Current Topics in Evolutionary Biology (IB 264)

“MVZ Lunch”


For your convenience, MVZ Lunch seminars can be viewed live on Zoom (please note policy below). Recordings of talks fall within the scope of the Consent Decree with the US Department of Justice. Thus, all videos posted since December 2, 2022 must have edited Closed Captions. We are in the midst of complying but for now must take offline recordings of last semester’s talks. Any recorded MVZ Lunch talks for this semester will be posted only after compliant captions are available. Apologies in advance for any inconvenience. Realtime zoom access will continue to be available for your convenience. Please join us!
Join the MVZ Lunch Seminar, Wednesdays at 12:10PM on Zoom!

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Please note that some speakers have asked that we not post their talks.

MVZ Lunch Seminar Schedule 2023-2024

Fall 2023

30-AugNo Seminar - Meeting with Graduate Students
6-SeptNo Seminar - Faculty and Staff Meeting
13-SeptDiana Aguilar-Gómez, PhD
Computational Biology Program
UC Berkeley
Host: Rasmus Nielsen
Evolution and genetic basis of the strawberry poison frog, Oophaga pumilio, coloration and diversification
20-SeptSean Harrington
Senior Research Scientist at Wyoming INBRE Data Science Core
Host: Carol Spencer
Population genomic responses of North American snakes to past and present climatic variation
27-SeptKwasi Wrensford, PhD Candidate,
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley
Host: Eileen Lacey
Behavioral Responses to Climate Change in Chipmunks of the Sierra Nevada
4-OctNo Seminar
11-OctJerry Emory
Writer, Communications Consultant and Conservationist
Host: Michelle Koo
George Meléndez Wright, Joseph Grinnell, and Science in the National Parks
18-OctSilvia Pavan
Professor and Curator of Vertebrate Museum
Cal Poly Humboldt
Host: Jim Patton
Fieldwork exploration and collections-based research to unveil diversity and evolutionary history of American small mammals
25-OctBen Karin, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Wang Lab
University of California, Berkeley, UC Berkeley
Host: Jim McGuire
The Biogeography and Elevational Diversification of Sulawesi’s Sphenomorphine Skinks
1-NovJack Tseng, Assistant Professor, Department of Integrative Biology and Assistant Curator, Museum of Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley
Host: Jim McGuire
Jaws of a kind: the biomechanical consequences of being mammal
8-NovSam Reiter
Assistant Professor,
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
Host: Michael Yartsev
Wake-like skin patterning and neural activity during octopus sleep
15-NovKennedy Agwamba, PhD Candidate,
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley
Host: Michael Nachman
The demographic history of the Western European house mouse, Mus musculus domesticus
22-NovNo Seminar - Thanksgiving Break
29-NovDr. Rafe Brown, Professor
Curator-in-Charge, Herpetology Division, Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Institute, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, The University of Kansas
Host: Jim McGuire
The Island Archipelago Admixture Accelerator: species-pump, -sink, or no such thing?
6-DecTyler Douglas, PhD Candidate,
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley
Host: Rebecca Tarvin
Evolving toxic fruit flies

Spring 2024

24-JanDavid Marques
Curator of Vertebrates, Natural History Museum Basel
Host: Rauri Bowie and Carla Cicero
Old genetic variation: key to rapid adaptation and speciation?
31-JanAlan Wilson, Ph.D
Royal Veterinary College
Host: Jim McGuire
Predator and prey in the African Savanna: from biomechanics to tactics
7-FebWalter D. Koenig, Ph.D
Visiting Fellow, Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Graduate School Professor
Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University
Research Zoologist Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley
Host: Jim McGuire
The very strange world of the cooperatively breeding acorn woodpecker
14-FebNo Seminar
21-FebDan Minor, Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Biochemistry & Biophysics,
and Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology
University of California, San Francisco
Host: Rebecca Tarvin
How to survive a toxic environment : Lessons from poison birds and frogs
28-FebDr. Robert Fisher
Conservation Biologist, U.S. Geological Survey’s Western Ecological Research Center
Host: Jim McGuire
An eagle's eye view of conservation successes in southern California, with next steps towards 30 X 30
6-MarchKory Evans
Assistant Professor of BioSciences, Rice University
Host: Chris Martin
Evolutionary Mosaics & The Interplay Between Innovation and Integration
13-MarchDanielle Perryman
PhD Candidate Environmental Science, Policy & Management, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley
Host: Steve Beissinger
Small Mammal Niche Shifts in Response to Climate and Ecosystem Change in the Mojave Desert Region of California
20-MarchMalin Pinsky
Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of California Santa Cruz
Host: David Tian
Climate change responses across realms and biological scales
27-MarchNo Seminar - Spring Break
3-AprilNancy Chen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
University of Rochester
Host: Majo Navarrete
The complex consequences of dispersal in a fragmented landscape
10-AprilDavid P. Mindell, Ph.D.
Evolutionary biologist and Affiliated Researcher Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley. Former Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan; Former Dean and Curator, California Academy of Sciences
Host: Jim McGuire
The Network of Life: A New View of Evolution
17-AprilErin Westeen, PhD Candidate
ESPM, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley
Host: Ian Wang
Lessons from sky islands: ecomorphology and resource partitioning across levels of biological organization in spiny lizards

Watch previous seminars on the MVZ Channel

Future Schedule:

Fall 2023- Spring 2024
Fall 2024- Spring 2025

Past Schedules:


Fall 2022-Spring 2023
Fall 2021- Spring 2022
Fall 2020-Spring 2021
Fall 2019-Spring 2020
Fall 2018-Spring 2019
Fall 2017-Spring 2018
Fall 2016-Spring 2017
Fall 2015-Spring 2016
Fall 2014 -Spring 2015
Fall 2013-Spring 2014

See the calendar of MVZ Events.

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Check here for listings of seminars in Integrative Biology.