Seminars, Ecobreak & Pasakarnis-Buchanan Lectures

FALL 2021 (All Dates are Tentative)

Fall 2021 Seminar Dates
8/27/2021   A CURE (Course-based ­Undergraduate ­Research Experience) for Biotechnology: a collaboration with BETCO
LSC 112, 9:30AM  Host: Wildschutte
9/1/2021 Ana Brown, BGSU
"Implicit Bias and Stereotyping" Host: BGSU Biology Graduate Student Association
9/8/2021 Ana Brown, BGSU   "Bystander Intervention" Host: BGSU Biology Graduate Student Association
9/15/2021 Dr. Julia Halo, BGSU

"Tenure" Host: Bouzat

9/22/2021 Dr. Estralita Martin, San Diego State University

"Interpersonal relationships of students of color within labs in STEM" Host: BGSA

9/29/2021 Program Review "Untitled" Host: Bouzat
10/6/2021 Dr. Steffanie Strathdee, University of California, San Diego "The Perfect Predator: A Scientist’s Race to Save her Husband from a Deadly Superbug" Host: Wildschutte
10/13/2021 Dr. Maureen Coleman, University of Chicago
"Untitled" Host: ASM Chapter at BGSU
10/20/2021 Dr. Julie Maresca, University of Delaware

"How freshwater heterotrophic bacteria use light" Host: Wildschutte

10/27/2021 Tarsicio Granizo, Director World Wildlife Fund Ecuador

"Untitled" Host: Bouzat Lab

11/3/2021 Dr. Cedric Feschotte, Cornell University "Untitled" Host: Halo
11/10/2021 Dr. Welkin Johnson, Boston College

"Untitled" Host: Halo

11/17/2021 Dr. Frances Sivakoff, The Ohio State University.

"Untitled" Host: McCluney

11/24/2021 No seminar, Thanksgiving break
"Untitled" Host: 
12/1/2021 Dr. Margaret Mulholland, Old Dominion University "Untitled" Host: BGSU ASM Chapter
12/8/2021 Dr. Paulette Stenzel, University of Michigan "Untitled" Host: Bouzat Lab

EcoBreak is an informal seminar designed for exchange of scientific ideas between students and faculty in ecology and environmental sciences through the presentation of research, discussion and good company.

The EcoBreak schedule is below.

  • EcoBreak is held every Tuesday at 11:30am in LSC 332. All are welcome.
  • If you want to sign up to present contact  Dr. Jeffrey Miner
8/31/2121 Jeff Miner
 Welcome and Round Table: What got us interested in he area of science?     
9/7/2021 Robert Huber Entrepreneurship: taking animal behavior for a business ride.
9/14/2021 Amanda Martin Tandem effects of change in both climate and land use on body size.
9/21/2021 Jeff Miner
Faculty Group Meeting: Ecology & Environmental Science
10/5/2021 Fiona Harrigan
Parasite-prey: Chytrid fungae - algae interactions in an aquatic experiment.
10/12/2021 Gustavo Canas Valle Ecological drivers of colonality in hummingbirds.
11/9/2021 Brian Kron Anuran biodiversity in urban settings.

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?
  • Put your work in a larger ecological context.

2020 Pasakarnis-Buchanan Lecture

All lectures will be held in LSC 112, The Buchanan Lecture Hall, unless otherwise noted.

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

Tuesday April 7, 2020 @7:00PM, Fish Whispering: Exploring Environmental Impacts and Life History from Eco-Geochemistry [Public Talk] featuring Dr. Karin Limburg.

Abstract: Fish interact with the biogeochemistry of their environments.  Many of these interactions are recorded in various parts of their bodies, some for short periods, and others for a lifetime.  This lecture will introduce some of the environmental tracer methods, focusing on case studies of urbanization in Cape Cod; impacts of hydropower dams; and effects of “marine dead zones” on fishes from the Baltic Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and Lake Erie.

Wednesday April 8, 2020 @ 4:30PM, Through the Heads of Fishes: Revelations in Aquatic Ecology through Otolith Chemistry (Scientific Talk). 

Abstract: Otoliths, the small calcified organs in the hearing and balance system of fishes, accrete throughout life.  As such, their very structure and the chemistry they entrain represent some of the most detailed “natural logbooks” of any vertebrate group known to date.  Both otolith structure and to some extent otolith chemistry provide natural calendar-clocks which date the timing of life history events. These will be discussed in case studies of complex migration of diadromous fishes and the exposure to and impacts of aquatic hypoxia on marine and Great Lakes fishes

Previous Pasakarnis-Buchanan Lectures

Tuesday, April 9, 2019, @ 7:00PM, Forecasting Nature: Ecological Experiments in a Time of Planetary Change (Public Talk) featuring Dr. Nicholas Gotelli.  Please note this talk will be held in Olscamp 114!!

Tuesday April 3, 2018 @ 7PM (Public Talk) "Digging for genes that affect behavior" (Public Talk) featuring Dr. Hopi Hoekstra (Harvard University). Please note this talk will be in the Bowen Thompson Student Union Theater.

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