Biology Seminars

Fall 2021 Seminar Series: Department of Biology

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Unless otherwise indicated, seminars will be in 139 Shumaker Research Building on Fridays at noon.


September 3 Dr. J. Christopher States, Director of the Center for Integrative Environmental Health Sciences, University of Louisville. Host: Dr. Cindy Corbitt.

September 10: Clinton Belott, University of Louisville. “ Membraneless organelles in desiccation tolerance: a new phase in physiology.” Host: Dr. Michael Menze.

September 17: Dr. Nate Morehouse, University of Cincinnati. “The Evolution of Looking and Seeing: New Insights from Colorful Jumping Spiders.” Host: Dr. Alycia Lackey.

September 24: Dr. Bruce Downie, University of Kentucky. “The seed natural protection and repair mechanism." Host: Dr. Michael Menze.

October 1: Dr. Jeannine Richards, UW-Madison Botany Department. "Branching Out: Epiphyte Biodiversity Conservation in Shade Coffee Farms."  Host: Dr. Steve Yanoviak.

October 8: Dr. Steve Hand, LSU. “Mechanisms of Tolerance to Severe Water Stress in Animals.” Brown and Williamson speaker. Host: Dr. Michael Menze.

October 22[Online seminar on Microsoft Teams.]: Dr. Christoph Liedtke, Doñana Biological Station in Seville, Spain. “Amphibian life history evolution at different scales: from phylogenetic patterns to molecular mechanisms.” Host: Dr. Andrew Mehring.  

October 29Dr. Krista Jacobsen, University of Kentucky. “Nutrient cycling and agroecosystem energetics in organic vegetable production systems." Host: Dr. Sarah Emery.

November 5: Dr. Nicholas Teets, University of Kentucky. “Entomology in Antarctica: adaptations of the world’s southernmost insect." Host: Dr. Michael Menze .

November 12: Aaron Sexton, University of Louisville.  "Plant-pollinator communities responsive to both local and landscape level factors in grassland restorations". Host: Dr. Sarah Emery.

November 19: Hector Mendoza, University of Louisville.  "Investigation of mitochondrial inheritance in the smut fungus Sporisorium reilianum."  Host: Dr. Michael Perlin.

December 3: Dr. Robin Verble, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Missouri University of Science and Technology. “Building student success through field work mentorship in Malaysian Borneo." Host: Dr. Steve Yanoviak.