Biology Seminars Spring 2023

Biology Seminars for Spring 2023

January

Friday January 20, 3:00 p.m., in Life Sciences 185

Title: Faculty Lightning Talks
UMD Department of Biology Faculty
Hosted by Dr. Julie Etterson
 

Friday, January 27, 3:00 p.m., in Life Sciences 185

Title: Social Immunity in Honey Bees
Dr. Maria Spivak
University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Department of Entomology
Hosted by Dr. Mark Clark

February

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

Title: Bachman’s warbler: extinct hybrid or distinct species? 
Dr. Andrew Wood
Postdoctoral Associate, UMD Department of Biology & Large Lakes Observatory
Hosted by Dr. Cody Sheik

Abstract: Bachman’s warbler (Vermivora bachmanii) is one of the few North American passerines that have gone extinct. Given the extensive hybridization its two closest extant relatives – the Blue-Winged Warbler (V. cyanoptera) and Golden-Winged Warbler (V. chrysoptera) – and shared patterns of plumage variation between Bachman’s Warbler and hybrids between the two extant species, ornithologists have questioned whether Bachman’s Warbler might have also had a component of hybrid ancestry. Here, we use historic DNA (hDNA) and whole genome sequencing of museum specimens from Bachman’s Warblers collected at the turn of the 20th century to address this question. We combine these data with genomes of the two extant Vermivora species to examine patterns of population differentiation, inbreeding, and gene flow. I also introduce myself and share the path I’ve taken through academia to arrive at UMD and the Large Lakes Observatory.
 

Friday, February 10, 3:00 p.m., via Zoom

Title: Darwin Day Seminar:
Dr. Daniel Kronauer
Associate Professor, Rockefeller Institute
Hosted by Dr. Mark Clark
 

Friday, February 17, 3:00 p.m., in LSci 185

Title: TBD
Dr. Gretchen Gerrish
University of Wisconsin, Trout Lake Research Center
Hosted by Dr. Tom Hrabik

Friday, February 24, 3:00 p.m., in LSci 185

Title: Relationships between structure and function in leaves and stems
Dr. Dustin Ray
Postdoctoral Associate, UMD Department of Biology
Hosted by Dr. Jessica Savage

March

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

Title: TBD
Dr. Jim Berdeen
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Hosted by Dr. Mark Clark

Friday, March 10 :: No Seminar - Spring Break

 

Friday, March 17, 3:00 p.m., in Life Sciences 185

Title: TBD
Dr. Jessica Metcalfe
Associate Professor, Lakehead University (Ontario, Canada)
Hosted by Dr. Ron Moen

Friday, March 24, 3:00 p.m., in Life Sciences 185

Title: TBD
Dr. Leila Reider
Emory University
Hosted by Dr. Allen Mensinger
 

Friday, March 31, 3:00 p.m., in Life Sciences 185

Title: TBD
Dr. Greg Sass
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Hosted by Dr. Tom Hrabik

April

Friday, April 7, 3:00 p.m., in Life Sciences 185

Title: TBD
Dr. Michael Osterholm
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Hosted by Dr. Mark Clark

Friday, April 14, 3:00 p.m., in Life Sciences 185

Title: TBD
Dr. Christopher Krieg
Postdoctoral Associate, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Hosted by Dr. Jessica Savage

Friday, April 21, 3:00 p.m., in Life Sciences 185

Title: TBD
Ben Schleppenbach
MS Candidate in Water Resources Science, UMD
Hosted by Dr. Tom Hrabik