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Past Events

Dec
14
2023

MS Defense for PBC Student Samantha Turner-Rosa

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

  Title of Presentation: "Attraction at the Edge: Investigating mangrove reproductive effort  during a climate-driven range expansion"     This event is planned to be hybrid...

Nov
17
2023

PBC Seminar: Chicago Botanic Garden Short Talks--speakers updated.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Presentation By: Chris Woolridge Dr. Jeremie Fant (Rescheduled) Dr. Susane Strickler   This event will host a combination of Online and In-person presentations. Stay tuned,...

Nov
3
2023

PBC Seminar: Chicago Botanic Garden Short Talks

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Presentation by: Dr. Rebecca Barak Dr. Emma Oschrin Tatiana Guider This event will host a combination of Online and In-person presentations. Stay tuned, and...

Nov
2
2023

MS Defense for PBC Student Aidden Tapia

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Title of Presentation: "The Effect of Native Plants as Lawn Alternatives on Bee Visitation in an Urban Setting" This event is planned...

Oct
27
2023

PBC Seminar: Chicago Botanic Garden Short Talks

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Presentation by: Dr. Kairy Havens Dr. Louise Egerton-Warburton Ph.D. student Jacob Zeldin   This event will host a combination of Online and In-person presentations. Stay...

Oct
23
2023

MS Defense for PBC Student Tiany Hernandez

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Title of Presentation: "Symbiotic Seed Development of the Little Purple Fringed Orchid (Platanthera psycodes) with Orchid Mycorrhizal Fungi"     This event is planned...

Oct
20
2023

Invited Speaker Seminar: Dr. Camila Pizano--Lake Forest College

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Speaker: Dr. Camila Pizano Botany faculty at Lake Forest College Title:  “Invisible Allies: How belowground organisms may determine plant persistence in a changing...

Oct
20
2023

PBC Seminar: Chicago Botanic Garden Short Talks

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Presentation by: Dr. Alicia Foxx Dr. Andrea Kramer Dr. Hector Ortiz This event will host a combination of Online and In-person presentations. Stay tuned,...

Oct
13
2023

PBC Seminar: Chicago Botanic Garden Short Talks

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Presentation by: Gretel Kiefer Dr. Amy Iler  Dr. Paul CaraDonna  This event will host a combination of Online and In-person presentations. Stay tuned, and...

Oct
6
2023

PBC Seminar: Chicago Botanic Garden Short Talks

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Presentation By: Dr. Nyree Zerega Dr. Patrick Herendeen Dr. Stuart Wagenius This event will host a combination of Online and In-person presentations. Stay tuned,...

Aug
9
2023

MS Defense for PBC Student Tiany Hernandez (Postponed)

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. A NEW DATE WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON.    Title of Presentation: "Symbiotic Germination of the Little Purple Fringed...

May
26
2023

PBC Seminar Invited Speaker: Rowan White

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Hosted by: Kravens lab Invited Speaker: Rowan White Title of Presentation: "Seeds of Resilience; The Cultural Dimension of Plant Biodiversity"   This event is planned to...

May
4
2023

MS Defense for PBC Student Jack Schooley

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Title of Presentation: "Daisy Chains: Urban Environments, Aster Diversity, and Socioeconomics In Chicago" This event will be Hybrid. If you are interested...

Apr
28
2023

PBC Seminar PhD Candidates: Amelia Litz and Elsa Godtfredsen

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Title:  Amelia: "Solitary Bees and Their Changing Environment" Elsa: "Drought and Daily Flowers: The effects of reduced precipitation on the reproduction of a...

Apr
27
2023

MS Defense for PBC Student Alexandra Touloupas

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Title of Presentation: "Using Habitat Suitability Modeling For Two Illinois Rare Species To Assess Their Current Conservation Status And Vulnerability To...

Apr
24
2023

MS Defense for PBC Student Alexandra Zink

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Title of Presentation: "Pollination, pollen limitation, and consequences of urbanization across urban farms in Chicago" This event will be Hybrid. If you...

Apr
21
2023

PBC Seminar: Chicago Botanic Garden Short Talks: Matt Evans 

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Presentation By: Matt Evans   Title of Presentation: "2023 Mary Mix McDonald Woods Science Update: Data at a Glance, Restoration Activities, and Photos"   This event...

Apr
7
2023

PBC Seminar Invited Speaker: Dr. Melissa McCormick

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Hosted by: Soils/Fungi lab Invited Speaker: Dr. Melissa McCormick Title of Presentation: "Symbioses and Hybridization in Orchid Distribution"   This event is planned to be hybrid...

Mar
31
2023

PBC Seminar PhD Student Speaker: Drake Mullet

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Title: TBD This event is planned to be hybrid in the seminar room at the Chicago Botanic Garden. For more information...

Mar
10
2023

PBC Seminar Invited Speaker: Dr. Weston Teston

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Hosted by: Evolution/Phylogenomics lab  Invited Speaker: Dr. Weston Teston, curator of ferns at the Field Museum. You can find out more about...

Mar
1
2023

MS Defense for PBC Student Reed Clark Benkendorf

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Title of Presentation: "Metagenomic Barcoding of Pollen Loads Offers Insights on the Foraging Patterns of Queen Bumble Bees" This event will be...

Feb
27
2023

MS Defense for PBC Student Olivia Murrell

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Title of Presentation: " Adopting a Zoological Pedigree Approach to Botanic Garden Collections: The status of the worldwide ex-situ collection of...

Feb
24
2023

PhD Dissertation Presentation: Dr. Lea Richardson

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Speaker: Dr. Lea Richardson Title:  TBD   This event is planned to be hybrid in the seminar room at the Chicago Botanic Garden. For...

Feb
22
2023

MS Defense for PBC Student Imeña Valdes

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Title of Presentation: "When Is a Native Not a Native? An assessment of pollinator preference of native plants and their cultivated...

Dec
9
2022

PBC Seminar: Chicago Botanic Garden Short Talks (Natural Areas)

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

  Hosted by Ph.D. Andrea Kramer  Peter Nagel/Val Cichy Loan O'Shaughnessy Jim Jacob Matt Evans This event will host a combination of Online and In-person presentations....

Dec
2
2022

PBC Seminar: Chicago Botanic Garden Short Talks

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Presentation By: Johanna Hutchins Kelly Larsen  Ph.D. Sophie Taddeo. Ph.D. Stuart Wagenius    This event will host a combination of Online and In-person presentations. Stay...

Nov
18
2022

PBC Seminar: Chicago Botanic Garden Short Talks

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Presentation By:  Gretel Kiefer  Chris Woolridge Ph.D. Amy Iler  Ph.D. Greg Mueller This event will host a combination of Online and In-person presentations. Stay tuned,...

Oct
28
2022

PBC Seminar Invited Speaker: Phil Nicodemus-- Urban Rivers

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Hosted by: Peter Nagle  PBC Seminar Invited Speaker: Phil Nicodemus, Director of Research at Urban Rivers. Title: "Artificial Floating Wetlands to help Rewild...

Oct
21
2022

PBC Seminar: Chicago Botanic Garden Short Talks

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Presentation by: Ph.D. Louise Egerton-Warburton Ph.D. Kayri Havens Ph.D. Jeremie Fant  Hilary Noble     This event will host a combination of Online and In-person presentations. Stay...

Oct
14
2022

PBC Seminar: Chicago Botanic Garden Short Talks

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Presentation by:  Ph.D. Nyree Zerega Ph.D. Andrea Kramer  Ph.D. Rebecca Barak This event will host a combination of Online and In-person presentations. Stay tuned,...

Oct
7
2022

PBC Seminar: Chicago Botanic Garden Short Talks

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Presentation by:  PhD Louise Egerton-Warburton PhD Emma Oschrin  Paul CaraDonna Patrick Herendeen 

Jul
27
2022

MS Defense for PBC Student Ry'yan Clark

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

The student Ry'yan Clark will be presenting a master's research defense on: "Mature White Oak Soil Moisture and Water Redistribution Patterns:...

Jun
22
2022

MS Defense for PBC Student Jeremy Foster

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

The student Jeremy Foster will present his master's research defense on: "THE SEX LIFE OF BRIGHAMIA INSIGNIS (CAMPANULACEAE): SAVING A SPECIES...

Jun
8
2022

MS Defense for PBC Student Alexis Balog

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

The student Alexis Balog will present a master's research thesis defense on: "Solidago Altissima Management in Old Fields/Tallgrass Prairies of the...

May
17
2022

TBD

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

MS Defense for PBC Student    "TBD"  This event will be hosted remotely. If you are interested to join us, please contact plantbiology@northwestern.edu...

May
13
2022

PBC Seminar Invited Speaker: (TBD)

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Title: TBD Speaker: TBD This may be a remote or hybrid event. Stay tuned. If you are interested in joining remotely, please...

May
9
2022

MS Defense for PBC Student Logan Novak

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

MS Defense for PBC Student Logan Novak Title: "Soil Feedbacks and Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi in Linaria Vulgaris Invasion" This event will be...

Apr
29
2022

PBC Seminar PhD Student Speakers Nora Gavin-Smyth and Rory Schiafo

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Titles: Speakers: Nora Gavin-Smyth, PhD Candidate; "Diversity and evolution of Eastern Arc Impatiens"   Rory Schiafo, PhD student "Understanding Patterns of Plant Diversity and Community...

Apr
28
2022

MS Defense for PBC Student Daniel Sandacz

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

The student Daniel Sandacz will present his master's research defense on: "The impact of invasive plant removal on Cirsium pitcheri and...

Apr
15
2022

PBC Seminar PhD Student Speakers: Justin Bain and Rafael Urbina Casanova

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Speakers: Rafael Urbina Casanova, Ph.D. Candidate;  "Adding Genetics Perspective to Plant Conservation",   Justin Bain, Ph.D. Candidate "How the Floral Nutrient Landscape Influences Plant-Pollinator Interactions"      This...

Apr
8
2022

PBC Seminar PhD Student Speakers

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Speakers: Elsa Godtfredsen, Ph.D. Student; "Earlier Snowmelt, Earlier Flowering, and Increased Drought: New Realities of Subalpine Plant Reproduction under Climate Change"  Jackie Fitzgerald,...

Apr
1
2022

PBC Seminar Invited Speaker: Professor Pedro Antunes. Algoma University, Canada

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Title: The Functional Ecology of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi Speaker: Pedro Antunes. Professor and Canada Research Chair. Algoma University, Canada https://pantunes4.wixsite.com/plantsoilecologylab https://twitter.com/1pantunes?lang=en   If you are...

Feb
23
2022

MS Defense for Elena Loke

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Elena Loki will present her master's research defense on: Incorporating Phased Alleles to Reconstruct a Recent and Rapid Radiation in Schiedea...

Feb
4
2022

PBC Seminar PhD Student Speaker: Haley Carter

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Title: Finding Floral Scent in the Genome: Linalool Production in Oenothera harringtonii (Onagraceae) As a Case Study For Floral Volatile Evolution Speaker:...

Dec
3
2021

PBC Seminar: CBG Speed Talks

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Presentations from the Natural Areas team at Chicago Botanic Garden: Jim Jabcon Matt Evans Joan O'Shaghnessey Peter Nagle Valerie Cichy This will be hosted on zoom....

Nov
19
2021

PBC Seminar: CBG Speed Talks

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Learn about a range of programs at the Chicago Botanic Garden Emma Oschrin - Budburst Dave Sollenberger - Seedbank Chris Woolridge - Conservation...

Nov
17
2021

MS Defense for Maya Bickner

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Maya will present her master's research defense on: Enigmatic Gymnospermous Seeds from the Early Cretaceous of Mongolia and Inner Mongolia, China,...

Nov
5
2021

PBC Seminar: CBG Speed Talks

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Presentations by: Eliza Fournier, Windy City Harvest Jacob Zeldin, Ecology Research Hilary Noble, Undergraduate Training Programs Chris Woolridge, Conservation Land Management Internship Progra

Oct
29
2021

MS Thesis Defense: Lindsey Gohd

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Join PBC as MS thesis student, Lindsey Gohd, presents their thesis research to our community!

Oct
22
2021

PBC Seminar: Faculty Speed Talks

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Presentations by: Sophie Taddeo Paul CaraDonna Norm Wickett Pat Herendeen

Oct
15
2021

PBC Seminar: Faculty Speed Talks

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Presentations by: Kay Havens Louise Egerton-Warburton Krissa Skogen Stuart Wagenius  

Oct
8
2021

PBC Seminar: Faculty Speed Talks

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Presentations by: Bekcy Barak Amy ILer Nyree Zerega

Oct
1
2021

PBC Seminar: Faculty Speed Talks

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Presentations by: Jeremie Fant Andrea Kramer Greg Mueller

May
28
2021

PBC Guest Speaker Seminar: Dr. Wilnelia Recart Gonzalez

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

"Pollination in the face of novel species interactions and climate change" Wilnelia is a Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Faculty at the...

May
14
2021

PBC Guest Speaker Seminar: Dr. Sue Pierre

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Critical Ecology: Defining Sociobiophysical Drivers of Ecological Change

Apr
16
2021

Guest speaker seminar

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Dr. Gerardo Arceo-Gomez from East Tennessee State University’s Department of Biological Sciences.

Apr
8
2021

MS Thesis defense: Kristen Manion

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Please join PBC as MS student Kristen Manion presents her thesis research to her committee!

Mar
5
2021

MS Thesis defense: Sam Danguilan

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, sponsored by Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation

Please join us as MS student Sam Danguilan presents her MS thesis research to her committee!