Departmental Seminar, Grad Research & Pasakarnis-Buchanan Lecture


Date Speaker Seminar Title Host
Jan 25 Dianne Greenfield (CUNY-Adv Sci Research Center) Integrating microscopic and molecular approaches for studying phytoplankton assemblages within urban and developing waterways Ward/Bullerjahn
Feb 1 Maureen Bogdanski (ODNR) ‘Protection and preservation of our state’s natural heritage: ecological land management in northwest Ohio state nature preserves’ McCluney
Feb 8 Andrea Gschwend (Ohio State) Waterlogging affects the morphology, yield, and transcriptome profiles of biofuel cover crop, Pennycress Michaels
Feb 15


Mahasin Osman (Univ Toledo)

Feb 22 Jay Wright (Toledo Metroparks) Blue Jays and Oaks: A Seed Dispersal Mutualism Shaping Eastern Hardwood Forests Bouzat
Mar 1 Natalie Hofmeister (U Mich)   Bouzat
Mar 8 --- No seminar -- Spring Break ---
Mar 15 Zachary Williams (Boston College) RNA nuclear export: an understudied interface host-virus co-evolution Halo
Mar 22 Rochelle Buffenstein (Univ Illinois) A Blueprint for Successful Aging; The Long-lived Cancer Resistant Naked Mole-Rat Heckman
Mar 29 Chris Tonra (Ohio State) Goatsuckers on the Move: Migration and Winter Ecology of the Midwest’s Eastern Whip-poor-wills Bouzat
Apr 5 Bettina Winckler (Univ Virginia)   Heckman
Apr 12 Dan Jacobsen (Oak Ridge National Lab) Pasakarnis-Buchanan lecture Halo
Apr 19 Glen Hood (Wayne State) The ecology and evolutionary biology of gall-forming insects Murphy

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 Spring Semester 2023 is below.

  • GRIP is held every Friday at 12:30am 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 Title
20-Jan Jacob Buchanan (McCluney) Variation between egg banks and taxa-specific responses drive community dynamics in seasonally flooded prairie pothole wetlands
27-Jan Sudhan Pachhain (Phuntumart) Taxonomic and functional features of gut microbiota restructuring following fecal transplantation in P and NP rats
3-Feb Eleanor Behling (Larsen) Lung Pathology and the Novel Bacteriophage Solution
10-Feb Katie Barker (Ward) Monitoring of cyanotoxin production in Ohio lakes 
17-Feb Katie Ware (Root) Effects of oak wilt management on breeding birds
3-Mar Madison Altieri (Halo) Characterizing tRNA derived SINECf Mobilization and RNA Structure
17-Mar Eric Hibbets (Larsen) Genetic variation of West Nile virus in northwest Ohio
24-Mar Abbey Jarosz Host-Virus Evolution in the Canine Model
31-Mar Olusola Olatona (Heckman) Keratin-associated Proteins in Basal Cells of Tumorigenic and Highly Malignant Airway Epithelial Lines
31-Mar Ekene Anekwe (Phuntumart) Association of alcohol drinking behaviors and gut microbiome in rats 
7-Apr Srishti Rana (Sprague/Ward) Phenethylamine Drug Induced Hyperthermia and Potential Role of Gut Bacteria
7-Apr Chris Chandler (Geusz) Curcumin analogs and cancer stem cells.
14-Apr Tyler Lenoy (Wildschutte) Identification of wild bacteria that inhibit antibiotic-resistant pathogens
14-Apr Kate Brown (Ward) Bacterial community and cyanotoxin distribution of the Winam Gulf, Kenya'
21-Apr Ashley Luttrell (Miner) Natal origins and migratory patterns of channel catfish in Lake Erie
21-Apr Lauren Greenwell (Larsen) Dynamics of host-phage interactions

2023 Pasakarnis-Buchanan Lecture

Dan Jacobsen (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

Public Talk in the Bowen Thompson Student Union Theater. Date & Time TBD

Scientific Talk in Life Sciences Building Room 112. Date & Time TBD

Previous Pasakarnis-Buchanan Lectures

**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.  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. 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: 03/13/2023 01:25PM