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Past Seminars


Past seminars






Friday, April 24, 2015 

 Dr. Brian Hunt

 "A coupled stable isotope-biomass spectrum approach to understanding pelagic food web dynamics and an overview of oceanographic research at Hakai Institute"

 Dr. Rana El-Sabaawi

Fiday, March 27, 2015

Dr. Ric Brodeur

Research Fishery Biologist, NOAA Fisheries

"Interactions Between Jellyfish and Marine Fish and Fisheries:Insights into Fisheries Sustainability"

Dr. Rana El-Sabaawi and Eric Hertz

Friday, March 20, 2015

Lu Guan

PhD Candidate University of Victoria

"Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Larval Fish Assemblages in the Strait of Georgia"

 Dr. John Dower

Friday, March 13, 2015

Dr. Melissa Garren

Postdoctoral Reseracher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

"The Sea We Rarely See: Connecting Microscale Processes to Ecosystem Function " 

 Dr. Julia Baum

Friday, March 06, 2015

 Dr. Aerin Jacob

Postdoctoral Fellow, Geography University of Victoria

"Would you like carbon or chimps with that? Conserving and restoring an African rainfortest" 

 Dr. Rana El-Sabaawi

Friday, February 27, 2015

 Dr. Ruth Gates

Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawaii

"Patterns Of Symbiont Diversit In Corals And Coral Reef Environments:
What Does It All Mean?

Seminar in Bob Wright Centre, Room A104

 Dr. Julia Baum

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Dr. Ruth Gates

Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawaii

Distinguished Women Scholars Lecture

This Lecture is free and open to the public

 "The Wonderful World of Corals:  Harnessing Basic Science to Address an Ecological Crisis"

Bob Wright Centre, Room B150

7:00 pm

 Dr. Julia Baum

Friday, February 20, 2015

 Dr. Julie Keister

Associate Professor, University of Washington

"Diversity in marine zooplankton response to environmental stresses" 

 Dr. Rana El-Sabaawi

Friday, January 30, 2015

Laura Braden

PhD Candidate,
University of Victoria

"Susceptibility to infection by Lepeophtheirus salmonis is determined by both host and pararsite responses at the louse-salmon interface"

 Drs. Simon Jones and Ben Koop

Friday, December 5, 2014

Dr. Declan Ali

Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta

"Factors involved in the development of excitatory synapses: a zebrafish perspective"

Dr. Raad Nashmi

Co-sponsored by Centre for Biomedical Research


Friday, November 28, 2014

Karyn Suchy

PhD Candidate, University of Victoria

"The importance of estimating crustacean zooplankton production in coastal marine ecosystems"

Dr. John Dower

Friday, November 21, 2014

Dr. Akash Sastri

Staff Scientist, Ocean Networks Canada

"Plankton community response to whole-lake manipulation of thermocline depth"

Dr. Rana El-Sabaawi

Friday, October 31, 2014

Dr. Fabio De Leo Cabrera

Staff Scientist, Ocean Networks Canada

"Benthic ecology of deep-sea submarine canyons: assessing biodiversity patterns for conservation strategies"

Dr. Francis Juanes

Friday, October 17, 2014

Dr. Katie Peichel

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre

"Genetics of adaptation and speciation in sticklebacks"

Dr. Rana El-Sabaawi

Friday, September 26, 2014

Cherisse Du Preez

PhD Candidate, University of Victoria

"Life is better when it's rough at the bottom: diversity responds to deep-sea topographic heterogeneity"

 Dr. Verena Tunnicliffe

Friday, September 19, 2014 Dr. Fred Sack UBC                           "Stomatal Development: from epigenetics to mustaches, idioblasts and functional redundancy"                                                                                                    

Dr. Juergen Ehlting

Note: co-sponsored by Forest Biology                   


Date Speaker Title Host
Friday, June 13, 2014 Dr. David S. Park, University of Ottawa
Mechanisms of action of genes linked to Parkinson's disease Dr. Gautam Awatramani
Friday, May 30, 2014 Dr. Len Maler, University of Ottawa Multiple Encoding Strategies:  When labeled lines fail
Dr. Gautam Awatramani
Friday, April 25, 2014 Dr. Angelica L. Gonzales, UBC A chemical approach to biodiversity: from organismal traits to ecosystem functioning
Dr. Rana El-Sabaawi
Friday, April 11, 2014 Dr. William Grimes, Eastern Washington University
Cross-synaptic synchrony measurements and implications in the mammalian retina Dr. Gautam Awatramani
Friday, April 4, 2014 Dr. Ethan White, Utah State University The value of data-intensive approaches in ecology Dr. Julia Baum
Friday, March 28, 2014 Dr. Taku Demura, Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) and RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science, Japan NAC Transcription Factors Contributing to Plant Adaptation to Land
Dr. Juergen Ehlting
Friday, March 21, 2014 Dr. Natalie Ban, University of Victoria Practical advice for marine protected area design Dr. Rana El-Sabaawi
Friday, March 14, 2014 Ben Sutherland, University of Victoria Living like a louse: Evading salmon defenses, chemical treatments and environmental stressors
Dr. Ben Koop
Friday, March 7, 2014 Dr. Daniel Schindler, University of Washington
Prediction, the precautionary principle, and managing exosytems under global change Dr. Rana El-Sabaawi
Friday, February 28, 2014 Dr. Meg Krawchuk, Simon Fraser University
Forest beneath the trees: structure and traits of understory plant communities after compound disturbance from mountain pine beetle and fire Dr. Rana El-Sabaawi
Friday, January 24, 2014 Dr. Jim Powell, Freshwater Fisheries society of BC The science behind recreational fisheries in B.C.
Dr. Ben Koop
Friday, January 10, 2014 Dr. Megan Frederickson, University of Toronto Ecology and evolution of mutualism:  insights from ant-plant interactions Dr. Rana El-Sabaawi
Friday, December 20, 2013 Dr. Patrick Nosil, University of Sheffield Eco Evolutionary dynamics: from genes to communities Dr. Tom Reimchen

Friday, December 6, 2013

*Co-Hosted by FORB

Dr. Lila Fishman, University of Montana

Chromosomal rearrangements and speciation in Minulus

Drs. Gerry Allen and Patrick von Aderkas

Friday, November 29, 2013

Dr. Tyler Muhly, University of Calgary

Pervasive human influences in a terrestrial food web put to rest the top-down versus bottom-up debate Dr. Cole Burton

Friday, November 22, 2013

Dr. Pete McIntyre, University of British Columbia

Future prospects for freshwater biodiversity and ecosystem services:are we gaining ground? Dr. Rana El-Sabaawi

Friday, November 15, 2013

Dr. Stephanie Green, Simon Fraser University

Reconciling the scale of invasion processes and conservation action in the sea

Dr. Brett Favaro

Friday, November 8, 2013

Dr. Mary O'Connor, University of British Columbia

Temperature and the structure and function of food webs

Dr. Julia Baum

Friday, November 1, 2013 Dr. Jonathan Moore, Simon Fraser University
Free-flowing river networks and their emergent stability Dr. Rana El-Sabaawi
Friday, October 25, 2013 *Lansdowne Lecture **ECS 104
Dr. Jeff Hutchings, Dalhousie University Allee Effects, Life History, and Marine Fish Recovery:
Reconsideration and Reevaluation
Dr. Julia Baum
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 *Special Seminar **MSB 160
Dr. Anna Kuparinen, University of Helsinki

Life-history approach to evolutionary adaptation and recovery of Atlantic cod

Dr. Rana El-Sabaawi
Friday, October 18, 2013 *Co-Sponsored by CBR & The Chow Lab Dr. Cheryl Gregory-Evans  & Kevin Gregory-Evans, University of British Columbia

Molecular and phenotypic defects caused by Pax6 mutation in the mouse are corrected by nonsense suppression

Dr. Bob Chow

Friday, October 11, 2013 * First Peoples House, Ceremonial Hall

Dr. Fernando Carvajal, Association Faunagua and the Universidad Mayor de San Simon Cochabamba

Fisheries in a Bolivian world: Amazon biology, indigenous development, and food security

Dr. Francis Juanes

Friday, September 13, 2013

Dr. Eva Garcia Vazquez

Universidad de Oviedo

Aliens in Paradise - How genetics helps to understand invasions

Dr. Francis Juanes

Friday, September 27, 2013

Co-Sponsored with Forest Biology

Dr. Sam Cushman,

Influences of climatic gradients and river network connectivity on gene flow of Fremont cottonwood in the American Southwest.

**Elliott 167

Dr. Patrick von Aderkas

Firday, October 4, 2013 Dr. Jenny Cory, Simion Fraser University The ecology and dynamics of disease in a cyclic forest insect Dr. Steve Perlman
Fri, Apr 5, 2013

Dr. Tim Essington

Associate Professor, Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle
The big deal about little fish: exploring food webs and forage species in marine ecosystems Dr. Francis Juanes

Fri, Mar 22,


Dr. Raj Awatramani

Assistant Professor of Neurology
Feinberg School of Medicine

The birth and death of dopamine neurons Dr. Gautam Awatramani

Fri, Mar 15, 2013

12:00 - 1:00

MSB 150

Dr. Fred Rieke

Professor, Department of Physiology & Biophysics, University of Washington, Seattle

How interactions between parallel circuits shape retinal computations

Dr. Gautam Awatramani

Note: co-sponsored by DMS

Fri, Mar 08, 2013

Dr. Valerie Wallace

Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Ottawa

Hedgehog signaling: Timing and location are everything Dr. Bob Chow
Fri, Mar 01, 2013

Dr. Eric C. Grimm

Curator and Chair of Botany, Illinois State Museum

A High-resolution Record of Climatic Variability and Landscape Response from Northern Great Plains, North America

Dr. Terri Lacourse

Note: co-sponsored by the Canadian Forest Service

Fri, Feb 15, 2013

Dr. Miriam Spering

Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia, Dept. of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Perception and Action Lab
Seeing and moving: using perception and eye movements to understand human brain function Dr. Gautam Awatramani

Fri, Feb 8, 2013

Place: MSB 160

Time: 12:00pm


Place: CUN 146

Time: 2:30pm

Dr. Rejji Kuruvilla

Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Johns Hopkins University


Dr. Samer Hattar

Associate Professor of Biology, Department of Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University

Dr: Kuruvilla: Neurotrophins: Signaling, Trafficking and Functions


Dr. Hattar: Atypical mammalian photoreceptors influence circadian rhythms, mood and learning

Co-sponsored by Division of Medical Sciences


Grad Student Invited Speaker

Fri, Feb 1, 2013

Dr. Larry Dill

Professor Emeritus
Simon Fraser University

Tigers in the (sea)grass: The role of fear in structuring a Western Australian seagrass ecosystem Dr. Julia Baum

Fri, Jan 25, 2013

Dr. Lora Morandin

Associate Specialist, Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management University of California, Berkeley

Conserving and enhancing beneficial insects and ecosystem services in
agricultural landscapes

Dr. Patrick O'Hara

Fri, Jan 25, 2013

12:00 - 1:00

MSB 160

Dr. Kurt Haas

Associate Professor, Brain Research Centre, Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences University of British Columbia

Direct imaging of structural and functional plasticity and metaplasticity in the awake developing brain

Dr. Gautam Awatramani

Note: co-sponsored by DMS

Fri, Jan 18, 2013

Dr. Tom Quinn

Professor, Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, University of Washington

Predation by bears on salmon: ecology, behavior and evolution Dr. Francis Juanes
Fri, Jan 11, 2013

Dr. Jack Fisher

Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden

Under appreciated roles of tension wood (G-fibers) in plant movement Dr. von Aderkas

Tue, Dec 18, 2012

3:00 pm

Bob Wright Bldg

Room A104

Damian Grundle

Department of Biology, University of Victoria

Upper water column nitrous oxide distributions in the NE subarctic Pacific

Dr. K. Juniper

PhD Seminar

Fri, Nov 30, 2012

Dr. Craig Brown

Assistant Professor, Neuroscience Program, Division of Medical Studies, University of Victoria
Bridging the gap in translational stroke research: the impact of animal model artifacts and comorbid diseases on stroke recovery Dr. Gautam Awatramani

Fri, Nov 16, 2012

12:00 - 1:00

MSB 160

Dr. Larry Trussell

Professor, Oregon Hearing Research Center, Vollum, Portland, OR

Setting the balance between transmitters at co-releasing synapses

Dr. Gautam Awatramani

Note: co-sponsored by DMS

Fri, Nov 9, 2012

Dr. Jedediah Brodie

Assistant Professor, Departments of Zoology and Botany, University of British Columbia

The importance of indirect interactions -and their disruption- for species persistence Dr. Julia Baum
Fri, Nov 2, 2012

Dr. Bob Chow

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Victoria

Retinal bipolar cell identity crisis: 3a or not 3a Dr. Gautam Awatramani
Fri, Oct 26, 2012

Dr. Elizabeth Wolkovich

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Biodiversity Research Centre, UBC

Community Assembly & Dis-assembly with Global Change Dr. Julia Baum
Fri, Oct 19, 2012

Dr. Leithen M'Gonigle

NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Berkeley

Sexual selection and species coexistence

Dr. Gerry Allen

Note: Joint seminar with Environmental Studies.

Fri, Oct 12, 2012

Dr. Cole Burton

Ecologist, Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute

Challenges and opportunities in large-scale wildlife monitoring: case studies from West Africa and Alberta Dr. Julia Baum
Fri, Oct 5, 2012

Dr. Wendy Palen

Assistant Professor, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Aquatic Conservation, Simon Fraser University

Amphibian decline research; plagued with phenomenology or headed for a predictive panacea?

Dr. Rana El Sabaawi
Fri, Sep 28, 2012

Dr. Greg Crutsinger

Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, University of British
A genes-to-ecosystems approach to linking plant and animal diversity Dr. Patrick von Aderkas
Fri, Sep 21, 2012

Dr. Gautam Awatramani

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Victoria
Past, present and future: How the retina anticipates the future to “see” the present N/A
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