Biology Seminars Fall 2022

Biology Seminars for Fall 2022

September

Friday September 2, 3:00 p.m., in Life Sciences 185 and via Zoom

Title: Behavior and Ecological Interactions in an Age of Global Change
John Orrock, Ph.D.
Professor, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Department of Integrative Biology
Hosted by: Dr. Mark Clark
Links to Dr. Orrock's publications: Paper 1  Paper 2
To join the seminar click this link: https://z.umn.edu/UMDBiologySeminar

Friday, September 9, 3:00 p.m., in Life Sciences 185 and via Zoom

Title: Phage hunting in the SEA: Our experiences with the PHAGES and GENES bacteriophage research programs
Dr. Daniel Westholm
Associate Professor and Department Chair, College of St. Scholastica Department of Biology
Hosted by: Dr. John Dahl
To join the seminar click this link: https://z.umn.edu/UMDBiologySeminar

Abstract: Bacteriophages (viruses that infect bacteria) are the most abundant biological entities on the planet.  As such, they represent a vast, relatively untapped reservoir of genetic diversity and therapeutic potential.  The Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s SEA-PHAGES program (Science Education Alliance-Phage Hunters Advancing Genomic and Evolutionary Science) was developed to investigate bacteriophage biology and genomics while introducing undergraduates to authentic research experiences in the classroom.  For the past 12 years, we have offered the SEA-PHAGES courses at our institution and in the process engaged undergraduate students in the process of isolating, and characterizing novel bacteriophages and exploring bacteriophage genomics through independent research projects.  More recently, we have also participated in the spin-off program, SEA-GENES (Gene-function Exploration by a Network of Emerging Scientists) where students phenotypically characterize bacteriophage genes with unknown function.  In this seminar, we will provide an overview of both programs, our experiences with them, along with some of our results.

Friday, September 16, 3:00 p.m., in Life Sciences 185 and via Zoom

Title: From the Field to the Lab: Diatom Community Analysis and Growth Conditions of a Highly Branched Isoprenoid Producing Diatom, Nitzschia frustulum
Noah Grode
Instructor, UMD Department of Biology
Hosted by: Dr. Jessica Sieber
To join the seminar click this link: https://z.umn.edu/UMDBiologySeminar

Friday, September 23, 3:00 p.m., in Life Sciences 185 and via Zoom

Title: ‘It’s the natural history stupid: I’ll see your Mayr, and raise you a Darwin!’ What long-term data reveal about the natural history and ecology of nesting Cooper’s Hawks, both within and across populations in northern North America.
Bob Rosenfield, Ph.D.
Professor, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, Department of Biology
Hosted by: Dr. Matt Etterson & Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory (HRBO)
Links to Dr. Rosenfield's publications: Paper 1, Paper 2, Paper 3, Paper 4
To join the seminar click this link: https://z.umn.edu/UMDBiologySeminar

Friday, September 30, 3:00 p.m., in Chem 200 and via Zoom

Title: CURE Seminar
Kelly McDonald, Ph.D.
Professor, Sacramento State University, Department of Biological Sciences
Hosted by: Dr. Jacob Wainman
To join the seminar click this link: link coming

October

Friday, October 7, 3:00 p.m., in Life Sciences 185 and via Zoom

Title: TBD
Huai (Howard) Deng, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, UMD Department of Biology
Hosted by: Dr. Julie Etterson
To join the seminar click this link: https://z.umn.edu/UMDBiologySeminar

Friday, October 14, 3:00 p.m., in Life Sciences 185 and via Zoom

Title: Cyanobacteria, nitrogen fixation and toxin production
Benjamin Kramer, Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Associate, UMD Large Lakes Observatory
Hosted by: Dr. Cody Sheik
To join the seminar click this link: https://z.umn.edu/UMDBiologySeminar

Friday, October 21, 3:00 p.m., in Life Sciences 185 and via Zoom

Title: Systematics and evolution of vascular plants
Amanda Grusz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor & Herbarium Director, UMD Department of Biology
Hosted by: Dr. Julie Etterson
To join the seminar click this link: https://z.umn.edu/UMDBiologySeminar

Friday, October 28 - No Seminar (Fall Break)

November

Friday, November 4, 3:00 p.m., in Life Sciences 185 and via Zoom

Title: TBD
Megan Corum
MS Candidate - Water Resources Science, UMD Department of Biology
Hosted by: Dr. Cody Sheik
To join the seminar click this link: https://z.umn.edu/UMDBiologySeminar

Friday, November 11, 3:00 p.m., in Life Sciences 185 and via Zoom

Title: Plant Biology and mathematical ecology
Ray Dybzinski, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of Chicago, Institute of Environmental Sustainability
Hosted by: Dr. Jessica Savage
To join the seminar click this link: https://z.umn.edu/UMDBiologySeminar

Friday, November 18, 3:00 p.m., in Life Sciences 185 and via Zoom

Title: Cancer Models
Harsh Jain, Ph.D.
Professor, UMD, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Hosted by: Dr. Mark Clark
To join the seminar click this link: https://z.umn.edu/UMDBiologySeminar

Friday, November 25 - No Seminar (Thanksgiving Break)

December

Friday, December 2, 3:00 p.m., in Life Sciences 185 and via Zoom

Title: Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS): Combining Novel and Conventional Approaches to Assess Ecological Risk
Gerald Ankley, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, US EPA - Great Lakes Toxicology & Ecology Division Lab
Hosted by: Dr. Julie Etterson
To join the seminar click this link: https://z.umn.edu/UMDBiologySeminar

 

Friday, December 9 - No Seminar (Last Day of Fall Semester Classes)