During the fall and spring semesters, we host a weekly colloquium (a seminar (with Q&A) by an invited speaker). Colloquia take place on Wednesdays, starting at 11:10am in Remsen Hall Room 105. Weekly colloquium announcements are distributed to the BioAll listserv; to be added to this email list, please email Dr. David Lahti. Please direct any other related queries to Prof. Cathy Savage-Dunn, who runs the series.

Departmental colloquia in the past five years

Older colloquium flyers are available upon request; please email Dr Joanna Coleman, our Webmaster


Name Affiliation Title
Nihal Altan-Bonnet National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute What viruses do to infect you!
Betty Diamond Northwell Health A panel discussion of pathways to biomedical research
Eleonora Gianti Queens College Biomedical discovery enabled by molecular simulation and computer-aided drug design
Ruben Gonzalez Columbia University From fluctuations to function: The role of dynamics in the mechanism and regulation of translation
Marcelo Magnasco Rockefeller University Animal cognition: dolphins and octopuses
Arnaud Martin George Washington University Genetic evolution caught on the wing of butterflies
Xue Mei St. John’s University The molecular basis of sperm-egg interactions in C. elegans
Jeff Podos University of Massachusetts, Amherst Ecological speciation in Galapagos finches
Juergen Polle Brooklyn College Exploring microalgal metabolism: from primary to secondary metabolism
Douglas Portman University of Rochester Food vs. Sex: Dynamic modulation of neural circuits and behavior in C. elegans
Mansi Srivastava Harvard University The mechanisms and evolution of regeneration
Jessica Ware American Museum of Natural History Insect molecular and morphological evolution: insights on dragonflies
Christine Wilkinson University of California, Berkeley Harnessing interdisciplinarity for human-carnivore coexistence


Name Affiliation Talk title
Irina Arkhipova University of Chicago, Marine Biological Laboratory Bacterial N4-methylcytosine as an epigenetic mark in eukaryotic DNA
James Carlton Williams College The Age of Invasions meets Age of Plastics: How tsunamis, mega[1]rafting, coastal development & climate change may be related
Lauren Chapman McGill University Hypoxia in a warming world: fish response to environmental stressors in African inland waters
Elizabeth Clare York University Environmental DNA in the air – cutting edge tools for biodiversity science
Joanna Coleman Queens College Bat conservation – where are we and where do we go from here?
Peter Djikstra Central Michigan University Filial cannibalism and managing the oxidative cost of reproduction in a mouthbrooding cichlid fish
Alexander Dityatev German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases Extracellular matrix and neuroplasticity
Deborah Gordon Stanford University The ecology of collective behavior
Chris Harvey-Clark Dalhousie University North Atlantic trifecta: Greenland shark, torpedo ray & great white shark- new insights into the changing abundance of three large elasmobranch species
Ankur Jain Massachusetts Institute of Technology RNA aggregation in neurodegenerative disease
Darcy Kelley Columbia University Underwater songs
Svetlana Komarova McGill University Purinergic signaling in bone mechanobiology
Peri Kurshnan Albert Einstein College of Medicine Revisiting the role of cell-adhesion molecules in presynaptic assembly
Eugene Lien NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner Forensic DNA analysis
Douglas Nixon Weill Cornell How do exogenous and endogenous viruses interact?
Diana Padilla Stony Brook University Lessons learned from the ongoing invasion of the zebra mussel, Dreissena polymorpha
Weigang Qiu Hunter College Jenner’s Dilemma and how to win evolutionary arms races against microbial pathogens
Christian Rocheleau McGill University C9orf72/SMCR-8 negatively regulates C. elegans EGFR signaling via the Arf6 GTPase
Dustin Rubenstein Columbia University Causes and consequences of sociality
Monica Trujillo Queensborough Community College SARS-CoV-2 surveillance & evolutionary history through the lens of NYC wastewater
Paul Forlano Brooklyn College Dopamine modulates sensitivity of the inner ear for reproductive communication in a vocal fish
Andrew Reinman CUNY Advanced Sciences Research Center & Hunter College Interactive effects of forest fragmentation & climate change on forest carbon sequestration
Phillip Staniczenko Brooklyn College Predictive community ecology: Putting networks to work
Michael Stokesbury Acadia University Movement, migration, & habitat partitioning of western & eastern origin Atlantic bluefin tuna tagged off Port Hood, Nova Scotia
Yaowu Yao University of Connecticut Development & evolution of self-organizing pigmentation patterns in monkeyflowers
Soojin Yi University of California, Santa Barbara Evolution of human brain: Cells, DNA methylation & gene expression


Name Affiliation Talk title
Clarice Aiello University of California (UC) Los Angeles From nanotech to living sensors: Unraveling the spin physics of biosensing at the nanoscale
Erol Akçay University of Pennsylvania  
Daniel Bernard McGill University  
Stephane Boissinot New York University (NYU), Abu Dhabi Ten years of research in Ethiopia: Adaptations to high elevation in frogs & other stories
Molly Cummings University of Texas Austin Testing how social complexity and conflict lead to developmental differences in behavioral syndromes and social cognition in swordtail fishes
Pilar Domingo-Calap University of Valencia Epidemiological surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater
Collin Ewald ETH Zurich Mechanotransduction coordinates inter-tissue extracellular matrix protein homeostasis promoting longevity in C. elegans
Jessica Feldman Stanford University  
Stanley Gehrt Ohio State University Extreme urban ecology of an apex predator: Coyotes in Chicago
Terry Hebert McGill University Tracking GPCR signaling- from the single cell to the living brain?
David Held Auburn University Ecological considerations for the management of crape myrtle bark scale
Lydia Joubert Stanford University  
Marcella Kelly Virginia Tech University An ecologist’s path toward studying carnivore co-existence across ecosystems
Jason Knouft St. Louis University Climate change, hydrology, & freshwater fishes
Lesley MacNeill McMaster University Cuticle collagen expression is regulated in response to environmental stimuli by the GATA transcription factor ELT-3 in Caenorhabditis elegans
George Pess National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Ecosystem response to the removal of the elwha river dams
Dominique Pritched Howard University Circuit mechanisms for associative learning in the cerebellum
Stacy Rosenbaum University of Michigan The relationships among early life experiences, social bonds, & adult health in wild savannah baboons
Joshua Rosenthal University of Chicago, Marine Biological Laboratory Rewriting the cephalopod neural transcriptome by editing mRNAs
Juan Santos St. John’s University Evolution, ecophysiology and bioinformatics: Complex phenotypes, transcriptomics & biodiversity of amphibians and lizards in a changing world
Philippe Séguéla McGill University Functional interrogation of genetically-defined sensory neurons in pain and itch pathways
Kenneth B Storey Carleton University Living dead: Metabolic arrest and the control of biological time
David Wagner David Wagner Insect decline in the Anthropocene
Isaac Wirgin NYU Langone Medical Center Evolutionary responses of urban fishes to toxicant exposure
Deborah Yelon University of California, San Diego Molecular mechanisms regulating cardiac architecture in zebrafish
Mason Youngblood Max Planck Institute  
Ji Zhang McGill University Inflammation and chronic pain


Name Affiliation Talk title
Beth Archie University of Notre Dame Long-term perspectives on ecology and life history in the Amboseli baboons
Rindy Anderson Florida Atlantic University Bird songs and bird brains: the evolution of elaborate and reliable animal communication signals
Kevin Burgio Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies Extinction in two acts: The life and death of the Carolina parakeet
Andrea Cossarizza University of Modena and Reggio Emilia School of Medicine Immune response to SARS-CoV-2: friend and/or enemy?
Marianne Cronjé University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg Metallated complexes & apoptosis: new bullets in our chemotherapeutic arsenal?
María de la Paz Fernández Barnard College Sexual dimorphism in Drosophila aggressive behavior
Meredith Doellman University of Chicago From flies to butterflies: the role of genome structure in adaptation and speciation
Caroline Goutte Amherst College Using genetic analysis in C. elegans to probe gamma secretase variations within the conserved Notch signaling pathway
Peter Groffman Brooklyn College & CUNY Advanced Sciences Research Center Ecological homogenization and alternative futures for the american residential macrosystem
Kris Gunsalus New York University (NYU) Novel germ granule components are essential for granule assembly and developmental switches in the C. elegans germline
Carolyn Hall Stony Brook University Speaking about your science
Kurt Heim Adventures in applied fish movement ecology: Translating science to management
Loydie Jerome-Majewska McGill University How alternative splicing shapes the face
Robert Johnston Johns Hopkins University Cone subtype specification in human retinal organoids
Rebeka Merson Rhode Island College Xenobiotic receptors and developmental sensitivity of chondrichthyan fishes
Christoper Nagy Mianus River Reserve The Gotham Coyote Project: Monitoring the latest urban expansion by coyotes
Anisha Pokharel University of Nebraska, Lincoln Following the raptors from Nepal to Nebraska: My journey in understanding raptor diet, migration and conservation around the globe
Julie Secombe Albert Einstein College of Medicine Transcriptional regulation of neuronal development by the histone demethylase KDM5
Fabrizio Spagnolo Columbia University The population ecology of pathogens in hospitals
Joan Strassmann Washington University in St. Louis Kin selection, relatedness, and conflict in the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum
James Tolisano Wildlife Conservation Society A forever wild Okavango: An Innovative 21st century strategy to balance culture and nature in southern Africa
Robert Trivers   The evolutionary logic of honor killings & other atrocities including powerful psychopaths
Bret Weinstein Princeton University / DarkHorse podcast Evolution in the 21st century: How can we upgrade Darwinism?
Isaac Wirgin NYU School of Environmental Medicine Rapid evolution of local fish populations to contaminant exposure


Stephen Arnott National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Factors controlling the synchronization of fish population dynamics among neighboring estuaries
Teresa Bowman Albert Einstein College of Medicine To splice or not to splice: Diverse roles for Sf3b1 in development & cancer
Mercer Brugler NYC College of Technology Molecular and morphological mysteries of deep-sea black corals
Noah Burg Southern Oregon University The genetics of introduced populations
Juliette Gorson Hofstra University The transformative power of venom in evolution and biomedical applications
Paul Greenberg Safina Center The Omega Principle: Seafood & the quest for a long life & a healthier planet
Diane Greenfield CUNY Advanced Sciences Research Center (ASRC) Understanding & predicting phytoplankton assemblages in developing coastal ecosystems
Tina Gumienny Texas Woman’s University Regulation of bone morphogenetic protein signaling by the secreting cell in C. elegans
Bobby Habig Queens College Introduction to the Bronx River Research Project
Cheryl Hayashi American Museum of Natural History Evolutionary and functional genomics of spider silk
Mayu Inaba-Oguru University of Connecticut Stem cell-niche signaling mechanism in Drosophila germline
Andreas Jenny Albert Einstein College of Medicine Of Wnt and Waste: Stories on Wnt signaling & autophagy
Mary Killilea New York University Understanding climatic controls of blacklegged ticks and Lyme disease
Dina Lipkind York College Learning complex behavioral sequences by trial and error: lessons from birdsong
Catherine Markham Stony Brook University Primate societies: competition within and between social groups
Benjamin Martin Coordinating morphogenesis and cell fate during development
Nicole Mihnovets Columbia University Monk seals: A genus on the brink of extinction
Phillip Niethammer Sloan Kettering Institute Illuminating mechanisms of wound detection in live zebrafish
Stephen Redenti Lehman College Exosomes released during retinal development & disease
Maria Roe Queens College Diamondback terrapin ecology & local population trends
Matt Sclafani Cornell University Cooperative Extension Investigating horseshoe crab spawning abundance & movements in New York State reveals new considerations for conservation management
Orie Shafer CUNY ASRC Circadian timekeeping and entrainment in an insect brain
Davida Smyth The New School What bacteria can tell us about the built environment
Mark Stoeckle Rockefeller University Tracking seasonal fishes & marine mammals with environmental DNA