Winter 2024 Seminar Series

Thursdays 4:00 pm | ALS 4001

Coordinator: Dr. John Fowler (

Zoom Link | Recordings

*All in-person seminars are tentative, and will also be available via Zoom.


Biology and Ecology of Oregon Mistletoes

Dr. David Shaw received his PhD from University of Washington. He is currently an Professor at Oregon State University in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management. Dr. Shaw researches pests and forest pathology in extension service and works on forest entomology, pathology, ecology, and management of planted and natural forests. 


What role should forests play in climate mitigation?

Dr. Jacob Bukoski received his PhD from University of California, Berkeley. He is currently an Associate Professor at Oregon State University in the Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society. Dr. Bukoski researches ecology and management and restoration of forests of the tropics and North America with respects to applied approaches and data-driven tools to inform environmental decision-making.

Consequences of fire for macrofungi in the PNW: we have a lot to learn

Dr. Bitty Roy received her PhD from Claremont Graduate School. She is currently a Professor at the University of Oregon and is a member of the Institute of Ecology & Evolution. Dr. Roy researches microbial ecology, conservation biology, and the evolutionary changes in developmental processes through genomic analysis.

No public recording available


Innovations at the OSU Herbarium

Dr. James Mickley received his PhD from University of Connecticut. He is currently an Instructor and Herbarium Curator at Oregon State University. Dr. Mickley works with OregonFlora to digitally import the Herbarium's collection of data and images to the website and building tools to allow the public access to the Herbarium's specimins.

Regulation of chloroplast translation: Seeing the light

Dr. Alice Barkan received her PhD from University of Wisconsin. She is currently a Professor at University of Oregon in the Institute of Molecular Biology. Dr. Barkan researches communication between the genetic machinery in the chloroplast and nucleus, with a focus on the post-transcriptional control of gene expression.

No recording available


Diversity and evolutionary fitness of fungal endosymbioses

Dr. Jessie Uehling received her PhD from Duke University. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Oregon State University in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology. Dr. Uehling researches evolutionary genomics involved in fungal symbioses in addition to being the fungal curator of the OSU Herbarium.


Behavioral and genomic complexity in Agrobacterium tumefaciens

Dr. Clay Fuqua received his PhD from University of Maryland. He is currently a Professor at Indiana University Bloomington in the Department of Biology. Dr. Fuqua researches bacterial pathogen of plants involving A. tumefaciens and how it shapes bacterial ecology in the rhizosphere when not directly involved in pathogenesis.


Danger signals and plant immunity: disease DAMPening for sustainable agriculture

Dr. Kiwamu Tanaka received his PhD from Kagoshima University. He is currently an Associate Professor at Washington State University in the Department of Plant Pathology. Dr. Tanaka researches molecular receptors involved in the surveilance and response to various stresses and how plants signal defense and healing.

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Controlled protein stability to regulate abiotic stress tolerance and development in plants  

Dr. Hanjo Hellmann received his PhD from the Eberhard Karl University of Tübingen. He is currently an Associate Professor at Washington State University in the School of Biological Sciences. Dr. Hellmann researches abiotic stress tolerance facilitated by the ubiquitin proteasome pathway involving DNA repair and transcriptional control.

Castilleja systematics and the speciation grey zone: the challenges (and potential!) of working in recent plant radiations

Dr. Sarah Jacobs received her PhD from University of Idaho. She is currently the Assistant Curator of Botany and Howell Chair of Western North American Botany at the California Academy of Sciences. Dr. Jacobs researches early stage speciation affecting classification and taxonomy diversity patterns that can be compared and contrasted to other genera or geographic regions.

Templeton Lecture