisheries Ecology: Insights through advanced technologies

September 19

Dr. Charles Luetje, Department of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, University of Miami

Insect Olfactory Receptors as “drug” Targets

September 26

Dr. Nikki Traylor-Knowles, RSMAS, University of Miami

Eco-immunity in Corals Facing Climate Change Challenges

October 3

Dr. Julia Dallman, Department of Biology, University of Miami

Gut and Sensory/Motor Phenotypes in a Zebrafish Model of Autism

October 10

Dr. John Berry, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, FIU

Marine Science Seminar

Water to Wine: Algal (and Other Microbial) Toxins as Emerging Concerns for Human and Ecosystem Health

October 10

Dr. Demian Chapman, Department of Biological Sciences, FIU

Marine Science Seminar

Putting Bite into New International Trade Restrictions for Sharks and Shark Fins

October 17

Dr. Claes Wahlestedt, Center for Theraputic Innovation, University of Miami

The Human Epigenome and  Non-coding Transcriptome

October 24

Dr. Penny Beuning, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Northeastern University

Specificity of Specialized Damage-bypass DNA Polymerases for Different types of DNA Damage

(BSI Sponsored)

October 31

Dr. Yannis Papastamatiou, Department of Biological Sciences, FIU

Competition Shapes Shark Communities


Marine Science Seminar

October 31

Dr. Alastair Harborne, Department of Biological Sciences, FIU

Every Day is Halloween: How Predation and the Fear of Predation Affect Reef Fish Assemblages

Marine Science Seminar

November 7

Dr. Michelle Afhkami, Department of Biology, University of Miami

Title: TBD

November 14

Reserved for UGSRC Speaker

November 21

Reserved for UGSRC Speaker

November 28

Dr. Karthikeyan Vasudevan, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, CSIR, India

Herpetofaunal diversity in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bay of Bengal

December 5

Reserved for UGSRC Speaker

Plant Talks Fall 2016

These seminars will take place on Wednesdays, Noon to 1 p.m. in the Wertheim Conservatory, Room 130. Metered guest parking available on the ground floors of the Red Garage, PG5 & PG6, along SW 8 St. at the 109th Ave entrance to FIU.

August 31

Dr. Scott Zona, Department of Biological Sciences, FIU

Palm-spotting in Borneo and Singapore

September 7

Dr. John Dransfield, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK

Wanderings in the Great Forests of Borneo: The travels of the Italian naturalist Odoardo Beccari in the nineteenth century

September 21

Dr. Oscar Valverde, International Center for Tropical Botany

A world view of fine roots: describing root trait morphological variation at global scales for seed plants

October 5

Cleopatra Pimiento, Department of Biological Sciences FIU (Koptur lab)

Amazonian forest canopy: the heart of insect diversity

October 12

Dr. Steve Oberbauer, Department of Biological Sciences, FIU

High mountain plants of the Sibinicocha region, Peru

October 19

Dr. Suzanne Koptur, Department of Biological Sciences, FIU

Wildflowers and other wonders of wandering in France, Switzerland, and Germany

November 2

Dr. Brett Jestrow, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Walking the High Line: Manhattan’s wildflower garden from a curator’s perspective

November 16

Dr. Paul A. Groff, Department of Biology, U of Miami

Geography of Gentianopsis in California and Nevada

November 30

Dr. Jennifer Richards, Department of Biological Sciences, FIU

Title TBD

Graduate Defense Seminars 2017