Departmental Seminar, Grad Research & Pasakarnis-Buchanan Lecture


To schedule a seminar or for any questions related to our seminar series, please contact Dr. Bidart (



Seminar Title


Aug 28

 Lauren Greenwell, Vice President BGSA

 BGSA meeting – Graduate Students Only


Sept 4

 Dr. George Bullerjahn, BGSU

 Cyanobacterial HABs in shallow lakes: lessons learned in Lake Erie and elsewhere

Sept 11

Dr. Maitreyee Mukherjee, Eastern Michigan University

 Rise of the superbugs, an emerging 21st century crisis

George Bullerjahn

Sept 18

Dr. Gabriella Wolff,

Case Western Reserve University

 Sensory integration in mosquito predator avoidance and host preferences

 Vern Bingman

Sept 25

Oct 2

Dr. Klaus-Peter Koepfli, Smithsonian - George Mason University

 Julia Halo

Oct 9

Oct 16

Oct 23

Oct 30

 Dr. Carlos Botero,

University of Texas at Austin

 The eco-evolutionary dynamics of climate change

 Gabriela Bidart

Nov 6

Nov 13


Nov 20

Dr. Kevin McCarthy, University of Pittsburgh

 Julia Halo

Nov 27


 No Seminar

Dec 4

Graduate Research-in-Progress (GRIP) is a seminar series for graduate students to present their research ideas and progress to other graduate students (and faculty). The goals for attending and presenting are to increase awareness of research across the discipline, to hone presentation skills essential for conveying scientific knowledge, to promote critical thinking skills, and to build camaraderie among graduate students. Students are encouraged to present yearly, so they get feedback early in the developmental stages of their research, as well as later when they have obtained some results and are trying to organize these within their conceptual framework.

The GRIP schedule for the Semester is below.

  • GRIP is held every Friday at 12:30pm in LSC 334. All are welcome.
  • If you want to sign up to present, contact  Drs. Miner or Wildschutte

Presenters, please remember to:

  • Introduce yourself--include status in graduate program or affiliation.
  • Describe the purpose of the talk; i.e., is it practice for a conference, or a discussion of ideas?
  • You will be presenting to a diverse audience. Initially, put your work into a broad biological conceptual framework, so that everyone can understand the focus of your research. You can then go into depth, but remember to return to the ‘big picture’ as you conclude/summarize.
  • It is suggested that you have a presentation review with your faculty mentor before you finalize your presentation.
Date Student (Mentor) Title
January 12 Chris Chandler/Susan O'Donnell Review student travel funding options available/international travel update
January 19    
January 19 Riley Ralph (Ward) Effects of Nutrient Manipulations on Lake Erie Microcystis Proliferation and Toxigenicity​
January 26 Tyler Lenoy (Wildschutte) A CURE for your work performance: align teaching and research efforts’
January 26 Taisha Valenzuela  Degradation of Fentanyl
February 2 Joe Toth (Miner) Who returns? Do Steelhead Trout with vateritic otoliths fail to return as adults
February 2 Nakiah Dague (Miner) I cannot hear you: test of selective predation on fishes with vateritic otoliths
February 9 Matt Tobey (Root)  Assessing the resilience of forest insect communities in the Oak Openings Region
February 9 MJ Lashbrook (Halo Knerr) ERV presence in wild canids
February 16 Maria D'Amico (Neves) Exposure Effects of Anthropogenic Nitrogen on Reproduction and Offspring of the Critically Endangered “Xenotoca” doadrioi.
February 16 Nancy Ransom (Bingman) Artificial forest gaps and the seasonal progression of molt in select neotropical migrant species.
February 23 Hsin-Ho Wei (McCluney) CRISPR-based biosensor system for on-site detection of Saprolegnia
February 23 Abigail Muhleman (Murphy) Anthropogenic Effects on Anuran Growth and Development 
March 1 Brian Kron (Root) Amphibian communities in the Oak Opennings: Factors affecting use of habitat
March 8 XXXX Spring Break
March 15 Salim Shamsu-Deen Mohammed (McCluney) Biological Cycling of Phosphate in Agricultural Soils - Enzyme Gene Expression and Oxygen Isotopes
March 22 Lakshan Beligala (McCluney) Assessing phosphate cycling in legacy and non-legacy agricultural soils: O2 isotopic analyses
March 22 Shikshya Gautam (Xu/Vasquez Ortega) Effects of lake-dredged sediment from western Lake Erie on corn and soil health
March 29 Arefeh Avestakh (Morris) Localization of  enzymes in the putrescine pathway in nonphotosynthetic and photosynthetic tissues.
March 29 Alex Marshall (Miner) Factors affecting fish migration in reconnected wetlands
April 5 Will Bell (Miner) Macroinvertebrate responses to diel hypnoxia patterns in wetlands
April 5 Katie Ware ( Root) Analysis of a Migratory Bird Community in an Endangered Florida Habitat”
April 12 Zach Morris (Metcalf) Neurotoxic Amino Acids in Ohio Air, Water, and Soil
April 12 Eric Shrewsberry  (Metcalf) Manipulating antibiotic chemical structure and bioactivity’
April 19 Isaac Kwabena Gadzekpo (Wildschutte) Isolation and characterization of Pseudomonas strains: new drug discovery
April 19 Lauren Leduc Greenwell (Larsen) Phage-host interactions

Previous Pasakarnis-Buchanan Lectures

Tuesday, March 26, 2024 @ 7:00PM, “The Serengeti Rules: The Regulation and Restoration of Biodiversity” (Public Talk), featuring Sean B. Carroll (University of Maryland). In the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater.

Thursday, April 13, 2023 @ 7:00PM, Crises Abound: Health, Climate, Energy, Food, Pandemics... How Large-Scale Systems Biology Can Help Address the Major Challenges We Are Facing (Public Talk), featuring Dan Jacobson (Oak Ridge National Laboratory). In the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater.

Thursday, March 24, 2021, @ 7:00PM, Fish Whispering: Exploring Environmental Impacts from Life History and Eco-Geochemistry (Public Talk) featuring Dr. Karin Limburg.

**Due to precautions taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the 2020 Pasakarnis-Buchanan lecture was canceled.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019, @ 7:00PM, Forecasting Nature: Ecological Experiments in a Time of Planetary Change (Public Talk) featuring Dr. Nicholas Gotelli.

Tuesday April 3, 2018 @ 7PM (Public Talk) "Digging for genes that affect behavior" (Public Talk) featuring Dr. Hopi Hoekstra (Harvard University). 

Tuesday April 4, 2017 @ 7PM (Public Talk) "Eco-Evo-Devo: the synthesis of epigenetics, medicine and evolution". Scott Gilbert (Swarthmore College).

Thursday, April 14, 2016 @ 7:00PM (Public Talk): "Resurrecting Ancient Proteins from Extinct Life" featuring Dr. Steven Benner (The Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution, FAME). 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015: Dr. Tyrone Hayes (University of California, Berkeley). Dr. Hayes's topic was From Silent Spring to Silent Night: A Tale of Toads and Men.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014: Dr. Arturo Casadevall (Albert Einstein College of Medicine). Dr. Casadevall's topic was Thoughts on the Origin of Virulence.

Tuesday, March 21, 2013: Dr. P. Dee Boersma (University of Washington). Dr. Boersma's topic was Penguins as Marine Sentinels. 

Thursday, April 12, 2012: Dr. Jianzhi Zhang (University of Michigan). Dr. Zhang's topic was On the path to humanity: genes lost, gained, and modified during primate evolution.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011: Dr. Nils Walter (University of Michigan). Dr. Walter's topic was Chemistry of Life: Driving Force for the Evolution from Cyanide to the RNA World to Mankind.

Updated: 05/14/2024 03:33PM