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James Marvin Memorial Seminar Series Archive

Fall 2014 Marvin Seminar Schedule

Date Speaker Seminar Title
Sep 11 Dr. Christine Ondzighi-Assoume, Postdoc, Harris Lab Environmental Nitrate Stimulates Root Tip Abscisic Acid Accumulation via Release from Inactive Stores
Sep 18 Dr. Nina Fefferman, Rutgers University
Host: Dr. Brian Beckage
The Evolution of Social Complexity
Sep 25 Dr. Anne Bruneau, University of Montreal
Host: Dr. David Barrington
Diversification patterns in early diverging legume lineages
Oct 2 Dr. Jason Holliday, Virginia Tech
Host: Dr. Jane Molofsky
Genomics of adaptation to climate in trees along altitudinal and latitudinal gradients
Oct 9 Dr. Nick Kaplinsky, Swarthmore College
Host: Dr. Jeanne Harris
Proteostasis, development, and high temperature responses in Arabidopsis
Oct 16 Suryatapa Jha, grad student, Tierney Lab
Sanhita Chakraborty, grad student, Harris Lab
A novel retromer subunit, VPS26C, is required for cell wall organization and polarized growth in Arabidopsis
Salt stress: how high is high - that is the question
Oct 23 Dr. Peter Melcher, Ithaca College
Host: Dr. Jill Preston
Embolism Refilling under negative water potentials – Fact or Fiction?
Oct 30 Dr. Tim Miyashiro, Penn State
Host: Dr. Jeanne Harris
Exploring bacterial gene regulation in the squid-vibrio symbiosis
Nov 6 Karl Fetter, grad student, Keller Lab Extinction, migration, speciation - a post-glacial history of the population structure, phylogeography, and biodiversity of Liriodendron tulipifera L. (Magnoliaceae)
Nov 13 Dr. John Stockie, Simon Frasier University
Host: Dr. Tim Perkins
Maple sap exudation explained: A mathematical model for the Milburn-O’Malley process
Nov 20 Prince Zogli, grad student, Delaney Lab
Weston Testo, grad student, Barrington Lab
The circadian regulator LNK2 binds SON1 and plays a role in plant defense

Dynamics of asymmetrical hybridization in North American wood ferns
Nov 27 Thanksgiving No Seminar

Spring 2014 Marvin Seminar Schedule

Date Speaker Seminar Title
Monday, Jan 13 Dr. Henry Adams, Los Alamos National Laboratory (candidate for plant ecologist faculty position) Tree stress and mortality from drought
Jan 16 Dr. Rachel Vannette, Stanford University
(candidate for plant ecologist faculty position)
Microbial symbionts affect plant chemistry and species interactions
Jan 23 Dr. Stephen Keller, University of Maryland
(candidate for plant ecologist faculty position)
Plants on the move: evolutionary responses during natural and human-induced range changes
Monday, Jan 27 Dr. David Haak, University of Indiana
(candidate for plant ecologist faculty position)
Evolutionary ecology of plant defense
Jan 30 Dr. Eric von Wettberg, Florida International University
(candidate for plant ecologist faculty position)
Mechanisms and ecological applications of local adaptation in a rapidly changing world
Feb 6 Dr. Jeffrey Hughes, UVM Plant Biology How a Forest Ecosystem Knows What to Do After Large-Scale Disturbance
Feb 13 Dr. Jeanne Harris, UVM Plant Biology A colorful conundrum: how different colors of light regulate a symbiotic interaction belowground
Feb 20 Dr. David Barrington, UVM Plant Biology A biogeographic perspective on the fern genus Polystichum
Feb 27 Dr. Barbara Ambrose, New York Botanical Garden
Host: Dr. Michael Sundue
Evolution and Development in Ferns
Mar 6 Spring Break No Seminar
Mar 13 Canceled owing to weather
Dr. Nick Kaplinsky, Swarthmore College
Host: Dr. Jeanne Harris
Canceled owing to weather
Proteostasis, development, and high temperature responses in Arabidopsis
Mar 20 Nikisha Patel, graduate student, Barrington lab
Meghan McKeown, graduate student, Preston lab
Evolution of apomixis in two fern genera: Phegopteris and Polystichum in North America and temperate Asia
Evolution of vernalization responsiveness in temperate Pooideae
Mar 27 Dr. Joel Griffitts, Brigham Young University
Host: Dr. Jeanne Harris
Getting to Fix: Negotiating compatibility in the legume-rhizobium symbiosis
Apr 3 Kattia Palacio Lopez, graduate student, Molofsky lab
Gianna Sassi, graduate student, Harris lab
Phenotypic variance in response to temperature in Arabidopis thaliana
Testing the conservation of LATD/NIP function for root organ development across angiosperms
Apr 10 Dr. Chuck Davis, Harvard University
Host: Matt Pierle and Dave Barrington
The big, the bad, and the beautiful: plant parasitism and the origin of the world’s largest flowers
Apr 17 Kelly Finan, Field Naturalist graduate student
Matt Cahill, Field Naturalist graduate student
Beyond Trails: A New Perspective from Maine's Natural Heritage Hikes
The Problem with Rust: Lessons from an Invasive Fungus Survey in California
Apr 24 Matt Pierle, Field Naturalist graduate student
Gus Goodwin, Field Naturalist graduate student
Working forest lands, ecological communities, and bird conservation in the Adirondacks
Predicting spatial variability in calcium content of soil parent material for the Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont
May 1 Dr. Dave Richardson, University of Stellenbosch
Host: Dr. Jane Molofsky
Tree invasions: New insights from an amazing global experiment in biogeography

Fall 2013 Marvin Seminar Schedule

Date Speaker Seminar Title
Aug 29 First week of classes No Seminar
Sep 5 Dr. Cintia Gomes de Freitas, Visiting Scientist in the Barrington Lab Trait And Phylogenetic Structure Of Palms In Central Amazon: Neutral And Non-Neutral Processes Are Environment Dependent
Sep 12 Prince Zogli, PBIO grad student, Delaney Lab
Weston Testo, PBIO grad student, Barrington Lab
Investigating the Importance of SON1-SIF1 Protein Interaction in planta

Game to Phyte?: Competition and Allelopathy in Fern Gametophytes from Vermont
Sep 19 Dr. Paula McSteen, University of Missouri
Host: Dr. Jill Preston
Auxin EvoDevo: Conservation and diversification of gene families controlling auxin biosynthesis, transport and signaling in monocots and eudicots
Monday
Sep 23
3:00pm
Jeffords 326
Dr. Ian Newman, University of Tasmania
Host: Dr. Bud Etherton
The Mechanism of Salinity Tolerance in Barley
Sep 26 Dr. Jim Morris, Brandeis University
Host: Dr. Laura Hill Bermingham
Rethinking Majors Biology: Course and Curricular Change
Oct 3 Sanhita Chakraborty, PBIO grad student, Harris Lab
Suryatapa Jha, PBIO grad student, Tierney Lab
At the crossroads of nodulation and NaCl signaling
VPS26C, a retromer subunit in Arabidopsis required for root hair growth
Oct 10 Dr. Jinshun Zhong, University of Missouri
Host: Dr. Jill Preston
The evolution of floral symmetry in Lamiales
Oct 17 Dr. Mark Beilstein, University of Arizona
Host: Dr. Jill Preston
Evolution of Telomerase in Plants: lessons from Brassicaceae
Oct 24 Dr. Preston Garcia, Castleton State University
Host: Dr. Jeanne Harris
Understanding Sinorhizobium meliloti signaling via metabolism, genetics and alfalfa symbiosis
Oct 31 Dr. Stephanie McCay, UVM Animal Science
Host: Dr. Jill Preston
Elucidating the extent to which DNA methylation affects phenotypic variation in cattle
Nov 7 Dr. Jessica Gurevitch, Stony Brook University
Host: Dr. Jane Molofsky
Landscape demography and a different perspective on biological invasions
Nov 14 Dr. Stephanie Hurley, UVM Plant & Soil Science
Host: Dr. Jeanne Harris
Stormwater Treatment Landscapes at UVM and Beyond
Nov 21 OPEN OPEN
Nov 28 Thanksgiving No Seminar

Spring 2013 Marvin Seminar Schedule

Date Speaker Seminar Title
Jan 17 No Seminar  
Jan 24 Dr. Lucia Strader, Washington University
Host: Dr. Mary Tierney
Roles for the auxin precursor IBA in plant growth and development
Jan 31 Dr. Paul Wolf, Utah State University
Host: Meghan McKeown and Dr. Dave Barrington
Evolution of plants with big genomes
Feb 7 Dr. Mark Vellend, Sherbrooke University
Host: Dr. Jane Molofsky
Integrating ecology and genetics: patterns, experiments, and ideas
Feb 14 Kattia Palacio-Lopez, PBIO grad student, Molofsky Lab
Nikisha Patel, PBIO grad student, Molofsky Lab
Ploidy level in Phalaris and potential physiological implications
Phenotypic plasticity: some results and ideas
Feb 21 Parna Ghosh, CMB grad student, Harris Lab
Meghan McKeown, PBIO grad student, Preston Lab
Role of Heme Oxygenase in regulating ROS levels and nodule senescence in Medicago truncatula
The evolution of the vernalization response in the temperate pooids
Feb 28 Dr. Christine Ondzighi-Assoume, PBIO postdoc, Harris Lab Regulation of ABA Transport at the Growing Root Tip in Medicago and Arabidopsis
Mar 7 No Seminar Spring Break
Mar 14 Dr. Erika Edwards, Brown University
Host: Dr. Jill Preston
A clade's eye view of plant ecological adaptation
Mar 21 Dr. Rachel Spicer, Connecticut College
Host: Dr. Jeanne Harris
Making connections: the role of auxin transport in woody stem development
Mar 28 Dr. Ahmed Faik, Ohio University
Host: Dr. Christine Ondzighi-Assoume
Xylan biosynthesis: so many genes, so little known
Apr 4 Dr. Georgia Drakakaki, University of California, Davis
Host: Dr. Mary Tierney
Dissection of endomembrane trafficking and cell wall deposition
Apr 11 Carly Brown, Field Naturalist grad student
Assessing the impacts of prescribed fire on rare moths in the Ossipee Pine Barrens
Apr 18 Becky Cushing, Field Naturalist grad student
Liz Brownlee, Field Naturalist grad student
From Mount Mansfield to Molly Bog: A new management approach for UVM's Natural Areas
A New Option for On-Farm River Stewardship in Vermont
Apr 25 Krzysztof Szczyglowski, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Host: Dr. Jeanne Harris
Cytokinin receptors: footprints along the evolutionary path to symbiotic root nodule formation
May 2 Sophie Mazowita, Field Naturalist grad student
Nancy Olmstead, Field Naturalist grad student
Red Rocks Park: management and meaning in urban natural areas

Mapping natural communities over large areas: a 24,000-acre case study from Baxter State Park, Maine

Fall 2012 Marvin Seminar Schedule

Date Speaker Seminar Title
Sep 6 Dr. Khidir Hilu, Virginia Tech
Host: Dr. Jane Molofsky
Gene choice, cost-effectiveness and phylogenetic tree robustness: Case studies in angiosperms
Sep 13 Dr. Mel Tyree, University of Alberta
Host: Dr. Phil Lintilhac
How to Design a Zero-Carbon, Net-Zero-Energy Home
Sep 20 Dr. Sam Scheiner, Program Officer, DEB National Science Foundation A theory for biology
Sep 27 Dr. Roger Deal, Emory University
Host: Dr. Laura Almstead
Chromatin dynamics and cell fate specification in plants
Oct 4 Dr. Neil Sarkar, UVM Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Host: Dr. Jeanne Harris
Challenges and Opportunities for Leveraging Biodiversity Knowledge for Advancing Biomedical Research
Friday, Oct 5 Dr. Wim Hordijk, World Wide Wanderings
Host: Dr. Brian Beckage
Autocatalytic Sets and the Origin of Life
Oct 11 Dr. Mike Barker, University of Arizona
Host: Dr. Dave Barrington
Polyploidy, hybridization, and the evolution of plant diversity
Oct 18 Dr. Paul Wolf, Utah State University
Host: Meghan McKeown, Barrington lab
CANCELLED Evolution of plants with big genomes
Oct 25 Dr. Million Tadege, Oklahoma State University
Host: Dr. Jeanne Harris
Regulation of leaf blade outgrowth in eudicots: STENOFOLIA and action in the middle
Nov 1 Dr. Taylor Ricketts, UVM Gund Institute of Ecological Economics
Host: Dr. Jeanne Harris
Ecology and Economics of Pollination Services
Nov 8 Dr. Jannice Friedman, Syracuse University
Host: Dr. Jill Preston
Evolutionary transitions in plant reproductive strategies
Nov 15 Dr. Ann Hazelrigg, UVM Plant & Soil Science
Host: Dr. Jeanne Harris
UVM Plant Diagnostic Clinic - Or "How I spend my summer vacation!"
Nov 22 Thanksgiving No Seminar
Nov 29 Dr. Jill Preston, UVM Plant Biology Evolutionary genetics of plant habit and phase change
Dec 6 Prince Zogli, UVM Plant Biology graduate student, Delaney Lab
Chang Zhang, UVM Plant Biology graduate student, Harris Lab
Elucidating the importance of SIF1-SON1 protein interaction in Planta

Characterization of Transcription factors that act in LATD/ABA signaling in legume roots

Spring 2012 Marvin Seminar Schedule

Date Speaker Seminar Title
Jan 19 Dr. Anja Geitmann, University of Montreal
Host: Dr. Mary Tierney
Shaping up - the challenge of making a tube
Jan 26 Open Open
Feb 2 Dr. Sid Bosworth, UVM Plant & Soil Science Do Grasses Make Sense As a Biomass Crop in Vermont?
Feb 9 Dr. Dong Wang, University of Massachussetts, Amherst
Host: Dr. Jeanne Harris
Illuminating the underground trade: dissecting the molecular basis of nitrogen-fixing symbiosis
Feb 16 Dr. Christine Ondzighi, UVM Plant Biology Postdoc, Harris lab Enhancing Biofuel Production Through The Improvement of Lignocellulosic Cell Walls Biomass Properties
Feb 23 Open Open
Mar 1 Dr. Gabriela Bucini, UVM Plant Biology Postdoc, Beckage lab Spatial and ecological scales of woody plant cover in savannas
Mar 8 Spring Break No Seminar
Mar 15 Dr. Federica Brandizzi, Michigan State University
Host: Dr. Mary Tierney
Morphological and Functional Identity of Organelles of the Early Plant Secretory Pathway
Mar 22 Dr. Eddie Watkins, Colgate University
Host: Dr. Dave Barrington
An inordinate frondness for ferns: evolution and ecophysiology of seed-free vascular plants
Mar 29 Neil Kamman and Rich Langdon, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation Vermont's Surface Water Monitoring and Assessment Program - Integrating Science and Policy in support of Surface Water Protection and Restoration
Apr 5 Dr. Rebecca Dickstein, University of North Texas
Host: Dr. Jeanne Harris
Tracking proteins en route to the symbiosome
Apr 12 Dr. Abby van den Berg, UVM Plant Biology, Proctor Maple Research Center Impacts of modern processing technologies on maple syrup composition and flavor
Apr 19 Cathy Bell and Lindsay Watkins, UVM Plant Biology Field Naturalist students My First Summer in the Sierra: Lessons Learned from Alpine Plants
Forest health and tree mortality in Vermont forests
Apr 26 Audrey Clark and Danielle Owczarski, UVM Plant Biology Field Naturalist students Which Is the Road More Traveled? Connectivity Conservation and Roadway Permeability for Wildlife
A Field Naturalist's Approach to Interpreting and Evaluating Common Lands
May 3 Dr. Jack Williams, University of Wisconsin
Host: Dr. Brian Beckage
Holocene aridity and the prairie-forest ecotone in Central North America: Intrinsic and extrinsic drivers of past abrupt change

Fall 2011 Marvin Seminar Schedule

Date Speaker Seminar Title
Sep 8 Dr. Jane Molofsky, UVM Plant Biology The ecology and evolution of invasion: A model system approach
Sep 15 Chang Zhang, UVM Plant Biology graduate student, Harris lab
Emily Larson, UVM Cell & Molecular Biology graduate student, Tierney lab
ABA-mediated regulation of root meristem function and cell expansion via ROS and the nitrate transporter LATD/NIP
On the Move: Characterizing Trafficking Genes Whose Expression is Altered in the Cell Wall Mutant atprp3-1
Sep 22 Dr. Danny Schnell, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Host: Dr. Mary Tierney
Protein targeting to chloroplasts as a model for understanding organelle biogenesis and homeostasis
Sep 29 Dr. Bill Platt, Louisiana State University
Host: Dr. Brian Beckage
Non-catastrophic disturbances, landscape dynamics, and biodiversity: implications for effects of ongoing rapid environmental change
Oct 6 Dr. Julia Frugoli, Clemson University
Host: Dr. Jeanne Harris
How Does the Plant say “No More”?: The molecular Genetics of Nodule Number Regulation
Oct 13 Dr. Kirsten Bomblies, Harvard University
Host: Dr. Jeanne Harris
Genomics of adaptation to anthropogenic habitats in tetraploid Arabidopsis arenosa
Oct 20 Open Open
Oct 27 Dr. Lou Gross, NIMBioS
Host: Brian Beckage
Space and Control in Natural Systems
Nov 3 Dr. Laura Hill Bermingham, UVM Plant Biology Forest management affects rare plant persistence in the Green Mountain National Forest
Nov 10 Larry Millman, Fungi Author
Host: Dr. Terry Delaney
How to Banish Evil Spirits: Uses of Fungi by Northern Native People
Nov 17 Dr. Elizabeth Crone, Harvard Forest, Harvard University
Host: Dr. Jane Molofsky
Pulsed floral resources and pollinator population dynamics
Nov 24 Thanksgiving No Seminar
Dec 1 Dr. Ramiro Barrantes, UVM Plant Biology postdoc, Beckage lab When you don't know what you don't know: Changepoints and model selection in ecology
Dec 8 Prince Zogli, UVM Plant Biology graduate student, Delaney lab
Stacy Jorgensen, UVM Plant Biology graduate student, Barrington lab
Investigating the Role of Arabidopsis SON1 in Plant Defense

An investigation of the genetic diversity and evolutionary history of the allotetraploid fern Polystichum braunii (Dryopteridaceae)

Spring 2011 Marvin Seminar Schedule

Date Speaker Seminar Title
Jan 20 Jamie Carter, UVM Plant Biology graduate student, Tierney lab Signals from the Outside-In: Two cell wall proteins that mediate stomatal function
Jan 24 (Monday)
4:00 Rm 110
Dr. Michael Prigge, University of California, San Diego
Candidate for the Assistant Professor position in Plant Development and Evolution
The auxin-signaling pathway of moss and its implications on plant evolution
Jan 26 (Wednesday)
2:30 Rm 112
Dr. Nolan Kane, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Candidate for the Assistant Professor position in Plant Development and Evolution
Evolutionary genomics of adaptation and speciation in sunflowers
Feb 1 (Tuesday)
4:00 Rm 110
Dr. Chelsea Specht, University of California, Berkeley Emerging complexity in tropical gingers (Zingiberales): flowers, form, and diversification
Feb 3 Dr. Benjamin Blackman, Duke University
Candidate for the Assistant Professor position in Plant Development and Evolution
Bridging genetic and environmental complexity in the evolution of developmental plasticity
Feb 10 Dr. Jill Preston, University of Kansas
Candidate for the Assistant Professor position in Plant Development and Evolution
Evolutionary Genetics of Plant Diversity: insights from inflorescence and flower development
Feb 17 Dr. Joshua Bongard, UVM Computer Science
Host: Dr. Jeanne Harris
Building Better Robots using Evo-Devo
Feb 24 Dr. Michael Sundue, UVM Plant Biology postdoc, Pringle Herbarium Phylogenetics of grammitid ferns: new insights into morphology and biogeography
Mar 3 Dr. Deborah Alongi, Castleton State College
Host: Dr. David Barrington
Sugar transport and its role in land plant evolution on ancient and modern scales
Mar 10 Spring Break No Seminar
Mar 17 Dr. Jeff Munroe, Middlebury College
Host: Dr. Brian Beckage
Lacustrine Sedimentary Records of Holocene Glacier Activity in Glacier National Park, Montana
Mar 24 Dr. Raka Mitra, Carlton College
Host: Dr. Jeanne Harris
The Bacterial Wilt Disease of Plants: Getting to the Root of the Problem
Mar 31 Carrie Pucko, UVM Plant Biology graduate student, Beckage Lab
Matthew Kaproth, UVM Plant Biology graduate student, Molofsky Lab
Examining Climate Change in the Green Mountains through Seedling and Gap Dynamics
Investigating litter feedbacks on establishing invasive Phalaris arundinacea
Apr 1 (Friday)
12:50pm
Rm 110
Dr. Ana Caiceido, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
joint PSS-PBIO seminar (lunch before talk in Rm 234)
How to evolve a weed: the origins of invasive weedy rice in the U.S.
Apr 7 Dr. Maitrayee Das Gupta, University of Calcutta
Host: Dr. Jeanne Harris
Deciphering the molecular code that predisposed plants to root nodule symbiosis
Apr 14 Zachary Ispa-Landa, UVM Field Naturalist graduate student
Charlie Hohn, UVM Field Naturalist graduate student
The college sustainability corps: moving beyond conservation
The Lost Channels of Squirrel Hill: Outreach Methods for Citizen Watershed Awareness in Pittsburgh, PA
Apr 21 Taylor Bushell, UVM Field Naturalist graduate student
Sam Schaefer-Joel, UVM Field Naturalist graduate student
Monitoring Vegetation at the Ossipee Pine Barrens, NH
Increasing undergraduate engagement: Two case studies and a proposal for the GreenHouse Residential Learning Community
Apr 28 Monique McHenry, UVM Plant Biology graduate student, Barrington lab
Bryarly McEachern, UVM Field Naturalist graduate student
Delimiting species boundaries in Andean ferns: using morphometric and phylogenetic data to understand species in the genus Polystichum
Opportunities for land stewardship, research, and education at the VINS Nature Center
May 5 Yucan Zhang, UVM Plant Biology graduate student, Harris lab The effect of red and far-red light on nodulation of Medicago truncatula

Fall 2010 Marvin Seminar Schedule

Date Speaker Seminar Title
Sep. 2 Emily Larson, UVM Plant Biology graduate student, Tierney lab
Cecilia Rodriguez Furlan, visiting graduate student, Tierney lab
Changes in root hair cell wall structure affect gene expression and cell function in Arabidopsis

Characterization of the polarized secretion of AtPRP1 and AtPRP3
Sep. 9 OPEN
Sep. 16 Dr. Stuart Kauffman, UVM Biochemistry Department Ideas on Development, Evolution and Community Assembly: For discussion
Sep. 23 Stacy Jorgensen, UVM Plant Biology graduate student, Barrington lab
Joao Condack, visiting graduate student, Barrington lab
Insights into the relationships of three Costa Rican allotetraploids in the fern genus Polystichum (Dryopteridaceae) from nuclear DNA sequence analysis
Phylogeny and biogeography of the fern genus Polystichum in the Brazilian center of diversity
Sep. 30 OPEN
Oct. 7 Dr. David Domozych, Skidmore College
Host: Dr. Philip Lintilhac
Unraveling the mysteries of the plant cell wall: Charophycean Green Algae and the evolution of wall polymers
Oct. 14 Dr. Madhur Anand, University of Guelph
Host: Dr. Brian Beckage
Understanding global ecological changes in forests
Oct. 21 Dr. Maarten Eppinga, Postdoctoral Associate, Molofsky lab Litter feedbacks, evolutionary change and the spatial spread of plant communities
Oct. 28 Dr. Yolanda Chen, UVM Plant & Soil Science Department Ecological consequences of crop artificial selection
Nov. 4 Dr. Laura Hill Bermingham, UVM Plant Biology Department Ecological and anthropogenic factors affecting the distribution and persistence of rare plant Polemonium vanbruntiae in the Green Mountain National Forest
Nov. 11 Dr. Simon Gilroy, University of Wisconsin
Host: Dr. Jeanne Harris
Feeling Green: Ca2+, pH and ROS Signaling in Mechanical Responses of Arabidopsis
Nov. 18 Chang Zhang, UVM Plant Biology graduate student, Harris lab Identifying Transcription Factors in the ABA/LATD signaling pathway
Nov. 25 Thanksgiving No Seminar
Dec. 2 Dr. Chunfang Wei, UVM Plant Biology Department Searching for the physical mechanism of cell wall growth
Dec. 9 Mark Isselhardt, UVM Plant Biology graduate student, Proctor Maple Research Center Do modern sap extraction methods affect the nonstructural carbohydrate reserves of Acer saccharum?

Spring 2010 Marvin Seminar Schedule

Date Speaker Seminar Title
Jan. 28 Dr. Jacqueline Bede, McGill University
Host: Dr. Jeanne Harris
Plant-Insect Interactions: The Montreal Tango
Feb. 4 Dr. Holly Gorton, St. Mary's College of Maryland
Host: Dr. Thomas Vogelmann
Bright, Cold and Red: Light and Life in the Snow
Feb. 11 Dr. Mary Tierney, University of Vermont PRPs: Structural Cell Wall Proteins Essential for Root Hair and Stomatal Function
Feb. 18 Dr. Arnold Bloom, University of California at Davis
Host: Dr. Don Stratton
Global Climate Change and Plants: Myths and Misdemeanors
Feb. 25 Rosemary Mosco, UVM Field Naturalist Graduate Student
Teage O'Connor, UVM Field Naturalist Graduate Student
Bringing Climate Change Home: A Web-based Climate Project
PLACE Program: Creating effective community partnerships
Mar. 4 Carrie Pucko, UVM Plant Biology Graduate Student
From Acer to Viola: Community shift in the Green Mountains
Mar. 11 Spring Break No Seminar
Mar. 18 Vivek Sharma, UVM Plant Biology Graduate Student
Emily Stone, UVM Field Naturalist Graduate Student
Potential Role of Extracellular ATP in Regulating Root Hair Growth
Wetland Monitoring in the Wilds of Maine
Mar. 25 Dr. Sam Hazen, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Host: Dr. Mary Tierney
Systems biology of plant biofuel attributes
Apr. 1 No Seminar
Apr. 8 Dr. Elison Blancaflor, Noble Foundation
Host: Dr. Jeanne Harris
Tip growth in plants: Filling the GAP between membrane trafficking and the cytoskeleton
Apr. 15 Yucan Zhang, UVM Plant Biology Graduate Student
Chang Zhang, UVM Plant Biology Graduate Student
The Effect of Far-Red Light on Nodulation
Identifying transcription factors in the ABA/LATD signaling pathway
Apr. 22 Dr. Kathleen Pryer, Duke University
Host: UVM Plant Biology Graduate Students
Fern diversification in an angiosperm-dominated world
Apr. 29 Monique McHenry, UVM Plant Biology Graduate Student
Autumn Foushee, UVM Field Naturalist Graduate Student
Notes from the field: new insights on the fern genus Polystichum in South America
Ecological Indicators of Climate Change and Land Use Impacts in the Coos Watershed, Oregon
May 6 Gianna Sassi, UVM Plant Biology Graduate Student
Matt Kaproth, UVM Plant Biology Graduate Student
Characterizing M. truncatula abscisic acid-response mutants
Phenotypic response of Cardamine hirsuta genotypes to varying competition densities

Fall 2009 Marvin Seminar Schedule

Date Speaker Seminar Title
Sep. 17 Dr. Sheng Qiang, Nanjing Agricultural University, China
Host: Dr. Jane Molofsky
Physiological Adaptation to Temperature as one of the Mechanisms of Invasive Alien Plants
Sep. 24 No Seminar This Week  
Oct. 1 Dr. John C. Volin, University of Connecticut
Host: Dr. Brian Beckage
The Florida Everglades: Will an Alien Fern Strangle its Restoration?
Oct. 8 OPEN  
Oct. 15 OPEN  
Oct. 22 Dr. Dominique Bergmann, Stanford University
Host: Dr. Jeanne Harris
Integrating signaling and transcriptional networks during plant stomatal development
Oct. 29 OPEN  
Nov. 5 Mark Isselhardt, UVM Plant Biology Graduate Student, Proctor Maple Research Center Carbohydrate removal and maple sugaring: Are modern practices sustainable?
Nov. 12 OPEN  
Nov. 19 Dr. Maarten B. Eppinga, Postdoctoral Associate, Dept. of Environmental Science, Utrecht University, The Netherlands (currently doing research in Dr. Jane Molofsky's lab) aMazing Pattern: Spatial Self-organization in Ecosystems
Nov. 26 Thanksgiving No seminar
Dec. 3 OPEN  

Spring 2009 Marvin Seminar Schedule

Date Speaker Seminar Title
Jan. 29 Carrie Pucko, UVM Plant Biology Graduate Student, Beckage Lab
Kimmie Beal, UVM Plant Biology Graduate Student, Beckage Lab
Recent understory vegetation shift in response to climate change on Camels Hump, VT
Our changing landscape: Increased tree cover at New England's treelines
Feb. 5 OPEN  
Feb. 12 OPEN  
Feb. 19 OPEN  
Feb. 26 Dr. Robert I. Bertin, College of the Holy Cross
Host: UVM Plant Biology Graduate Students
Seventy years of change in the flora of one New England county
Mar. 5 Emily Larson, UVM Cell & Molecular Biology Graduate Student, Tierney Lab The role of extracellular matrix proteins in Arabidopsis root hair cells
Mar. 12 Spring Break No Seminar
Mar. 19 Dr. Michael Dietze, University of Illinois
Host: Dr. Brian Beckage
Effects of edaphic variation on forest response to climate change in central New England
Mar. 26 Yucan Zhang, UVM Plant Biology Graduate Student, Harris Lab
Kerry Alley, UVM Plant Biology Graduate Student, Molofsky Lab
Title TBA

Title TBA
Apr. 2 David Jaffe, UVM Field Naturalist Graduate Student
Philip Halteman, UVM Field Naturalist Graduate Student
Riparian functionality and avian species richness along the Little Chazy River in northeastern New York
Evaluating riparian restoration in Vermont: Lessons and applications
Apr. 9 Allaire Diamond, UVM Field Naturalist Graduate Student
Quincy Campbell, UVM Field Naturalist Graduate Student
Artisan non-timber forest products: Local ecological knowledge and potential as a conservation tool
Title TBA
Apr. 16 Dr. Alison Brody, UVM Biology Department Resistance to multiple antagonists: how plants might benefit from consumers
Apr. 23 Giovanna Sassi, UVM Plant Biology Graduate Student, Harris Lab
Jamie Carter, UVM Plant Biology Graduate Student, Tierney Lab
Characterization of ABA and glucose mutants of the model legume Medicago truncatula
Title TBA
Apr. 30 Isaac Nadeau, UVM Field Naturalist Graduate Student
Chang Zhang, UVM Plant Biology Graduate Student, Harris Lab
Ephemeral and enduring: A management plan for Abraham's Woods
Title TBA

Fall 2008 Marvin Seminar Schedule

Date Speaker Seminar Title
Sep. 18 Dr. Jeanne Harris, UVM Plant Biology Department The regulation of legume nodulation by light
Sep. 25 Dr. Hank Kaestner, Director of Procurement, McCormick & Company, Inc. Organic Spice production: Biology and environmental protection in the tropics
Oct. 2 Dr. Robbin Moran, Curator of Ferns, New York Botanical Garden
Host: Dr. David Barrington
Linnaeus, the Second Adam
Friday
Oct. 3
9:00am
Given E105
Dr. Jen Sheen, Harvard University
Host: Dr. Terry Delaney
Plant-Bacterial Warfare - Innate Immunity and Bacterial Suppressors
Oct. 9 Dr. Keiko Yoshioka, University of Toronto
Host: Dr. Terry Delaney
Pathogen Resistance in Plants - The Programmed Cell Death Mutant cpr22 in Arabidopsis Contains a Novel Chimeric Ion Channel
Oct. 16 Matt Kaproth, UVM Plant Biology Graduate Student, Molofsky Lab Biological Invasions: Exploring Cellular Automata with Memory
Oct. 23 Monique McHenry, UVM Plant Biology Graduate Student, Barrington Lab Systematics and Evolution of Andean Ferns in the Genus Polystichum: A Progress Report
Oct. 30 Dr. Brian Beckage, UVM Plant Biology Department Climate Change, Fire, and the Dynamics of Ecological Communities
Nov. 6 Dr. Magdalena Banzanilla, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Host: Dr. Jeanne Harris
Molecular Control of Plant Cell Tip Growth
Nov. 13 Dr. Vivian Irish, Yale University
Host: Dr. Jeanne Harris
Petal Development: Variations on a Theme
Monday
Nov. 17
Dr. John Freudenstein, Ohio State University
Co-sponsored with the Biology Department
Systematics and evolution of the Orchidaceae
Nov. 20 Dr. Shelly Rayback, UVM Department of Geography Stable Carbon Isotopes Ratios of a High Arctic Dwarf Shrub and the Potential for Extracting a Climate Signal and Reconstructing Past Climate

Spring 2008 Marvin Seminar Schedule

Date Speaker Seminar Title
Jan. 31 Dr. Stephen J. Jackson, Department of Botany, University of Wyoming
Host: Dr. Thomas Vogelmann
Space, Time, and History in Ecology: Environmental Texture and its Consequences
Feb. 7 James Barnes, UVM Plant Biology Department Field Naturalist Student

Bob Zaino, UVM Plant Biology Department Field Naturalist Student
A New Model for Land Stewardship in Vermont and Beyond

From the Ground Up: Putting Nature First in Land Use Planning
Feb. 14 Jens Stevens, UVM Plant Biology Graduate Student, Beckage Lab

Matt Kaproth, UVM Plant Biology Graduate Student, Molofsky Lab
The Role of Fire in the Invasion of Florida Pine Savannas by Brazilian Pepper

Spatial modeling of propagule pressure in Ailanthus altissima
Feb. 21 Dr. Mark Lubkowitz, Department of Biology, St. Michael's College
Host: Dr. Jeanne Harris
Resource Allocation in Germinating Rice Seeds: An Unusual Link between peptides and Metals
Feb. 28 Dr. Charles Canham, Forest Ecologist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Host: Dr. Brian Beckage
Invasion of Northeastern Forests by Norway Maple and Tree of Heaven
Mar. 6 Dr. Wouter van Hoven, Center for Wildlife Management, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Host: Dr. David Barrington
The Role of Plant Tannins in Browser Population Density Regulation
Mar. 13 Spring Break No Seminar
Mar. 20 Dr. Carroll Vance, USDA/ARS Research Leader, Adjunct Professor, University of Minnesota
Host: Dr. Jeanne Harris
Phosphate Stress Induces Complex Changes in Root Architecture and Biochemistry
Mar. 27 Jamie Carter, UVM Plant Biology Graduate Student, Tierney Lab

Carrie Pucko, UVM Plant Biology Graduate Student, Beckage Lab
Characterization of T-DNA Insertional Mutants of Two Arabidopsis Cell Wall Proteins

Mechanisms Controlling Range Shifts of Montane Forests in Response to Climate Change
Apr. 3 Dr. Julin Maloof, Section of Plant Biology, University of California, Davis
Host: Dr. Jeanne Harris
A Timely Coincidence: Plant Growth in a Diurnal World
Apr. 10 Giovanna Sassi, UVM Plant Biology Graduate Student, Harris Lab Identification and Characterization of ABA-insensitive mutants of Medicago truncatula
Apr. 17 Kimmie Beal, UVM Plant Biology Graduate Student, Beckage Lab

Emily Schadler, UVM Plant Biology Department Field Naturalist Student
Changing Climate and Treeline Elevation in New England

Community Wood Energy and Biomass Fuel from Vermont's Forests
Apr. 24 Robin Collins, UVM Plant Biology Graduate Student, Molofsky Lab

Ryan Salmon, UVM Plant Biology Department Field Naturalist Student
Title TBA

Greenhouse Gas Accounting and Management for Local Climate Action

Fall 2007 Marvin Seminar Schedule

Date Speaker Seminar Title
Sep. 27 Dr. Barbara Whitlock, Biology Department, University of Miami
Host: Dr. David Barrington
Biogeography and the Evolution of Life Histories in Gentianopsis, the Fringed Gentians
Oct. 4
617 Main St
Dr. Mark Starrett, UVM Plant & Soil Science Department
Dr. Jane Molofsky, UVM Plant Biology Department
Tour the New UVM Educational Invasive Woody Plants and their Alternatives Garden. Tour location:  617 Main St., Johnson House (Gund Institute)
Oct. 11 Dr. John Boyer, University of Delaware
Host: Dr. Philip Lintilhac
Molecular Mechanisms of Enlargement in Plant Cells
Oct. 18 Dr. Andrea Lloyd, Middlebury College
Host: Kimmie Beal, UVM Plant Biology Graduate Student
The Greening of the Subarctic? Effects of Recent Climate Warming on Boreal Forests
Oct. 24
11:15-12:05
Aiken 116
Dr. Michael Allen, Botany & Plant Sciences Department, UC Riverside
(Co-sponsored with Plant & Soil Science)
Host: Dr. Deborah Neher
Using Distributed Sensors in a California Mixed Conifer Forest Soil: Surprises from Continuous Measurements
Oct. 25 Dr. Edith Allen, Botany & Plant Sciences Department, UC Riverside
(Co-sponsored with Plant & Soil Science)
Host: Dr. Deborah Neher
Critical Loads of Anthropogenic Nitrogen Deposition and vegetation-type Conversion to Exotic Annual Grassland in Southern California
Nov. 1
CANCELLED
Dr. Jane Molofsky, UVM Plant Biology Department Invasions in Plant Communities: An Ecological and Evolutionary Perspective
CANCELLED
Nov. 8 Dr. Nicole Donofrio, Plant & Soil Science Department, University of Delaware
Host: Dr. Terrence Delaney
Conducting Business Under Pressure: Three stress management programs in Magnaporthe grisea
Nov. 15 Dr. Donald Ross, UVM Plant & Soil Science Department A cross-Site Comparison of Factors Influencing Soil Nitrification Rates in Northeastern USA Forested Watersheds
Nov. 22 Thanksgiving No Seminar
Nov. 29 Dr. Phil Camill, Carleton College
Host: Jens Stevens, UVM Plant Biology graduate student
Carbon Cycle Responses to Climate Warming in Boreal and Arctic Ecosystems are Complicated by Landscape Context

Spring 2007 Marvin Seminar Schedule

Date Speaker Seminar Title
Feb. 1 Craig Brodersen, UVM Plant Biology Department Graduate Student Rethinking Photosynthesis and the Light Environment of Plants
Feb. 8 No Seminar
Feb. 15 No Seminar (Blizzard '07)
Feb. 22 Monica Erhart, UVM Plant Biology Department Field Naturalist Student
Katie Pindell, UVM Plant Biology Department Field Naturalist Student
Natural History for the Community: Bridging the Gap Between Academia and Public Knowledge
Birds in a Thicket: A Project in Shrubland Habitat Management at the Green Mt. Audubon Ctr. & Birds of VT Museum Important Bird Area
Mar. 1 Shana Stewart, UVM Plant Biology Department Field Naturalist Student
Kristen Sharpless, UVM Plant Biology Department Field Naturalist Student
Invasive Plant Management at U.S. Army Reserve Fort Greene, Narragansett, Rhode Island
Teach Local: Place-based Education for K-8 Public School Education in Hinesburg, VT
Mar. 8 Corrie Miller, UVM Plant Biology Department Field Naturalist Student
Erin Sigel, UVM Plant Biology Department Graduate Student
A Celebration of Place: Inspiring Land Stewardship in a Watershed Community
Investigating the Number of Origins of the Allopolyploid Mountain Wood Fern, Dryopteris Campyloptera
Mar. 15 No Seminar (Spring Break)
Mar. 22 Manisha Patel, UVM Plant Biology Department Graduate Student
Craig Yendrek, UVM Plant Biology Department Post-Doctoral Associate
Growth of Phalaris arundinacea Under Various Temperature and Water Regimes in the Greenhouse
CRY 1 is Involved in Mediating Leaf Development in Response to Light Intensity
Mar. 29 Mary An Godshall, Director Sugar Processing Research Institute (SPRI), New Orleans
Host: Dr. Timothy Perkins
Sugar Cane--The Other Sweetener
Apr. 5 Dr. Estelle Hrabak, Plant Biology Department, University of New Hampshire
Host: Dr. Jeanne Harris
Protein targeting to membranes using fatty acids
Apr. 12 Zhen Li, UVM Plant Biology Department Graduate Student Characterization and Cloning of NIP1 (NIM1/NPR 1 - Independent Resistance to Peronospora)
Apr. 19 Dr. Chris Martine, SUNY Plattsburgh
Host: Dr. Jane Molofsky
Two in the Bush: The Evolution of Dioecy in Australian Solanum
Apr. 26 Robin Collins, UVM Plant Biology Department Graduate Student
Carrie Pucko, UVM Plant Biology Department Graduate Student
Genetic Diversity: Implications for Establishment and Invasion Success
A Dual Approach to Evaluating Climate Change Effects in the Green Mountains
May 3 Wei Xiao, UVM Plant Biology Department Graduate Student
Jamie Carter, UVM Plant Biology Department Graduate Student
Cell Wall Structure Proteins in Developmental Process: The Minimum PRP Sequence for Cross-linking & Function
Two Cell Wall Proteins are Specifically Targeted to the Modified Cell Wall Surrounding the Stomatal Pore in A. thaliana

Fall 2006 Marvin Seminar Schedule

Date Speaker Seminar Title
Sep. 14 Dr. David Barrington, Plant Biology Faculty, UVM Hunting for Holly Ferns in the Far West of China
Sep. 21 OPEN
Sep. 28 Abby van den Berg, Plant Biology Graduate Student, UVM Physiological Functions of Anthocyanin Pigments in Juvenile and Senescing Sugar Maple Leaves
Oct. 5 Dr. William K. Smith, Biology Department, Wake Forest University
Host: Dr. Thomas Vogelmann
How to Survive as an Evergreen Tree at the Alpine Treeline: Adaptation by Structure
Oct. 12 OPEN
Oct. 19 OPEN
Oct. 26 Dr. Jon Monroe, Biology Department, James Madison University
Host: Dr. Mary Tierney
Secreted Alpha-Amylase in Arabidopsis Leaves: A Possible Role in Dead Cells
Nov. 2 Dr. Ann Hirsch, Molecular, Cell, & Developmental Biology, UCLA
Host: Dr. Jeanne Harris
Communication in the Rhizosphere--Can you hear me now?
Nov. 9 Dr. Shelly Rayback, Geography Department, UVM
Host: Dr. Thomas Vogelmann
Using Dendrochronological and Stable Isotope Analysis Techniques to Reconstruct Past Climate in the Canadian Arctic
Nov. 16 Dr. Michael Neff, Plant Biology Department, Washington University
Host: Dr. Terrence Delaney
Light and Hormone-Mediated Development in Plants: Modulators of Stature and Biomass
Nov. 23 N/A Thanksgiving; No Seminar
Nov. 30 Dr. Jacques Dumais, Herbaria, Harvard University
Host: Dr. Philip Lintilhac
Plant Cell Morphogenesis: What We Have Learned from Rubber Balloons and Soap Bubbles

Spring 2006 Marvin Seminar Schedule

Date Speaker Seminar Title
Jan. 26 Dr. Gahlord Dewald Information Graphics: Making Charts and Graphs that Work
Feb. 2 Yan Liang, Botany Graduate Student, UVM

Zhen Li (Valerie), Botany Graduate Student, UVM
Characterization of the Role of the LATD gene in ABA Signaling

Characterization of NIM1-Independent Induced Defense Response Pathways in Arabidopsis Thaliana
Feb. 9 Dr. Sebastian Lavergne, Botany Post-Doctoral Associate, UVM The Ecological Genetics of Range Expansion: The Invasion of Reed Canary Grass in North America
Feb. 16 Dr. Valerie Eviner, Institute of Ecosystem Studies, NY
Host: Dr. Jane Molofsky
Using Plant-soil Interactions to Understand and Manage Ecosystems
Feb. 23 OPEN
Mar. 2 Dr. Alison Fisher
Host: Dr. Jeanne Harris
Volatile Signaling Molecules and Flowering in Pharbitis nil
Mar. 9 OPEN
Mar. 16 Amanda Devine, Field Naturalist Graduate Student, UVM Dead and Deader: Post-fire Dead Wood Dynamics in the Oregon Cascades with Implications for Carbon Flux
Mar. 30 Charley Eiseman, Field Naturalist Graduate Student, UVM

Lisa Passerello, Field Naturalist Graduate Student, UVM
Exploring the Wilds of the Winooski Valley

TBA
Apr. 6 Dr. Chunfang Wei and Dr. Philip Lintilhac, Botany Department, UVM A Unifying Theory of Plant Growth: What the Physics of Cell Wall Stress Relaxation Reveals about the Control of Growth
Apr. 13 Abby Van den Berg, Botany Graduate Student, UVM

Wei Xiao (Feena), Botany Graduate Student, UVM
Anthocyanins - Sunscreens for Spring Leaves?

Structural Proteins in Plant Development: The Minimum PRP Sequence for Crosslinking
Apr. 20 Tang Xiaowei (Kitty), Botany Graduate Student, UVM

Ryan Owens, Field Naturalist Graduate Student, UVM
Understanding Cell Enlargement in Plants: Cellulose Orientation and Mechanical Properties as Revealed by Split-thickness Chara Cell Walls

Beyond Birds, Bears, and Botany: Musings on the Politics of Public Land Conservation
Apr. 28
12:00pm
Dr. William Platt, Louisiana State University
Host: Dr. Brian Beckage
Natural Disturbances, Non-equilibrium Dynamics, and Biodiversity: A Pine Savanna Perspective
The seminar has been rescheduled for 12:00 noon on Friday, April 28, in 410 Stafford

Fall 2005 Marvin Seminar Schedule

Date Speaker Seminar Title
Sept. 22 Dr. Tao Sang, Michigan State University
Host: Julie Dragon
Wild Relatives of Rice: A Model System for Plant Phylogenetics and Evolutionary Genetics
Sept. 29 Hank Kaestner, Director of Procurement, McCormick & Company, Inc.
Host: Dr. Phil Lintilhac
Spices: What are They and Where do They Come From?
Oct. 6 Dr. Deborah Neher, Chair, Department of Plant & Soil Science, UVM Effects of Altered Precipitation and Temperatures on Soil Protozoa and Nematodes as Mediated by Biological Soil Crusts
Oct. 13 Fall Recess - No Seminar Fall Recess - No Seminar
Oct. 20 Dr. William Fry, Cornell University
Host: Dr. Terry Delaney
Homeland Security: The Risk of Anti-Agricultural Terrorism
Oct. 27 Connell Gallagher, UVM Special Collections
Host: Dr. Phil Lintilhac
Bibliophilia Botanica: Rare Botanical Books at UVM
Nov. 3 Dr. Jeanne Harris, Botany Department, UVM Signaling Networks that Regulate Legume Nodulation
Nov. 10* Craig Brodersen, Botany Graduate Student, UVM Do Plant Prefer Cloudy Days? A New Perspective on Plant Photosynthesis
Nov. 17 Dr. Tom Jack, Dartmouth
Host: Dr. Jeanne Harris
Molecular Genetics of the AP3/PI Pathway in Arabidopsis
Dec. 1 Dr. Jane Molofsky, Botany Department, UVM Species Coexistence, Extinction and Invasion: How Spatial Processes Alter Dynamics in Landscapes

Spring 2005 Marvin Seminar Schedule

Date Speaker Seminar Title
Jan. 27 Yan Liang - Graduate Student-UVM Responsiveness of Root Branching to Abscisic Acid is Correlated with Nodule Formation both in Legumes & Non-legumes.
Feb. 3 Dr. Greg Jordan, U. Tasmania Photoprotection in Sclerophylls
Feb. 10 Dr. Anja Geitmann, Univ. of Montreal
Host: Dr. Phil Lintilhac
The Secret of Virility in Flowering Plants
Feb. 17 Dr. Anja Geitmann, Univ. of Montreal Rescheduled from February 17, 2005
Feb. 24 Dr. Frederick Guichard, McGill Univ.
Host: Dr. Jane Molofsky
From Open Populations to Metacommunities: Marine Hotspots Revisited.
Mar. 3 1. William Abbott - FN Graduate Student
2. J. Bradley Materick - FN Grad. Student
1. Predicting Invasive Species Distribution in Vermont's Clayplain Forests: A Tool for Conservation Targeting
2. Title: TBA
Mar. 10 Dr. Dan Gavin - Univ. Illinois, Urbana
Host: Dr. Brian Beckage
Climatic and Ecological Controls of Species Distributions: Integrating Paleoecology and Predictive Species Modeling
Mar. 17 Dr. Jim Hoffmann - University of VT Darwin and Ecoinformatics: Can Simple Computational Models of Evolution Inform our Search for Better Models of Ecological Systems?
Mar. 31 1. Abby Van den Berg - Botany Dept. Graduate Student
2. Sally Andersen - FN Graduate Student
1. Why Sugar Maple Leaves Turn Red
2. Riparian Birds of Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska: Where are they and why?
April 7 1. Dr. Jim Clark - Duke University
Host: Dr. Brian Beckage 2. Dr. Leslie Sieburth - Univ. of Utah
Host: Dr. Mary Tierney
Titles: TBA
April 14 1. Jen Cramer - FN Graduate Student
2. Matt Kolan - FN Graduate Student
1. Wildfire and the Flora of the Serpentine Fens of the Klamath-Siskiyou Region: Can they Stand the Heat, or Did they Get Out of the Kitchen? 2. A Shelburne Year
April 21 Dr. Tobias Baskin - U Mass Amherst
Host: Dr. Phil Lintilhac
On the Mechanism of Anisotropic Expansion in Plants: Microtubules, Microfibrils and Beyond
April 28 1. Ben Osborne - Botany Graduate Student
2. Michelle Crowder - Bot. Grad. Student
1. The Effects of Climate Change on the Green Mountains
2. Differentiation Among Natural Populations of Arabis lyrata from Vermont and New York

Fall 2004 Marvin Seminar Schedule

Date Speaker Seminar Title
9-Sep Thomas Cate, Botany Department. MS Thesis defense Physiological responses in seedlings of suar maple (Acer saccharum Marsh.) to varying levels of nitrogen input.
15-Sep Xu Zhang, Botany Department, PhD defense Atprp1 and Atprp3, two structural cell wall proteins in Arabidopsis thaliana, have distinct roles for root hair morphology and function
23-Sep no seminar this week
30-Sep Betsy von Holle, Harvard Forest An exploration of the ecosystem factors that contribute to invasibility of natural habitats
7-Oct No seminar- go hear Dr. Peter Singer instead (Zeltzerman Lecture, 4:30 PM in Ira Allen Chapel)
14-Oct Dr. Channapatna Prakash, Tuskegee University Realizing the Promise of Agricultural Biotechnology Especially in Developing Countries
21-Oct Dr. Neal Stewart, University of Tennessee Genetically Modified Planet: Environmental Impacts of Genetically Engineered Plants
28-Oct David Lee, Florida International University (Why leaves turn red)
4-Nov Janneke HilleRisLambers, Univ. of Minnesota Species traits and species interactions: the mechanisms underlying the positive diversity-productivity relationship.
11-Nov Dave Barrington, Botany Dept. UVM The big thaw: New England in the holocene
18-Nov Aaron Atkinson, Botany Dept. UVM
Craig Brodersen, Botany Dept. UVM
Molecular Breeding of IRT1: the major iron transporter in Arabidopsis.
Got Carbon? Photosynthetic carbon gain during an episodically dry year in Subalpine Fir and Engelmann Spruce across a treeline ecotone.
25-Nov Thanksgiving No Seminar this week
2-Dec Julie Dragon, Botany Dept. UVM
Yan Liang, Botany Dept. UVM
tba
Effect of Abscisic acid on lateral root development.

Spring 2004 Marvin Seminar Schedule

Date Speaker Seminar Title
5-Feb Evan Delucia
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Illinois
The Changing role of Forests in the Global Carbon Cycle.
12-Feb Sebastien Lavergne
Botany Department, UVM
Ecological and biological aspects of narrow plant endemism in the Mediterranean Region.
19-Feb Alison Brody
Biology Department, UVM
The role of termites in biodiversity of East African savannas.
26-Feb Valerie Oke
Department of Biological Sciences, U. Pittsburgh
Adaptation of Rhizobium soil bacteria to life inside a plant
4-Mar Vinitha Cardoza
Botany Department, UVM
Self-reporting space crops and landmine detection: plants as biosensors
11-Mar Damon Little
Department of Plant Biology, Cornell University
Evolution and circumscription of the true cypresses (Cupressaceae: Cupressus)
18-Mar spring break-- no seminar
25-Mar F. Jack Putz
Botany Department, University of Florida
History as a Guide to Forest Management in the Bolivian Amazon
1-Apr Jim Zaczek
Department of Forestry, Southern Illinois University
Sap characteristics of silver maple provenances, clones, and native trees in southern Illinois.
8-Apr Ray Callaway
Division of Biological Sciences, Univ. of Montana
Centaurea invasions: allelopathy, soil microbes and the importance of evolution in communities.
15-Apr Peter Ellis and Regan Brooks
Botany Department, UVM
Forest Compostion and Structure in Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge and Marsh birds: monitoring and conservation on Important Bird Areas
22-Apr Kristen Puryear and Heather Driscoll
Botany Department, UVM
Landscape Level Grassland Bird Conservation in the Southern Champlain Valley of Vermont and Evolution and biogeography of the Hawaiian holly ferns (Polystichum:Dryopteridaceae)
29-Apr Michael White and Michelle Crowder
Botany Department, UVM
Spatial and temporal patterns of tree regeneration in clearcuts and Epistasis and outbreeding depression in Arabis lyrata
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