Seminar Series

The Department of Biological Sciences at Western Michigan University invites you to explore the world of biology through our seminar series each semester.

Spring 2024 seminar series

Location: Chemistry Building, Room 1260 unless otherwise indicated
All seminars occur on Fridays from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Please contact Dr. Sharon Gill ( with any questions or to request an online invitation.

January 12th, 2024
WMU Graduate Students, Department of Biological Sciences, Western Michigan University

January 19th, 2024
Carrie Olson-Manning, Augustana University
"Comparative Metabolomics and Hybridizing Milkweed Species: Adaptation and Hybrid Dysregulation" 

January 26th, 2024
Momoko Yoshimoto, Wmed
"Various Immune Cell Development from Embryos to Adult Mice"

February 2nd, 2024 RESCHEDULED
Lauren Sullivan, Michigan State University
"The Role of Dispersal in Grasslands under Global Change"

February 9th, 2024
Matt Kolmann, University of Lousville
"Much Ado about Pacus: How Fishes Fend for the Forests"

February 16th, 2024
Yu Man Lee, Michigan Natural Features Inventory
"Conserving Rare Turtles in Michigan: Populations, People, and Partnerships"

February 23rd, 2024
Bios Graduate Students

March 1st, 2024
Spirit Day, No Seminar

March 8th, 2024
Spring Break, No Seminar

March 15th, 2024
Dina Newman, Rochester Institute of Technology
"Disconnects in Visual Literacy May Create Roadblocks for Students Navigating the DNA Landscape"

March 22nd, 2024
Kelly Tseng, University of Nevada
"Regenerating During Development: Understanding Mechanisms of Eye Regrowth Using the Frog Embryo"

March 29th, 2024
Christina Riehl, Princeton University
"Theodosia Hadley Seminar- Cooperation and Conflict: The Bizarre Nesting Habits of a Communal Bird"

April 5th, 2024
Xantha Karp, Central Michigan University 
"Arrested development: how diapause modulates developmental pathways"

April 12th, 2024
Jennifer Tank, Notre Dame
"Farming for biogeochemical insights using research in agricultural streams"

April 19th, 2024
Laura Sullivan, Michigan State University
"The role of dispersal in grasslands under global change"