Biology Seminar Videos

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Spring 2018 | Fall 2017 | UF Faculty Seminars | Spring 2017 | Fall 2016 | Summer 2016 | Spring 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | Selected Exit Seminars

Spring 2018

The physiology of the last universal common ancestor — where did the first cells on Earth live and from what?

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Speaker: Professor Dr. William Martin, Institute of Molecular Evolution, Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf ǀ Germany
Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Marta Wayne, Professor and Chair ǀ Department of Biology

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Connecting with Biodiversity Collections: Structure-Function Relationships and Morphological Evolution in Mosses

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Speaker: Jessica Budke, Ph.D., University of Tennessee ǀ Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Stuart McDaniel, Associate Professor ǀ Department of Biology
Talk description: Research in the Budke Lab focuses on the development, evolution, and function of plant structures. We are inspired by morphological features that are used to distinguish species taxonomically and those that are important for reproduction. Our research is connected with biodiversity collections as a source of genetic material for phylogenetic analyses, spores for growing experimental laboratory populations of live mosses, and specimens for generating morphological datasets. First, Budke will discuss her research studying the moss calyptra. This small cap of maternal tissue covers the offspring apex during critical developmental stages. She explores this maternal-offspring relationship using electron microscopy, chemical analyses, and physiology experiments. Her research demonstrates that maternal mosses protect their offspring from dehydration stress using a waxy cuticle that is structurally specialized and functionally important for offspring survival, development, and fitness. Second, Budke will discuss her collaborative research studying morphological evolution and refining taxonomic concepts. Their research tests the systematic concepts of mosses containing morphologically reduced taxa, which lack features traditionally used to infer evolutionary relationships. Using molecular phylogenetics they uncovered instances of convergent evolution at the family, genus, and species levels. These novel relationships led to the description of a new moss family and ongoing revisions to moss classifications. Finally, Budke will highlight ongoing research in her laboratory and the role that biodiversity collections play in these studies.
Bio: Currently, Budke is an Assistant Professor and the Herbarium Director in the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. She is originally from the Cincinnati area and got her start in botany at the Center for Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens. She went on to study aquatic fern allies (quillworts) at Miami University where she helped to describe a new species native to Tennessee (Isoetes tennesseensis). During her graduate studies at the University of Connecticut, Budke developed a passion for public outreach and wrote a relatively popular moss blog that helped to expand her science communication skills . Following her Ph.D., she was awarded the Katherine Esau Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California – Davis where she continued her research focusing on moss plant development, physiology, and systematics.

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Generating genetic tools in ants to study social behavior and neural development

Title slide thumbnailSpeaker: Hua Yan, Ph.D., New York University Langone Medical Center
Date: Friday, March 03, 2018
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Charles Baer, Associate Professor ǀ Department of Biology

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The genetic basis of evolutionary transitions in early development

Title slide thumbnailSpeaker: Christina Zakas, Ph.D., New York University | Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Date: Thursday, March 01, 2018
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Joseph Ryan, Assistant Professor ǀ Department of Biology & Whitney Lab for Marine Bioscience

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From Model Organism to Superorganism: Integrating Ecology, Evolution, and Development

Speaker: Rajendhran Rajakumar, Ph.D., Harvard University-Medical School
Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Emily Sessa, Assistant Professor ǀ Department of Biology

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Studies of synchrony as examples of mathematics as biology’s next microscope

Speaker: Daniel Reuman, Ph.D., University of Kansas | Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Eminent Scholar Robert D. Holt ǀ Department of Biology

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The molecular basis of insect visual system development and evolution

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Speaker: Michael Perry, Ph.D., New York University
Date: Monday, February 26, 2018
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Edward Braun, Professor ǀ Department of Biology

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Moving beyond the Black-Box: Microbial Traits, Community Structure, & Biogeochemical Cycling in Forest Soils

Title slide thumbnailSpeaker: Christopher Fernandez, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Eminent Scholar Robert D. Holt ǀ Department of Biology

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Changing the cell fate through an asymmetric cell division

Title slide thumbnailSpeaker: Mamiko Yajima, Ph.D., Brown University
Date: Monday, February 19, 2018
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Keith Choe, Assistant Professor ǀ Department of Biology

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Biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems: Connected problems or connected solutions?

Speaker: Jessica Hines, Ph.D., German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Jena-Halle-Leipzig
Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Jamie Gillooly, Associate Professor ǀ Department of Biology

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#SciComm, media relations, and a botanist on Mars: How to get more than 20 strangers to hear about your latest research when it’s not published in Nature or Science

Title slide thumbnailSpeaker: Chris Martine, Ph.D., Bucknell University
Date: Tuesday, February 13th, 2018
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Cody Coyotee Howard, Biology Graduate Student Association ǀ Department of Biology

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Understanding novelty, one cell at a time

Title slide thumbnailSpeaker: Leslie Babonis, Ph.D., Whitney Lab for Marine Bioscience | UF
Date: Monday, February 12, 2018
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Malcolm Maden, Professor ǀ Department of Biology

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How do evolutionary and mechanistic insights from budding yeast inform genotype to phenotype maps?

Title slideSpeaker: Kerry Geiler-Samerotte, Ph.D., Stanford University
Date: Friday, February 9, 2018
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Charles Baer, Associate Professor ǀ Department of Biology

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How do Terrestrial Ecosystems Influence Aquatic Communities from Local to Continental Scales?

Title slideSpeaker: Sarah Collins, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Todd Palmer, Associate Professor ǀ Department of Biology

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Animal Migrations and Resource Subsidies Influence River Ecosystem Dynamics

Title slide thumbnailSpeaker: Amanda Subalusky, Ph.D., Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Date: Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Stuart McDaniel, Associate Professor ǀ Department of Biology

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Drivers and impacts of viral diversity in endemic human disease: within-host to global scales

Speaker: Maia Rabaa, Ph.D., Oxford University, Clinical Research Unit, Vietnam
Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Hannah Vander Zanden, Assistant Professor ǀ Department of Biology

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Multi-Host Fungal Pathogens: Challenges and Opportunities in Conserving Global Amphibian Biodiversity

Speaker: Ana Longo, Ph.D., University of Maryland, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: José Miguel Ponciano, Associate Professor ǀ Department of Biology

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Biodiversity-Disease Relationships are Scale Dependent

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Speaker: Julia Buck, Ph.D., University of California Santa Barbara, Marine Science Institute
Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Derek Cummings, Professor / Preeminent Scholar ǀ Department of Biology

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What can Plankton tell us about Links between Ecosystems & Disease

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Speaker: Meghan Duffy Ph.D., University of Michigan
Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Eminent Scholar Robert D. Holt ǀ Department of Biology

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Disentangling Host Behavior and Social Context in Disease Ecology

Speaker: Nick Keiser Ph.D., Rice University
Date: Thursday, January 11, 2018
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Hannah Vander Zanden, Assistant Professor ǀ Department of Biology

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Fall 2017

Digging Deep: applications of deep learning to digitized museum collections

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Speaker: Paul Frandsen, Ph.D., Research Computing ǀ Smithsonian Institute
Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Chandra Earl, Ph.D. Student, Genetics & Genomics Graduate Program ǀ UF Genetics

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Species interactions, resource landscapes, and the maintenance of diverse communities

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Speaker: Leithen M’Gonigle, Ph.D., FSU ǀ Department of Biological Science
Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Stuart McDaniel, Associate Professor ǀ Department of Biology

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Diversity, Stability and Evolution of Ecological Networks

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Speaker: Andrew Gonzalez, Director of the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science, McGill University ǀ Department of Biology
Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Eminent Scholar Robert D. Holt ǀ Department of Biology

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Problems of Integration and Synthesis in Organismal Biology after World War II

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Speaker: Joel Hagen, Ph.D., Radford University ǀ Department of Biology
Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Betty Smocovitus, Professor ǀ Department of Biology

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Replaying Life’s Tape: Using Recurrent Spatial Patterns to Understand the Process of Adaptation

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Speaker: Nicholas Kooyers, Ph.D., USF ǀ Department of Integrative Biology
Date: Tuesday, October 03, 2017
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Stuart McDaniel, Associate Professor ǀ Department of Biology

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The Role of Innate Immune Mechanisms in Molecular Evolution and Pathogenesis of Flaviviruses

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Speaker: Helen Piontkivska, Ph.D., Kent State University ǀ Department of Biological Sciences
Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Marta Wayne, Professor and Chair ǀ Department of Biology

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Enhancing Undergraduate Learning through Research Experiences

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Speaker: Susan Singer, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost and Professor of Biology | Rollins College
Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Stuart McDaniel, Associate Professor ǀ Department of Biology

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UF Faculty Seminars

Sexual Differentiation of Vertebrate Genitalia: from Evolutionary Origins to Congenital Malformations

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Speaker: Martin Cohn, Ph.D., UF ǀ Department of Molecular Genetics, Microbiology, and Biology
Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Charles Baer, Associate Professor ǀ Department of Biology

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An Invasive Prey and an Endangered Predator: A Novel Cocktail full of Surprises

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Speaker: Robert Fletcher, Ph.D., UF ǀ Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Stuart McDaniel, Associate Professor ǀ Department of Biology

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RNA Interference in Animals and Plants: Convergent or Descent from Common Ancestor, or Both?

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Speaker: Bryan Kolaczkowski, Ph.D., UF ǀ Department of Microbiology and Cell Science
Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Stuart McDaniel, Associate Professor ǀ Department of Biology

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Cloudy with a Chance of Microbes

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Speaker: Brent Christner, Ph.D., UF ǀ Department of Microbiology and Cell Science
Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Jeremy Lichstein, Assistant Professor ǀ Department of Biology

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The Community Ecology of Mutualism: Lessons from 20 years among the Ant-Plants of Kenya

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Speaker: Todd Palmer, Ph.D., UF ǀ Department of Biology
Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Marta Wayne, Professor and Chair ǀ Department of Biology

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Plant Functional Diversity: Leaves, Trees, and the Global Carbon Cycle

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Speaker: Jeremy Lichstein, Ph.D., UF ǀ Dept. of Biology
Date: Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Marta Wayne, Professor and Chair ǀ Department of Biology

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Bahamian Bird Communities During and After the Last Ice Age: Real Turnover on Real Islands

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Speaker: David Steadman, Curator of Ornithology, UF ǀ Museum of Natural History
Date: Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Eminent Scholar Scott Robinson ǀ Department of Biology & Florida Museum of Natural History

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Vertical Stratification: A New Gradient in Biogeography

Speaker: Brett Scheffers, Ph.D., UF | IFAS, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Eminent Scholar Robert D. Holt | Department of Biology
Introduction by: Harvey Lillywhite | Department of Biology

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Deforestation and Vector-Borne Diseases: Notes from the field

Speaker: Amy Vittor, Ph.D., UF College of Medicine, Infectious Diseases, UF Emerging Pathogens Institute
Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: David Julian, Associate Professor | Department of Biology

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Mechanisms of environmental modulation of longevity

Speaker: Rui Xiao, Ph.D., Medicine, Biology of Aging Division, Dept. of Aging & Geriatric Research | UF
Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Keith Choe, Assistant Professor | Department of Biology

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Communicating Modern Genetic Technologies with a Concerned Public

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Speaker: Kevin Folta, Ph.D., Horticultural Sciences Department | University of Florida
Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Alice Harmon, Professor | Department of Biology

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The rise of the bilaterian radiation: An EvoDevo explanation for radical changes in body plan evolution

Speaker: Mark Martindale, Professor & Director of the Whitney Lab | UF Dept. of Biology
Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Professor Harvey Lillywhite/Department of Biology

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The Green Plant Tree of Life and other Big Data Tales

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Speaker: Matthew Gitzendanner, Ph.D., UF/Department of Biology
Date: Thursday, September 8, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Distinguished Professor Doug Soltis/Department of Biology

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Title “Fisher and Mendel fistfight in heaven: The quantitative genetics of biased segregation

Speaker: Stuart McDaniel, Ph.D., UF/Department of Biology
Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Michael Miyamoto, Professor/Department of Biology

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Novel insights into genetic stress responses learned from the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans

Speaker: Keith Choe, Ph.D., UF/Department of Biology
Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Michael Miyamoto, Professor/Department of Biology

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Infectious Diseases: Impact on Life, Living and Evolution

Speaker: Roy Curtiss III, Ph.D., University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathology
Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Vassiliki Betty Smocovitis, Professor/Department of Biology

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Evolution of development: the paradox of spiralian embryogenesis

Speaker: Elaine Seaver, Ph.D., University of Florida – Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience
Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Robert D. Holt, Eminent Scholar/Department of Biology

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Patterns of Assembly and Disassembly in Ecological Communities

Speaker: Ben Baiser, Ph.D., University of Florida Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Robert D. Holt, Eminent Scholar/Department of Biology

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Communication, exploitation, and the evolution of color in Habronattus jumping spiders

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Speaker: Lisa Taylor, Ph.D., UF, Department of Entomology
Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Colette St. Mary, Professor/Department of Biology

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Ecological divergence, life history timing, and the origin of insect species

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Speaker: Tom Powell, Ph.D., UF-Department of Entomology
Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Keith Choe, Assistant Professor/Dept. of Biology

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Nest abandonment of colonial nesting birds at Seahorse Key: what do we know and where do we go from here?

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Speaker: Coleman Sheehy III, Ph.D., UF-Wildlife, Ecology and Conservation
Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Harvey Lillywhite, Professor/Dept. of Biology

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Herd Immunity and the Surprising Dynamics of Dengue Interventions

Speaker: Tom Hladish, Ph.D, UF-Department of Biology
Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Juliet Pulliam, Assistant Professor/Dept. of Biology

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The Diversity and Evolution of African Frogs

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Speaker: David Blackburn, Ph.D., UF, Florida Museum of Natural History
Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: David Reed, Associate Curator/Florida Museum of Natural History

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Science Amidst Catastrophe: Rescue and Assessment of Sea Turtles Affected by the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

Speaker: Blair Witherington, Ph.D., University of Florida/Dept. of Biology
Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Karen Bjorndal, Distinguished Professor/Dept. of Biology

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Taking a big stick to a big problem: Using deep Next Generation Sequencing data to investigate gene structure and RNA processing across the plant kingdom

Speaker: William (Brad) Barbazuk, Ph.D.,/UF-Dept. of Biology
Date: Thursday, September 17, 2015
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Doug Soltis, Distinguished Professor

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Understanding fish behavior across levels of biological organization

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Speaker: James Liao, Ph.D., UF/Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience
Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Mark Martindale, Professor & Director of the Whitney Laboratory

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Towards systems biology of stomatal defense and glucosinolate metabolism

Speaker: Sixue Chen, Ph.D., UF/Dept. of Biology
Date: Thursday, September 10, 2015
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Alice Harmon, Professor/Dept. of Biology

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Modeling the structure of variability in ecological and evolutionary time series

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Speaker: José Miguel Ponciano, Ph.D., UF/Dept. of Biology
Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Location: Room 122, Frazier Rogers Hall
Host: Robert D. Holt, Eminent Scholar/Dept. of Biology

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A phylogenomic odyssey: From models and power analysis to gene trees and species trees

Speaker: Edward Braun, Ph.D., UF/Dept. of Biology
Date: Thursday, September 3, 2015
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Robert D. Holt, Eminent Scholar/Dept. of Biology

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Efforts to Save Nature, Mostly Tropical

Speaker: Francis E. (Jack) Putz, Ph.D., Department of Biology
Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Jack Ewel, Emeritus Professor, Department of Biology

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Discipline based education research – broadening the impacts of our science and our teaching

Speaker: Christine Davis, Ph.D., UF/Department of Biology
Date: Thursday, August 27, 2015
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Alice Harmon, Department of Biology

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Spring 2017

Evolutionary Biology of Sea Kraits: A Saga over Geological Time

Evolutionary Biology of Sea Kraits: A Saga over Geological Time
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Speaker: Harold Heatwole, Ph.D., NC State University, Department of Biological Sciences, Raleigh and University of New England, Department of Zoology, Armidale
Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Harvey Lillywhite, Professor, Department of Biology

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Givers of Pain and Delight: The role of sex in adaptation and conflict

Givers of pain and delight: the role of sex in adaptation and conflict
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Speaker: Patrick Phillips, Ph.D., University of Oregon, Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Charlie Baer, Associate Professor ǀ Department of Biology

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Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree: Ecology and Adaptive Radiation of Anoles

Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree: Ecology and Adaptive Radiation of Anoles
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Speaker: Jonathan Losos, Ph.D., Harvard University, Department of Organisms & Evolutionary Biology
Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Bonnie K. Kircher | Biology Graduate Student Association, UF Department of Biology

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How Seasonal is Seasonal? The Application of Wavelet Analysis to Functional Trait Data

Speaker: Catherine M. Hulshof De La Peña, Ph.D., University of Puerto Rico, Department of Biology
Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Jamie Gillooly, Associate Professor ǀ Department of Biology

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The Power of Place in Fern Evolution

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Speaker: Eric Schuettpelz, Ph.D., Smithsonian Institute | Washington DC
Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Emily Sessa, Assistant Professor ǀ Dept. of Biology

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Emergent Cooperation in Natural and Engineered Swarms

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Speaker: Melanie Moses, Ph.D., University of New Mexico ǀ Dept. of Computer Science and Biology
Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Jamie Gillooly, Assoc. Professor ǀ Dept. of Biology

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Mechanisms of Food Choice and Feeding Decisions in the Fly

Speaker: Anupama Dahanukar, Ph.D., University of California ǀ Dept. of Entomology
Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Barry Ache, Distinguished Professor of Biology and Neuroscience ǀ Whitney Laboratory UF Center for Smell & Taste

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Did Climate Change Give Us All These Species?

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Speaker: Mark McPeek, Ph.D., Dartmouth College | Department of Biological Sciences
Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Eminent Scholar Robert D. Holt | Department of Biology

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The roles of seed and pollen dispersal by animals in shaping gene flow and seedling survival of a tropical palm

Speaker: Jordan Karubian, Ph.D., Tulane University
Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Scott Robinson, Eminent Scholar | Department of Biology & Florida Museum of Natural History

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The Developmental Basis of Caste Evolution in Ants: Hormones, Genes and Epigenetics

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Speaker: Rajendhran Rajakumar, Ph.D., UF Post‑Doc | Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Marty Cohn, Professor, Cancer & Genetics Research Complex

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Building a Tropical Flora: Origins and Affinities of Hawaiian Non-Marine Algae

Speaker: Alison Sherwood, Ph.D., University of Hawaii
Date: Thursday, February 09, 2017
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Stuart McDaniel, Assistant Professor | Department of Biology

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The Living Dead: Metabolic Arrest and the Control of Biological Time

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Speaker: Kenneth Storey, Ph.D., Carleton University, Ottawa Canada | Dept. of Biology and Chemistry
Date: Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Harvey Lillywhite, Professor | Department of Biology

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Mutualism: What do we know, and where do we go from here?

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Speaker: Judith Bronstein, Ph.D., University of Arizona | Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Todd Palmer, Associate Professor | Department of Biology

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Evolution Education in the South and Communicating Funding Success Rates for Women and Men at the NSF

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Speaker: Leslie J. Rissler, Ph.D., Division of Environmental Biology; National Science Foundation
Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Jordan (Gordan) Burleigh, Associate Professor | Department of Biology

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Fall 2016

Your Site is my Replicate: Scaling up from Site-Scale Experiments to Multi-Continent Inference

Speaker: Elizabeth Borer, Ph.D., Department of Ecology, Evolution & Behavior | University of Minnesota
Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Eminent Scholar Robert D. Holt | Department of Biology

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Bryophyte evolution in the era of high-throughput phylogenetics and transcriptomics

Speaker: Norm Wickett, Ph.D., Program of Biological Sciences & Plant Biology & Conservation | Northwestern University
Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: André Naranjo & Anthony Melton, Graduate Students | Department of Biology

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Microbial Contributions to Biodiversity: Accounting for the Invisible Majority

Speaker: Linda Amaral-Zettler, Ph.D., Josephine Bay Paul Center | Brown University
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Stuart McDaniel, Professor | Department of Biology

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The biology, physics and geometry of sand-swimming

Speaker: Daniel Goldman, Ph.D., Georgia Tech | School of Physics
Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Harvey Lillywhite, Professor | Department of Biology

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Intergenerational Tradeoffs in Ferns: The Pressures of Reproduction

Speaker: James E. Watkins, Ph.D., Colgate University | Dept. of Biology
Date: Tuesday, November 08, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Emily Sessa, Assistant Professor | Department of Biology

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Origin and maintenance of biodiversity gradients: Making inferences over regional to global scales

Speaker: Allen Hurlbert, Ph.D., UNC Chapel Hill| Dept. of Biology
Date: Thursday, November 03, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Jeremy Lichstein, Assistant Professor | Department of Biology

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Clash of the Titans: Competing Influences of Newton and Darwin in Biology

Speaker: Douglas S. Glazier, Ph.D., Juniata College | Dept. of Biology
Date: Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Brian McNab, Emeritus Professor | Department of Biology

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Re-thinking metacommunity ecology

Speaker: Mathew Leibold, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin | Dept. of Integrative Biology
Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Emily Sessa, Assistant Professor | Department of Biology

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An integrative approach to biodiversity prediction in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest

Speaker: Ana Carnaval, Ph.D., City College of New York, City Univ. of NY | Dept. of Biology
Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: David C. Blackburn, Associate Curator | Florida Museum of Natural History

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Coral Reef Community Structure and Resilience in a Changing World

Speaker: Julia Baum, Ph.D., University of Victoria, Canada | Dept. of Biology
Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Todd Palmer, Professor | Department of Biology

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The origins of microendemic adaptive radiation

Speaker: Chris Martin, Ph.D., University of N. Carolina at Chapel Hill | Biology Department
Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: David C. Blackburn, Associate Curator | Florida Museum of Natural History

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Tropical forest diversity: patterns, causes, and consequences

Speaker: Helene Muller-Landau, Ph.D., Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: José Miguel Ponciano, Associate Professor/Dept. of Biology

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Scaling up biodiversity monitoring in managed tropical forests by using bioacoustics

Speaker: Zuzana Buřivalová, Ph.D., Princeton University | Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Distinguished Professor Francis (Jack) Putz, Department of Biology

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Phylogenetic tools for studying diversification in the tree of life

Speaker: Liam J. Revell, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts | Department of Biology
Date: Thursday, October 6, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: John (Gordon) Burleigh, Associate Professor, Department of Biology

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Archie Carr and the Continuing Riddles of the Ridley

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Speaker: Thane Wibbels, Ph.D., University of Alabama, Department of Biology
Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Distinguished Professor Karen Bjorndal, Department of Biology

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Summer 2016

Individual and Species Differences in Neural Mechanisms underlying Behavior in Nudibranch Molluscs

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Speaker: Paul S. Katz, Ph.D., Georgia State University Department of Biology and Neuroscience Institute
Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Barry Ache, Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience and Biology: Director of UF Center for Smell and Taste

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Neural dynamics, olfactory coding and behavior

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Speaker: Baranidharan (Barani) Raman, Ph.D., Washington University Department of Biomedical Engineering
Date: Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Barry Ache, Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience and Biology Director of UF Center for Smell and Taste

Apologies for the audio difficulties during the 1st 5½ minutes.

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Interpreting animal movement and trophic ecology across space and time

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Speaker: Hannah Vander Zanden, Ph.D., University of Utah Global Change & Sustainability Center, Department of Geology & Geophysics
Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Rebecca Kimball, Professor/Department of Biology

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Spring 2016

Evo-devo beyond the embryo: regeneration and asexual reproduction in annelids

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Speaker: Alexa Bely, Ph.D., University of Maryland Department of Biology
Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Malcolm Maden, Professor/Department of Biology

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Causes and Consequences of Recombination Rate Variation

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Speaker: Nadia D. Singh, Ph.D., North Carolina State University Department of Biological Sciences
Date: Thursday, April 7, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Charles Baer, Associate Prof./Department of Biology

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Fire in the Evolutionary Environment of Florida and the Southeastern Coastal Plain

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Speaker: Dr. Reed Noss Ph.D., Provost’s Distinguished Professor, Pegasus Professor, and Davis-Shine Endowed Professor of Conservation Biology at the University of Central Florida
Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Harvey Lillywhite, Professor Department of Biology
Link: https://noss.cos.ucf.edu/

Dr. Noss is an elected Fellow of the AAAS and has served on many boards and advisory panels, including the Board of Governors of the Society for Conservation Biology, the Board of Trustees of the Florida Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, and Florida’s Acquisition and Restoration Council. He recently served as Vice-Chair of a Federal Advisory Committee for the U.S. Climate Change Science Program. Dr. Noss directs the SPICE (Science and Planning in Conservation Science) laboratory at the University of Central Florida. He is President and Chief Scientist for the Florida Institute for Conservation Science.

Professor Noss has more than 300 publications and is recognized as one of the 500 most highly cited authors in all fields worldwide. He has published 7 books, the most recent being Forgotten Grasslands of the South: Natural History and Conservation (2013, Island Press). His research interests include vertebrate ecology, vegetation science, disturbance ecology, climate change, adaptive management and conservation planning.

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The microbial ecology of indoor and outdoor air

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Speaker: Noah Fierer, Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Stuart McDaniel, Asst. Professor/Department of Biology

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Plant responses to below ground competition with siblings and strangers: tests for kin recognition in plants

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Speaker: Susan Dudley, Ph.D., McMaster University | Ontario, Canada Department of Biology
Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Marta Wayne, Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology

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Cryptic genetic variation and the evolution of complex traits

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Speaker: Annalise Paaby, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology | Atlanta, Georgia Department of Integrative Biology
Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Charles Baer, Assoc. Professor/Department of Biology

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Statistical Inference for Mechanistic Models: Case Studies in Ecology

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Speaker: Leah Johnson, Ph.D., University of South Florida, Department of Integrative Biology
Date: Thursday, February 4, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Juliet Pulliam, Assistant Professor/Department of Biology

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Resolving the dual paradoxes of nitrogen limitation and nitrogen richness

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Speaker: Duncan Menge, Ph.D., Columbia University, Ecology Evolution and Environmental Biology
Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Jeremy Lichstein, Assistant Professor/Department of Biology
Link: Menge Lab Home

Jeremy Lichstein, has provided some information below on Dr. Menge’s research:

Duncan is a broad-thinking and creative scientist (he is both an ecologist and a biogeochemist), and an all-around great guy! His research focuses on unraveling the mysteries of nutrient limitation in terrestrial ecosystems. For example: Why are nitrogen-fixing trees common in tropical forests (which are NOT thought to be N-limited), but rare in temperate forests (which appear to be strongly N-limited)? The paradoxes abound, and Duncan has done some great empirical and theoretical work trying to solve them. But his interests go way beyond his own research program, and he enjoys learning and talking about science in general.

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Towards a Theory of Species’ Distributions and Their Dynamics

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Speaker: Jorge Soberon, Ph.D., University of Kansas Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Date: Thursday, January 28
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Robert D. Holt, Eminent Scholar/Department of Biology

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Predicting the ecological consequences of temperature

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Speaker: Owen Petchey, University of Zurich Institute of Evolutionary Biology & Environmental Studies
Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Robert D. Holt, Eminent Scholar/Department of Biology

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Is Modern Agriculture Sustainable? An Ecologist’s View of Agricultural Science

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Speaker: Charles J. Krebs, Ph.D., University of British Columbia, Department of Zoology
Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Jeremy Lichstein, Asst. Professor/Department of Biology

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2015 Seminars

Using Museum Specimens to Investigate Genome Size Evolution in Crustaceans

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Speaker: Kristin Hultgren, Ph.D. Seattle University
Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Location: Room 222, Carr Hall
Host: Gustav Paulay, Curator of Marine Malacology – Florida Museum of Natural History

Kristin has done some cool work on the evolution and ecology of snapping shrimp, the most diverse shrimp family, and the only marine organisms that have evolved eusociality. You can find out more about her work here: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kristin_Hultgren/publications.

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Genomics of Hydractinia: A Cnidarian Model for Regeneration, Allorecognition, and Developmental Biology

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Speaker: Christine Schnitzler, Ph.D., National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD
Date: Thursday, December 3, 2015
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Mark Q. Martindale, Professor & Director/Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience

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The roles of individual physiology and behavior in disease competence

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Speaker: Lynn Bloxom (Marty) Martin, II, Ph.D., USF-Department of Biology
Date: : Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: David Julian, Associate Professor/Dept. of Biology

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Critical transition at range limits slows down the response of forest trees to climate warming

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Speaker: Dominique Gravel, Ph.D., University of Sherbrooke (Quebec, Canada)
Date: : Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Robert D. Holt, Eminent Scholar/Dept. of Biology

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Darwin: Books, Beetles, and Blasphemy

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Speaker: David Wooten, Ph.D., Washtenaw Community College of Life Sciences, Biology
Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Harvey Lillywhite, Professor/Dept. of Biology

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Networks of cell death and differentiation

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Speaker: Andrea Doseff, Ph.D., The Ohio State University/Dept. of Molecular Genetics
Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Edward Braun, Associate Professor/Dept. of Biology

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2014 Seminars

Combining mechanistic modeling with big data to better understand biological scaling

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Speaker: Dr. Van Savage Ph.D., Department of Biomathematics David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology UCLA
Date: Thursday, August 28, 2014
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Jamie Gillooly, Associate Professor

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It doesn’t matter until it does: cryptic genetic variation

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Speaker: Matt Rockman, Ph.D., NYU Biology
Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Stuart McDaniel, Assistant Professor Dept. of Biology

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Whole Genome Duplications and the Origins of Novelty

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Speaker: J. Chris Pires, Ph.D., University of Missouri
Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Doug Soltis, Distinguished Professor / Florida Museum of Natural History

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The Biotic Death Spiral of Coral Reefs: Can Local Intervention Reverse the Global Decline?

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Speaker: Dr. Mark Hay Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology
Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Donald C. Behringer, Assistant Prof. /SFRC

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Selected Ph.D. Exit Seminars

The Role of Host Composition and Asymptomatic Infection in the Transmission of Zoonotic Diseases

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Speaker: Stephanie Cinkovich, University of Florida Department of Biology
Date: Thursday, April 5, 2018
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Dr. Derek Cummings, Professor & Preeminent Scholar | Department of Biology

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Life in a colony: growth, morphology, and metabolic scaling

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Speaker: Lianne Jacobson, University of Florida Department of Biology
Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Dr. Craig W. Osenberg, Odum School of Ecology University of Georgia

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Detecting whole genome duplications and unraveling patterns of gene duplication in plants

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Speaker: George Tiley, University of Florida Department of Biology
Date: Friday, June 16, 2017
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Dr. Gordon Burleigh, Associate Professor/Department of Biology

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High Seas Hitchhiker and Sea Turtle Symbiont: Global genetics and ecological interactions of oceanic crabs

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Speaker: Joe Pfaller, UF Department of Biology
Date: Thursday, March 24, 2016
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Dr. Karen Bjorndal, Distinguished Professor Department of Biology

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Why the reef is green: how nutrient enrichment affects coral reefs

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Speaker: Michael Gil, UF Department of Biology
Date: Thursday, October 8 2015
Location: Room 211, Bartram Hall
Host: Dr. Craig Osenberg, Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia

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