Research Seminars

The Academy host a series of scientific seminars throughout the year sponsored by the Academy’s chapter of Sigma Xi. 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 Makiri Sei at 

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

Winter/Spring 2016

January 8
John Wehmiller, University of Delaware
“Amino Acids in Quaternary Mollusks, US Atlantic Coastal Plain – What They Tell Us about Stratigraphy, Geologic Ages, Taxonomy and Paleo-temperature“
January 29
Mark Sabaj, ANS
“An Eschatological Look at the Rio Xingu’s Big Bend: Volta Grande”
February 12
Tuya Goulden & Betsy Paine with WINS students, ANS
“Cultural Repercussions of climate Change in Two Communities: A Teenage Viewpoint”
February 26
Tom Radzio, Drexel University
"Behavior and Short-term Survival of Captive-reared Yearling Gopher Tortoises Following Hard Release back into Nature"
March 4 (takes place in BEES Classroom)
Dan Shain, Rutgers University
“The Saga of Icelandic Rotifera (from Glacier Ice to Thermal Hot Springs)”
March 25
Lincoln Rehm, Drexel University
"The Giant Clams of Palau”
April 8
Aaron Ellison, Harvard Forest
“New Approaches for Quantifying Biodiversity in Variable and Changing Environments: Lessons from Ants”
May 6
David Robinson, USDA
“The USDA Response to an Invasive Pest Snail: the Giant African Snail in Miami, Florida”
May 16 (takes place in BEES Classroom)
Doug Wechsler, Department of Ornithology, ANS
“Conservation of Rare Birds in Ecuador”
June 3
Will Ryan, University of Delaware
“Dreaming of Green Islands: Long-term Ecological Indicator Monitoring and Adaptive Management of Eastern North American Serpentine Barrens”

Fall 2016

September 16
Nathan Whelan, Department of Biological Sciences, Auburn University
October 7
Matthew Halley, Department of Ornithology, ANS
"Multi-generational Kinship and Flexible Polygynandry in a Breeding Population of the Veery (Catharus fuscescens), a Transhemispheric Migratory Songbird."
October 21
Angelica Gonzalez, Biology Department/Center for Computational & Integrative Biology, Rutgers University
November 4
Matt Helmus, Center for Biodiversity, Temple University
“Testing Island Biogeography Theory in the Anthropocene”
November 4
Kerin Claeson, Department of Bio-Medical Sciences, Physician’s College of Osteopathic Medicine
“See More of Seymour – Stories and Outcomes from the Antarctic Peninsula Project, 2016”
November 4
Barbara Grandstaff, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania