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Week of: Oct 18, 2020

Stephanie Steffen Biological Sciences

Dr. Adolfo Lara, Houston Health Department Laboratory, will present “Single cells to ancient networks: a case study in cnidarians”.

Dr. Lara received his PhD from the Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History where his work focused on using genomic techniques to study cnidarian (anemones, jellyfish, and relatives) neural networks. Study of these organisms could provide information about early neural network organization in the cnidarian-bilaterian common ancestor. Information for ancient neural networks serves as a foundation to pinpoint neural evolutionary changes over time.

Friday,October 23rd
12 PM (PST)

For zoom information, contact the B.G.S.A

Deserie Donae Center Activities

Center Activities gear rentals are open again! Make your appointment today to pick up your gear on either Wednesday or Friday between 12:00pm and 4:00pm. Email or call (707) 826-3357. Gear rental return dates are Tuesdays and Thursdays. All the equipment is sanitized and left in quarantine for 5 days after cleaning.
Wondering what kind of gear? There’s loads of camping equipment such as bear canisters, tents, stoves, water filters, in addition, there is wetsuits, lifejackets, kayaks, inflatable stand up paddleboards, surfboards, hammocks and so much more! Center Activities encourages everyone to get outside and recreate responsibly.

Week of: Oct 11, 2020

Stephanie Steffen Biological Sciences

Dr. Chris Lowe, California State University, Long Beach will present “Recovery of white sharks off California and what this means for coastal communities”.

There is growing evidence of population recovery of white sharks in the Northeast Pacific due to protection and recovery of adult prey. Southern California is used as primary nursery habitat for juvenile white sharks that are growing more common along coastal beaches through the summer and fall months, putting them in close proximity to large numbers of people recreating in these areas. We are studying the behavior and
ecology of white sharks along the coast of California and are using that information to educate water safety personnel and the public about sharks in coastal water and any associated risks

Date:  Friday, October 16th, 2020
Time:  12:00 PM
Via Zoom

Email for Zoom information.

Shannon Berge Academic & Career Advising Center

The Academic and Career Advising Center is hosting Internship Week, Monday, October 19 through Friday, October 23. Registration is now open for all Internship Week skillshops through
Skillshops being offered: Research Experience for Undergrads (REUs), Alternatives to Internships, Resumes and Cover Letters, Gaining Experience as a New Transfer Student, Finding Remote Internships, How to Find a Local Internship, Cover Letter Career Chat, Finding Career-Related Community-Based Experience, Interviewing Virtually, Finding Experience Working with Animals, and an Employer Internship Panel.

Week of: Oct 04, 2020

Carrie Tully Native American Studies

Mobilizing for California Water Justice: A Week Long Action Series

October 19 - 23 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Water is vital to all life on earth yet often is one of our most threatened resources. In California water issues are often polarized and presented as fish versus farmers, but in truth many Californians lack access to clean water and fisheries, but watch as almond fields are prioritized over access to vital water resources for Native Americans and people of color. Advocacy in water protection is often informative about current threats to our water-ways, but this series will be action oriented. We will explore five steps for water justice in California throughout the week and take action to create a more equitable water future for California.



By students for students, we invite YOU to submit your creative vision for painting a 5x8 ft nature-themed mounted mural in the NR building. Artists of all experience levels are welcome, and we are here to help bring your creative vision to life. Submissions will be voted on by your peers - spread the word!

Compensation: $1,000 + $200 for materials.

Submission deadline: Oct. 31
Student Voting: Nov. 1-15
Project Completion: Dec. 17

Applicants will submit a color proposal and accompanying artist’s statement (150 word max) for a mural that inspires awe in nature through any of the following themes:

Finding sanctuary in our natural world.
A quiet morning in natural landscapes.
In nature, I am both lost and found.

For artistic support in creating your submission, email
Email submissions and any questions to

Stephanie Steffen Biological Sciences

Dr. Kory Evans, Rice University, will present “Rapid evolutionary innovation in the face of integration. The story of the parrotfish beak”

“I am interested in the ecology and evolution of phenotypic diversity,integrating data from developmental biology, ecology, biomechanics, and phylogeny to understand this process at various timescales. My research program is centered on three questions: How do patterns of ontogenetic variation scale to patterns of phenotypic diversity? How do intrinsic (ontogenetic constraints) and extrinsic (environmental variation) factors influence patterns of phenotypic diversification and convergence? How do functional traits co-vary in development and evolution?”

Date: Friday, October 9, 2020
Time: 12:00
Via Zoom:  For Zoom information, please email the B.G.S.A -

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