Fall 2020

We will livestream the presentations on Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.
at the Living Earth Collaborative YouTube Channel:

September 17
Jess Carag, The Living Earth Collaborative, “Conservation in Madagascar: A One Health Journey”
September 24
Chris Martine, Bucknell University, “Females that look like hermaphrodites and berries that no one eats: Australia’s prickly bush tomatoes”
October 1
Regina Mossotti, Endangered Wolf Center, “Innovative Conservation for Mexican Wolves – Pups to the Wild”
October 8
Michael Landis, Washington University, “Inferring where the wild things were through phylogenetic models of historical biogeography”
October 15
Matt Austin, The Living Earth Collaborative, “Pollination systems in changing environments: plant-pollinator responses to environmental variability”
October 22
Michel Ohmer, The Living Earth Collaborative, Ecophysiology meets disease ecology: understanding amphibian disease dynamics in a changing world”
October 29
Yusan Yang, The Living Earth Collaborative, “Divergent mating behaviors as a driver of rapid evolution: sexual selection, reproductive isolation, and eco-evo dynamics”
November 5
Kurt Petersen, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, “Heterospory is one of the most important traits of land plants. But, what do we really know about its origin?”
November 12
Ximena Bernal, Purdue University, “Ornaments, Enemies and Sensory Filters in the Evolution of Communication Systems”
November 19
Ivan Jimenez, Missouri Botanical Garden, “The nature of Espeletia species”
December 3
Fangqiong Ling, Washington University, “Water in, microbes out: Water in buildings as a model system to study microbial ecology”
December 10
Rachel Becknell, Washington University, “Do soil organisms matter? Determining the role of soil microbes in rare plant reintroduction & ecosystem restoration.”
December 17
Vince Fasanello, Washington University, “Microbes to mountains, why dispersal barriers are higher in the tropics.”

Summer 2020

Tuesday, June 2 – 4:00 p.m.
Stephen Blake, Saint Louis University, “Linking Forest Elephants, Galapagos Tortoises and American Bison – Travels in Lilliput and Brobdingnag”
Tuesday, July 7 – 4:00 p.m.
Maris Brenn-White, Saint Louis Zoo, “Tales of Conservation Veterinarian: Tracking Pathogens and their Hosts in Madagascar, South Africa and More.”
Tuesday, August 4 – 12:00 p.m.
Pete Lowry, Missouri Botanical Garden, “Tropical Botanists Still Discover New Plants in the 21st Century, AND in more ways than you think! Tales from Madagascar, New Caledonia, and elsewhere.”

Spring 2020

Thursdays, 4:00 p.m.

 Rebstock 322  /  Reception Afterwards, Rebstock 309

January 16, 2020
Nathan Muchhala, University of Missouri, Saint Louis, “The Evolution of the Nectar-Feeding Niche Among Neotropical Bats”

January 23, 2020
Gina Lewin, Georgia Tech,  “Microbe-microbe Interactions and the Oral Microbiome”

January 30, 2020

Lauren Augustine, Saint Louis Zoo, “Reptile and Amphibian Conservation Initiatives at the Saint Louis Zoo”

February 6, 2020

Daniel Sasson, Saint Louis University, “A Dry and Lonely World:  Environmental Effects on Reproductive Behaviors

February 13, 2020

David Reznick, University of California-Riverside, “Mode of Maternal Provisioning Builds a Bridge between Microevolution and Macroevolution”

February 20, 2020

Kelley Erickson, Missouri Botanical Garden, “Growth and Spread: Spatial Dynamics of an Invasive Species”

February 27, 2020

Swanne Gordon, Washington University, “Sex- and Morph-biased Dispersal Affect Population Structure and Polymorphism: A Test Using a ‘Non-model’ Model System

March 5, 2020

Anne Tieber, Saint Louis Zoo, “Helping Our Native Birds: The North American Songbird Program at the Saint Louis Zoo”

March 19, 2020


March 26, 2020

Chris Martine, Bucknell University


April 2, 2020

Ivan Jimenez, Missouri Botanical Garden, “The Nature of Espeletia Species”


April 9, 2020

Jhan Salazar, Washington University, “Exploring the Ecology and Evolution of the Thermal Physiology in the Tropics”


April 16, 2020

Michael Landis, Washington University, “Dispelling the Fog of Deep Time:  Phylogenetic Approaches to Infer Ancestral Biome Affinities”


April 23, 2020

Rachel Becknell, Washington University, “Determining the Role of Soil Microbes in Rare Plant Reintroduction and Ecosystem Restoration)”

Vince Fasanello, Washington University, “Understanding Adaptation in Fluctuating Environments: Tools, Techniques, and Insights Provided by a New Experimental Evolution System in Yeast (Saccharomyces Cerevisiae)”


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