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2016-17 Seminars

  • 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 30 to February 3

    “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

    Marc Mangel

    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