Biology Seminar: Dr. Nayeli Carvajal

Nayeli Carvajal is an ecologist broadly studying the effects of anthropogenic factors (i.e., climate change, land disturbance.) on insect–plant interactions in natural and agricultural systems. She received her PhD in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine and a master's degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she studied butterfly habitat response to forest restoration treatments.

Biology Seminar: Dr. Kayce Bell

Kayce completed a B.S. and M.S. in Biology at Idaho State University and Ph.D. in Biology at the University of New Mexico. Throughout her career she has studied diversity and biogeography of mammals and their parasites. Her master's research was on genetic diversity and relationships between two desert dwelling ground squirrels, the Mohave ground squirrel and round-tailed ground squirrel. Between her M.S. and Ph.D., she worked at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on a chipmunk research project studying the relationships among chipmunk species and hybridization between species.

Biology Seminar: Dr. Lindsay McCulloch

Lindsay McCulloch received her BA in Environmental Biology and Geography from Colgate University, where she was involved with several research projects spanning epiphyte ecology to root dynamics in Alaskan ecosystems. She did her doctoral work at Brown University in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department. Her dissertation focused on understanding the abiotic and biotic controls on symbiotic nitrogen fixation, a mutualism between legumes and nitrogen-fixing bacteria.

Biology Seminar: Dr. Bill Ludt

Disjunct distributions of flora and fauna have intrigued biogeographers for centuries and have been central to debates over the roles that dispersal and vicariance have in speciation and evolutionary biology. One of the most notable disjunct distributions is when a single species or closely related taxa are present in temperate or polar regions of both hemispheres, but absent near the equator.

Biology Seminar: Dr. Annika Nelson

Dr. Nelson's research interests include climate change impacts on mutualisms, biodiversity loss, chemical ecology, and trade-offs in multi-species interactions. She will discuss her past work on the effects of biodiversity loss on plant-aphid-ant interactions in the Rocky Mountains, as well as her ongoing work on the chemical ecology of plant-ant interactions in Costa Rica.

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Biology Seminar: Dr. Jessie Salter '14

Observations of phenotypic diversity among closely-related organisms, especially those preserved as museum specimens, have driven the fields of systematics, taxonomy, and evolutionary biology for hundreds of years. In recent years, improvements in sequencing and laboratory techniques have enabled the collection of genome-scale data from many of these historical museum specimens, unlocking the potential for incorporating historical specimens into studies of phylogenomics, population genetics, and phenotypic evolution.

Biology Seminar: Dr. Bhavna Shamasunder

What can a ten year long successful struggle to curb oil drilling in Los Angeles and a study of chemical exposures from beauty products used by women of color tell us about the role of community-based research in environmental justice? This talk examines these case studies to consider how research operates on the ground in environmental justice social movements.

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