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 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 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 SydneyTBA
29 AugustSimon GriffithMacquarie UniversityTBA
5 SeptemberCamilla WhittingtonThe University of SydneyTBA

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 MiliĊĦaUniversity 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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