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Spring 2015

Department of Biology Seminar Series

Spring 2015

Food, Glorious Food!

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

Feb. 6
Dr. Anastazia Banaszak, Unidad Académica de Sistemas Arrecifales Puerto Morelos, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México“Food for thought: the role of Acropora palmata in the ecology of Caribbean reefs in the context of global climate change”  (hosted by Dr. Tammy Goulet)
Feb. 13 Dr. Don Shepard, Dept. of Biology, University of Central Arkansas
“Niche Evolution and Species Diversification in Eastern North American Salamimanders”  (hosted by Tim Colston)
Feb. 20 Dr. Ashley Robinson, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Mississippi Medical Center  “Population Genomics of the Big Enchiladas of Epidemic Staphylococci”  (hosted by Dr. Colin Jackson)
Feb. 27
Dr. Rich Moore, Dept. of Biology, Miami University  “Papaya, the secret war within each bite” (hosted by Dr. John Kiss)
Mar. 6
Mar. 13
No seminar (Spring Break)
Mar. 16 (Monday)
Reese Worthington, Ph.D. student dissertation prospectus, “A review of Serica (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of western North America and Phylogeny of North American Sericini”
Mar. 17 , 1:00pm (Tuesday)
Emily McCann, M.S. student thesis prospectus, “Seasonal Changes in Biomass of Common Freshwater Plants: Sequestration of Phosphorous” (Room 213 Shoemaker, 1:00PM)
Mar. 25 (Wednesday)
Chase Bailey, M.S. student thesis defense, “Negative Effects of Common Mycorrhizal Networks on Oak Seedlings in Open-Canopy Woodlands and Closed-Canopy Forests”
Mar. 27
Jamie Wood, Ph.D. student dissertation defense,  “Fruit fly loops: Evidence for autoregulation of reversed polarity in Drosophila glial cells”
Mar. 30, 1:00pm (Monday)
Mariah Meachum, M.S. student thesis prospectus, “Mellow Mushroom: Genetic and Temporal Variation in Resource Prices of a Mycorrhizal Market
Apr. 3
No seminar (Good Friday)
Apr. 8 (Wednesday)
Megan Overlander, M.S. student thesis defense, “Strawberry (Plains) Flambe: Influence of current year fire and leaf litter species on litter decomposition rates and microbial enzyme activity in forests undergoing ecological restoration”
Apr. 10
Dr. Christina Staudhammer, Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama,  “Separating the wheat from the chaff in frequently recorded, long-term data: a case study of longleaf pine forest carbon dynamics and resiliency”  (hosted by Dr. Colin Jackson)
Apr. 13 (Monday)
Lauren Eveland, M.S. student thesis defense, “Oviposition Site Selection by Mosquitoes: Predator-Released Kairomones, and Responses to Different Taxa”
Apr. 14, 12:00pm (Tuesday)
Ísis Arantes, PhD. student dissertation prospectus, “Looking into the past: the dynamics of amphibians in the Neotropical savannas” (323 Shoemaker, 12:00pm)
Apr. 15 (Wednesday)
Jennifer Bell, M.S. student thesis defense, “Soil bacterial community structure and function associated with the invasive grass M. vimineum and two native grasses”
Apr. 17
Dr. Matt Brown, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Mississippi State University
“Evolutionary histories of amoeboid protists: phylogenomics and development ” (hosted by Dr. Colin Jackson)
Apr. 22, 3:00pm (Wednesday)
Zanethia Choice, PhD. student dissertation prospectus, “Effects of impoundments on community assemblage and gene flow of stream crayfish”
Apr. 24, 2:00pm and                    3:15pm
Dr. Christopher Leary, Dept. of Biology, University of Mississippi
“Hormones, neurons and acoustic communication in frogs”
Caleb Aldridge, M.S. student thesis prospectus, “Quantifying the “road-effect zone” on stream-dwelling salamander assemblages” (3:15pm)
May 1 Dr. Kevin Young, Department of Microbiology and Immunology,
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences “Making morphology: Why and how bacteria invent specific cell shapes” (hosted by Drs. Patrick Curtis and Wayne Gray)
Please contact Colin Jackson in the Department of Biology to schedule an appointment with a speaker. Page last updated 11/3/14.