Spring 2016 Department Seminars

Wednesdays, 12:30-1:40 PM in Natural Sciences Annex 101

(unless otherwise noted)

Anyone needing special arrangements to accommodate a disability should call 831-459-4986 two weeks prior to the date of the seminar they wish to attend.

Courtesy reminder - turn off cell phones and please observe considerate eating habits during seminars.


    March 30, 2016

  • Steve Haddock

    "Bioluminescence and Biodiversity in the Deep-Sea: Transcriptomic perspectives on life in the water column"

    Host: Beth Shapiro


  • April 6, 2016

  • Martin Quigley

    “Latitudinal gradients of structure and species richness in temperate and tropical deciduous forests”

    Host: Kathleen Kay


  • April 13, 2016

  • Donald Miles

    “Physiological approaches for predicting extinction risk in lizards due to climate change”

    Host: Pauline Blaimont


  • April 20, 2016

  • Mike Letnic

    “Keystone effects of Australia’s top-predator”

    Host: James Estes


  • April 27, 2016

  • Molly Cummings

    “Sex, lies and videopolarimetry: Unravelling mechanisms of communication and crypsis in fish brains and skins”

    Host: Suzanne Alonzo


  • May 4, 2016

  • Emily Sessa

    “Fern biology in the genomics era”

    Host: Jarmila Pittermann


  • May 11, 2016

  • Ben Blackman

    "Bridging genes to the environment in the evolution of developmental plasticity"

    Host: Beth Shapiro


  • May 18, 2016

  • Jamie Lloyd-Smith

    "Community ecology, bottom-up control, and rational risk assessment for pathogen emergence"

    Host: Marm Kilpatrick


  • May 25, 2016

  • C. Scott Baker

    "How do whales structure the ocean?"

    Bio/Abstract: Scott Baker is Associate Director of the Marine Mammal Institute, Oregon State University, and Adjunct Professor in the School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand. He has been involved in research on whales and dolphins for more than 30 years, starting as an undergraduate student at New College in Sarasota, Florida, continuing with his PhD at the University of Hawaii and postdoctoral training at the Smithsonian Institution and National Cancer Institute. Scott has served as a delegate to the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission for New Zealand or the US since 1994, and is a member of the Cetacean Specialist Group of IUCN. He is currently editor-in-chief of the Journal of Heredity of the American Genetic Association.

    Scott’s research includes both genomic and demographic approaches to evolutionary pattern and process in whales and dolphins, particularly their abundance, population structure, genetic diversity and species identity. His contributions to conservation genetics have ranged from identifying protected whales sold in Japanese and Korean fisheries markets, to the discovery of a new species of beaked whales based on DNA taxonomy. Work on population structure of large whales began with his PhD research and has continued with an ocean-wide description of the population structure of humpback whales in the North and South Pacific. In 2011, Scott was awarded a Pew Marine Conservation Fellowship to described genetic connectivity and isolation among small communities of dolphins found around islands of Oceania.

    Host: Beth Shapiro


  • June 1, 2016

  • Sarah Kienle - Proposal Defense Seminar

    "Intraspecific variation in the foraging behavior of phocid seals"

    12:30-1:05 p.m.


  • June 1, 2016

  • Gina Contolini - Proposal Defense Seminar

    “Local Adaptation and Species Interactions in a Changing Climate"

    1:05-1:40 p.m.