Western Biology


Seminar Series - WBESS


Western University is located on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak and Attawandaron peoples, on lands connected with the London Township and Sombra Treaties of 1796 and the Dish with One Spoon Covenant Wampum.

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The Western Biology Evolution Seminar Series (WBESS) is a project created to showcase/promote research on evolutionary biology.

The first season of the series will feature online seminars starting in January 2024.

Guest speakers come from a wide range of specialties and will share their investigations on all aspects of evolutionary biology.

In his B notebook, Charles Darwin draw what is considered to be his first sketch of a phylogenetic tree. The image above is in the public domain and it was obtained from Wikipedia.

WBESS 2024.1

The selective drivers of mutualism decline in a keystone nutritional symbiosis

Dr. Rebecca Doyle

McMaster University

SyM3 Lab

WBESS 2024.2

Life in deserts and the genomic history of North-African foxes

WBESS 2024.3

Evolution of life in the urban jungle

Dr. Marc Johnson

U of T - Mississauga

EvoEco Lab

WBESS 2024.4

Rapid evolution of genetic sex determination in frogs

Dr. Ben Evans

McMaster University

Evans Lab

WBESS 2024.5

Ancient clostridial pathogens and neurotoxins recovered from human archaeological DNA samples

Dr. Andrew Doxey

University of Waterloo

Doxey Lab

WBESS 2024.6

Plant responses to dynamic environments

Isabeau Lewis

Queen’s University

2nd Best Poster Award - OE3C 2023

WBESS 2024.7

Does adaptation to challenge compromise competitive ability?

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Talk recorded. To be released in September, 2024

Brendan Sheppard

Queen’s University

2nd Best Talk Award (Evolution)

People’s Choice Awards

OE3C 2023

WBESS 2024 season 2 is coming up!

The WBESS season 2 is now under production.

If you would like to present your research in this series, contact me (Matheus) at msanital@uwo.ca


If you are interested in presenting your research in this online series, feel free to reach out to Matheus at msanital@uwo.ca.