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Biology Seminar Series

All seminars are held on Wednesdays from 12-1pm in the Science Discovery Center, Compton Science Building.


Past Seminars

Spring 2014


Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 10am in Room 109:

Dr. Philip A. Townsend - University of Wisconsin, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology

"Biological, genetic, chemical and physical drivers of variation in leaf and canopy spectra (and their linkage to ecosystem processes)”


Fall 2013

September 18

Dr. Jered Studinski

The effects of riparian disturbance on forested stream ecology

This presentation summarizes multiple research projects investigating how riparian tree removal and debris additions affect streams.  In particular, I will discuss how disturbance affects stream temperature, periphyton biomass, sedimentation, morphology, aquatic invertebrate communities, terrestrial invertebrate inputs, and brook trout growth.  This research is especially relevant for those trying to understand how development, resource extraction, and severe weather events may affect streams.


October 23

Michaela K. Halsey

Impacts of Liana Removal on Small Mammal Communities in Central Panama



Spring 2013

April 25th: Silvicultural considerations for American Chestnut Restoration, Dr. Leila Pinchot, University of Tennessee, Tree Improvement Program



March 28th:  Human-mediated dispersal of invasive species- Rethinking firewood, Dr. Desiree Robertson-Thompson, Invertebrate Zoologist, Biology Department, FSU

March 14th: Solving Darwin's “Abominable Mystery” -- Origin of Flowering Plants, Dr. Xin Wang, Professor at Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

February 22nd:

Northern flying squirrel decline and parasite mediated competition, Dr. Carolyn G. Mahan, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies, Penn State, Altoona, PA