Events



The Genomic Basis of Environmental Adaptation in House Mice

Department of Biology Seminar Series
Michael Nachman, Ph.D., UC Berkeley
- | Tedori Family Auditorium, Levin Building

A major goal in biology is to understand the genetic details of how organisms adapt to novel environments.  I will discuss recent studies on the genetic basis of environmental adaptation in…



The evolution of seasonal camouflage

Department of Biology Seminar Series
Jeffrey Good, Ph.D., University of Montana
- | Tedori Family Auditorium, Levin Building

Adaptation to environmental change is central to the origin and persistence of species. Mismatches between the timing of key life history events and optimal environmental conditions have emerged as an important…



How Evolution and Environment Shape Cancer

Department of Biology Seminar Series
Michael Hochberg, Ph.D. | University of Montpellier, Santa Fe Institute
- | Tedori Family Auditorium, Levine Building

Evolutionary theory explains why metazoan species are largely protected against the negative fitness effects of cancers. Nevertheless, cancer is observed across a range of species and…



Adding active learning to science courses with Dr. Doris Wagner and Dr. Nick Bentley

Center for Teaching and Learning workshop
- | Goddard 101

Biology department Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) workshops provide the opportunity for graduate students and postdocs to discuss a variety of teaching topics and pedagogy with faculty in our department.…



Avenues of Marine Invertebrate Acclimatization in Response to Rapid Environmental Change

Department of Biology Seminar Series
Hollie Putnam, Ph.D., University of Rhode Island
- | Tedori Family Auditorium, Levin Building

Dr. Hollie M. Putnam, Assistant Professor, University of Rhode Island, Department of Biological Sciences



The Evolution of Life in the Urban Jungle

Department of Biology Seminar Series
Marc Johnson, Ph.D., University of Toronto
- | Tedori Family Auditorium, Levin Building

Urban areas represent the fastest growing ecosystem on earth, in which the development of cities dramatically changes the biotic and abiotic environment to create novel ecosystems. Despite the importance of…



Supporting students of diverse backgrounds in the sciences with Dr. Ishmail Abdus-Saboor and Dr. Mecky Pohlschroder

Center for Teaching and Learning workshop
- | Leid 109

Biology department Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) workshops provide the opportunity for graduate students and postdocs to discuss a variety of teaching topics and pedagogy with faculty in our department.…



Let Me Try That Again: How Sex Influences Learning, Decision Making, and Modeling Autism

Department of Biology Seminar Series
Nicola Grissam, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
- | Tedori Family Auditorium, Levin Building



Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Unique Sensory System Adaptations

Department of Biology Seminar Series
Nick Bellono, Ph.D., Harvard University
- | Tedori Family Auditorium, Levin Building

Sensory systems often show enhanced rates of adaptation or evolutionary drift compared with other systems, reflecting an organism’s need to adapt to a specific ecological niche. Indeed, highly specialized structures…



Cortical Dysfunction and Social Behavior

Department of Biology Seminar Series
Gloria Choi, Ph.D., MIT
- | Tedori Family Auditorium, Levin Building

Viral infection during pregnancy has been correlated with increased frequency of neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), in offspring. This phenomenon has been…