Department of Biology Seminar Series

Spring 2017

Unless otherwise noted below, seminars are held on Fridays at 2 p.m. in Room 303 Shoemaker Hall.

Seminar Info
 Jan. 27  No Seminar
 Feb. 3 Dr. Jeff Morris, Assistant Professor, University of Alabama-Birmingham, Department of Biology, “The Invisible Hand of the Black Queen: Externalities in Evolution, Ecology, and Economics” (Hosted by: Dr. Ryan Garrick)
Feb. 10 Dr. Wendy Hood, Assistant Professor, Auburn University, Department of Biological Sciences, “Mitochondrial Function and Life History Variation” (Hosted by: Dr. Ryan Garrick)
 Feb. 17 Dr. Wolfgang Viechtbauer, Associate Professor, Maastricht University, Netherlands, Department of Psychiatry and Neuropsychology, “From Pearson to phylogenetic meta-analysis: An overview of 110 years of developments in research synthesis methodology”, (Hosted by: Dr. Jason Hoeksema and Department of Mathematics)
 Feb. 24  N/A
 Mar. 3  N/A
 Mar. 10, 3pm
Tim Colston, Ph.D. student dissertation defense, “The Reptile Gut Microbiome: Its Role in Host Evolution and Community Assembly” (Dr. Brice Noonan)
 Mar. 17  Spring Break
Mar. 22,                   Wednesday, 4pm
Thomas Martin, M.S. student thesis defense, “Responses to Human Disturbance in Ocellated Turkey (Meleagris ocellata)” (Dr. Richard Buchholz)
 Mar. 24 Dr. Colin Jackson, Associate Professor, University of Mississippi, Department of Biology, “Continuing to explore the global microbiome: Even more studies in microbial diversity”
Mar. 29,                   Wednesday, 2pm
Caleb Aldridge, M.S. student thesis defense, “The effect of road-crossings on stream-associated salamanders within Holly Springs National Forest”, (Dr. Stephen Threlkeld)
 Mar. 31 – 2pm



Dr. Cameron BucknerBiology of Behavior Institute, University of Houston, TX, “Can animals understand that others have minds?  Putting psychology, biology, and philosophy back together again” *Rm 1044 Thad Cochran Research Center

Dr. Kenneth Catania, Department of Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University “The Shocking Abilities of Electric Eels” *Rm 1044 Thad Cochran Research Center

 Apr. 7 Dr. Ryan Garrick, Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi, Department of Biology, “Evolutionary processes that generate and maintain, or compromise, biodiversity”
Apr. 13,                            Thursday, 3pm
Matt Abbott, Ph.D. student dissertation defense, “Conditions responsible for the success of carnivorous plants in nutrient-poor wetlands” (Dr. Stephen Brewer) *Room 225 Shoemaker
 Apr. 14 University Closed
Apr. 17,                             Monday, 2pm
Marcella Santos, Ph.D. student dissertation prospectus, “Diversification in the Neotropics – evolution and population genetics of the armored catfish Hypancistrus sp. from the Xingu River” (Dr. Brice Noonan)
 Apr. 21 Dr. Patrick Curtis, Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi, Department of Biology, “How Model is Model? Exploring Functionality Through Cross-Organism Comparison”
Apr. 24,                        Monday, 2pm
Glendin Pano, M.S. student thesis prospectus, “Fishing for proteins. Characterizing factors that interact with Gcm: a master regulator of glial cell differentiation in Drosophila” (Dr. Brad Jones)
Apr. 26,                        Wednesday, 3pm
John Banusiewicz, M.S. student thesis defense,  “Historical refuges and postglacial recolonization routes in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, inferred from phylogeographic analyses of the spotted wintergreen (Chimaphila maculata)” (Dr. Ryan Garrick)
 Apr. 28 Dr. Jennifer Howeth, Assistant Professor, University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa, Department of Biological Sciences, “Species diversity and invasion in metacommunitites: predictions, patterns, and process” (Hosted by: Dr. Beckie Symula and Dr. Ryan Garrick)
May 1,                               Monday, 2pm
Tyler Breech, M.S. student thesis defense, “Evidence of chemical camouflage in pirate perch; hiding from ovipositing prey through chemical crypsis” (Dr. William Resetarits)
May 3,                      Wednesday, 2pm
Michael Clear, Ph.D. student dissertation prospectus, “The Latent Capacity and Experimental Coevolution of Fungal-Algal Mutualisms Within a Geographic Mosaic” (Dr. Erik Hom)
May 5, 11am
Thuy Nguyen, M.S. student thesis defense, “Towards a Better Understanding of Secondary Metabolite Production in Toxic Marine Algae” (Dr. Erik Hom) *Room 213 Shoemaker
 May 5 Dr. Sean Crosson, Professor, University of Chicago, Department of Microbiology, “Bacterial information processing inside and outside the host environment” (Hosted by: Dr. Patrick Curtis)

Please contact Ryan Garrick ( and Beckie Symula (  in the Department of Biology to schedule an appointment with a speaker. Page last updated 1/26/17.

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