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Seminar Series

Upcoming Seminar

Comparative genomic and transcriptomic analyses of three different adaptive radiations of fishes in North America
Dr. Joseph Heras, CSU San Bernardino

April 29, 2021
4:00pm-5:30pm via Zoom

Biology faculty and students will receive the Zoom meeting details automatically through email and BeachBoard, respectively. All others may contact for an invitation.

Students in BIOL 480/580 are requested to review this material prior to the seminar.

  • Heras, J., et al. (2020) Genomic and biochemical evidence of dietary adaptation in a marine herbivorous fish. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciencesdoi: 10.1098/rspb.2019.2327.

About the Presenter

Joseph Heras

I'm an evolutionary geneticist and I'm interested in identifying complex patterns of evolutionary adaptations within fishes. I use genomes and transcriptomes (genes expressed within a given set of cells or tissue type) to better understand adaptations related to diet, metabolism, and depth. I'm interested in looking at the genetic variation of hemoglobin genes within marines fishes and how this is related to adaptations of occupying different oceanic depths. Also, my research program includes understanding how gene copy number, patterns of gene expression, and gut microbiomes contribute to dietary specializations. Overall, my investigations provide insight on the molecular evolutionary processes within fishes to better understand physiological adaptations to their respective habitats.

The Seminar Series is held via Zoom for the remainder of the semester. Please contact for more information.


The following schedule is for Spring 2021.

Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
April 29 Comparative genomic and transcriptomic analyses of three different adaptive radiations of fishes in North America Dr. Joseph Heras, CSU San Bernardino
April 22 Control of Breathing and Airway Defense Dr. Bill Milsom, University of British Columbia, and Dr. Graham Scott, McMaster University
April 15 Interdisciplinary approaches to investigate plankton population dynamics Dr. Darcy Taniguchi, CSU San Marcos
April 8 Heart failure is characterized in part by the inability of the myocardium to relax effectively Alex Salomon, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Pennsylvania
March 25 Insects in the Saltmarsh: What they tell us about natural and technological disasters Dr. Linda Bui, Louisiana State University
March 18 Natural and unnatural controls on biodiversity distribution and ecosystem function in the Andes-Amazon Dr. Miles Silman, Wake Forest University
March 11 Sea urchin larvae provide a systems-level model for understanding innate immunity in the gut Dr. Kate Buckley, Auburn University
March 4 Cellular neuroscience goes wild: remembering how to breath after a winter's long apnea Dr. Joseph Santin, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
February 25 Along the Speciation Continuum from North to South Jessica (Jess) McLaughlin, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Oklahoma
February 18 (canceled) (canceled)
February 11 A Valentine's special: seeing butterflies and "Love Spots" Dr. Michael Perry, UC San Diego
February 4 Multiple stressors and time-lags complicate invasion dynamics in tidal marsh Dr. Rachel Wiggington, UC Davis
January 28 Why Not Help? Proximate Mechanisms Influencing Individual Variation in Cooperative Behavior Dr. Jessica A. Cusick, Indiana University
January 21 Becoming an Addiction Neuroscientist as a Low-Income First-Gen Daughter of Immigrants Angeline J. Dukes, Ph.D. Candidate, UC Irvine