Fall 2021

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

September 2
Andrew Kaul, Missouri Botanical Garden, “Processes determining plant species diversity in restored tallgrass prairies”
September 9
Caleb Axelrod, Washington University, “Ecological effects on brain form in adaptively diverging sunfish”
September 16
Theresa Gildner, Washington University, “Lifestyle Variation and Parasitic Disease Patterns: Environmental Exposures and Associated Health Inequities”
September 23
Carlos Daniel Cadena Ordoñez, Los Andes University, “The Origin and Future of a Tropical Biodiversity Hostpot”
September 30
Don Miles, Ohio University, “Integrating physiology and behavior to evaluate adaptive and plastic responses to a changing climate”
October 7
Susanne Renner, Washington University, “What’s the best way to attach a scientific name to a biological entity, and do we need new Codes?”
October 14
Marshall Wedger, Washington University, “21st century changes to agriculture permanently alter the weedy rice genome in the United States”
Ari Miller, Washington University, ” The Evolution and Ecology of Key Innovations”
October 21
Emily Warschefsky, Missouri Botanical Garden, “The Evolution, Domestication, and Improvement of Diverse Crops”
October 28
Toby Kellogg, Danforth Plant Science Center, “Global and local dispersal of ecologically dominant grasses”
November 4
Elizabeth Carlen, Washington University/Living Earth Collaborative, “From the ground up: urban evolution in squirrels and pigeons”
November 11
Fernando David Nájera Muñoz, Saint Louis Zoo/Living Earth Collaborative, “Veterinarians at the forefront of carnivore conservation: challenges and opportunities”
November 18
Fidisoa Rasambainarivo, Saint Louis Zoo/Mahaliana, “Health and diseases at the human, domestic animal and wildlife interface in Madagascar”
December 2
Catherine Werner, Saint Louis City, “Urban Nature and Intentionality: Elevating Eco-Literacy, Urban Biodiversity & Equity”
December 9
Daniel Warren, Saint Louis University, “Life at its Limits: The Extreme Overwintering Biology of Painted Turtles”

Winter 2021

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

January 21, 2021
Christy Edwards, Missouri Botanical Garden, “Milkweeds, seeds, and genes: a genetic approach to understanding low fecundity in a threatened milkweed”
January 28, 2021
Nicole Miller-Struttmann, Webster University, “Harnessing the power of the people for conservation science: A Shutterbee Story”
February 4, 2021
Tom Anderson, Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, “Mechanisms of Demographic Variability in Aquatic Ecosystems”
February 11, 2021
Justin Baldwin, Washington University, “Isolation and dispersal shape bird diversity on islands”
James Lucas, Washington University, “Does ecological niche modeling look good on paper? Applying methods in global change biology to an ethnobotanical system.”
February 18, 2021
Matthew Albrecht, Missouri Botanical Garden, “Threatened plant translocation: patterns and determinants of success in the United States”
February 25, 2021
Angela Chira, Washington University in St. Louis, “Quantitative approaches to understanding cultural diversity”
March 4, 2021
Sharon Deem, Saint Louis Zoo, “Turtle Conservation as a Vehicle for One Health”
March 11, 2021
Bob Merz, Saint Louis Zoo, “Undertaking conservation: The Saint Louis Zoo’s Effort to Recover a Carrion Beetle Species”
March 25, 2021
James Stroud, Washington University, Department of Biology, “The ecology and evolution of species diversity”
April 1, 2021
Gideon Erkenswick, Washington University in St. Louis, “Decentralizing & Democratizing Wildlife Biosurveillance”
April 8, 2021
Ash Zemenick, Alex Webster, Sarah Jones, Project Biodiversify, Methods for diverse, inclusive, and effective teaching in biology
April 15, 2021
Alex Linan, Missouri Botanical Garden, “From island trees to mountain forests: Exploring patterns and drivers of diversity within biodiversity hotspots”
April 22, 2021
Bronwen Konecky, Washington University in St. Louis, “Fingerprinting changes in the global water cycle over the past millennium”
April 29, 2021
Yoshi Maezumi, University of Amsterdam, “Ancient Anthropogenic Landscapes in the Amazon”

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.

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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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