Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolution Seminar Series

Everyone, regardless if affiliated with E&E, is welcome and encouraged to attend these seminars.

Unless otherwise noted, seminars are held Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. in the Alampi Room of the Marine and Coastal Sciences Building on the G. H. Cook Campus. Refreshments are served at 3:40 p.m.

For scheduling information contact Dr. Malin Pinsky at

Fall 2017 Seminars
Speaker, Affiliation, and Seminar Title

Sept. 21

Dr. Herman Pontzer
Hunter College, City University of New York
“The Crown Joules: Energy, Ecology, and Evolution in Humans and other Primates”

Henry John-Alder and
Erin Vogel

Sept. 28

Dr. Malin Pinsky
Rutgers University
"Life in a giant water bath: Consequences for ecological dynamics in the ocean"

Promotion Seminar

Henry John-Alder

Oct. 5

Dr. Vince Formica
Swarthmore College
"Natural selection for animal social networks". 

Bethanne Bruninga-Socolar

Oct. 12

Dr. Amy Freestone
Temple University

"Biodiversity and bioinvasions: marine community ecology from local to latitudinal scales"

Julie Lockwood

Oct. 19

Dr. Sara Ruane
Rutgers University - Newark
"Understanding and Describing Snake Diversity in the Era of Phylogenomics"
Graduate Program Membership Seminar

Olaf Jensen


Dr. Marci Meixler
Rutgers University
"Applications of spatial analysis to coastal ecosystems"

Promotion Seminar

Henry John-Alder

Nov. 2

Dr. Brooke Maslo
Rutgers University

"Can Pathogens Shape the Potential for Evolutionary Rescue of Host Populations? "

Reappointment Seminar

Henry John-Alder

Nov. 9

Dr. Nazia Arbab
Rutgers University
"Spatial analysis of land use/land cover change in the Raritan River Watershed"

Malin Pinsky

Nov. 16

Dr. Martin Turcotte
University of Pittsburgh
“The impact of plant rapid evolution on species interactions” 
Co-sponsored with the Department of Entomology

Cesar Rodriguez-Saona

Nov 23



Nov. 30

Dr. Elizabeth Nichol
Swarthmore College
"Biodiversity and ecosystem services across a habitat loss gradient: thresholds, tradeoffs and traits, oh my!”

Rita Grunberg

Dec. 7

Dr. Thomas Mozdzer
Bryn Mawr College

"Alteration of ecosystem processes through rapid environmental filtering of foundation species"

Joni Baumgarten


Spring 2018 Seminars
Speaker, Affiliation, and Seminar Title

Jan. 25

Canceled; will be rescheduled Fall 2018.

Dr. Matthew Palmer
Columbia University

"Plants in the urban landscape:  Designing for function and dynamic change"

Joni Baumgarten

Feb. 1

EcoGSA Eminent Ecologist 2017
Dr. Hopi Hoekstra
Harvard University

"From the lab to the field: the genetic basis of evolutionary change"


Feb. 8

Dr. William Fagan
University of Maryland

"Animal Movement:  Memory, Learning, and Autocorrelation"

Michael Roswell

Feb 15

Dr. Amy Savage
Rutgers University - Camden

"Diversity, resilience, and nutritional ecology of urban arthropods"

Graduate Program Membership Seminar

Olaf Jensen

Feb. 22

Dr. David Post
Yale University

"The tale of two fish: eco-evolutionary feedbacks and evolutionary cascades in lakes"

Rachel Paseka

March 1

Dr. Ricardo Martinez-Garcia
Princeton University

"Causes and consequences of asynchrony in a transition to aggregative multicellularity: insights from non-aggregated cells".

Malin Pinsky

March 8

Dr. Mansha Seth-Pasricha
Rutgers University

"Epistasis poses limited genomic constraints on RNA virus emergence"

Malin Pinsky

March 15

Spring Break


March 22

Dr. Sarah Kocher
Princeton University

"Harnessing natural variation to study the evolution of social behavior in bees."

Michael Roswell

March 29

Rescheduled and moved to April 26
Dr. Sarah Gignoux-Wolfsohn
Rutgers University

Malin Pinsky

April 5

Dr. Christopher Solomon
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
"A framework for understanding lake food web productivity: or, why we turned a lake brown and what we learned."
Graduate Program Membership Seminar

Olaf Jensen

April 12

Dr. Katie Malcolm
Rutgers University
"Do prescribed burns affect the soil ecology of the NJ Pinelands?"

John Dighton

April 19

Dr. Mary Katherine (Katy) Gonder
Drexel Unversity
"The case for ecological speciation in chimpanzees from genome-wide SNP data from wild populations in Cameroon."

Malin Pinsky

April 26

Dr. Sarah Gignoux-Wolfsohn
Rutgers University

"Infectious disease in the anthropocene: ecological and evolutionary dynamics"

Malin Pinsky


Seminars archive