Fall Semester Seminars 2018
All Seminars will be held on Friday’s in Olin 1, at 1 pm.
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