Fall Semester Seminars 2018

All Seminars will be held on Friday’s in Olin 1, at 1 pm.

September 21

Speaker: Dr. Jessica Hekman, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Title: Exploring the tame fox’s stress axis with transcriptomics

Host: Ron Peck

October 5, 2018

Speaker: Dr. Frank Smith


Host: David Angelini

November 9, 2018

Speaker: Dr. Samuel Beck, MDIBL


Host: Suegene Noh

Spring Semester Seminars 2019

All seminars will be held on Friday’s in Olin 1, at 1 pm.

March 15, 2019

Speaker: Dr. Nicole Price

Title: Hope for coral reefs: finding refuge at higher latitudes

Host: Chris Moore

Coral reef decline is well-documented, but the capacity for corals to replace themselves via recruitment remains poorly understood. Recovery of stony coral populations on tropical reefs following severe disturbances (e.g., storm damage) depends on a sequence of events (larval dispersal and development, metamorphosis, settlement, and asexual growth) that culminates in the permanent attachment (i.e., recruitment) of planktonic coral larvae to the reef. Many coral larvae use chemosensory to detect cues bound in the cell walls of crustose coralline algae (CCA) to initiate metamorphosis, but CCA are also threatened by warming, ocean acidification, and disease. We conducted retrospective analyses on the number of corals appearing on global reefs since records began in the 1970s. Recruitment of stony corals has undergone an equatorial retraction and poleward expansion over the past four decades, likely as a result of ocean warming. The ability for corals to colonize subtropical regions following their thermal envelope will depend in part on the presence of healthy CCA to indicate suitable habitat for settlement. Thus, finding and protecting potential refugia for sustained global coral recruitment depends on understanding larval delivery, successional dynamics, and cascading impacts of species interactions and relative sensitivities to global change.

April 5, 2019

Speaker: Dr. Devanani Chatterjea, Macalaster College, St. Paul Minnesota

Title: Vivla la Vulva: A story of more, women, and the things we get under our skin

Host: Lynn Hannum

Devavani Chatterjea is an immunologist with a current research focus on the environmental immuno-toxicology of chronic pain.  She uses bench science, art, movement and metaphor to understand the nature and outcomes of inflammation – why, when and how we respond to the world and how the stories of those encounters get written into our individual and collective bodies.  She will share her group’s recent work exploring how a common household preservative may be the key to understanding the origins of unexplained chronic pain.

April 19, 2019

Speaker: Devin O’Brien, Colby College

Title: TBA