Research In Progress (RIP) Seminar Series

Our RIP series is designed to give up-and-coming biologists a chance to practice their presentation skills in a formal, but friendly environment. RIP speakers are primarily invited speakers from the surrounding area as well as our Masters students preparing to defend their thesis. We try to cater to a variety of interests throughout the semester, although some semesters we are more one-dimensional than others.

This year we have initiated a new mini workshop series focused on providing graduate students the tools that they need to succeed in science, no matter where they may end up after graduating. We are very excited about this workshop series and we feel that they will be beneficial to all attendees. We hope to see many ECU biology students for these, and welcome others who wish to better themselves as scientists.

Hope to see you all on Mondays at noon this semester!

Seminars are held in room N106 in the Howell Science Complex.

Date Speaker Title Institution Lab
Jan 11   No RIP, first  day of classes    
Jan 18   No RIP, state  holiday    
Jan 25   No RIP, faculty candidate interview    
Feb 1   No RIP, faculty  candidate interview    
Feb 8 Cecilia S.  Krahforst   ECU Coastal  Resources Management Joe Luczkovich
Feb 15 Martha Munoz The role of  behavior in micro- and macroevolution Duke Sheila Patek
Feb 22 Clint Penick TBA NCSU Rob Dunn
Feb 29 Jason Bourke Making dinosaurs  breathe again NC Museum of  Natural Sciences Lindsay Zanoo
Mar 7   No RIP, Spring  break    
Mar 14        
Mar 21 Joanna Blaszczak Linking urban landscape configuration  to urban stream ecology Duke Emily Bernhardt  and      Dean Urban
Mar 28 Tiffany Garbutt Variable Cell States in iPSCs From  Non-Permissive Mouse Strains NC State David Threadgill  and      David Aylor
Apr 4 Sarah Davies Using genetic  and genomics tools to understand the ecology and physiology of reef-building  corals UNC      Chapel Hill Karl Castiilo,  Adrian Marchetti and Justin Ries
Apr 11 Avery Paxton Reef fish and offshore energy  development UNC      Chapel Hill Pete Peterson
Apr 18   No RIP, Earth Day festivities    
Apr 25 Victoria Hardy Finding the function of Cul-5, a  ubiquitin ligase, in Drosophila oogenesis ECU Elizabeth Ables
May 2   No RIP, finals week    

*Undergraduates (or their faculty mentors) who want to present a poster should contact Adam Stuckert (stuckerta10[at]

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