College of Humanities and Sciences

Biology Seminar Schedule: Spring 2013

Seminars are held on Mondays from 12 – 12:50 pm in room 4084 Oliver Hall. Please contact James Vonesh at jrvonesh@vcu.edu for more information.

Jan 14 & 21 – No Seminars

Jan 28 – – Introduction to BIOL Seminar series: What makes a good Biology seminar? by Seminar committee (Vonesh, Fine, Moore). Students enrolled in BIOL Seminar class ONLY

Feb 4 – Dr. Elizabeth Blood  (Host: Dr. Don Young) – National Science Foundation – “ NEON – disruptive technology that will change the culture of research and transform Biology into a “macrosystems” science.”

Feb 8 – DARWIN DAY speaker: Dr. Scott Edwards, Harvard University, http://www.oeb.harvard.edu/faculty/edwards/

Feb 11 – Roland Kays (Dr. James Vonesh) – Director, Lab of Biodiversity and Earth Observation, Nature Research Center, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences,  Professor, North Carolina State University– “Movement Ecology: Animating the Planet with Tracking Data”; http://naturalsciences.org/nature-research-center/directors/roland-kays  

Feb 18 – Dr. Eric Walters (Dr. Lesley Bulluck) – Old Dominion University – “The influence of ecological conditions on helping behavior in the cooperatively breeding acorn woodpecker” http://www.ericlwalters.org/

Feb 25 – Dr. Susannah Gal (Host: Dr. Bill Eggleston) – National Science Foundation – “Measuring changes in DNA binding of the tumor suppressor p53”

March 11 – James Reilly (Dr Derek Johnson) Cornell and Rutgers Universities, “Predatory birds facilitate disease transmission in the gypsy moth”

March 18 – Dr. Budhan Pukazhenthi (Dr. Carmen Rodriguez) – Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, “Management of endangered species in captivity and the role of reproductive sciences in genetic management”, web:  http://nationalzoo.si.edu/SCBI/Scientific_Staff/staff_scientists.cfm?id=38

March 25 – Dr. Kristine Grayson-Dattelbaum (Host: Dr. Derek Johnson) – Virginia Commonwealth University – “Sex ratio bias and extinction risk in tuatara, an endemic New Zealand reptile”

April 1 – Nathaniel B. Weston (Host: Dr. Scott Neubauer), Department of Geography and the Environment, Villanova University, http://www.homepage.villanova.edu/nathaniel.weston/

April 8 – Tentative: Deane Bowers (Host: Karen Kester), University of Colorado, Title: TBA: web: http://www.colorado.edu/eeb/facultysites/bowers/Home.html

April 15 –Brian Langerhans (Host: James Vonesh); “Predictable evolution and ecological speciation in Gambusia fishes”, web: http://gambusia.zo.ncsu.edu

April 22 – Scott Ensign (Host: Dr. Paul Bukaveckas) USGS. Title: TBA; web: https://profile.usgs.gov/sensign/

April 29 – Daniel S. Gruner (Host: James Vonesh), Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, University of Maryland, “Interactions of invasive rats and endemic birds shape canopy arthropod communities in volcanically isolated forest fragments”, http://grunerlab.umd.edu, http://sercblog.si.edu/?cat=95, http://kipuka.weebly.com/