Fall 2017

August 23

No Seminar

August 30

Molly Womack, Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, UC Berkeley

“Using earless frogs to study developmental bias”

September 6

Tali Hammond, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology and Dept. of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley

Finishing Talk: “Heterogeneous responses to environmental change: contrasting behavior and physiology in two California chipmunks”

September 13

No Seminar - MVZ Grad Student Meeting

September 20

No Seminar

September 27

Nancy Chen, Center for Population Biology and Dept of Evolution & Ecology, UC Davis

“Tracking short-term evolution in a pedigreed wild population”

October 4

Barry Sinervo, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Institute for the Ecological and Evolutionary Climate Impacts, UC Santa Cruz

“Predation-Mediated Speciation in the Ring species Ensatina eschscholtzii: Aposematic, Batesian, and Cryptic Salamanders and their Predators”

October 11

Phillip Skipwith, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology and Dept. of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley

Finishing Talk: “Molecules and Morphology: A new phylogenomic estimate for Australasian geckos reveals complex macroevolutionary dynamics.”

October 18

Alex Krohn, Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley

Finishing Talk: “Lava Flow Lizards and Endangered Voles: Using RADseq to Study Convergent Evolution and Conservation Biology”

October 25

Eric Riddell, Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, UC Berkeley

“Ecological consequences of acclimation under past, present, and future climates in a small ectotherm: implications for conservation”

November 1

Ben Ashby, Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Bath and Department of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley

"Finding your niche: how competition drives patterns of diversity"

November 8

Emily Taylor, Biological Sciences Dept., California Polytechnic State University

“The Changing Thermal Landscape: New Technology Transforms Our Understanding of the Thermal Ecology of Lizards and Snakes”

November 15

Ari Martinez, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley

"Eavesdropping influences the Realized Niche of Neotropical Mixed-Species Bird Flocks”

November 22

No Seminar - Thanksgiving Holiday

November 29

Dale Clayton, Dept. of Biology, University of Utah

"On the origin of species: Experimental coevolutionary diversification in feather lice"

Spring 2018

January 17

Jeffrey Kelly, Oklahoma Biological Survey, University of Oklahoma

"Enroute migrant birds do not surf a green wave across the US"

January 24

Mohamed Noor, Department of Biology, Duke University

“Recombination rate influences adaptation and speciation: Studies in the Drosophila pseudoobscura species group”

January 31

Faculty Candidate

Michael Harvey, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan

"Ecology as a driver of evolutionary diversity within Amazonian bird species"

February 7

Faculty Candidate

Matthew Fujita, Assistant Professor and Assistant Curator, University of Texas, Arlington

 "Biodiversity and Natural History Research in the Genomics Era"

February 14

Faculty Candidate

Christopher Martin, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“The cryptic origins of evolutionary novelty: from genotype to fitness landscape”

February 21

Mike Shapiro, Dept. of Biology, University of Utah

“Fancy feet and a checkered past: genetics of diversity in Darwin’s pigeons”

February 28

Faculty Candidate

Kevin Rowe, Senior Curator of Mammals, Museums Victoria

"Conserve the Collector: Natural history collections and historical change"

March 6 (TUES)


Faculty Candidate

Rebecca Tarvin, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas, Austin

“A glimpse into the evolution of aposematism through Epipedobates poison frogs”

March 7

Bret Payseur, Dept. of Genetics and Medical Genetics, University of Wisconsin - Madison

“Genetics of rapid and extreme size evolution in island mice”

March 13 (TUES)


Faculty Candidate

Rayna Bell, Research Zoologist and Curator, National Museum of Natural History

“Bridges, rafts, and phenotypic diversification in the Gulf of Guinea archipelago"

March 14

MVZ Student Invited Speaker

Anne Yoder, Dept. of Biology, Duke University

"From speciation, to sensory biology, to translational biomedicine:  my journey with the mouse lemur as an emerging genetic model organism"

March 21

Cara Brook, Dept. of Integrative Biology and Dept. of Plant & Microbial Biology, UC Berkeley

"Between- and within-host mechanisms of viral hosting in bat reservoirs for emerging infectious disease"

March 28

No Seminar - Spring Break

April 4

Matthew Holding, Department of Biological Sciences, Clemson University

"Drivers of Diversity in Pitviper Venom from Populations to Species"

April 11

Ravinder Sehgal, Dept. of Biology, San Francisco State University

“Avian malaria in a changing world”

April 18

Finishing Talk

Taichi A. Suzuki, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology and Dept. of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley

"The interplay between host genetics and the gut microbiome in wild mice"

April 25

Finishing Talk

Jesyka Melendez, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology and Dept. of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley

"The immunogenetics of mating behavior in Peromyscus: a genomic approach"

May 2

No Seminar - MVZ Retreat

May 9

Finishing Talk

Dana Lin, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology and Dept. of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley

"Genetic and phenotypic dynamics across a vole contact zone"