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 Patrick Center 3rd Floor Conference Room unless otherwise noted.

Autumn 2017

September 8
Steve Wang, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Swarthmore College
“Estimating Times of Extinction and Origination Using Fossils”
September 22
Dina Fonseca, Department of Entomology, Rutgers University
“What Makes a Vector of Epidemics? We Do, and We Can Control Them Too”
October 6
Jordan Teisher, Department of Botany, ANS
“Evolution of Photosynthetic Pathway in the Pantropical Grass Subfamily Micrairoideae (Poaceae)”
October 20
S. Blair Hedges, Center for Biodiversity, Temple University
“Haiti’s Disappearing Forests and the Impact on Its Biodiversity”
October 25
Hojun Song, Department of Entomology, Texas A & M University
"The Orthoptera Tree of Life: Elucidating Patterns and Processes of Orthopteran Evolution"
November 3
Roger Thomas, BEES, Drexel/PCER, ANS
“Freshwater Mussel Research and Restoration in the Delaware River Watershed”
November 17
Jocelyn Behm, Center for Biodiversity, Temple University
“The Roles of Biotic Resistance and Human Development in the Establishment of Exotic Lizards on Curaçao Island”