Abby Miller on infectious disease in amphibians

Abby Miller on infectious disease in amphibians

Abby Miller is a first year graduate student in the Voyles lab at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her research centers on wildlife infectious disease, particularly in regard to frogs and amphibians. She joins us here to share more on her work with host-pathogen interactions in amphibians.

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Cassandra Hui on genetics and the circadian rhythm

Cassandra Hui on genetics and the circadian rhythm

This week’s talk discusses the genetic and molecular details involved in researching the circadian rhythm through a model organism: the fruit fly. Presenter Cassandra Hui studied Biology, Sociology, and Psychology at Bridgewater College in Virginia, then relocated to Nevada in 2019 where she currently researches circadian rhythms and sleep as a neuroscience Ph.D. student at the University of Nevada, Reno.

*Note: due to the advanced and complex discussion of genetics, this talk is more suited for a High School audience. 

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Tanner Dulay on the evolution of salamanders

Tanner Dulay on the evolution of salamanders

Tanner Dulay is a PhD student at UCLA where he combines mathematical models and experiments to try to understand what makes complex ecosystems stable. He previously studied the behavior and evolution of salamanders, then helped with a project to predict how climate change will affect plants and animals in California. Along the way he became fascinated with how we can use math to make sense of the ways that organisms interact in nature. In this talk he details how ecologists have used simple clay models to find out how a common backyard salamander is evolving right before our eyes.

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Nate Olson, PhD on advances in DNA sequencing

Nate Olson, PhD on advances in DNA sequencing

Nate Olson, PhD who holds a degree in Bioinformatics from the University of Maryland, has worked as a research biologist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology for 10 years. He is currently part of the NIST Genome In A Bottle team working on standards for whole human genome sequencing. His talk describes advances in DNA sequencing, how computer science is used to assist this, and more.

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Nancy Kinner on oil transport impacts

Nancy Kinner on oil transport impacts

Nancy Kinner, PhD, directs the University of New Hampshire’s Coastal Response Research Center and works on preventing environmental hazards. Here, she presents work on planning and mitigation for oil spills in the Bering Sea. 

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