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Durham University

Department of Biosciences


Seminar series

The Biosciences department runs two seminar series: Departmental seminars that cover a wide range of biological topics, and EEE seminars that cover topics related to Ecology, Evolution and Environment. Please scroll down to find information about these seminars and also recordings of some of the previous talks.

Departmental Seminars

Departmental Seminars are held during term time, on Thursdays from 13.00 - 14.00, currently via Zoom. All undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff are encouraged to attend the talks and are welcome to join afterwards for less formal discussions after the seminar. If you would like more time to talk with the speaker, please contact the host listed for that seminar. Recognising that our audience is likely to be broad, speakers have been asked to make their talks accessible, focusing a substantial part of their material on general issues and background to their work. If you have suggestions for additional speakers or would like to know more about the program, please email:

To attend a seminar, please use this link and make sure you are logged into Zoom with your Durham account (no registration is required any more): .

Thursday 10 December 2020

Thursday 14 January 2021

Thursday 21 January 2021

Thursday 28 January 2021

Ecology, Evolution and Environment (EEE) seminar series

These seminars will take place online via Zoom, and the joining links have been emailed to all Biosciences students and staff. Links to recorded seminars will be also posted here after each seminar. If you have any questions, please contact the EEE seminar organiser Dr Jonathan Drury (

13 October, 12 PM: Dr Richard Fuller (The University of Queensland, Australia), “Experiencing nature in a post-biodiversity world”

27 October, 4PM: Dr Jenn Baltzer (Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada), “Fire and the decline of fire-adapted black spruce in the boreal forest”

10 November, 4PM: Dr Yann Bourgeois (University of Portsmouth, UK), “A population genomics perspective on transposable elements dynamics”

24 November, 4PM: Dr Yusan Yang (Washington University, USA), “Color polymorphism, divergent mating behavior, and the evolution of reproductive isolation”

8 December, 12PM: Dr Annette Fayet (University of Oxford, UK), “Drivers of seabird migration movements and their fitness consequences”

Seminar recordings

8th October 2020, Dr Rich Roberts, "Bacterial Methylomes":

13th October 2020: Dr Richard Fuller, “Experiencing nature in a post-biodiversity world” :

15th October 2020, Dr Vivek Nityananda, "Stereo vision and prey detection in the praying mantis":

22nd October 2020, Dr Rashmi Sasidharan, "Life aquatic: signalling networks mediating flooding stress survival":

27th October 2020, Dr Jenn Baltzer, “Fire and the decline of fire-adapted black spruce in the boreal forest”:

29th October 2020, Dr Josef Uyeda, "The measurement of macroevolutionary causes":

5th November 2020, Dr Dolf Weijers, "Convergence of cell polarity mechanisms across multicellular kingdoms":

10 November 2020, Dr Yann Bourgeois, “A population genomics perspective on transposable elements dynamics”:

19 November 2020, Dr Nahid Ali, "Managing Leishmania donovani infection through immunobiological approaches for innovative diagnosis, prevention and cure":

24 November 2020, Dr Yusan Yang, “Color polymorphism, divergent mating behavior, and the evolution of reproductive isolation”:

3rd December 2020, Dr Salah Elias, "Mechanisms of oriented cell divisions in the mammary epithelium":