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Upcoming Seminar

Bats: Keystone Taxa for Forest Regeneration and Preventing the Next Pandemic
Dr. Susan Tsang, American Museum of Natural History

October 22, 2020
4:00pm-6:00pm 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.

More information on this topic can be found in the accompanying manuscript. Students in BIOL 480/580 are requested to review this material prior to the seminar.

  • Johnson CK, Hitchens PL, Pandit PS, Rushmore J, Evans TS, Young CCW, Doyle MM. Global shifts in mammalian population trends reveal key predictors of virus spillover risk. Proc Biol Sci. 2020 Apr 8;287(1924):20192736. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2019.2736. Epub 2020 Apr 8. PMID: 32259475; PMCID: PMC7209068.
  • PubMed article
  • Royal Society Publishing article

About the Presenter

Susan Tsang

Dr. Susan Tsang is a Research Associate of the American Museum of Natural History and National Museum of the Philippines specializing in bat evolution, ecology in Southeast Asia. These foundations have helped her form collaborations in over 9 countries for projects on bat conservation and disease ecology. She also provides subject matter expertise on natural resource management, especially wildlife trafficking, for a variety of government, private, and academic partners through her scientific consultancy (CEO & Founder), Biodiversitas Global LLC.

Dr. Tsang received a B.A. from Skidmore College, was a Fulbright Scholar in Indonesia, and completed her PhD at CUNY Graduate Center and City College of New York. She was a AAAS Science and Technology Postdoctoral Fellow with US Fish and Wildlife Service. She is part of the International Union for Conservation of Nature Bat Specialist Group, a Wildlife Trafficking consultant, and describes herself as a "Nerd of all things flying fox (Pteropus) in South east Asia."

See also: Tsang website

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


The following schedule is for Fall 2020.

Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
September 3 Managing and planning our academic workloads using the Everything Workload Dr. Raul Pacheco-Vega, Flacso Mexico
September 10 Shining a light on glial contributions to sleep and sleep regulation Dr. Ashley M. Ingiosi, Washington State University
September 17 The Epithelial Unknown: novel mechanisms of rapidly adjusting epithelial ion transport Dr. Dennis Kolosov, CSU San Marcos (Jan. 2021)
September 24 The ecology and evolution of primate cognition Dr. Alexandra Rosati, University of Michigan
October 1 Words For Nerds: How To Share Your Work With The Media (and other real people) Dawn Fallik, University of Delaware
October 8 Investigating the drivers of foraging behavior of a tropical seabird Jenny Howard, Ph.D. Candidate, Wake Forest University
October 15 Cut Once, Mature Twice – Exploring the Proteolytic Events of Neurodevelopment and Neurodegeneration Dr. Timothy J. Mosca, Thomas Jefferson University