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2021 - 2022 Biology Seminar Series

Departmental seminars explore all aspects of biology, and are held 12:30 - 1:30 pm, Fridays via ZOOM unless otherwise indicated.

All queries should be directed to Natasha Mhatre.

All are welcome to attend!

2021-2022 Schedule


DATE SPEAKER TITLE
24 Sept

Curtis Lubbe

Save some for later: carbohydrate storage in herbaceous perennial plants
1 Oct David Pfennig Phenotypic plasticity and the evolutionary origins of novel traits
8 Oct

Liam McGuire

Neat things we’ve learned about bats and hibernation while studying white-nose syndrome
15 Oct

Bogumil Karas

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Fantastic microbes and how we use them
22 Oct Lauren Buckley How do montane insects experience and respond to climate change means and extremes?
29 Oct Gregory Sutton High power insects: The biomechanics of jumping and striking
1-5 Nov STUDY BREAK
12 Nov Allison Walker A Deep Dive into Marine Mycology
19 Nov Daphne Goring Two subgroups of Arabidopsis receptor-like kinases regulate intra- and inter-species pollen-pistil interactions
26 Nov Catherine Ivy High altitude adaptation and control of breathing in deer mice and songbirds
3 Dec Kristi Montooth The Evolutionary Maintenance and Loss of Phenotypic Plasticity in Membranes and Metabolism
10 Dec - 3 Jan EXAM PERIOD/HOLIDAY SEASON BREAK

7 Jan

CANCELLED

Esther Ngumbi Untangling microbe-driven and chemical mediated plant and insect interactions
14 Jan Ian Scott GATA4/5/6 family transcription factors are conserved determinants of cardiac versus pharyngeal mesoderm fate
21 Jan Peter Burke Biology meets art: what does it take to prepare a field guide for birds.
28 Jan Oana Birceanu For the love of fish: How changes to aquatic habitats impact fish physiology
4 Feb

Ilya Shmulevich

This special seminar is The 2022 Uchida Lecture

Cancer Patient Digital Twins
11 Feb Lydia Finley Metabolic regulation of cell fate decisions
18 Feb Carrie Wu Bio Research The good, the bad, and the ugly: Exploring invasion genetics of high-risk invasive plants in the US mid-Atlantic with undergrads
19 Feb READING WEEK
4 Mar Rajendhran Rajakumar Retention and Reactivation of Ancestral Developmental Potentials
11 Mar Mehran Dastmalchi A metabolic shift brought on by a lesion-mimic phenotype
18 Mar Takeshi Suzuki How do mites adapt to their environments?
25 Mar Astrid Groot Evolution of sexual communication through species interactions
15 Apr GOOD FRIDAY

There are occasions when notable speakers visit the department who are not part of the weekly series. Those seminars will be listed below and will also explore a wide range of topics. All are welcome to attend!

Special Seminar Schedule

DATE SPEAKER TITLE or DETAILS TIME VENUE
24 Mar Brian Branfireun

Helen Battle Research Fellowship Seminar

"The genetic basis of mercury methylation"

3:00-4:00 pm

BGS 0153 and Zoom

1 Apr
Mariam Hayward and Melissa Gordon Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization for NSERC Discovery Grants
Join the Zoominar at:
https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/j/91951819285
12:30 pm

Western personnel may join on Zoom at 12:20 pm for the 12:30 presentation.