Seminar Series

Upcoming Seminar

The Evolutionary and Ecological Consequences of Agricultural Expansion: Insights from Bird Communities in Southeast Asia and California
Dr. Elizabeth Scordato, Cal Poly Pomona

February 22, 2024
4:00pm-5:00pm in HSCI-102

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Elizabeth Scordato

Dr. Scordato is an evolutionary biologist interested in the causes of large-scale phenotypic and genomic variation, and the consequences of this variation for population divergence, speciation, and adaptation. She is particularly interested in how anthropogenic landscape modification shapes patterns of gene flow, adaptation, and community assembly among populations.

Dr. Scordato received her B.Sc. from Duke University, where she did her Honors thesis on olfactory communication in ringtailed lemurs. She did her Ph.D. in the Committee on Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago, where she studied interactions between sexual selection and ecology during population divergence in greenish warblers. She then did a postdoc on speciation and hybrid zone genomics in barn swallows at the University of Colorado. She joined the Biological Sciences faculty at Cal Poly Pomona in 2018.

The Seminar Series is a unique opportunity for students to learn about new developments in biology and what biologists do after they graduate. Hosted by the Department of Biological Sciences at California State University, Long Beach, the weekly meetings invite guests from universities, research laboratories, and industry to present and discuss current topics in biology. All students are encouraged to attend.

Seminar Coordinator

For information and suggestions about our Seminar Series, please contact the seminar coordinator:

Dr. Peter Ramirez
Peter.Ramirez@csulb.edu

Schedule

The following schedule is for Spring 2024.

Seminar Schedule
Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
February 22, 2024 The Evolutionary and Ecological Consequences of Agricultural Expansion: Insights from Bird Communities in Southeast Asia and California Dr. Elizabeth Scordato, Cal Poly Pomona
February 29, 2024 (topic: immunoendocrinology) Dr. Dequina Nicholas, UC Irvine
March 7, 2024 (topic: TBD) TBD
March 14, 2024 (topic: biophysics) Dr. Mark Ilton, Harvey Mudd
March 21, 2024 (topic: population ecology) Dr. Alexis Pasulka, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
March 28, 2024 (topic: neurovirology) Dr. Ana Beatriz De Paula Silva, University of Utah
April 11, 2024 (topic: neuroaggression) Dr. Caroline Palavicino Maggio, Harvard University
April 18, 2024 (topic: glyco-biochemistry) Dr. Katherine McReynolds, CSU Sacramento
April 25, 2024 (topic: developmental biology) Dr. Blake Riggs, San Francisco State University
May 2, 2024 (topic: molecular virology) Dr. Oliver Fregoso, UCLA
May 9, 2024 (topic: parasitology) Dr. Pascale Guiton, Santa Clara University

Previous Seminars

Previous Seminars
Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
February 15, 2024 Adapting to Changing Landscapes - Studying Behavior in the Streets and in the Classroom Dr. Karina Sanchez, University of New Hampshire
February 8, 2024 CRISPR/Cas9 – A Cut Above the Rest: Gene Editing Protocols for Monogenic Diseases Dr. Jennifer Johnston, San Jose State University
February 1, 2024 Mangroves of the U.S. Virgin Islands: Growing Research, Restoration, Outreach and Education Opportunities Dr. Kristin Grimes, University of Virgin Islands

The Seminar Series Archive has topics from previous semesters.