Past Seminars

Spring 2017

Date

Speaker

Title

Student Host

Faculty Host

Jan 13

Dave Civitell, PhD
*PBEE Faculty Candidate*

Emory University

Host energetics and the ecological dynamics of infectious disease

(CNR, Room 1051, 12-1 pm)

N/A

Levi Morran

Jan 19

Ethics Seminar

Peer Review

N/A

N/A

Jan 27

Frank Rosenzweig, PhD

Georgia Institute of Technology

Emergence of Complexity in Clonal Populations Evolving in a Simple Constant Environment

TBD

Daniel Weissman

Feb 3

Milton Tan, PhD
*Postdoctoral Fellow*

Emory University

Evolution of Fishes Great and Small: Phylogenomics, Body Size Evolution, and Genomics

N/A

Tim Read

Feb 10

No Seminar

PBEE PG/DGS Student Meeting

N/A

N/A

N/A

Feb 17

No Seminar

PBEE Recruitment

N/A

N/A

N/A

Feb 24

Eric Harvill, PhD

University of Georgia

Environmental Origin and Natural History of a Respiratory Pathogen

Nate Jacobs

Bruce Levin

Mar 3

PBEE Student Talk - Robert Petit

An overview of published Staphylococcus aureus genomic data

N/A

N/A

Mar 10

No Seminar

Spring Break

N/A

N/A

N/A

Mar 17

Nichole Broderick, PhD

University of Connecticut

Emergent and dependent properties of the fly gut microbiome

Erica Harris

Nicole Gerardo

Mar 24

Courtney Murdock, PhD

University of Georgia

Estimating vector-borne disease transmission in an environmentally variable world

Marissa Grossman

Uriel Kitron  & Gonzalo Vazquez-Prokopec

Mar 31

PBEE Student Talks - Wen-Hao Tan & Mari Peterson

TBD

N/A

N/A

Apr 7

PBEE Student Talks - Kim Hoang, Kathyrn Schaber & Signe White

TBD

(CNR, Room 1051, 12-1 pm)

N/A

N/A

Apr 14

Bistra Dilkina

Georgia Institute of Technology

Network Design Approaches to Biodiversity Conservation

TBD

TBD

Apr 21

Lin Chao, PhD

The unicellular origin of biological aging: The evolution of fitness variance

Brent Allman

Bruce Levin

Apr 28

Jenny McGuire, PhD

Georgia Institute of Technology

Spatial and climatic drivers of species variation and distributions through time

Connor Morozumi

Berry Brosi

 

Fall 2016

Date

Speaker(s)

Seminar Title

Hosts

Aug 26

PBEE Welcome Lunch

N/A

N/A

Sept 2

Santiago Elena, PhD
Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular de Plantas

Evolutionary and Systems Biology of Viral Emergence

Berry Brosi/Josh Weitz
Nate Jacobs

Sept 9

Richard Lenski, PhD
Michigan State University

Time Travel in Experimental Evolution: Phentypic and Genomic Dynamics in E.coli over 65,000 Generations

Bruce Levin
Signe White

Sept 16

Ethics Seminar

Sept 23

Astrid Groot, PhD
University of Amsterdam

Does sexual selection drive speciation in moths?

Jaap de Roode
Erica Harris

Sept 30

Jenny Tung, PhD
Duke University

Social Interactions in Primate Genomics, Life History, and Evolution

Meleah Hickman
Dorian Feistel

Oct 7

Student Presentations:
Marissa Grossman
Chloe Robins
Travis Dynes

TBA

N/A

Oct 14

Sadie Ryan, PhD
University of Florida

The usual suspects: Issues of space, place, and model intent for climate and water driven diseases

Karen Levy
Marissa Grossman

Oct 21

Student Presentations:
Nate Jacobs
Erica Harris
JR McMillan

TBA

N/A

Oct 28

Adrian Jaeggi, PhD
Emory University, ECAS
Faculty Appointments Candidate

Cooperation in Humans and other Primates: Ecology, Evolution, and Mechanisms

Paul Hooper

Nov 7 (instead of Nov 4)

John Vandermeer, PhD – 12:00 PM



Ivette Perfecto, PhD – 4:00 PM
University of Michigan

Understanding coffee rust disease: the ecology of a socioecological disaster


The Ecology of the Coffee Agroecosystem: Learning Complexity through Gaming

Uriel Kitron
JR McMillan

Nov 11

Janna Fierst, PhD
University of Alabama

TBA

Levi Morran

Nov 18

Mandy Gibson, PhD
Indiana University, Bloomington

Is coevolution going anywhere? Sex, virulence and reciprocal adaptation

Jaap de Roode

Nov 25

Thanksgiving Break!

N/A

N/A

Dec 9

Ben Lopman, PhD
**Faculty Candidate**
Rollins School of Public Health
Emory University

The global epidemiology and ecology of enteric viruses

Karen Levy

Fall 2015

Date

Speaker

Title

Faculty Host

Student Host

Sep 4

Joshua Weitz, PhD

Georgia Institute of Technology

Theoretical Principles of Virus-Microbe Dynamics

Bruce Levin

Brooke Bozick

Sep 11

Zakee Sabree, PhD

Ohio State University

Insect-microbe symbioses and some consequences of intimacy

Nicole Gerardo

Kim Hoang

Sep 18

Daniel Weissman, PhD

PBEE Faculty Candidate
Emory University

From genomes to dynamics and back

Ilya Nemenman N/A

Sep 25

Bob Paine, PhD

University of Washington

Communicating ecological dynamics: are food webs misleading cartoons or instructive simplifications?

Berry Brosi Carolyn Ayers

Oct 2

Alexandra Harmon-Threatt, PhD

University of Illinois

Fire, Nesting and Isolation: Tracking wild bee community responses to variability in resources Berry Brosi

Erica Harris

Oct 9

PBEE Students:

Brooke Bozick





Carolyn Ayers




Viral Commuter and 
Implications for Targeted 
Vaccine Strategies

The Effect of Interspecific 
Competition and Pesticide Exposure on Pollination-Relevant Bee Foraging 
Behaviors

N/A

N/A

Oct 16

Robin Hopkins, PhD

Harvard University

The causes and consequences of natural selection for speciation

Meleah Hickman

Travis Dynes

Oct 23

Elizabeth Borer, PhD

University of Minnesota

The community ecology of (grass) disease: co-infection, invasion,
and metagenomics
Berry Brosi TBD

Oct 30

PBEE Students:

Mary Bushman

Zach Lynch




TBD


Ethanol confers differential protection against generalist and specialist parasitoids of Drosophila melanogaster

N/A

N/A

Nov 6

No Seminar

Emory University Symposium

N/A

The Microbiome and Human Health

N/A

N/A

Nov 13

Sam Brown, PhD

Georgia Institute of Technology

After antibiotics, can we make evolution-proof drugs? Tim Read Robert Petit

Nov 20

PBEE Ethics Seminar

TBD

N/A

N/A

Nov 27

No Seminar

Thanksgiving Break

N/A N/A N/A

Dec 4

Rich Lenski, PhD

Michigan State University

Time Travel in Experimental Evolution: Dynamics of Phenotypic and Genomic Evolution in a 60,000-Generation Experiment

Bruce Levin

Tim O'Sullivan

Spring 2015

Date

Speaker

Title

Faculty Host

Student Host

Jan 6

PBEE Students:

Alaine Broadaway, Matthew Ezewudo

Broadaway: Novel kernel methods for detecting gene-environment interaction
Ezewudo: Genomics of recombination in antibiotic-resistant Neisseria
N/A N/A

Jan 23

Angela Douglas, PhD

Cornell University

The multi-organismal animal: insights from Drosophila and its gut microbiota

Nicole Gerardo

Erica Harris

Jan 30

Corrie Moreau, PhD

Field Museum of Natural History

Ants, Plants, and Bacteria: Symbiosis and Evolutionary Diversification

Meleah Hickman Amanda Pierce

Feb 6

Gaelen Burke, PhD

University of Georgia

Domestication of Bracoviruses for use as gene delivery vehicles by parasitoid wasps

Nicole Gerardo Zachary Lynch

Feb 13

No Seminar

PBEE PG/DGS Student Meeting

N/A N/A N/A

Feb 20

No Seminar

PBEE Recruitment

N/A

N/A

N/A

Feb 27

PBEE Ethics Forum:

Kristin West, JD, MS
Emory University

Stephanie Sherman, PhD

Emory University School of Medicine

Research Misconduct

N/A N/A

Mar 6

Mark Moffett, PhD

National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

Thinking about social complexity in ants and humans Jaap de Roode JR McMillan

Mar 13

No Seminar

Spring Break

N/A

N/A

N/A

Mar 20

PBEE Students:

Carolyn Ayers, Mary Bushman, Zach Lynch

Ayers: The effect of sub-lethal Neonicotinoid pesticide exposure on pollination-relevant bee foraging behaviors
Bushman: Modeling effects of transmission intensity and within-host competition on the evolution of drug resistance in Plasmodium falciparum
Lynch: Use of ethanol for defense against parasitoid wasps in Drosophila melanogaster adults and larvae

N/A

N/A

Mar 27

Jennifer Dunne, Ph.D.

Santa Fe Institute

Parasites and paleowebs: The importance of scale dependence for understanding trophic organization

Mar 30

Sarah Anne Guagliardo’s Defense

Advisor: Uriel Kitron, PhD

Patterns and Mechanisms of the Geographic Expansion of Aedes aegypti in the Peruvian Amazon

N/A

N/A

Apr 2

Justine Garcia's Defense

Advisor: Nicole Gerardo, PhD

Acquisition and maintenance of specific bacterial symbionts in vertical and horizontal symbioses N/A N/A

Apr 3

Amanda Jo Williams-Newkirk's Defense

Advisors: Gregory Dasch, PhD & Thomas Gillespie, PhD

Michele Parsons' Defense

Advisors" Thomas Gillespie, PhD & Robert Tauxe, PhD

Bacterial Community Ecology of the Lone Star Tick (Amblyomma americium)







Ecosystem Health: Disease Epidemiology and the Impact of Anthropogenic Disturbance on Pathogen Spillover to Wildlife in Gombe National Park, Tanzania

N/A N/A

Apr 10

Pieter Johnson, PhD

University of Colorado, Boulder

The ‘parasite paradox’: Using community ecology to resolve the diversity-disease debates

Jaap de Roode

Travis Dynes

Apr 17

Curt Lively, PhD

Indiana University, Bloomington

Through the looking glass: host-parasite coevolution and sex Levi Morran Tim O'Sullivan
Apr 24

PBEE Students:

Trieste Musial, Chloe Robins, Marissa Grossman

Musial: The effects of landscape on evolutionary patterns of raccoon rabies virus
Robins: Using DNA methylation data to understand the evolutionay basis of human aging
Grossman: Fine-scale patterns of insecticide resistance in Aedes aegypti populations in Yucatan, Mexico
N/A N/A
May 1

Paul Hooper, PhD

Emory University

Inclusive fitness, life history and intergenerational transfers: Theory and empirical tests among Amazonian forager-horticulturalists

Fall 2014

Date

Speaker

Seminar Title

Hosts

Aug 29

William Black, Ph.D.
Colorado State University

Understanding the forces that shape the FST beta distribution between natural Aedes aegypti populations

Gonzalo Vazquez-Prokopec, Ph.D. & Marissa Grossman

Sept 5

No Seminar
PBEE Welcome Lunch
N/A N/A

Sept 12

Santiago Castillo-Ramirez, Ph.D.
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Using genome sequencing to understand phylogeography and recombination in Methicillin-Resistant  Staphylococcus aureus

Tim Read, Ph.D. & Robert Petit

Sept 19

PBEE Faculty Candidate: Meleah Hickman, Ph.D.
Emory University

Non-meiotic ploidy reduction drives population heterogeneity through random and transient aneuploidy

N/A

Sept 26

Andrea Sweigart, Ph.D.
University of Georgia

Genetics of speciation in  Mimulus

Levi Morran, Ph.D. & Tim O’Sullivan

Oct 3

PBEE Dissertation Defense: Michael Sauria
Advisor: James Taylor, Ph.D.

Three-dimensional chromatin structure and its role in cellular function

N/A

Oct 10

Sohini Ramachandran, Ph.D.
Brown University

Signatures of the great human expansion

Berry Brosi, Ph.D. & Carolyn Ayers

Oct 17

No Seminar
PBEE PD/DGS Student Meeting

N/A

N/A

Oct 24

Kevin Vogel, Ph.D.
University of Georgia

Evolutionary and ecological insights into mosquito development and reproduction Nicole Gerardo, Ph.D. & Justine Garcia

Oct 31

PBEE Faculty Candidate: David Cutler, Ph.D.
Emory University

Using basic quantitative genetics to inform our understanding of Autism

N/A

Nov 7

PBEE Ethics Forum

Ethics of Environmental Research

N/A

Nov 14

*Whitehead Auditorium*

Vaughn Cooper, Ph.D.
University of New Hampshire

Experimental evolution in biofilms to understand bacteria adaptation during chronic infection 

Joanna Goldberg, Ph.D. & Nate Jacobs

Nov 21

PBEE Faculty Candidate Audrey Lenhart, Ph.D.
US Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Insecticide resistance in dengue and malaria vectors: How molecular biology can be used to optimize vector control interventions

N/A

Nov 28

No Seminar
Thanksgiving

N/A

N/A

Dec 5

Soojin Yi, Ph.D.
Georgia Tech

Genome Evolution and DNA Methylation - Duplication, Divergence, and Differentiation

Donna Maney, Ph.D. & Chloe Robins

Spring 2014

Date

Speaker

Seminar Title

Hosts

January 17

Lingchong You

Duke University

Programming bacteria to cooperate, sacrifice, and organize

Ilya Nemenman & Nick Braykov

January 24

Betsy Foxman

University of Michigan

Streptococcal pneumonia and Acute Respiratory Infection

Karen Levy & Nick Braykov

January 31

Daniel Streicker

University of Glasgow

Know thy host: ecological and evolutionary insights for the control of vampire bat rabies

Les Real & Brooke Bozick

February 7

Molly Cummings

University of Texas-Austin

The mate choice mind: studying mate preference with swordtail brains and skin

Donna Maney & Amanda Pierce

February 14

No Seminar

PBEE Student Meeting

N/A

N/A

February 21

No Seminar

PBEE Recruitment Event

N/A

N/A

February 28

PBEE Students:

Michele Parsons, Justine Garcia, Mary Bushman

Michele Parsons: Molecular Epidemiology of Cryptosporidium spp. in Humans, Wild Primates, and Domesticated Animals in Gombe, Tanzania

Justine Garcia: Horizontal acquisition leads to partner promiscuity in insect-bacteria mutualisms

Mary Bushman: Within-host competition of malaria parasites in humans and the fitness cost of drug resistance

N/A

March 7

Sonia Altizer

University of Georgia

Animal migrations and infectious disease dynamics

Jaap de Roode & Amanda Pierce

March 14

No Seminar

Spring Break

N/A

N/A

March 21

*CNR 2001*

PBEE Students:

Alaine Broadaway & Brooke Bozick

Alaine Broadaway: Kernel machine approach to gene-environment interaction analyses

Brooke Bozick: The role of human transportation networks in mediating the genetic structure of seasonal influenza

N/A

March 28

PBEE Dissertation Defense:

Rebecca Levine

Urban Eco-Epidemiology of West Nile Virus in Atlanta, Georgia

Advisor: Uriel Kitron

April 4

Jeb Byers

University of Georgia

Retention, range limits, and invasions in advective environments: Implications for species and genetic diversity

Berry Brosi & Dave Gruenewald

April 11

PBEE Students:

Carolyn Ayers, Zach Lynch, Matthew Ezewudo

Carloyn Ayers: Bees can’t teleport! A null model of traplining behavior in foragers with underlying spatial structure and limitations on forager movements

Zach Lynch: Evolution of defenses against parasitoid wasps in the Drosophila melanogaster group

Matthew Ezewudo: Genomics approach to studying Neisseria gonorrhoeae population

N/A

April 18

Robert Brucker

Vanderbilt University

The not-so-silent majority: how microbiota can redefine their host species

Nicole Gerardo & Justine Garcia

April 25

Joanna Goldberg, Berry Brosi, Machelle Pardue, and Dona Yarbrough

Emory University

PBEE Ethics Forum: Women in Science

N/A

Fall 2013

Date

Speaker

Seminar Title

Host(s)

September 13

Kostas Konstantinidis

GA Tech

Bacterial species exist, metagenomics reveal

Karen Levy & Mary Bushman

September 20

*CNR 4001*

*PBEE Faculty Candidate*

Levi Morran

Emory University

Experimental evolution in pursuit of coevolution's royal family, the Red Queen and the Red King

Jaap de Roode

September 27

*PBEE Faculty Candidate*

Donna Maney

Emory University

Connecting Genes and Social Behavior in a Unique Avian Model

Mike Zwick

September 30

*ENVS Seminar*

4-5pm, Math & Science Bldg, Room N306

Jeff Brawn

University of Illinois

Population Biology of Tropical Birds in a Changing World

Environmental Studies Department

October 4

Tony Long

UC Irvine

Learning to Love the Heterogeneity Theory for the Genetics of Complex Traits

Mike Zwick & Alaine Broadaway

October 11

PBEE Students

Michael Mina, Jo Williams-Newkirk

Michael Mina:

Jo Williams-Newkirk:

N/A

October 25

 

Katia Koelle

Duke

Examining the interplay between viral evolution and disease dynamics

Les Real & Brooke Bozick

November 1

Jenny Boughman

Michigan State

Speciation by divergent (not strong) sexual selection

Jaap de Roode & Amanda Pierce

November 7

Eugene Koonin

National Center for Biotechnology Information

Evolution of the virus world: the giants and the dwarfs

John Lucchesi

November 15

Stephanie Sherman & Irwin Waldman

Emory University

PBEE Ethics Forum: Data Sharing and Open Science

N/A

November 18

*ENVS Seminar*

4-5pm, Math & Science Bldg, Room N306

Karen Levy

Emory University

Climate Drivers of Diarrheal Disease

Environmental Studies Department

November 22

David Hughes

Penn State

Zombie ants: the precise manipulation of social insect

Nicole Gerardo & Erica Harris

December 6

 

Will Ratcliff

GA Tech

Experimental Evolution of Multicellularity

Nicole Gerardo & Tim O’Sullivan

Spring 2013

Date

Speaker

Seminar Title

Host(s)

January 18

Cori Richards-Zawacki

Tulane University

Selection and the rapid evolution of color polymorphism in Panamanian poison frogs

Les Real & Brooke Bozick

January 25

Andrea Graham

Princeton University

The dynamics of optimal defense against parasites

Jaap de Roode & Mary Bushman

February 1

*CNR 4001*

*PBEE Faculty Candidate*

Minsu Kim

Emory University

To grow or not to grow: Survival strategies of bacteria to cope with hardship

N/A

February 8

PBEE students:

Pierre Ankomah & Alaine Broadaway

Pierre Ankomah: Treatment of Bacterial Infections: Pharmacodynamics meets Population Dynamics meets Immunology &

Alaine Broadaway: Novel kernel method for detecting gene-environment interactions in human traits

N/A

February 15

Sylvain Moineau

University Laval

CRISPR-CAS, the immune system of streptococcus thermophilus

Bruce Levin & Mary Bushman

March 1

Mary Power

University of California, Berkeley

Food webs in river networks

Bruce Levin & Pierre Ankomah

March 8

Andrea Swei

San Francisco State University

Scaling from genomes to ecological communities: understanding emerging tick-borne pathogens

Gonzalo Vazquez-Prokopec & Melo-Jean Yap

March 22

Lisa McGraw

North Carolina State University

Uncovering the neurogenomic architecture of social and reproductive behaviors

Larry Young & Amanda Pierce

March 29

PBEE student:

Rebecca Levine

Limited Spillover to Humans from West Nile Virus Viremic Birds in Atlanta, GA

N/A

April 3

*Extra Seminar*

 

Frans de Waal

Emory University

Nature of Knowledge Seminar Series

The Bonobo and the Atheist: Morality, Religion and Prosocial Primates

(6:30 PM in White Hall 208, followed by book signing and reception)

Nature of Knowledge Seminar Series

April 5

Peter Hudson

Penn State University

Just when you thought it was safe………Invasion processes in infection disease

Les Real & Brook Bozick

April 12

Vijay Panjeti

Emory University (PBEE Post-Doc)

Integrating genetic and epidemiological data to determine the disease transmission rates (β) of rabies virus in a wildlife host

N/A

April 19

Karin Pfennig

University of North Carolina

Trade-offs in mate recognition ecological and evolutionary implications

Nicole Gerardo & Amanda Pierce

April 26

Erin Lipp

University of Georgia

Examining the Ecology of Salmonella: Environmental Routes of Exposure & Transmission

Karen Levy & Marissa Grossman

May 3

Stephanie Sherman

Emory University

PBEE Ethics Forum: The intersection of ethics in the mentee-mentor relationship

N/A

May 10

PBEE students:

Brooke Bozick, Michele Parsons, & Amanda Pierce

Brooke Bozick: The role of the humanconstructed environment in mediating the genetic structure of seasonal influenza

Michele Parsons: Fine Scale Mobility of Domestic Animals and Potential for Zoonotic Transmission in Gombe National Park

Amanda Pierce: Determining the effects of range expansion on population structure in a migrating animal

N/A

May 24

*PBEE Faculty Candidate*

Joanna Goldberg

Emory University

Evolution During Chronic Lung Infections

N/A

Fall 2012

Date

Speaker

Seminar Title

Host(s)

September 14

Paul Armsworth University of Tennessee

The design of incentive payment programs
for biodiversity conservation

Berry Brosi & Carolyn Ayers

September 21

PBEE students: Justine Garcia, Michael Mina, Jo Williams-Newkirk,

Justine Garcia: Partner Specificity in an
Environmentally-Acquired
Insect-Burkholderia
Symbiosis

Michael Mina: Live Attenuated Influenza
Vaccination Enhances
Bacterial Colonization,
Density and Acute Otitis
Media

Jo Williams-Newkirk: Presence and Diversity of
"Candidatus Midichloria
mitochondrii" in Lone Star
Ticks

N/A

*Extra seminar*

September 21

Physics Colloquium

Herbert Levine

Rice University

The Statistical Mechanisms of Darwinian Evolution

Ilya Nemenman

September 28

Shozo Yokoyama

Emory University

Molecular basis of phenotypic
adaptation: An example from the world of vision

Mike Zwick

*Extra seminar*

October 2

Harland Cinema

Joel Martin

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

God or Darwin? A Marine Biologist’s Take on the Compatibility of Faith and Evolution

Jaap de Roode & Amanda Pierce

October 5

PBEE students:

Nelle Couret, Michael Gehring, Ben Parker,

Nelle Couret: Symbiont acquisition and
host plant alter life-history
traits of an invasive
agricultural pest

Michael Gehring: High-resolution chromatin
interaction mapping reveals
role for insulators in
maintaining chromosome
organization at the subdomain
level

Ben Parker: Polyphenism influences
investment in immunity:
phenotype to
transcriptome

N/A

October 12

Gonzalo Vazquez-Prokopec

Emory University

Linking fine scale mobility and dynamic
contacts to understand the spatial
dimension of pathogen transmission

Berry Brosi

October 19

Arri Eisen

Emory University

PBEE Ethics Forum: Science and the Public

 N/A

November 2

Marcus Kronforst

University of Chicago

Adaptation and speciation in
tropical butterflies

Nicole Gerardo & Amanda Pierce

Novemer 9

Lance Price

Translational Genomics Research Institute

Livestock Associated MRSA
ST398: the birth of a superbug

Tim Read &

Matthew Ezewudo

*Extra Seminar*

November 13

Myron Zaluck

University of Queensland

Will Monarchs go extinct? -
the view from down under

Jaap de Roode

November 16

Marm Kilpatrick

University of California Santa Cruz

The ecology and impacts of
multi-host pathogens

Uriel Kitron & Rebecca Levine

November 30

PBEE students: Anand Bhardwaj & Joshua Shak

Anand Bhardwaj: Ecological dynamics affect
RNA viral sensitivity to
extinction thresholds

Joshua Shak: The Streptococcus
pneumoniae virulence factor
pneumolysin is essential for
early biofilm formation

N/A

December 7

Eric Gaucher

Georgia Institute of Technology

On the use of ancient enzymes to
understand early life, recapitulate molecular
adaptation and to treat human diseases

Nicole Gerardo &  Justine Garcia