Past Events

  • 2018 Dec 04

    HUH Seminar Series - Donald Pfister

    12:00am to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    22 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, HUH Seminar Room 125

    Donald H. Pfister
    Curator of the Farlow Library and Herbarium of Cryptogamic Botany
    Asa Gray Professor of Systematic Botany
    Harvard University

    Topic: Diversity in the Pezizomycetes and Orbiliomycetes

    Abstract:
    These two classes of Ascomycota offer examples of ways of thinking about species diversity and some of the factors that come to play in detailed studies of fungi. In some cases collecting in habitats that have not been well explored reveal hidden diversity; in other cases a failure to recognize...

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  • 2018 Nov 27

    HUH Seminar Series - Fay-Wei Li

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    22 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, HUH Seminar Room 125

    Fay-Wei Li, Assistant Professor
    Boyce Thompson Institute
    Cornell University

    Topic: Evolutionary genomics of seed-free plants: ferns, Isoetes, and hornworts

    Abstract:
    Since the first complete plant genome from Arabidopsis thaliana was announced in 2000, reference genomes for all other major green lineages have been published, except for a few orphan clades such as ferns, quillworts (Isoetes), and hornworts. Here I will present the assemblies and analyses of two first fern genomes—Azolla...

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  • 2018 Nov 13

    HUH Seminar Series - Megan Biango-Daniels

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    22 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, HUH Seminar Room 125

    Megan Biango-Daniels, Postdoctoral Scholar
    Wolfe Lab
    Department of Biology, Tufts University

    Topic: Bad apples: a new disease and its impacts, farm to fork

    Abstract
    The United States is the world’s second-largest apple producer. Before this economically important crop makes it to grocery shelves, it faces numerous fungal pathogens, a problem compounded by its long postharvest storage. Fungal rots contribute to the 10-15% of apples that are...

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  • 2018 Nov 06

    HUH Seminar Series - Luis Quijada

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    22 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, HUH Seminar Room 125

    Luis Quijada, Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow
    Pfister Lab, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
    Harvard University

    Topic: Diversity and composition of micro-fungi along an elevation gradient in an oceanic island

    Abstract:
    The distribution and ecology of two groups of micro-fungi, Helotiales and Orbiliales (Ascomycota), were studied in the island of Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain) in four different vegetation types, i.e. Euphorbia scrub, Pine forest, Laurel forest and summit broom scrubs....

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  • 2018 Oct 30

    HUH Seminar Series - James Mitchell

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    22 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, HUH Seminar Room 125

    James Mitchell, Graduate Student
    Pfister Lab, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
    Harvard University

    Topic: An Introduction to Resinicolous Fungi

    Abstract:
    Resins produced by conifers play important defensive roles.  In addition to discouraging herbivory, they act to seal off wounds, protecting the plant from fungal and insect incursions. Despite the fact that one of their roles is to discourage fungal growth in the wood of the living tree, the resins themselves host a surprisingly...

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  • 2018 Oct 23

    HUH Seminar Series - Gretchen Kai Halpert

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    22 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138. HUH Seminar Room 125.

    Gretchen Kai Halpert, Illustrator, Educator
    Scientific Illustration Distance Program

    Topic: Models for Drawings; Drawings for Models

    Abstract: 
    Scientific illustrators employ whatever means help accomplish their goals. They design models to help visualize and draw their subjects, and they make careful observational drawings in...

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  • 2018 Oct 16

    HUH Seminar Series - Robert Skelton

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    22 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138. HUH Seminar Room 125.

    Dr. Robert Skelton, Postdoctoral Researcher
    Dept. of Integrative Biology
    University of California, Berkeley

    Topic: Plant hydraulic traits and drought responses: insights from three continents

    Abstract:
    Droughts cause major damage to plant communities, and reduce primary productivity. Since maintaining hydration to a...

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  • 2018 Apr 24

    HUH Seminar - Lúcia G. Lohmann

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    22 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA. 02138, Seminar Room 125

    Lúcia G. Lohmann, Professor
    Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
    Visiting Scholar, University of California - Berkeley

    Topic: The origin and Evolution of the Neotropical Biota: Insights from the Bignoniaceae.

    Abstract:
    Few issues have been as intriguing and exciting to scientists as the origin and evolution of the Neotropical Biota. Yet, relatively little is still known about the evolutionary relationships of Neotropical organisms, and the...

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  • 2018 Apr 17

    HUH Seminar - Wes Testo

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    22 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, Seminar Room 125

    Wes Testo, Postdoctoral Associate
    University of Florida

    Topic: Systematics natural groups, and the rapid radiation of Neotropical Phlegmariurus (Lycopodiaceae)

    Abstract: 
    The tropical clubmoss genus Phlegmariurus is the most species-rich group in the Lycopodiaceae, with approximately 300 species. Approximately 150 species are known from the American tropics, with the northern Andes being a center of diversity. The group displays exceptional morphological and ecological diversity, and includes epiphytic,...

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