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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. The majority of seminars will take place in Rowan House, RH001 (the HR building, opposite Biosciences), some talks will be online. 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:


Ecology, Evolution and Environment (EEE) seminar series (2022/23)

These seminars will take place at 12pm on a Tuesday in L50 (between Biosciences and Psychology) though a small number will be online via Zoom. In these cases the joining links will be emailed in advance. Links to recorded seminars will be also posted here after each seminar. If you have any questions, please contact the EEE seminar organisers Dr Andreanna Welch ( and Dr Will Feeney (   


Date Speaker Title Format
4th October 2022 Kick-off Event   In-person
11th October 2022 Dr. Chris Redfern (Newcastle University) Migration ecology at a global scale: the Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea In-person
18th October 2022 Dr. Mialy Razanajatovo (University of Hohenheim) A floral-trait-based perspective on invasion and community ecology Online (Zoom)
25th October 2022 Dr. Juan Viruel (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) Conservation action informed by genetics: identification of alien plants in South Georgia and protecting threatened baobabs in Madagascar In-person
1st November 2022 Dr. Susanne Fritz (Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre) The influence of climate on large-scale patterns of vertebrate biodiversity: can we bridge past, present, and future? Online (Zoom)
8th November 2022 Dr. Vasco Elbrecht (Hamilton) From academia to industry: Building a career developing molecular methods In-person
15th November 2022 Dr. Mark Hauber (University of Illinois) Species recognition in brood parasitic birds and their hosts In-person
22nd November 2022 Dr. Lauren Sumner-Rooney (Museum für Naturkunde Berlin) Multiocular vision: the functions and evolution of an enigmatic sensory strategy In-person
29th November 2022 Dr. Jennifer Rowntree (University of Plymouth) The population and ecological genetics of Mangrove ecosystems In-person
6th December 2022 Dr. Simon Goodman (University of Leeds) Interdisciplinary approaches to quantifying Illegal Wildlife Trade commodity chains and developing effective policy interventions In-person


2022/23 Seminar recordings

4th October 2022: Dr Chris Redfern (Emeritus Professor at Newcastle University), “Migration ecology at a global scale: the Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea"


2020/21 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" 

8th December 2020, Dr Annette Fayet, “Drivers of seabird migration movements and their fitness consequences” 

10th December 2020, Dr Amy Zanne, "Death and decay: Drivers of wood deconstruction around the globe" 

12th January 2021, Prof Steve Lindsay, “Blowin’ in the wind: how malaria mosquitoes find you.” 

14th January 2021, Dr John Blaikley, "Chronobiological regulation of pulmonary disease" 

21st January 2021, Dr Erin Saupe, "A deep-time perspective on macroecology" 

26th January 2021, Dr Tom Finch, “Conservation trade-offs: Reconciling food production, wild spaces and farmland wildlife” 

28th January 2021, Dr Mattie Pawlowic, "Investigating Transmission of the Diarrheal Pathogen, Cryptosporidium"

4th February 2021, Dr Clare Harding, "Fe-eling good – iron uptake and storage in T. gondii" 

9th February 2021, Dr Elodie Mandel-Briefer “Cross-species vocal expression and perception of emotions” 

11th February 2021, Dr Cyril Zipfel, “Ca2+ signalling during plant immunity: so simple, yet so complicated…” 

23 February 2021, Dr Renske Onstein, (German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research [iDiv]) “Co-evolutionary dynamics between fruits and frugivores: insights from a keystone tropical plant family (palms, Arecaceae)”

25th February 2021, Dr John Christie, “Phototropin light switches: From directional growth to plant optogenetics”

4th March 2021, Dr Tracey Gloster, "Structure and function of human carbohydrate processing enzymes"

9th March 2021, Dr Marjorie Weber, (Michigan State University) “Linking ecology and macroevolution using plant-animal mutualisms”

11th March 2021, Dr John Labbadia, “Why a little bit of stress is good for you: understanding how mitochondria control protein homeostasis and ageing”

27th April 2021, Dr Patrick Green, “Integrating biomechanics, physiology, and behaviour to understand assessment in animal contests”