Biological Sciences Seminars

We have an active seminar series for the benefit of Biological Sciences staff and students. We encourage all visitors to our department to give a seminar and members of the public are welcome to attend.

Seminars typically take place at 1 pm on Wednesdays in building 14EAR (E8A), level 2, room 280 - Biology Tearoom (see map here)

We also have special seminars delivered by our HDR students upon completion of their thesis. They are usually held once a month on Thursday at 4 pm.

Please contact Admin for further information and assistance.

Seminar schedule 2020

Please note that Seminars for the foreseeable future have been postponed due to the current COVID-19 restrictions. We hope to get some of these lectures online, but until then we appreciate your understanding.

DateNameInstitutionSeminar TopicZoom Link
27 MayRenee Marchin ProkopaviciusWestern Sydney UniversityPlant responses to heat and drought: which species can survive future climate conditions? Password: 847648

Past Seminars 2020

DateNameInstitutionSeminar Topic
3 FebruaryAnne AulsebrookUniversity of MelbourneBright lights, restless nights: effects of streetlights on sleep in urban birds
19 FebruaryBob WongMonash UniversityGobies in the desert: behaviour, genes and persistence in a challenging world
26 FebruarySerena DingImperial College LondonCollective behaviour in the roundworm C. elegans
4 MarchTim LandgrafFree University BerlinDrones, bees and robofish - adventures in biorobotics
11 MarchEmile EnsMacquarie UniversityWorking to better understand and manage Australia’s biocultural assets through collaborative cross-cultural ecology
18 MarchAlex Harmon-ThreattUniversity of IllinoisSaving native bees: Why we’re failing and what can we do better?
TBCDavid Kimbro and Randall HughesNortheastern University, NahantStudying predation risk and its nonconsumptive and trait-mediated indirect effects: are we making progress towards predicting field patterns? (David)
Effects of intraspecific variation in coastal foundation species and implications for restoration practice (Randall)
1 AprilRussell BondurianskyUniversity of New South WalesCan sexual conflict resolve the “paradox of sex”?
8 AprilShai MeiriTel Aviv UniversityScales feathers or fur? Babies or eggs? What matters for vertebrate reproduction?
20 MayLaura L. HurleyMacquarie UniversitySperm in eggs: Social, environmental, and phylogenetic impacts on avian polyspermy

Seminar schedule 2019

Please note that the schedule is subject to last-minute changes without notice.

DateNameInstitutionSeminar Topic
8 FebruaryLeslie NewWSU VancouverHumanity’s fascination with death and the supernatural has influenced science for centuries
27 FebruaryJutta SchneiderUniversity of HamburgSex specific plasticity in life-history and the mating system of Nephila senegalensis.
1 MarchDinesh RaoInstitute of Biotechnology and Applied Ecology, Universidad VaracruzanaDeconstructing a visual signal: An exploration of the wing-waving display in tephritid flies against their jumping spider predators
6 MarchAndrea PernaUniversity of RoehamptonFrom individual to collective building in social insects.
13 MarchOscar Perez-PriegoMacquarie University - Biological SciencesUnderstanding the Carbon and Water economy in plants
20 MarchMelissah RoweNatural History Museum and Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, University of OsloMolecular diversification of the seminal fluid proteome in a recently diverged passerine species pair.
27 MarchMichael KasumovicUniversity of New South WalesReal-time science to engage students (and why video games are the future)
3 AprilAlice MotionThe University of SydneyBreaking Good – making medicines with high school and undergraduate students
10 AprilEmily RemnantThe University of SydneyHoney bee viruses: Cause or consequence of colony collapse?
1 MayTed StankowichCalifornia State UniversitySpines, Sprays, and Shields: The Evolution of Prey Defenses and Aposematism in Mammals
8 MayDieter HochuliThe University of SydneyLife in the City: how nature persists in urban environments and why it matters
15 MayGuilia GhediniMonash UniversityHow do ecological interactions alter energy use and what are the consequences for community function?
22 MayShauna MurrayUniversity of Technology SydneyThe evolutionary ecology of toxin synthesis in eukaryotic microalgae
29 MayStephen PrattArizona State UniversityDecentralized mechanisms of collective behavior in social insects
29 JulyDouglas SheilNMBU's Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource ManagementForests and water - advances and controversies
31 JulyMelanie ZeppelMacquarie University - Biological SciencesDrought-induced mortality in plants: Night-time water loss, embolism refilling and repair. Plus, Impacts of drought & heat waves on human health
7 AugustJennie MallelaAustralian National UniversityCorals reefs in a changing world – the use of integrative ecological techniques to understand multi-scale reef interactions.
14 AugustKaren Burke da SilvaAustralian National UniversityTeach like a Scientist
22 AugustDr Georgy Sofronov and Dr Lyndon KoensMacquarie UniversityOptimal decision rules and other problems / Understanding spirochete dispersal, swimming and deformations.
28 AugustProf Michal KowalewskiUniversity of FloridaTales Told by Dead Shells: Paleobiological Approaches to Historical Ecology and Conservation
4 SeptemberDr Ben AshtonMacquarie UniversityThe causes and consequences of individual variation in cognition
11 SeptemberDr Luana LinsCSIROEvolutionary history of antifreeze proteins, recent research trip to Antarctica
2 OctoberLaura JadeArtistLight, Art and the Brain
9 OctoberProf Bernd MeyerMonash UniversityTask allocation in social insects: computational models reveal that ecologies can drive modes of specialisation
16 OctoberProf Shinichi NakagawaUNSWA Behavioural Ecologist Meets Meta-analysis and Falls in Love…
23 OctoberProf Lin SchwarzkopfJames Cook  University…And all the reptiles that crawl upon the earth: an exploration of the consequences of terrestriality
30 OctoberProf Nate LoSydney UniversityWhy do insect endosymbiont genomes shrink over evolutionary time?
6 NovemberDr Tatiana Soares da CostaLa Trobe UniversityResistance is futile: Overcoming the rise of superbugs and noxious weeds
13 NovemberDr Petteri VihervaaraFinnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Biodiversity Centre(Part 1) Outlook on European Biodiversity and Ecosystem Assessments (Part 2) and Multisource and Multiscale Earth Observation of Biodiversity in Boreal Forests

Seminar schedule 2018

Please note that the schedule is subject to last-minute changes without notice.

DateNameInstitutionSeminar Topic
7 MarchAngela MolesUniversity of New South WalesRapid evolution in introduced species: will introduced species eventually be accepted as unique taxa?
14 MarchAndrew SkidmoreMacquarie University - Environmental SciencesRemote sensing enabled essential biodiversity variables for environmental monitoring
21 MarchGeoff HillAuburn UniversitySpeciation and sexual selection as processes to maintain mitonnuclear coadaptation
28 MarchMichael StatMacquarie University - Biological SciencesOrganisms to ecosystems with DNA: The evolutionary ecology of corals and the biodiversity of marine ecosystems
4 AprilApril ResideUniversity of QueenslandLand clearing across Australia, the regulated and un(der)-regulated
11 AprilKira WestawayMacquarie University - Dept of Environmental ScienceReigniting student curiousity’ – the art of dynamic engagement, intrinsic motivation, visual stimulation…..and the hard sell!!
2 MayLisa SchwanzUniversity of New South WalesThermal parental effects: how parents shape the thermal world and phenotype of their offspring
9 MayBruno BuzzatoMacquarie University - Biological SciencesGenetic constraints for the evolution of dimorphisms
16 MayMichael RentonUniversity of Western Australia - School of Plant BiologyAdventures in eco-evolutionary modelling: from optimal rooting to fighting the alien resistance to community diversity
23 MayMichael BunceARC Future Fellow Trace and Environmental DNA (TrEnD) laboratory & Australian Wildlife Forensic Services (AWFS) Department of Environment and Agriculture, Curtin UniversityEnvironmental DNA (eDNA) in space and time - a lens into the potential of metabarcoding to profile biota both past and present
30 MayIadine  ChadesCSIROAdvances in Artificial Intelligence to help decision making in conservation
6 JuneSaul CunninghamAustralian National University - Fenner SchoolPlant reproductive ecology, meet modern agriculture
27 JuneJamie StavertThe University of AucklandPollination in a changing world
8 AugustBenjamin KearUppsala UniversityDigging deeper into Australasia’s Age of Dinosaurs
15 AugustKen ChengMacquarie UniversityThinking outside the brain: Embodied, extended, and enactive cognition in animals
22 AugustThomas NewsomeThe University of SydneyThinking outside the brain: Embodied, extended, and enactive cognition in animals
29 AugustSimon GriffithMacquarie UniversityLessons from finch bands and sparrow badges: why the current approach to research in ecology and evolution needs to change
5 SeptemberCamilla WhittingtonThe University of SydneyThe genetic basis of innovation: venom, pregnancy, and the evolution of complex traits
12 SeptemberIan CrawfordBirkbeck, University of LondonWidening perspectives: the intellectual and social benefits of astrobiology, big history, and the exploration of space
3 OctoberMichael RampeMacquarie UniversityVirtual 3D Biology
10 OctoberSimon ClulowMacquarie UniversityAdapting conservation paradigms to a changing threat landscape: the need for novel approaches in the 21st century
17 OctoberKatherine DaffornMacquarie UniversityAssessing the ecological impacts of contaminant legacies and land-based discharges
24 OctoberPanos VlachopoulosMacquarie UniversityJoining the dots: using structured e-portfolio assignments to enhance reflection and professional skills
31 OctoberLee Ann RollinsUniversity of New South WalesMechanisms underlying rapid evolution during invasion
8 NovemberHendrik PoorterMacquarie UniversityPampered inside, pestered outside? Ways to bridge the gap between lab and field experiments
14 NovemberLuciano BeheregarayFlinders UniversityGenomics, adaptation and the evolutionary management of wildlife
21 NovemberMartin HermyKU LeuvenHistoric ecosystems inspiring the development of novel ecosystems, the example of extensive green roofs

Seminar schedule 2017

DateNameInstitutionSeminar Topic
15 FebruaryJenny DonaldMacquarie UniversityMy experiences in Cuba
22 FebruaryDick FrankhamMacquarie UniversityGenetic management of fragmented animal and plant populations: highlights from our book
1 MarchLourens Poorter & Marielos Pena-ClarosWageningen University, The NetherlandsConserving tropical forests: the potential role of sustainable forest management AND The potential of secondary forests: how fast do they recover in terms of carbon and biodiversity?
8 MarchAntoine WystrachUniversity of Edinburgh, UKThe emergence of navigational behaviour in insects: lesson from crawling larvae and walking ants
15 MarchGeertje van der HeijdenUniversity of Nottingham, UKThe role of lianas in shaping carbon accumulation and storage in tropical forests
22 MarchMarko MilišaUniversity of Zagreb, CroatiaDinaric karst organisms and global climate change
29 MarchDavid WartonThe University of SydneyThe case of the missing model: the modernisation of multivariate analysis in ecology
5 AprilClare McArthurThe University of SydneyAre elephants just big butterflies? Using leaf odor to detect food in a complex smelly world
12 AprilJohn MattickGarvan Institute of Medical ResearchThe RNA at the epicentre of evolution, development and cognition
26 AprilKoa Webster & James LawsonMacquarie UniversityKW: Individual differences in mammalian glucocorticoid responses; or: How I learned to love variation. JL: How abundant are different kinds of photosynthesis proteins in wild Eucalyptus leaves? A continental-scale ecological proteomics project.
3 MayTim ParkerWhitman College, Washington USAInsufficient transparency in ecology, evolution, and beyond: problems and solutions.
10 MayEddie HolmesThe University of SydneyRedefining the Virosphere: Metagenomics and Disease Emergence
17 MayVanessa HayesThe University of Sydney & the Garvan InstitutePrecision medicine for prostate cancer - What are we missing?
24 MayMIke ArcherThe University of NSW, & CREATE School of Biological, Earth & Environmental SciencesRiversleigh - 40 years of research is just the start
31 MayMichael RomeroTufts UniversityStress physiology in conservation: Predicting human impacts on wildlife
7 JuneCeridwen FraserAustralian National UniversityThe evolutionary consequences of long-distance dispersal versus long-term isolation: test cases from the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic
21 JuneBill BallardThe University of New South WalesMyths and fantasies: What really influences the evolution of mitochondrial DNA
28 JuneMadeleine BeekmanThe University of SydneyWhy I study social insects
5 JulyDavid HaigHarvard UniversityFilial mistletoes: the functional morphology of the moss sporophyte
12 JulyJohn AlroyMacquarie UniversityThe onset of mass extinction in Amazonia
2 AugustRick ShineThe University of SydneyEducated by the Toad: an invader’s tutorial on ecology, conservation and evolution
9 AugustKatherine MosebyThe University of AdelaideThe role of predation in reintroduction failure; causes, consequences and novel solutions
16 AugustNigel AndrewUniversity of New EnglandAssessing Invertebrate Responses to Global Warming: from individual through to biogeographic responses
23 AugustChris JohnsonThe University of TasmaniaRewilding for management of threatened and invasive species in novel ecosystems
30 AugustMichael GillingsMacquarie UniversityThe Antibiotic Resistance Crisis: Origin and Destinations of Clinical Class 1 Integrons
6 SeptemberTanya LattyThe University of SydneyNature’s engineers:  how ants and slime moulds solve their transportation problems
13 SeptemberCaragh ThrelfallThe University of MelbourneThe ecology of urban greening: green space traits, biodiversity and human dimensions
4 OctoberLesley LancasterUniversity of AberdeenSpecies range shifts: what are the consequences for macroecological variation?
11 OctoberJohn MartinRoyal Botanic Gardens SydneyHuman-wildlife conflict: species we love & hate
18 OctoberAyesha TullochUniversity of QueenslandBack to basics: Using species co-occurrence to predict and evaluate the effectiveness of managing threats to ecosystems
25 OctoberCarla SgroMonash UniversityResponding to environmental change: plasticity or evolution?
1 NovemberMarc SeidUniversity of Scranton, USAAnt addiction
8 NovemberBob WongMonash UniversityBehavioural Responses to a changing world: evolutionary and ecological consequences
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