Seminar Series

Fall 2018 Seminar Schedule

All seminars are held Friday at 12 PM (note: new time and room!) in SN 2025.


Topic or title 

September 14th, 2018     

Rosemary Dorrington
Rhodes University
"Marine Natural Products Research: Mining the metabolic potential of marine microbial communities for new pharmaceutical lead compounds"

Dr Dorrington holds a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) degree from the University of Stellenbosch and obtained her PhD in Microbiology from the University of Cape Town. She was appointed as the South African Research Chair in Marine Natural Products Research at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa in 2014 and leads a multi-disciplinary research group working across the broad field of marine science. Research in her laboratory includes mapping of benthic habitats in the Agulhas bioregion, focusing on invertebrates, ascidians, soft corals and their associated microbiota; the isolation and characterization of bioactive secondary metabolites of marine organisms; screening marine natural product libraries for anti-viral, anti-cancer and antibacterial activity and elucidating the metabolic pathways that result in the production of lead compounds to pave the way for engineering recombinant systems for their production for the pharmaceutical industry. Associated projects focus on the application of high throughput metagenomic and analytical chemistry technologies to map patterns and processes in marine ecosystems to provide tools for sustainable development of the oceans economy.

September 21st, 2018

Lynda Collins
University of Ottawa
"Strange bedfellows? The uncomfortable marriage between science and law in environmental decision-making"

Dr. Collins is a professor with the Centre for Environmental Law & Global Sustainability and an expert in toxic tort. Dr. Collins previously practiced with the Sierra Legal Defence Fund and has represented state and local governments in litigation against the oil industry to recover damages for drinking water contamination. Following the seminar, she will join us for a mixer at Bitters, 5–7 pm.

September 28th, 2018

Gavin Simpson
University of Regina
Stats for Ecology
**To be held in A1043**

Dr. Simpson is a quantitative environmental scientist and paleoecologist with with the Institute of Enironmental Change and Society. You might recognize his name as one of the developers of the vegan R package and frequent problem solver on Stack Overflow.

October 5th, 2018

Marie-Laurence Lemay
Université Laval

Marie-Laurence Lemay is a PhD student with the University of Laval and winner of the 2018 Canadian society of Microbiologists Graduate Ambassador Award.

October 12th, 2018

Quidi Vidi Brewers
Quidi Vidi Brewery
"The Science of Brewing"
**Quidi Vidi Brewery, 4–5 PM**

The brewmasters of Quidi Vidi will introduce us to the science of brewing! Come out for a taste of our favourite local brews and stick around after the talk for the Quidi Vidi kitchen party!

October 19th, 2018

Steve Carr
"Diversity in the mitochondrial DNA genomes of Native American, First Nations, and Euro-American Newfoundlanders, Past & Present"

Dr. Carr is a Professor of Biology, with a cross-appointment in Population Genetics to the Faculty of Medicine. He studies patterns and processes of molecular and genome evolution within and among species of vertebrate animals.

October 26th, 2018

Craig Brown
Nova Scotia Community College
Marine Habitat Mapping
**Hosted by Geography: 3–4 PM, SN2025**

Dr. Brown is the head of the NSCC Oceans Research Team and currently holds an NSERC Industrial Research Chair for the study of integrated ocean mapping technologies. His work is wide ranging, including deepwater camera development, operation of autonomous underwater vehicles for data collection, and segmentation of seafloor datasets through the use of multidimensional hypercubes.

November 2nd, 2018

Julie Turner
MUN (Michigan State University)

Dr. Turner is a post-doc researcher in the Wildlife Evolutionary Ecology Lab here at MUN.

November 9th, 2018

Heather Swanson
Aarhus University
Sociology of Salmon
**Hosted by Geography: 3–4 PM, SN2025**

Dr. Swanson is an environmental anthropologist with the School of Culture and Society at Aarhus University in Denmark. Her research examines entangled human and nonhuman lives in times of anthropogenic disturbance and environmental damage. She will share current work on how evolutionary biology, human culture, and environmental history interact in the case of North Pacific Salmon fisheries.

November 16th, 2018

Dawn Bignell

Dr. Bignell leads the Bignell Laboratory of Molecular Microbiology and Plant-Microbe Interactions here at MUN.

November 23rd, 2018

Adam Ford

November 30th, 2018

Suzanne Dufour

Dr. Dufour leads the Marine chemosymbiosis and bioturbation lab here at MUN.


Snack duty:

Sep. 14th
Sep. 21st
Gagnon, Hurford, Leroux
Sep. 28th
Dufour, Purchase
Oct. 5th
Lang, Igamberdiev
Oct. 12th
** No snack duty, at Quidi Vidi**
Oct. 19th
Marshall, Bignell
Oct. 26th
Wiersma, Roncal
Nov. 2nd
Stavely, Tahlan
Nov. 9th
Vander Wal, Miller
Nov. 16th
CFER (Fisher, Geoffoy, Le Bris, Rowe, Zhang, Clement)
Nov. 23rd
Peña-Castillo, Wilson
Nov. 30th
Montevecchi, Edinger



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