DSCF68792014/2015 Biology Seminars

Biology seminars are normally held in Olin 115 on Thursdays, from 12:50 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.  A current listing of seminars scheduled for the school year, 2014/2015 can be found below.



September 18 – Jennifer Currey, Assistant Professor, Bioengineering Program, Union College, “How to heal a broken leg…walk on it?”

September 24 – Karen Hales, Professor of Biology, Davidson College, “Mitochondria, Fusion, Division”

October 2 – Bethany Bradley, Assistant Professor of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts Amherst, “Predicting plant InvaSions – lessons from biogeography”

October 16 – Dr. Michele Caggana, Deputy Director, Division of Genetic Disorders, NY State Dept. of Health, “Newborn Screening of Inborn Errors of Metabolism” held in conjunction with Chemistry

October 23 – Jason Breves, Assistant Professor of Biology, Skidmore College, “Salt and water balance in fishes:  a comparative approach”

October 30 – Greg Byrnes, Assistant Professor of Biology, Siena College, “Out on a limb:  Biomechanical and ecological insights into life in the trees”

November 6 – Justin L. Golub PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, “Learning to Flee:  The evolution of early learned predator avoidance”

January 22 – Mark Laidre, Neukom Fellow, Dartmouth College, “Evolution of social behavior:  natural selection and niche construction”

January 29 – Christopher Harbison, PhD, Associate Professor, Siena College, “Understanding the antagonistic coevolution of birds and their parasite communities”

February 5 – Kate Langwig, ’08 Union Alum, “Linking Ecology, Impacts and Management in Emerging Infectious Diseases of Wildlife”

February 19 – Luana Maroja, Assistant Professor, Williams College

February 26 – Founder’s Day – No Seminar

March 5 – Pat Wadsworth, Biology Department of U Mass Amherst – topic related to mitosis and microtubules

March 12 – Dr. Shannon LaDeau, Associate Scientist, Cary Institue of Ecosystem Studies, “Urban mosquito ecology and socio-ecological drivers of disease risk”.

April 8 – Mary Beth Kolozsvary, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Siena College, “Creating Vernal Pools as Wetland Mitigation:  How Well Do they Function?”

May 21 – Lawrence M. Schwartz, Eugene M and Ronnie Isenberg Professor of Integrated Science, U Mass Amherst