Departmental Seminar, Grad Research & Pasakarnis-Buchanan Lecture

SPRING 2024

To schedule a seminar or for any questions related to our seminar series, please contact Dr. Bidart (gbidart@bgsu.edu).

Date

Speaker

Seminar Title

Host

Jan 10

Brian Kron, President BGSA

BGSA meeting – Graduate Students Only

BGSA

Jan 17

Dr. Melanie Kazenel, Earlham College

The consequences of climate change for insect pollinators and plants

Kevin McCluney

Jan 24

Dr. Joy O’Keefe, University, Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Virtual Seminar: Local diners: ecosystem services of bats in the Midwest

M. Gabriela Bidart

Jan 31

Dr. Arely Ramírez García, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo

Virtual Seminar: Conservation and reintroduction of two extinct in the wild livebearing fish Skiffia francesae and Zoogoneticus tequila

Kevin Neves

Feb 7

Dr. Samuel Ward, The Ohio State University

Global patterns and drivers of forest insect invasions 

Dan Pavuk

Feb 14

Dr. Tyler Hoskins, Purdue University

Bioaccumulation and effects of forever chemicals (PFAS) in aquatic systems

Mason Murphy

Feb 21

Dr. Lindsey Bruckerhoff, The Ohio State University

The life cycle of intermittent streams: Do fish and crayfish communities respond synchronously to stream drying?

Jeff Miner

Feb 28

Dr. Timothy James, University of Michigan Exploration of fungal diversity using a single cell sequencing approach Chris Ward

March 6

SPRING BREAK

No Seminar

 

March 13

Dr. Reagan Errera, NOAA-GLERL

Impact of Acidification on Harmful Algal Blooms

Chris Ward

March 20

Dr. Sarah Smith, Michigan State University

Virtual Seminar: Adventures in ambrosia beetle diversity

Dan Pavuk

March 26

Dr. Sean Carroll, University of Maryland, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Public Lecture (Tu 7 pm): The Serengeti rules: The regulation and restoration of biodiversity

Pasakarnis-Buchanan Lecture

March 27

Dr. Sean Carroll, University of Maryland, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Scientific Lecture (Wed 3:30 pm): Butterfly spots and rattlesnake tales: The evolution of novelty

Pasakarnis-Buchanan Lecture

April 3

Dr. Daniel Pavuk, Bowling Green State University Mosquito diversity and occurrence and vectors of West Nile Virus in Northwest Ohio  

April 10

Dr. Nicole Gilbert, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Covert pathogenesis by Gardnerella vaginalis in the urogenital niche

Vipa Phuntumart

April 17

Dr. Jorge Santodomingo, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Two telling tales: Research in fecal source tracking and cyanobacterial blooms

Chris Ward

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 Nara Sousa (Wildschutte) Insight to the opioid crisis: shared drugs and exposure to bugs’
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

Date

Student (mentor)

 Title

Jan 12

Chris Chandler/Susan O'Donnell Review student travel funding options available/international travel update

Jan 19

   
  Riley Ralph (Ward) Effects of Nutrient Manipulations on Lake Erie Microcystis Proliferation and Toxigenicity​

Jan 26

Tyler Lenoy (Wildschutte) A CURE for your work performance: align teaching and research efforts’
  Taisha Valenzuela  Degradation of Fentanyl

Feb 2

Joe Toth (Miner) Who returns? Do Steelhead Trout with vateritic otoliths fail to return as adults
  Nakiah Dague (Miner) I cannot hear you: test of selective predation on fishes with vateritic otoliths

Feb 9

Matt Tobey (Root)  Assessing the resilience of forest insect communities in the Oak Openings Region
  MJ Lashbrook (Halo Knerr) TBD (Molecular Biology)
Feb 16 Maria D'Amico (Neves) Exposure Effects of Anthropogenic Nitrogen on Reproduction and Offspring of the Critically Endangered “Xenotoca” doadrioi.
  Nancy Ransom (Bingman) Artificial forest gaps and the seasonal progression of molt in select neotropical migrant species.

Feb 23

Hsin-Ho Wei (McCluney) TBD (Ecology)
  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

Alex Marshall (Miner) Factors affecting fish migration in reconnected wetlands
  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
  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.
  Nara Roche de Sousa ( ) Insight to the opioid crisis: shared drugs and exposure to bugs’

April 5

Will Bell (Miner) Macroinvertebrate responses to diel hypnoxia patterns in wetlands
  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
  Eric Shrewsberry  (Metcalf) Manipulating antibiotic chemical structure and bioactivity’

April 19

Isaac Kwabena Gadzekpo (Wildschutte) Isolation and characterization of Pseudomonas strains: new drug discovery
  Lauren Leduc Greenwell (Larsen) TBD

2023 Pasakarnis-Buchanan Lecture

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.

The cost of generating biological data is dropping exponentially, resulting in increased data that has far outstripped the predictive growth in computational power from Moore’s Law. This flood of data has opened a new era of systems biology. Supercomputing and explainable-AI approaches have been developed to find complex mechanisms responsible for all measurable phenotypes as well as an organism’s ability to detect and modulate its microbiome. The result is progress towards a comprehensive systems biology model of an organism and how it has adapted to and responds to its abiotic and biotic environment. These discoveries have applications in bioenergy, precision agriculture, ecosystem studies, precision medicine, and pandemic prevention among other disciplines.

Previous Pasakarnis-Buchanan Lectures

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: 02/26/2024 09:13AM