Biology Dept. Seminars & Events

Spring Quarter Seminar List

Upcoming Events

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

April 7             

Do Human Races Exist? A Biological and Evolutionary Perspective.

Alan Templeton, Charles Rebstock Emeritus Professor of Biology, Washington University of St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri


April 14           

TBA (Neural circuitry and inner ear neurobiology)

Thomas Coate, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Georgetown University, Washington DC


April 21           

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, Idaho


April 28           

TBA (Effect of urban runoff on salmon survival)

 Jennifer McIntyre, Assistant Professor, School of the Environment, Washington State University, Aquatic Toxicology Lab, Puyallup, Washington


May 5             

No Seminar (Biology Advising Panel/Workshop)


May 12

TBA (Chromatin and signaling interface in vertebrate development)

Kryn Stankunas, Associate Professor, Institute of Molecular Biology, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon


May 19           

TBA (Actions of hormones, diets, and endocrine disrupting compounds on hypothalamic functions)

Troy Roepke, Associate Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, Rutgers, State

University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey


May 26           

Epigenetic control of RNA by prion-based mechanisms

David Garcia, Assistant Professor, Institute of Molecular Biology, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon


June 2            

TBA (Cell biology of zebra fish pigmentation and melanoma models) 

Cynthia Cooper, Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics, Department of

Molecular Biosciences, Washington State University, Vancouver campus