Biology Dept. Seminars & Events

Spring Quarter Seminar List

Upcoming Events

Mary Engels Seminar Poster

This Wednesday (4/21), Mary Engels will be presenting "Water, Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink: Water Management Strategies of the Iconic Atoll Native Pisonia Grandis". 

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Seminar List


Sept. 23: Genetic & molecular mechanisms of natural variation in protein expression

Dan Pollard, Assistant Professor, Biology Department, WWU


Sept. 30: TBA

Shawn Arellano, Assistant Professor, Biology Department, WWU  


Oct.7: Planktonic interactions in a sea of change

Brady Olson, Assistant Professor, Biology Department, WWU


Oct. 14: NO SEMINAR       


Oct. 21: Anticipating and planning for climate-driven species movements

Joshua Lawlor, Denman Professor of Sustainable Resource Sciences, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington
Hosted jointly with the Koma Kulshan chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society


Oct. 28: How to Maximize Opportunity and Advising in Your Major

(Workshop for Biology Phase II Biology Majors)


Nov. 4: Scaling up ecology through global collaboration and synthesis of diverse data

Stephanie Hampton, Professor, School of Environment, Washington State University, and Division Director, Division of Environmental Biology, National Science Foundation


Nov. 1: Climate Disruption, animal migrations and equity in ecology

Erika Zavaleta, Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department, University of California, Santa Cruz


Nov. 18: In hot water: Coral and fish responses to marine heatwaves

Julia Baum, Professor, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia


Dec. 2: Modulation of host immunity by gut-dwelling helminths and the bacterial Microbiota

Lisa Reynolds, Assistant Professor, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia

Jan. 13  Developmental Evolution of Morphological Diversity in Cichlid Fishes

Pierre Le Pabic, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina, Wilmington


Jan. 20 Integrative Evolutionary Biology: Expert in Some, Fluent in Others

Colette St. Mary, Professor, Department of Biology, University of Florida, Gainsville


Jan. 27  Integrating genotypes and phenotypes improves long-term forecasts of seasonal influenza A/H3N2 evolution

John Huddleston, Staff Scientist, Department of Epidemiology, University of Washington, Seattle


Feb. 3  Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink: water management strategies of the iconic atoll native Pisonia grandis

Mary Engels, Assistant Professor, College of Natural Resources, University  of Idaho, Moscow         


Feb. 10  Pre-Health Question and Answer Session w/ Anna Tognazzini and José Serrano-Moreno (No seminar)


Feb. 17  TBA (Biology Education)

Greg Crowther, Biology Instructor, Everett Community College, Everett


Feb. 24  TBA (Genomic variation in populations)

Omar Cornejo, Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Washington State University, Pullman


March 3   Actions of steroids in the female reproductive tract and    contraceptive discovery

Joy Wimithyanon, Assistant Professor, Washington State University, Pullman


March 10  TBA (marine microbiology)

Emily Fleming, Associate Professor, California State University, Chico

To be announced.