Seminar Series

Please note that seminars generally take place on Fridays at 12:00 p.m. during the Fall & Winter terms




Sept 25

Guillaume Filion


You can access the talk at the following Zoom link:

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Oct 9


Andrew Mason

Cosima Porteus

Rudy Boonstra

Rongmin Zhao

Mark Fitzpatrick

Peter Molnar


"Why use model organisms (or not)?"

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Oct 23 Elyse Caron Beaudoin 

"From bench to communities, participatory research on environmental factors and health

Oct 30

Maria Gimenez (Terebiznik lab)

Ceci is a postdoctoral fellow in the Terebiznik’s Lab. In this zoominar, she will tell you about the intracellular cycle of viral pathogens of avian and fish species that are a burden for the food industry. She will show you how these viruses take over specific host cell organelles to replicate and disseminate in their hosts.

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Nov 6 Cosima Porteus

Fish physiology in a changing world

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Nov 20 Fyodor Kondrashov

Insight on the global fitness landscape of the green fluorescent protein.

Fyodor is a professor at IST Austria. He is widely acclaimed for pioneering the experimental study of fitness landscapes (the relationships between genotypes and phenotypes). His work combines evolutionary biology, genetics and molecular biology... and on Friday he will show the GFP how you have never seen it!  

Nov 27 Sonia Gazzarrini

Feeling the heat: seed development and germination in a fast-warming world

The world population has quadrupled in the last century, increasing global food demand. Global climate change has severely, and negatively impacted crop yields worldwide, posing a threat to food security. As sessile organisms, plants are continuously exposed to environmental changes and need to have a robust response in place to cope with stress exposure.

Sonia will discuss some of her work on the role that hormones and the environment play in regulating seed development and the transition to vegetative growth (seed germination). She will focus on the interplay between the stress hormone, abscisic acid (ABA), the evolutionary conserved kinase and energy sensor, SnRK1 (yeast Snf1 and animal AMPK), and a master regulators of seed development, the transcription factor FUSCA3.

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Dec 4 Sean Anderson

Revisiting the role of divergent selection in the evolution of species richness”

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Dec 11 Liam McGuire

University of Waterloo

Torpor-assisted migration in bats: how heterothermy changes everything.

Optimal migration theory is a powerful framework for understanding a wide range of migration strategies and decisions, but has been traditionally developed for homeothermic birds. Migrating bats are highly heterothermic, a strategy referred to as torpor-assisted migration, which affects many aspects of bat migration, from fuel load and stopover duration to landscape-scale movement patterns.