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 N109 in the Howell Science Complex.






Jan 12


No RIP, first day of classes



Jan 19


No RIP, state holiday



Jan 26

Bevin Blake

Prenatal Hormone Exposure Programs Social Behavior in the Rat

East Carolina University

Dr. Krista McCoy

February 2





February 9

Sean Giery

Evolutionary ecology of sexual communication in Bahamian mosquito fishes

North Carolina State University

Dr. Craig Layman

February 16

Drs. Ariane Peralta, Chris Balakrishnan, and Seth Barribeau

RIP workshop: Social media and the young scientist

East Carolina University


February 23

John Davidson

Gene expression divergence in zebra finch subspecies

East Carolina University

Dr. Chris Balakrishnan

March 2

Dr. Marcelo Ardon-Sayao

RIP workshop: Data management

East Carolina University


March 9


No RIP, Spring break



March 16

Yuxiang Liu

Map-like spatial memory during place learning by a poison frog

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Sr. Sabrina Burmeister

March 23


No RIP, Research and Creative Achievement Week at ECU



March 30

Scott Winton

The effects of waterfowl on methane emission at Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge


Dr. Curtis Richardson

April 6

Miho Yoshioka

Tadpole begging behavior and parent-offspring interactions in the mimic poison frog Ranitomeya imitator

East Carolina University

Dr. Kyle Summers

April 13

Rick Trone

Physiological Responses of Anuran Larvae to Predation Cues

East Carolina University

Dr. David Chalcraft

April 20

Talented ECU undergrads*

Undergraduate Research Symposium



April 27

Jonathan Burg

Biological Implications of an Extending Binding Interface Within KDM1A

Duke University

Dr. Dewey McCafferty

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

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