Events and seminars

The Department of Biology's Seminar Series 2017-2018

The Department of Biology Seminars run on Fridays at 3:30 pm from September to April.

2017/18 seminars

Date Room Speaker               Title Host
8 September 2017 MSB 150 Cameron Freshwater

"Ecological drivers of migratory variation in juvenile sockeye salmon"

Dr. Francis Juanes

15 September 2017

Joint Seminar with Division of Medical Sciences

MSB 150

Dr. Ben Reese, Dept. of
Psychological and Brain Sciences, UC Santa Barbara

"Genetic Control of Neuronal Demographics in the Mouse Retina"

Dr. Bob Chow

22 September 2017

MSB 150

Dr. Christoph Vorburger,
EAWAG ,Switzerland

"Symbionts mediate host-parasitoid coevolution in insects"

Dr. Steve Perlman

29 September 2017

MSB 150

Eric Rondeau

PhD exit

"Genomics of teleost fish"

Dr. Ben Koop

6 October 2017

MSB 150

Dr. Chris Harley, Dept. of Zoology, UBC

"When do species interactions dictate the ecological responses to environmental change?"

Dr. Steve Perlman

13 October 2017

MSB 150

Dr. Wayne Maddison, Dept.
of Zoology, UBC

"The music of  evolution"

Dr. Steve Perlman

20 October 2017

MSB 150

Dr. Jasmine Janes, School of Environmental and Rural Science, U. New England,

"Understanding the role of introgression in speciation of complex groups: in a case study with Eucaliptus"

Dr. Gerry Allen

27 October 2017

MSB 150

Dr. Graham Sinclair, BC Children's Hospital, Vancouver

"Benefit vs Harm: Ethical practice in Newborn Screening"

Dr. John Taylor

3 November 2017

MSB 150

Dr. Maia Hoeberechts, Ocean Networks Canada, Victoria

"Ocean Research, Community Engagement, and Education: Opportunities for faculty and student involvement with Ocean Networks Canada"

Dr. Barbara Hawkins

10 November 2017

MSB 150

Dr. Sean Rogers, Dept. of Biological Sciences, U. Calgary

"Ecological genetics of adaptation to environmental change in threespine stickleback"

Dr. Steve Perlman

17 November 2017

  Grad Symposium Week - No Friday Seminar



24 November 2017

ECS 125

1:30 pm

Dr. Diana Varela, Department of Biology and SEOS

Note: Different time and room

"Primary productivity in the Artctic Ocean: the highs, the lows and the diatoms"

Dr. Barbara Hawkins

1 December 2017

MSB 150 Dr. Lisa Reynolds, Dept. of Biochemistry and Microbiology, UVic "Modulation of host immunity by intestinal helminths and the bacterial microbiota" Dr. Steve Perlman

8 December 2017

MSB 150

Dr. Cara Haney, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology, UBC

"Plant-associated microbiota evade host immunity to promote plant growth and disease resistance"

Dr. Barbara Hawkins

12 January 2018

MSB 150

Dr. John Taylor, Dept. of Biology, UVic

"Opsins in the dark: large opsin gene repertoires hint that proteins encoded by these gene do more than detect light"

Dr. Barbara Hawkins

19 January 2018 MSB 150 Dr. Rachel Germain, Biodiversity Research Centre, UBC "Characteristic scales of biodiversity and their ecological drivers" Dr. Steve Perlman
26 January 2018 MSB 150 Dr. Allan Carroll, Dept. of Forest and Consevation Science, UBC "Synergies, feedback and tipping points: mountain pine beetle's rapid range expansion threatens invasion of North American boreal pine forests" Dr. Steve Perlman
2 February 2018 MSB 150 Dr. Paul Abram, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada "Activity levels and biological control: can we breed beneficial insects to spend less time doing nothing?" Dr. Steve Perlman
9 February 2018 MSB 150 Dr. Steve Perlman "Evolution, ecology, and specifity of an insect defensive symbiosis"  
16 February 2018   Reading Break    
23 February 2018 MSB 150 Dr. Matt Pine, Department of Biology, UVic "Understanding a dolphin's soundscape to assess potential changes in habitat use" Dr. Francis Juanes
2 March 2018 MSB 150 Dr. Ben Sutherland, Pacific Biological STation and Marine Molecular Microbiology and Virology, University of British Columbia "Whole genome duplication and gene co-expression networks in salmonid fishes" Dr. Steve Perlman
9 March 2018 MSB 150 Dr. Kristina Hillesland, Division of Biology Sciences, U. Washington Bothell "Investagating coevolution in a microbial mutualism" Dr. Steve Perlman
16 March 2018 MSB 150 Dr. Bryan Thines, Department of Biology, U. Puget Sound "It's not easy being green: Arabidopsis F-box gene responses to abiotic stress" Dr. Peter Constabel
23 March 2018 MSB 150 Dr. Roi Holzman, Department of Zoology, Tel Aviv University "The sad story of larval fishes: what constrains larval feeding and survival during the 'critical period'?" Dr. John Dower
30 March 2018   Good Friday    
5 April 2018
7:00 pm
MAC A144 (David Lam Auditorium) Dr. Mike Worobey, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, U. Arizona LANSDOWNE PUBLIC LECTURE
"First flu is forever: the hidden importance of childhood infections and how they impact everything from pandemics to vaccines"
Dr. Steve Perlman
6 April 2018 MSB 150 Dr. Mike Worobey, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, U. Arizona  "HIV origins and antigenic imprinting" Dr. Steve Perlman
13 April 2018 MSB 150 Amy Teffer "Gone too soon: How cumulative Stressors and infections contribute to adult pacific salmon mortality" Dr. Francis Juanes
20 April 2018 MSB 150 Dr. Peter Abrams, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, U. of Toronto "When and why adaptive evolution reduces population size" Dr. Brad Anholt
27 April 2018 MSB 150 Mauricio Carrasquilla "Ecological importance of nearshore habitats to sustain small-scale fisheries" Dr. Francis Juanes