Seminars & Events

Mon, Sep 25, 2017

Finches

Biology Fall Honors Presentations

Presentations by Students in the Biology 2017-18 Honors Program:
Sydney Weil Biology Advisor: Rachel Levin 4:00
Allyson Kido Biology Advisor: Ethan Clotfelter
Natalie Sun Biology Advisor: Ethan Clotfelter
Zachariah Stern Biology Advisor: Michael Hood
Ben Birkenfeld Biology Advisor: Caroline Goutte
Anri Chomentowska Biology Advisor: Jill Miller

Mon, Oct 2, 2017

Neuron

Biology Fall Honors Presentations

Presentations by Students in the Biology 2017-18 Honors Program

Kaitlyn Tsuyuki BCBP Advisor: Jeeyon Jeong
Jingwen Zhang Biology Advisor: Jeeyon Jeong
Emily Isko Neurology Advisor: Josef Trapani
Cristian Ramirez Neurology Advisor: Josef Trapani
Mohamed Ramy Neurology Advisor: Josef Trapani
Oumou Toure Neurology Advisor: Josef Trapani

Mon, Oct 16, 2017

Leaves

Biology Fall Honors Presentations

Presentations by Students in the Biology 2017-18 Honors Program

Itai Muzhingi BCBP Advisor: Alexandra Purdy
Sarah Nessen Biology Advisor: Alexandra Purdy
Nathan Sacks Biology Advisor: Caroline Goutte
Maedot Haymete Biology Advisor: Jill Miller
Aneesh Venkata Biology Advisor: Michael Hood

Mon, Oct 23, 2017

Pater Photo

Biology Monday Seminar

Dr. Dianne Pater
Visiting Assistant Professor and Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellow, Amherst College

Title: Screening for Natural Variation in WUE Traits in a Diversity Set of Brassica napus

While plants have evolved to cope with changes in their environment, that adaptability has not necessarily been preserved as crops were developed from wild species. The efficiency at which plants maintain physiological processes, including photosynthesis, varies widely by species and is also affected by environmental influences, including drought, temperature extremes, and soil salinity. Stable isotope screening (δ13C) of a large diversity set of the crop species Brassica napus identified several accessions with extremes in water use efficiency (WUE). Subsequent examination of these candidates at the physiological level allowed for investigation of the underlying mechanisms of drought adaptation and identified natural variants in crop species with improved water use efficiency and potential relevant traits. My research aims to identify traits that may allow crop plants to adapt to unfavorable climate conditions and also to help identify crop varieties that may be grown on marginal lands that aren’t ideally suited for agriculture.