Department of Biology

FALL 2013/SPRING 2014 SEMINARS

All seminars are in DSB 130 at 11:20 AM unless otherwise noted

Sept. 3 – Chris Herlihy, MTSU (tenure and promotion seminar)

Sept. 17 – Mary Farone, MTSU (tenure and promotion seminar)

Sept. 19 – Matt Klukowski, MTSU (tenure and promotion seminar)

Sept. 24 – Rob Brucker, Vanderbilt University

Oct. 8 – Kirk Zigler, University of the South

Oct. 22 - Wail El-rafai, Vanderbilt University

Oct. 24 – Elliot Altman, MTSU

Oct. 29 – Rob McFeeters, University of Alabama, Huntsville

Nov. 5 – Joel Harp, Vanderbilt University

Nov. 12 – Ken Spitze, Indiana University

Nov. 19 – Joey Shaw, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

Nov. 21 - Jeff Leblond, Department of Biology, MTSU

Nov. 26 – Manoj Khadka, MTSU

Dec. 3 - John Niedzwiecki, Belmont University

Jan. 21 – Brian Robertson, MTSU (3rd year review seminar)

Jan. 28 – Iris Gao, MTSU (3rd year review seminar)

Feb. 4 – Shawn Crosnick, Tennessee Tech

Feb. 11 – Josh Dodson, Department of Biology, MTSU

Feb. 18 – Ivonne Garzon, MTSU

Feb. 25 –  Drew Sieg, MTSU

Mar. 20 -  Tiffany Guess, MTSU

Mar. 25 – Charles Chusuei, MTSU

Mar. 27 -  Bam Paneru, MTSU

Apr. 8  -   Mulugeta Wayu, MTSU

Apr. 10 -  Penny Carroll, MTSU

Apr. 15 -  Megan Stallard and Amy Shaffer, MTSU

Apr. 17 -  Nadin Almonsid, MTSU

Apr. 22 -  Julie Hosain, MTSU

Apr. 24 - CANCELLED - Jennifer R. Mandel, Univ. of Memphis
Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics in Sunflower
My seminar will cover both conservation and evolutionary genetics in sunflower. The first part of my talk will address using population genetics to assess levels and patterns of standing genetic variation in rare and endangered sunflower species. Assessing these measures is an important step for evaluating rare or endangered species and determining appropriate conservation strategies. These strategies are particularly important for ensuring the preservation of rare genetic material in wild relatives of crops, which could provide beneficial alleles for plant breeding and improvement. The second part of my talk will discuss evolutionary analyses aimed at detecting the molecular signature of selection during crop domestication and/or improvement and how these analyses can be used to identify genes or genomic regions of likely agronomic importance. Through the joint application of molecular population genomic analyses and trait-based mapping approaches, we can identify promising loci for future functional studies aimed at understanding the molecular basis of sunflower evolution.


Apr. 29 - Bill Tansey, Vanderbilt