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Biology Seminars Spring 2021

Biology Department

Friday January 15, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. on Zoom

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"Chromatin/Nuclear Architecture Roles in Chromosome Structure and Function"

Kristen Johansen, Roy J Carver Professor and Department Chair at Iowa State University
Hosted by: Dr. Huai Deng
Additional Reading: Abstract, Paper 1 and Paper 2

Friday January 22, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. on Zoom

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UMD Biology lightning talks:


"The Thing in the Bog: Hidden Mycobacterial Treasure in Sphagnum Peat Bog"
John Dahl, Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth

Paper 1 - "Toadfish communication"
Allen Mensinger, Professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth

Paper 1
"Project Baseline, the resurrection is coming"
Julie Etterson, Professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth

A recording of the talks is available here

Friday January 29, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. on Zoom

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"Insect-microbe community interactions altered by allochthonous inputs to headwater streams”

Courtney Larson, Post-Doctoral Fellow at University of Minnesota Duluth
Hosted by: Dr. Donn Branstrator
Additional Reading: Abstract, Paper 1, Paper 2

Friday, February 5, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. on Zoom

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Darwin Day Lecture

"Darwin’s Passion for Plants"

Robbin Moran, Curator Emeritus, New York Botanical Garden
Hosted by: Dr. Amanda Grusz
Additional Reading: Abstract, Paper 1, 

To watch the seminar click here

Friday February 12, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. on Zoom

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"Pitcher plants: From prey and parasites to pollinators"

John Horner, Professor at Texas Christian University
Hosted by: Dr. Tim Craig
Additional Reading: Abstract, Paper 1, Paper 2

Friday, February 19, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. on Zoom

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"DREAM interrupted: Establishing a CRISPR/Cas9 functional genomics pipeline in Caenorhabditis elegans"

Paul Goetsch, Assistant Professor at Michigan Technological University
Hosted by: Dr. Huai Deng
Additional Reading: Abstract, Paper 1, Paper 2

Friday February 26, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. on Zoom

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"Diving Deep: Microbial Diversity and Metabolic Potential in the Marine Deep Biosphere"

Rosa Leon-Zayas, Assistant Professor at Willamette University
Hosted by: Dr. Cody Sheik
Additional Reading: Abstract, Paper 1, Paper 2

Friday March 5, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. on Zoom

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"Cortical representations of social deficits gated by cerebellum dysregulation"

Amy Yang, Assistant Professor at University of Minnesota Duluth Medical School
Hosted by: Dr. Huai Deng
Additional Reading: Abstract, Paper 1, Paper 2
We encourage you to join us at https://z.umn.edu/scsefriday  at 3:00 PM

Friday March 12, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. on Zoom

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"Natural History of Sonoran Desert Tortoises: Ten Years on the Urban Fringe"

Brian Sullivan, Professor at Arizona State University
Hosted by: Dr. Joanne Itami
Additional Reading: Abstract, Paper 1, Paper 2

Friday, March 19, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. on Zoom

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"A biophysical approach to the structure and function of flowers"

Adam Roddy, Assistant Professor at Florida International University
Hosted by: Dr. Jessica Savage
Additional Reading: Abstract, Paper 1, Paper 2

Friday March 26, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. on Zoom

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"Applying Indigenous knowledge to improve Ecological Insights and Wildlife Management"

Raymond Pierotti, Professor at University of Kansas
Hosted by: Dr. Julie Etterson
Additional Reading: Abstract, Paper 1, Paper 2

Friday April 2, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. on Zoom

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"Using stable isotope ratios to better understand mercury dynamics in the Great Lakes"

Ryan Lepak, Post-Doctoral Fellow at University of Minnesota Duluth
Hosted by: Dr. Joel Hoffman
Additional Reading: Abstract, Paper 1, Paper2

Friday April 9, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. on Zoom

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"Life in rocks: what lives miles beneath the ocean floor?"

Elizabeth Trembath-Reichert, Assistant Professor at Arizona State University
Hosted by: Dr. Cody Sheik
Additional Reading: Abstract, Paper 1, Paper 2

Friday April 16, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. on Zoom

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"TBA"

Maria Jose Gomez,  Master's Candidate, University of Minnesota Duluth
Hosted by: Dr. Briana Gross and Dr. Julie Etterson
Additional Reading: Abstract, Paper 1, Paper 2

Friday April 23, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. on Zoom

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"Investigating the changes in fish behavior in response to anthropogenic sound"

Emily Fleissner, Master's Candidate at the University of Minnesota Duluth
Hosted by: Dr. Allen Mensinger
Additional Reading: Abstract, Paper 1, Paper 2