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Organisms and Environment Division Seminar Series 2013-14

Seminars to be held on Thursdays at 13.10hrs-14.00hrs, in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre 

(Room E/0.09), Sir Martin Evans Building, (except where marked).  


10th October 2013

Dr Elizabeth Murchison, King's College, Cambridge  

Title: Genetics and evolution of transmissible cancers in dogs and Tasmanian devils

17th October 2013

Dan Pass, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University

Title: The Earthworm Microbiome and the effects of anthropogenic contamination on host-associated microbiota

Pierfrancesco Sechi, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University

Title: Phylogenomics of the earthworm Lumbricus rubellus: Pleistocene survival and divergence in a clitellate cryptic species complex


24th October, 2013

Dr Andy Wilby, Lancaster Environment Centre

Title: Exploring the ecological mechanisms underlying natural enemy diversity effects on biological control


7th November 2013

Dr Christina D. Buesching, Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) Department of Zoology, University of Oxford

Title: Are badgers really territorial?  What semiochemistry can teach us about behaviour


14th November 2013

Dr Theo de Waal, School of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin

Title: Liver fluke in a changing climate


21st November 2013

Professor Alfried Vogler, Division of Ecology and Evolution, Imperial College London

Title: Assessing patterns of biodiversity with large-scale DNA sequencing: from barcodes to metagenomes


28th November 2013

Dr Mark Jervis, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University

Title: Robert Hooke's Micrographia: a biological cornucopia


5th December 2013

Dr Shaun Russell,  Director, Wales Environment Research Hub, Environment Centre Wales, Bangor

Title: History and current activities of the Hub: Managing Ecosystems for Nature and People


12th December 2013 - Postponed

Kate Walker, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University

Title: TBA


9th January 2014

Dr James Pearce-Higgins, Head of Population Ecology and Modelling and Research/ Principal Ecologist - Climate Change, BTO. Cambridge Conservation Initiative

Title: From individuals to populations to communities: Climate change impacts on birds


30th January 2014

Dr Eshwar Mahenthiralingam, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University

Title: Burkholderia bacteria and their interactions in infection, the rhizosphere and industry


6th February 2014

Dr Beth Clare, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary, University of London 

Title: Detecting trophic interactions with barcodes: from ancient ecosystems to modern food webs


13th February 2014

Dr David Gibbons, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Cambridge Conservation Initiative

Title: How RSPB’s science is discovering solutions to 21st century conservation problems


20th February 2014

Dr Tim Jones, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University

Title: Airborne particles: characterisation and bioreactivity


27th February 2014

Dr Andrew Roe, Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, University of Glasgow

Title: The influence of bacterial central metabolism on virulence factor expression


6th March 2014

Dr Jen Hiscox, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University

Title: What is present affects what is to come: fungal community dynamics in decaying wood


13th March 2014 - CANCELLED

Dave Stanton, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University

Title: Using genetics to conserve the okapi, an endangered rainforest giraffe from the Democratic Republic of Congo


Mafalda Costa, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University

Title: Introgressive hybridisation between polecats and ferrets in the British Islands


20th March 2014

Professor Martin Maiden, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford

Title: The gene-by-gene approach to analysing bacterial genomes


27th March 2014

Professor Tom Little, Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh

Title: Maternal Effects on Pathogen Resistance


3rd April 2014

Dr Kayla King, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford

Title: Killers and protectors in host-parasite communities


24th April 2014 - POSTPONED until 13th November 2014

Professor Rosemary Hails, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford, Oxfordshire

Title: TBA


1st May 2014

Antonella Cano, Biomedical Sciences, The University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Title: Acanthamoeba castellanii, from free living amoeba to potential pathogen


8th May 2014 - POSTPONED

Dr Mario Vallejo-Marin, Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling

Title: TBA