The Biological Sciences Seminar Program

Second Semester, 2017

3:30 pm Thursday in the Sanson Room (G01/2 – 23 Rainforest Walk)

20 July

A/Prof Katrina Dlugosch, Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona

“Ecological genomics of invasive  species”

A\Prof Mike Barker, Dept. of Ecology  & Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona

“Ancient polyploidy and the domestication of Brassica  crops”

Host: Dr. Kay Hodgins

27 July

Dr Petr Kotlik,  Institute of Animal Physiology and Genetics, The Czech Academy of Sciences

“Adaptive phylogeography: from molecular markers to functional genes”

Host: A/Prof. Damian Dowling

3 August

Dr Suzanne Ford, School of Biological Sciences, Monash University

“How coevolutionary interactions between microbes shape pathogen  virulence”

Host: Prof. Beth McGraw

10 August

Dr Samantha Biet, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Sydney

“Macronutrient balance in health and ageing”

Host: Dr. Matt Piper

17 August

Dr Tamar Sztal, School of Biological Sciences, Monash University

"Uncovering the mechanisms behind muscle disease and screening for novel treatments”

Host: Dr. Rob Bryson-Richardson

24 August

(1 pm start)

Dr Owen Marshall, Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania 

“New states of mind: epigenetics and notch signalling in the developing brain” 

Host: Prof. Coral Warr

31 August

Prof Mike O'Connor,  College of Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota

“An inter-organ signaling network  of activin-like factors  regulates  physiologic homeostasis in Drosophila”

Host: Dr. Christen Mirth

7 September

Dr Michael Kasumovic, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UNSW

“The benefits  that video games can bring in research and teaching”

Hosts: A/Prof. Bob Wong and Dr. Rowan Brookes

14 September

Dr Daniel Falster, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UNSW 

“Niche 2.0.0 - Can we predict  plant diversity from evolutionary first principles?” 

Hosts: Dr. Diego Barneche & Prof Dustin Marshall

21 September

Prof Judith  Mank, Dept. of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, University College London

“The genomic  signature of sexual conflict”

Host: A/Prof. Damian Dowling

5 October

Dr Kaspar Delhey, School of Biological Sciences, Monash University

“Explaining colour  diversity in birds”

Host: A/Prof. Anne Peters

12 October

A/Prof Maja Adamska, Research School of Biology, Australian National University

“Developmental genomics of sponges”

Host: Prof. Coral Warr

19 October

Dr Kate Umbers, School of Science and Health & Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University

“The evolutionary ecology of Australia’s alpine insects  and its application to ecosystem-wide threats”

Host: A/Prof. Carla Sgro

26 October

Dr Wayne Crismani, St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research

"Genome stability mechanisms limit meiotic crossover formation"  

Host: Prof. Moira O'Bryan

Please consult the School of Biological Sciences seminar web page for possible changes to the program


Seminar convenors: Dr Kay Hodgins ( & Dr Chris Greening (