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Spring 2017 Seminar Series

When: All seminars held Fridays from 11:10am to 12:00pm
Where: Fisher Hall 33-285

April 14, 2017

“A New Form of Biotechnology: Novel Data Logging Devices Reveal Secrets About the Lives of Marine Animals”

Dr. Scott Schaffer, Biology, San Jose State University

Host: Dr. Heather Liwanag

April 28, 2015

“Venom Proteins in Crocodilians? Genomes, Transcriptomes and the Innate Immune System of Alligators”

Dr. Mary White, Professor, Biological Sciences, Southern Louisiana University

Mary White received her B.S in Zoology at The University of Texas at Austin. She remained at Texas for her Ph.D. in the laboratory of William R. Jeffery, where she studied gene expression during early development in Ascidians. After finishing her doctorate, she taught for a semester, and then began a post-doc with James J. Bull and David Hillis developing a series of known phylogenies using bacteriophage to test methods of phylogenetic reconstruction. She finally left Texas and went to The Salk Institute in La Jolla, where she worked on a yeast artificial chromosome project. After a short stint in La Jolla, she and her husband moved to Hammond, Louisiana to begin jobs at Southeastern Louisiana University. She has been there for almost 26 years, and has worked on a variety of projects, from gene family evolution, to snake systematics, to evolution of germ cell determination mechanisms in vertebrates. She is currently collaborating with Mark Merchant, from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana on genes of the innate immune system in Crocodylians.

Host: Dr. Emily Taylor

May 5, 2017

“Evolution of Metabolic Genes”

Dr. Christopher Moyes, Biology, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada

Host: Dr. Lars Tomanek

May 12, 2017

“Use of Pigs as a Translational Model of Human Disease”

Dr. Rodrigo Manjarin, Animal Science, Cal Poly SLO

Host: Dr. Lars Tomanek

May 18/19, 2017

COSAM Student Research Conference – No Seminar

May 26, 2017

“Species-Specific Responses of Juvenile Rockfish to Elevated pCO2: From Behavior to Genomics”

Dr. Cheryl Logan, Biology, CSU Monterey Bay

Host: Dr. Lars Tomanek

June 2, 2017

“Behavior and Ecology of Live-bearing Fishes”

Dr. Ingo Schlupp, Biology, University of Oklahoma, Norman

Host: Dr. Gita Kolluru

June 09, 2017

“Mating, Aggression and Boldness Behaviors in a Tropical Freshwater Fish”

Dr. Gita Kolluru, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Cal Poly SLO

Host: Dr. Lars Tomanek

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