Biology Seminars Spring 2022

Biology Seminars for Spring 2022

January

Friday January 21 - No Seminar
 
Friday January 28, 3:00 p.m., via Zoom

Title: Plant-insect interactions and their implications for population and species connectivity, diversity, and conservation
Dr. Krissa Skogen
Associate Conservation Scientist, Chicago Botanical Garden
Hosted by: Dr. Amanda Grusz
Abstract: TBD
Paper 1: Wenzell et al. 2021
Paper 2: Skogen et al. 2019
Paper 3: Jogesh et al. 2016

February

Friday February 04 at 3:00 p.m. via Zoom

Joint Seminar with Dept. of Biology and Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Studies and the Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota
Title: TBD
Dr. Melissa Nelson
Professor, Arizona State University
Hosted by: Dr. Jennifer Liang (Biology Dept. contact)
To join the seminar: https://umn.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ddjC2m0NSyeMBQQRE4LqiA
Paper 1: Nelson 2021
Paper 2: Nelson and Harjo 2020
Paper 3: Nelson 2018

Friday February 11, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. via Zoom

Darwin Day Seminar with Dept. of Biology and Dept. Earth & Environmental Sciences
Title: TBD
Dr. Daniel Ibarra
Professor, Brown University
Hosted by: Geology Dept. in 2022
Abstract: TBD
Paper 1: Ibarra et al. 2018
Paper 2: D’Antonio et al. 2019

Friday February 18, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. in Life Sciences 185

Title: Mycorrhizal dynamics at the temperate-boreal ecotone: effects of climate change host performance and fungal community composition
Dr. Peter Kennedy
Professor, University of Minnesota
Hosted by: Dr. Julie Etterson
Abstract: Mycorrhizal symbioses are increasingly recognized as important mediators of plant community dynamics and ecosystem responses to global change. With the improved ability to identify fungal communities in soil, there is also rising interest in understanding how mycorrhizal fungal communities themselves respond to altered environmental conditions. In this seminar, I will discuss research from our lab that has been conducted at the B4Warmed Experiment at the temperate-boreal forest ecotone in northern Minnesota. Our research at B4Warmed  has focused on three areas: 1) exploring links between aboveground plant performance and changes in the composition of associated mycorrhizal fungal communities, and 2) determining how the structure of mycorrhizal fungal networks among trees are affected by increased temperature and reduced rainfall and 3) assessing the repeatability of changes in mycorrhizal fungal community structure experimental across multiple plant cohorts.
Paper 1: Fernandez et al. 2017
Paper 2: Cahanovitc et al. 2022

Friday February 25, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. in Life Sciences 185

Title: TBD
Dr. Alexei Tulin
Professor, University of North Dakota
Hosted by: Dr. Huai Deng
Abstract: TBD

March

Friday March 04 - Last Day of Class Before Spring Break - No Seminar
 
Friday March 11 - Spring Break - No Seminar
 
Friday March 18, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. in Life Sciences 185

Title: TBD
Erin Bergen
IBS M.S. Thesis defense
Hosted by: Dr. Julie Etterson and Dr. Salli Dymond
Abstract: TBD

Friday March 25, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. in Life Sciences 185

Title: TBD
Dr. Jessica Metcalfe
Assistant Professor, Lakehead University
Hosted by: Dr. Ron Moen
Abstract: TBD

April

Friday April 01, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. in Life Sciences 185

Title: TBD
Elise Miller
IBS M.S. Thesis defense
Hosted by: Dr. Jessica Savage
Abstract: TBD

Friday April 08, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. in Life Sciences 185

Inspirational Teacher Award
Title: TBD
TBD
Hosted by: Dr. Julie Etterson
Abstract: TBD

Friday April 15, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. in Life Sciences 185

Title: TBD
Dr. Ryan Stephens
Post-Doctoral Associate, University of New Hampshire
Hosted by: Dr. Ron Moen and Dr. Michael Joyce
Abstract: TBD

Friday April 22, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. in Life Sciences 185

Title: TBD
Dr. Sonke Johnson
Professor, Duke University
Hosted by: Dr. Amanda Grusz
Abstract: TBD

Friday April 29, 2022 - Last day of classes - No Seminar