We schedule a range of seminars each semester. Speakers include School staff and invited high-profile domestic and international speakers who have expertise across diverse biological disciplines and are at varying career stages.

Students, staff, visiting academics and the public are welcome to attend. No RSVP is required.

The school seminars hold seminars every two weeks on Fridays at 11am in the Goddard Building (Building 8), Room 139 (teaching weeks only). We update the schedule at the start of each semester.

We hold morning tea before each seminar on the Great Court lawn outside the Goddard Building.

Date Time Title Presenter/s
22 March 11.00am Systems biology of root development Siobhan Brady, UC Davis
5 April 11.00am

EMCR showcase

  • Effect of animal pollination on population structure and diversity of plants,
  • Morphology in the age of genomics: A deep-time map of evolution,
  • Applications of population genetics to insects, plants and their interactions
Alicia Toon, Thomas Guillerme and James Hereward, UQ
3 May 11.00am Using sterile/incompatible male mosquitoes for population suppression: our journey and recent field trial outcomes in Northern Queensland Nigel Beebe, UQ
17 May 11.00am Systems biology of root development Matt Hahn, IU Bloomington
2 August 11.00am

EMCR showcase

  • Long-distance flowering signals regulate shoot branching in pea,
  • Systemic resilience and transient dynamics in coral reef systems,
  • Complex species interactions regulate selection due to drought in semi-arid annual plants
Liz Dun, Karlo Hock, Abigail Pastore, UQ
16 August 11.00am Headaches and Hope: Future fisheries and ecosystem based management Beth Fulton, CSIRO
30 August 11.00am Threshold traits and their evolutionary quirks Joe Tomkins, UWA
13 September 11.00am Bones, Brains and Babies: Understanding the rules of mammalian diversity Vera Weisbecker, UQ
27 September 11.00am Predicting species responses to climate change: the need for population and community ecology Jonathan Levine, Princeton University
18 October 11.00am Stochastic models for gene-family evolution Barbara Holland, UTAS

Postgraduate seminars are held monthly on Thursdays at 1pm, usually in the Goddard Building (Building 8), Room 257.  The location can vary, so check the event details for each seminar.

Postgraduate seminar sessions usually feature presentations from two PhD students.

Special seminars featuring visiting academics are held when available, usually on Thursdays at 1pm. The location can vary, so check the event details for each seminar.

Visiting marine academics and collaborators are welcome to give a seminar. We usually hold them on Thursdays at 1pm but will try to accommodate alternative days and times on request. If you're visiting UQ and wish to give a marine-related seminar, email us at marine@uq.edu.au or discuss your idea with your academic contact within our School.


TalkFest, a one day mini-conference, is one of our premier events and is held twice a year on the Friday before each semester starts (February and July).

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The CBCS seminars held weekly on Tuesday at 11am in the Goddard Building (Building 8), Room 501.

Morning tea is held before each seminar at 10:30am in the Level 5 tearoom in the Goddard Building.

Date Presenter/s Title
23 July Paul Dennis, UQ Microorganisms and the management of ecosystems
30 July Richard Cottrell, University of Tasmania Bridging the land-sea divide for food security and sustainability
6 August Sophus zu Ermgassen , University of Kent We need to talk about offsets: No Net Loss and the global infrastructure boom
13 August Jeremy Simmonds, UQ A crash course through the EPBC Act referral and approvals process
20 August Dibesh Karmacharya, Center for Molecular Dynamics Nepal Novel approaches to the conservation and management of the Bengal tiger in Nepal
27 August Paula Prist, Universidade de São Paulo Forest conversation, human health and politics in Brazil
3 September Jaana Dielenberg, UQ Getting media coverage for your research
10 September Tim Seelig, DES

Making policy for the environment: Lifting the bonnet on policy processes and the role of research

17 September Duan Biggs, Griffith University Navigating conservation's cultural divides on iconic wildlife in a fast-changing, uncertain world
24 September Angela Salim, UQ Cane Toad Challenge
1 October Kaline de Mello, Universidade de São Paulo The challenge of environmental policies implementation: The case of the Forest Code in Brazil
8 October Jacqueline Beggs, University of Auckland Challenges for New Zealand conservation: From social wasps to kākāpo
15 October Martin Stringer, Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation The world’s energy crisis, its solutions, and their consequences
22 October James Allan, UQ How much of Earth's terrestrial area must be conserved to safeguard biodiversity?
29 October Andrew Baker, QUT What are the best detection methods for conserving threatened antechinuses?
5 November Paul Dennis, UQ Microorganisms and the management of ecosystems
12 November April Reside, UQ Bringing ecology into Australia’s environmental law reform
19 November Alison Johnston, Cornell/eBird Big data analytics for avian ecology and conservation
26 November Ian Tibbetts, UQ Respecting Traditional Owners in Solomon Islands and Moreton Bay
3 December Michael Noad, UQ The songs of humpback whales, and why they matter for conservation
10 December Leah Burns, Griffith University Tourism and conservation in Iceland: Boom and doom?
17 December Selina Ward, UQ TBC

2018 seminar series

Date Time 11.00amTitle Presenter
19 October 11.00am

Leaf form and function along environmental gradients

Ian Wright, Macquarie University
5 October 11.00am The biodiversity of species and their rates of extinction, distribution, and protection Professor Stuart Pimm, Duke University
3 October 6:45pm–8:00pm Saving Nature in Places that Matter Professor Stuart Pimm, Duke University
21 September 11.00am Hope in the face of ecosystem collapse Dana Bergstrom, Australian Antarctic Division
7 September 11.00am Modelling microbiomes Allen Rodrigo, Australian National University
24 August 11.00am Copula models for multivariate ecological data Marti Anderson, Massey University
10 August 11.00am Antiviral defence in the model insect Drosophila Karyn Johnson, University of Queensland
27 July 11.00am Predation drives recurrent convergence of an interspecies mutualism
How does habitat affect predation risk? A model to inform conservation initiatives.
How does habitat affect predation risk? A model to inform conservation initiatives.
Will Feeney, Rebecca Wheatley, Emily Wong, University of Queensland
1 June 11.00am The dimensionality of individual niche variation Travis Ingram, University of Otago
25 May 11.00am Selection and evolution in changing marine environments Keyne Monro, Monash University
18 May 11.00am Why do plants need negative regulators of phosphate uptake? Ricarda Jost, La Trobe University
11 May 11.00am Insight into processes shaping the morphological diversity of Australia’s dragon lizards at different evolutionary scales Jane Melville, Museums Victoria
4 May 11.00am How the brown recluse got its bite: evolutionary dynamics of spider venom toxins across a novel toxin recruitment. Greta Binford, Lewis & Clark College, USA
27 April 11.00am On the origins of novelty and diversity in development and evolution: Case studies on horned beetles Armin Moczek, Indiana University, USA
20 April 11.00am Survival and divergence in the last brown bear population in Italy: the genomic view Giorgio Bertorelle, University of Ferrara, Italy
23 March 11.00am Ecological interactions among fish species: Pushing meta-barcoding technology for fish community interaction assessment Daniel Heath, University of Windsor, Canada
16 March 11.00am Do sugars act as hormones? The Impact of cold conditioning on plant development Dani Eshel, Dept. of Postharvest Science, The Volcani Center, Israel
9 March 11.00am What communication skills ‘should’ we be teaching in a BSc, and how do we do it?” Louise Kuchel, University of Queensland
2 March 11.00am Why so slow? Because gender inequality and work-family conflict are wicked problems Kate O'Brien, University of Queensland
23 February 11.00am Conserving mobile species Associate Professor Richard Fuller, University of Queensland