Seminar Series

Upcoming Seminar

Prying Into the Private Lives of Mussels and Oysters
Dr. Luke Miller, San Diego State University

December 7, 2023
4:00pm-5:00pm in HSCI-102

Luke Miller

Dr. Luke Miller is a marine ecophysiologist and biomechanic interested in how shoreline animals cope with their constantly changing physical environment. He works in rocky intertidal and estuarine systems, studying how heat stress, wave stress, salinity stress, and various other ocean and terrestrial drivers impact the survival and growth of a variety of species, including mussels, oysters, limpets, snails, and barnacles. Dr. Miller makes use of environmental sensing and animal-borne sensors to track the behavior and physiology of animals, with the goal of projecting how species will fare under current and future climate conditions.

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


The following schedule is for Fall 2023.

Seminar Schedule
Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
December 7, 2023 Prying Into the Private Lives of Mussels and Oysters Dr. Luke Miller, San Diego State University

Previous Seminars

Previous Seminars
Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
November 30, 2023 Armed from Tip to Tail: The Multifunctionality of Armor in Fishes Dr. Cassandra Donatelli, Chapman University
November 16, 2023 Exploring the Evolution of Fluid-Structure Interactions in Biology Dr. Lindsay Waldrop, Chapman University
November 9, 2023 IL-12-mediated T-bet-dependent Innate Immunity Against Toxoplasma gondii Dr. Americo López-Yglesias, Indiana University
November 2, 2023 Peeling Back the Layers: Anatomical and Molecular Characterization of the Zebrafish Meninges Dr. Marina Venero Galenternik, University of Utah
October 26, 2023 Multicellular Signaling Cascades and Mechanisms of Metastasis in Solid Tumors (pre-recorded) Dr. Jonathan Kelber, Baylor University
October 19, 2023 Zooming in: species diversity, parasites, and microbes in western chipmunks Dr. Kayce Bell, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
October 12, 2023 Inter-organ communication through plasma lipid signaling Dr. Judith Simcox, University of Wisconsin–Madison
October 5, 2023 Using high-tech tags to reveal new insights into pelagic fish ecology Dr. Ryan Logan, CSU Long Beach
September 28, 2023 From mucus-maker to virus-maker: how astrovirus hijacks goblet cells and disrupts gut homeostasis Dr. Valerie Cortez, UC Santa Cruz
September 21, 2023 Science for the Management of Environmental Contaminants in California Waters Dr. Leah Thornton Hampton, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
September 14, 2023 Capturing the diversity of complex motions during fish feeding Dr. Chris Martinez, UC Irvine
September 7, 2023 What fruit flies can tell us about bisphenols as environmental risk factors for neurodevelopmental disorders Dr. Kimberly Mulligan, CSU Sacramento
August 31, 2023 HMGB2 Regulates the Differentiation and Stemness of Exhausted CD8+ T Cells During Chronic Viral Infection and Cancer Dr. Roberto Tinoco, UC Irvine

The Seminar Series Archive has topics from previous semesters.