Seminar Series

Seminar Series

The 2022-2023 season of seminars has arrived! 

We are still in the process of inviting some great external speakers, so we hope that as many of you as possible will be able to attend in person or follow on Zoom. 

The seminars will cover a broad range of areas, from biodiversity, evolutionary biology, ecosystems and conservation through to areas of pathogen biology, transmission, epidemiology and modelling. we hope there will be something for everyone. 

Before each seminar an email will go out on our regular channel, as well as social media comms, with details of the speaker, the title, the host and the zoom url. we also hope to introduce post-seminar breakout rooms for individuals and small groups to meet with the speaker via zoom so watch this space for details. the acknowledged start time for the seminars will be 13:00 unless otherwise stated. please also keep checking our institute calendar for updates.

Also see our listing for upcoming internal seminars (friday seminar series) which features talks by phd students and also the postdoc & pi seminars.

We hope to see you all soon...

Professor Pete Edmunds - Wednesday 28th of September at 1PM, Graham Kerr Building, Room LT1 (with zoom option)

Dr Edmunds did his PhD here at the University of Glasgow in 1986 with Peter-Spencer Davies and is keen to speak with current graduate students. Prof. Edmunds will be around after the seminar and we will also be organising a meeting with graduate students (Masters and PhD) for after the seminar, and also meetings with interested staff. 

Title: Four decades of change on coral reefs in the Caribbean and South Pacific: A long series of unfortunate events

Abstract: The contemporary coral reef crisis presents modern coral reefs in a homogeneous state of greatly reduced coral cover, enhanced macroalgal abundance, and depleted fish populations. Within the context of the Anthropocene Epoch, this state does not bode well for the future of reefs in warmer seas at lower pH. Explanations of how we got to this point tend to emphasize the role of single disturbances (e.g., bleaching), which suggests that the cause(s) of the crisis, and its possible solutions, might require mitigation of one, or a few, stressors. Using up to four decades of ecological time series data from the shallow reefs of St. John, US Virgin Islands, and Moorea, French Polynesia, I make the case that the present state of coral reefs is: (a) more varied than often is described, and (b) a product of a long series of “unfortunate event” that have interactive and cascading effects that will be highly challenging to reverse. Yet, despite the gloomy state of modern reefs, a deeper understanding of coral ecology, and emerging functional analyses of scleractinian corals, reveals ways through which at least some corals might persist in a rapidly changing world.

We will also provide a zoom stream of the seminar but we encourage everyone to turn up in person. 


Meeting ID: 832 6499 9074

Passcode: 102506

External Seminar Schedule 2022-2023

DateTimeSpeakerSpeaker's InstitutionComments
14/09/22 1PM Dr Jean-Michel Fustin University of Manchester Online
28/09/22 1PM Prof Pete Edmunds California State University, Northridge In Person
05/10/22 1PM Laura Glendinning Roslin Institute SULSA Lecture
12/10/22 1PM Al Nisbet Moredun Research Institute In Person
19/10/22 1PM Jorge F Gonzalez Instituto Universitario de Sanidad Animal y Seguridad Alimentaria (IUSA) In Person
26/10/22 4PM Lisa Reynolds University of Calgary  
02/11/22 5PM Prof Kevin Laland University of St Andrews BLB Lecture
09/11/22 1PM Dr Sara Silva Pereira Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa   
16/11/22 1PM Rick Relyea Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  
23/11/22 1PM Dr Blake Morton University of Hull