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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. All seminars for the fall 2020 semester will be held remotely via Zoom webinar.

Link to all seminars:

For scheduling information contact Dr. Brooke Maslo at brooke.maslo at

Spring 2021 Seminars
Date Speaker, Affiliation, and Seminar Title Host
Jan. 21

Dr. Christina Bergey
Department of Genetics
Rutgers University
Genomic insights into adaptation of humans to rainforest environments

Program membership seminar

Malin Pinsky

Jan. 28

Dr. Karen Warkentin
Boston University
Different people ask different questions: a queer perspective on studying diversity in life history and behavior

Katrina Catalano

Feb. 4

Dr. David Steen
Reptile and Amphibian Research Leader
 Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)
Founder and Executive Director of The Alongside Wildlife Foundation
Using Snakes And Turtles to Understand Ecology and Conservation.

John Wiedenmann

Feb. 11

Dr. Sandra Knapp
Natural History Museum
Past, present and future of floristics - the continued relevance of floras in a modern world

Lena Struwe

Feb. 18

Dr. Katie Barott
Department of Biology
University of Pennsylvania
Regulation of acid-base homeostasis in reef-building corals undergoing a changing climate

Zoe Kitchel

Feb. 25

Dr. Tanisha Williams
Department of Biology
Bucknell University
Conserving Biodiversity from South Africa to Australia 

Kate Douthat

Mar. 4

Dr. Anthony Geneva
Center for Computational & Integrative Biology
Rutgers University - Camden
Enabling evolutionary genomics with high-quality reference genome assemblies

Program membership seminar

Malin Pinsky

Mar 11.

Dr. Darcy Bradley
Sustainable Fisheries Group Co-Director
University of Califormia, Santa Barbara
Bridging movement ecology and fisheries science to improve conservation outcomes

Alexa Fredston

Mar. 18

Spring Break


Mar. 25

Dr. Matthew McCary
Department of Biosciences
Rice University
Feast or famine: how resource availability can influence ecosystem dynamics

Kelvin Chen

April 1 Dr. Elizabeth Watson
Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Wetlands Section Leader, Patrick Center for Environmental Research
Drexel University
Rick Lathrop
April 8

Dr. Anne Maria Eikeset
Norges Bank Investment Management (Oslo Area, Norway)
Understanding crisis through interdisciplinary - A view from a large fund

Juan Bonachela

April 15

Dr. Scott V. Edwards
Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Harvard University
Using genomics and natural experiments to probe the evolutionary history of birds

Alvin Crespo

April 22

Dr. Mary Whelan
Department of Environmental Science
Rutgers University

Julie Lockwood
Fall 2020 Seminars
Date Speaker, Affiliation, and Seminar Title Host

Sept. 10

Dr. Carla Staver
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Yale University
Tropical biomes in a changing world

Zoe Kitchel

Sept. 17

Dr. Alexa Fredston
Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources
Rutgers University
Causes and consequences of species range shifts in a changing climate

Malin Pinsky

Sept 24

Dr. Brooke Maslo
Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources
Rutgers University
Expanding Traditional Paradigms of Sandy Beach Ecology to Inform Coastal Zone Management

This is Dr. Maslo's promotion seminar

Jule Lockwood

Oct. 1

Dr. Sarah Smith
Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences
Rutgers University
Weathering the Storm: Responses and Adaptation Strategies of Commercial Fishermen in the Northeast U.S. to Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic

John Wiedenmann

Oct. 8

Dr. Andrea J. Adams
Earth Research Institute,
University of California, Santa Barbara
Recovering California's frogs: mixed methods approaches for applied conservation science

Abigail Golden

Oct. 15

Dr. Micaela Martinez Bakker
Department of Environmental Health Sciences
Columbia University
Biological Rhythms in the Anthropocene

Zoe Kitchel

Oct. 22

EcoGSA Eminent Ecologist
Dr. Andrew Gonzalez
Liber Ero Chair in Conservation Biology | Killam Fellow | Founding director of the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science
McGill University
Montreal, Canada
Multiscale biodiversity science for the Anthropocene

Paulina Arancibia

Oct. 29

Dr. Helmut Hillebrand
Director, Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity University of Oldenburg,
Changing biodiversity in changing environments: temporal turnover across scales of time and space

Malin Pinsky

Nov. 5

Dr. Peter Buston
Director of the BU Marine Program
Boston University
Social Evolution in the Clown Anemonefish

Katrina Catalano

Nov. 12

Dr. Justin Yeakel
School of Natural Sciences
University of California, Merced
The dynamics of starvation and recovery provide insight into Cope's Rule and the evolution of grazing

John Wiedenmann

Nov. 19

Dr. Brandon Chasco
National Marine Fisheries Service
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association
Lost at sea: unraveling the mysteries of marine salmon survival

John Wiedenmann

Dec. 3

Dr. Jessica Ware
Curator of  Odonata & non-Holometabolous Minor Orders
American Museum of Natural History
On dragonflies, damselflies and roaches: studying insect molecular and morphological evolution 

Kimberly Russell


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