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Seminar series

The Biosciences department runs two seminar series: Departmental seminars that cover a wide range of biological topics, and EEE seminars that cover topics related to Ecology, Evolution and Environment. Please scroll down to find information about these seminars and also recordings of some of the previous talks.

Departmental Seminars

Departmental Seminars are held during term time, on Thursdays from 13.00 - 14.00. The majority of seminars will take place in L50 (Psychology building, adjacent to Biosciences), some talks will be online. Recognising that our audience is likely to be broad, speakers have been asked to make their talks accessible, focusing a substantial part of their material on general issues and background to their work. If you have suggestions for additional speakers or would like to know more about the program, please email:


Ecology, Evolution and Environment (EEE) seminar series (2021/22)

These seminars will take place mainly in person, though some seminars will be online only as indicated (joining links will be emailed to students and staff). Links to recordings will be circulated after each seminar. If you have any questions, please contact the EEE seminar organiser Dr Wayne Dawson (

The seminars are at 12:00, and most of them are in room L50* (Psychology) on Tuesdays (please note that the venue may change in the near future, and that not all weeks have a seminar- please read email announcements carefully). *NOTE: The seminar on Tuesday the 25th January 2022 will be in L48.


5th Oct 2021

Dr Guillaume Latombe

(University of Edinburgh)

The multiple facets of invasion science: why we need a pluridisciplinary approach In-person
12th Oct 2021 Dr Lizzie Wandrag (University of York) Mutualisms and global change In-person
26th Oct 2021 Prof Gareth Rees (University of Cambridge) Are trees invading the Arctic? Online (Zoom)
2nd Nov 2021 Dr Chris Cooney (University of Sheffield) Global patterns and processes of avian diversification In-person
16th Nov 2021 Dr Sarah Dalrymple (Liverpool John Moores University) Climate change impacts on conservation translocations: how the untenable may become unavoidable. In-person
30th Nov 2021 Dr Jonathan Drury (Durham University) The eco-evolutionary consequences of species interactions in birds: a mesoevolutionary approach In-person
18th Jan 2022 Dr Dale Broder (University of Denver) Rapid evolution, plasticity, and the origins of novelty in animal communication Online (Zoom)
25th Jan 2022 Dr Jonas Lembrechts (University of Antwerp) SoilTemp: towards global maps of microclimate In-person
1st Feb 2022 Dr Catherine Kidner (University of Edinburgh/Edinburgh Botanic Garden) Why are there Begonias everywhere? In-person
8th Feb 2022 Dr Gergana Daskalova (University of Edinburgh) Drivers of biodiversity change: from the obvious to the hidden impacts Online (Zoom)
15th Feb 2022 Dr Juan Viruel (Royal Botanic Gardens Kew) Using genetics to protect threatened species and crop wild relatives In-person
22nd Feb 2022 Dr Mialy Razanajatovo (University of Hohenheim) A floral-trait-based perspective on invasion and community ecology tbc
1st Mar 2022 Dr Jolyon Troscianko (University of Exeter) Tbc In-person
8th Mar 2022 Dr Marius Somveille (University College London) Unraveling the ecological processes underlying bird migration In-person
15th Mar 2022 Dr Kirsty McLeod (Bangor University) Stress and survival in vertebrates: transgenerational effects of stress, environmental context, and why it matters In-person
26th April 2022 Dr Jonathan Lenoir (University of Picardie Jules Verne) Biotic responses to anthropogenic climate change In-person


2020/21 Seminar recordings

8th October 2020, Dr Rich Roberts, "Bacterial Methylomes" 

13th October 2020: Dr Richard Fuller, “Experiencing nature in a post-biodiversity world”  

15th October 2020, Dr Vivek Nityananda, "Stereo vision and prey detection in the praying mantis"

22nd October 2020, Dr Rashmi Sasidharan, "Life aquatic: signalling networks mediating flooding stress survival" 

27th October 2020, Dr Jenn Baltzer, “Fire and the decline of fire-adapted black spruce in the boreal forest” 

29th October 2020, Dr Josef Uyeda, "The measurement of macroevolutionary causes" 

5th November 2020, Dr Dolf Weijers, "Convergence of cell polarity mechanisms across multicellular kingdoms" 

10 November 2020, Dr Yann Bourgeois, “A population genomics perspective on transposable elements dynamics” 

19 November 2020, Dr Nahid Ali, "Managing Leishmania donovani infection through immunobiological approaches for innovative diagnosis, prevention and cure" 

24 November 2020, Dr Yusan Yang, “Color polymorphism, divergent mating behavior, and the evolution of reproductive isolation” 

3rd December 2020, Dr Salah Elias, "Mechanisms of oriented cell divisions in the mammary epithelium" 

8th December 2020, Dr Annette Fayet, “Drivers of seabird migration movements and their fitness consequences” 

10th December 2020, Dr Amy Zanne, "Death and decay: Drivers of wood deconstruction around the globe" 

12th January 2021, Prof Steve Lindsay, “Blowin’ in the wind: how malaria mosquitoes find you.” 

14th January 2021, Dr John Blaikley, "Chronobiological regulation of pulmonary disease" 

21st January 2021, Dr Erin Saupe, "A deep-time perspective on macroecology" 

26th January 2021, Dr Tom Finch, “Conservation trade-offs: Reconciling food production, wild spaces and farmland wildlife” 

28th January 2021, Dr Mattie Pawlowic, "Investigating Transmission of the Diarrheal Pathogen, Cryptosporidium"

4th February 2021, Dr Clare Harding, "Fe-eling good – iron uptake and storage in T. gondii" 

9th February 2021, Dr Elodie Mandel-Briefer “Cross-species vocal expression and perception of emotions” 

11th February 2021, Dr Cyril Zipfel, “Ca2+ signalling during plant immunity: so simple, yet so complicated…” 

23 February 2021, Dr Renske Onstein, (German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research [iDiv]) “Co-evolutionary dynamics between fruits and frugivores: insights from a keystone tropical plant family (palms, Arecaceae)”

25th February 2021, Dr John Christie, “Phototropin light switches: From directional growth to plant optogenetics”

4th March 2021, Dr Tracey Gloster, "Structure and function of human carbohydrate processing enzymes"

9th March 2021, Dr Marjorie Weber, (Michigan State University) “Linking ecology and macroevolution using plant-animal mutualisms”

11th March 2021, Dr John Labbadia, “Why a little bit of stress is good for you: understanding how mitochondria control protein homeostasis and ageing”

27th April 2021, Dr Patrick Green, “Integrating biomechanics, physiology, and behaviour to understand assessment in animal contests”