Research Seminars

The Academy host a series of scientific seminars throughout the year. These technical seminars are intended for scientists and college-level students. Guests from other research and higher education institutions and organizations are encouraged to attend.

Those interested in presenting their research at the Academy should contact Jordan Teisher at

These seminars are typically held during the Fall, Winter, and Spring. All seminars are held at 12 noon in the Darwin Room unless otherwise noted.

Winter/Spring 2018

January 19
Rosemarie Oaks, BEES, Drexel, ANS
“Towards Understanding the Impact of Ocean Acidification on Pteropods, the Potato Chips of the Sea”
January 26
Matthew Halley, BEES, Drexel, ANS
“John James Audobon: Separating Man from Myth”
February 2
Sasha Eisenman, Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture, Temple University
The Greening of Philadelphia Is Good, But…How Do Plants Feel About It? Assessing Plant Health in Green Infrastructure Systems
February 23
Vincent Formica, Department of Biology, Swarthmore College
“Natural Selection and Social Networks in a Horned Beetle”
March 2 
Charles Yarish, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut
“Cultivation of Economically and Ecologically Important Marine Algae in Northeast America for Ecosystem Services, Food, Feeds, Fertilizers, and Biofuels”
March 16
Hilton Oyamaguchi, Department of Biology, Drexel University
“Thermal sensitivity of tropical amphibians and their vulnerability to climate change”
March 23
Julia Novak Colwell, Pennoni Honors College, Drexel University
“‘I’ll just fish harder, later’ – Unintended socio-ecological impacts of a seasonal fishing ban in India”
April 6
Jonathan Wilson, Department of Biology and Environmental Studies, Haverford College
"Paleoenvironmental insights from the structure and function of extinct plants"
April 13
Karen Osborn, Smithsonian
“Glimpsing the Abyss: exploration and evolution of midwater animals, part 2”
April 20
Rachel Spigler, Department of Biology, Temple University
“Mating challenges in a changing world: a plant’s perspective”
May 18
Diana Oviedo-Vargas, Stroud Water Research Center
“Fluvial carbon cycling, from the headwaters to the coastal ocean”
June 1
Marc Peipoch, Stroud Water Research Center
“Emergent properties and top-down constraints on lotic ecosystem processes”