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Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

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UNM Biology Seminars

UNM Biology Spring 2016 Seminar Schedules

Department of Biology seminars are held on Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. in Castetter Hall 100,
except where noted.

*** Coffee, tea and cookies are served in the Public Greenhouse at 3:10 p.m. ***

If you would like to host a Thursday seminar speaker,
please contact Cristina Takacs-Vesbach

Updated: April 28, 2016

ALSO Wednesday Noon Brown Bag Seminars

Date Speaker Title
Jan. 21 Dr. Charles Melançon
(host: Rich Cripps)
New Ways to Discover, Investigate, and Detect Bacterial Natural Products and their Biosynthetic Pathways.
Jan. 28 reserved  
Feb. 4 reserved  
Feb. 11 reserved  
Feb. 18 open  
Feb. 25 Jake Goheen
(host: Seth Newsome)
Megaherbivory and Plant Defensive Landscapes in a Savanna Ecosystem.
Mar. 3 Paul Gauthier
(host: Dave Hanson)
Plant Respiration: Insights from Measurements in the Arctic and Perspectives for Ecosystem Carbon Balance Modeling.
Mar. 10

John Boyer
(host: Dave Hanson)

Leaf Cuticles Alter the Calculated CO2 Concentration Inside Leaves.
Mar. 17 open  
Mar. 24 Brant Faircloth
(hosts: Mike Andersen &
Chris Witt
Capturing Darwin's Dream.
Mar. 29
Joanna Kelly
(hosts: Joe Cook &
Jessica Weber)
Genomics in Extreme Environments: Gene Regulation and the Evolution of Hydrogen Sulfide Loving Fish.
Mar. 31 Seth Newsome .Annual Research Day: The Role of Historic Ecology in Establishing Baselines for Conservation: A Few Case Examples from the North Pacific Ocean.
April 7 Raina Maier
(host: Daina Northup)
Making a Living While Starving in the Dark: Metagenomic Insights into the Energy Dynamics of a Carbonate Cave.
Abstract & Biography
April 14 Sanford Bernstein
(host: Rich Cripps)
Probing Myosin-based Cardiac and Skeletal Muscle Diseases Using Drosophila.
April 21


April 28 Adam Siepielski
(host: Ken Whitney)

A Niche for Neutrality in Shaping Species Assemblages.

May 5 Keith Gido
(host: Tom Turner)
Vanishing Groundwater in the Great Plains: What Can Be Done to Halt the Rapid Decline in Aquatic Biodiversity?
May 12 Kate Lyons
(host: Felisa Smith &
Melissa Pardi)
The Increasing Impact of Human Activities and Environmental Change on Terrestrial Community Structure.


Brown Bag Seminars
Noon, Wednesdays, 100 Castetter Hall

Brown Bag Seminars are coordinated by Christopher Witt, but scheduled by Erika Gendron

Date Speaker Title
Jan. 20    
Jan. 27    
Feb. 3 Evan Dewey A Crucial Position: The Role of Actin-Microtubule Crosslinker Shortstop in Cell Division.
Feb. 10    
Feb. 17    
Feb. 24 Paul Watson The Informational Boundaries Hypothesis for the Evolution of Religious Diversity.
Mar. 2 Melanie Kazenel Assessing the Potential for Climate-induced Disruption of Plant–Microbe Symbioses in the Rocky Mountains.
Mar. 9 Emma Elliot-Smith Assesing the Influence of Kelp in Ancient Ecosystems Using Compound Specific Stable Isotope Analysis.
Mar. 16 —Spring Break—
Mar. 23 Eric Olivas Drought and the Piñon Microbiome.
Mar. 30    
April 6 Jason Kimble Nitrogen Cycling in the Subsurface: Microbial Roles.
April 13    
April 20    
April 27 Rosalee Reese Retrospective Food Web Analysis of the Gila River: Do Native and Non-native Interactons Intensify During Drought?
May 4 Jeremiah Anderson Using Stable Isotopes to Determine the Source of CO2 Used in Stem Photosynthesis.

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