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Biological Sciences


The Department of Biological Sciences hosts a series of weekly seminars each spring and fall semester in association with its colloquium courses for undergraduates (BIOL 492 and 492M) and graduate students (BIOL 592). Seminar speakers are usually invited from other universities and research institutions but occasionally the program will include faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences or other units at SIUE. Talks cover a wide range of topics in biology.

Seminars are usually held in the Science East building in lecture room 3126 (SE 3126) and take place on Mondays from 3:00-4:00 PM.  

All are welcome.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of SIUE campus for the remainder of spring 2020, the seminars are no longer presented live in SE 3126.  For students enrolled in colloquium courses (BIOL 492/492M/592) the seminars will be available on-line and post-seminar discussions with the speaker will be held via Zoom.

Seminars for Spring 2020

Date Speaker Affiliation Title or Topic
Jan 27 TBA TBA

"From big to small: ecological movements and interactions from the tree of life to individuals within populations"


"Using novel environmental signals to detect change, from experimental streams to pristine Arctic watersheds"

Feb 10 J. Drew Lanham Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department, Clemson University

Special Darwin Day presentation. Title to be announced. Seminar will be followed by a reception with a birthday cake for Charles Darwin.

Feb 17 Stephen Blake Department of Biology, St. Louis University

“Tales of a GPS tag gluer-oner”

Feb 24 Nathan Muchhala Department of Biology, University of Missouri-St. Louis

“The evolution of the nectar-feeding niche among neotropical bats”

Mar 2 Peter Minchin Department of Biological Sciences, Southern Illinois University Edwardsvile

Sabbatical presentation: “The effects of climate change on the vegetation of Mt. Field National Park, Tasmania”

Mar 16 Veronica Heintz Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Purdue University

“Interactions among Filovirus and human proteins”

Mar 23 Taylor Delaney  Department of Biological Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago

“TRP channel provides a calcium influx pathway for synaptic vesicle endocytosis”

Apr 6 Catherine Lipovsky Developmental, Regenerative and Stem Cell Biology, Washington University in St. Louis

“The role of Notch signaling in atrial arrhythmias” 

Apr 13 James Miller Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

"Landscape restoration: a midwestern perspective in four acts"

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