A. Watson Armour III Research Seminar Series

The A. Watson Armour III Research Seminar is The Field Museum's weekly academic seminar series. Talks are at noon on Wednesdays, and feature speakers from around the world presenting their research on topics related to the museum's research and conservation activities. Since 2005, nearly 300 speakers have presented talks in the series. Typically, the audience primarily consists of Field Museum curators, collection managers, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students, although faculty and students from Chicago-area colleges and universities, museum docents, and other museum staff sometimes attend as well. For more information on the seminar series, to suggest a speaker, or if you are coming from outside of the museum and need access to the seminar room, contact Abigail Derby Lewis, John Terrell , Matt von Konrat, Ken Angielczyk, or Corrie Moreau.

Be sure to check this page regularly for additions and updates to the schedule.

Fall 2014

Sept. 3
Dr. Rhett Butler. www.mongabay.com. Why We Should Be Hopeful About Saving Rainforests. Lecture Hall II.
Sept. 10
No Seminar.
Sept. 17
Dr. Shan Huang. University of Chicago. Biodiversity Dynamics in Space and Time: Deciphering the Role of History. Zoology Classroom.
Sept. 24
Dr. Jessica Hellmann.University of Notre Dame. Two Kinds of Adaptation Under Climate Change: Evolving Species and Evolving Practices of Conservation. Lecture Hall II.
Oct. 1
Dr. Jun Kimura. The Field Museum. Maritime Campaigns in East Asian History - Symbolization in the Modern Period. Lecture Hall II.
Oct. 8
Dr. Phil DeVries. University of New Orleans. What Do Butterflies Tell Us About Tropical Diversity? Lecture Hall II.
Oct. 15
Dr. Ekaphan Kraichak. The Field Museum. Living on the Leaf Plane: Adaptation and Assembly of Epiphyllous Bryophytes. Montgomery Ward Hall.
Oct. 22
Dr. Lacey Knowles. University of Michigan. Species Divergence Shaped by the Intersects of Ecology and Climate Change. Montgomery Ward Hall.
Oct. 29
Dr. Paige West.Columbia University. Representational Simplification and Sovereignty: Nature, Culture, and Emergent Images. Lecture Hall II.
Nov. 5
Dr. Pier Luigi Nimis. Universitá degli Studi di Trieste. Computer-aided Identification Tools: How to Reach the General Public. Lecture Hall II.
Nov. 12
Dr. Tim Wootton. University of Chicago. Beyond Monitoring: Using Ecological Dynamics for Understanding and Predicting Ecosystem Responses. Montgomery Ward Hall.
Nov. 19
Dr. John VandenBrooks. Midwestern University. Did Changes in Paleo-Oxygen Levels Lead to the Evolution of Insect Gigantism? Montgomery Ward Hall.
Nov. 26
No seminar.
Dec. 3
Dr. Felix Grewe. The Field Museum. The Evolution of Mitochondrial Genomes in Land Plants. Montgomery Ward Hall.
Dec. 10
Dr. Juan Larrain. The Field Museum. The Liverwort Tree of Life Extends its Branches: Working Towards a Model Systematic Treatment of a Hyper-diverse Lineage. Montgomery Ward Hall.
Dec. 17
Dr. Liliana Davalos Stony Brook Univeristy. Systematic Error and the Contours of a Theory of Macroevolution. Lecture Hall II.

Other Recent Speakers

Winter/Spring 2014

  • Nikolas Papadimitriou
  • Susumu Tomiya
  • Renata Leite Pitman
  • Jack Gilbert
  • Matt Finer
  • Sora Kim
  • Jane Fajans
  • David Watts
  • Ramon Carreno
  • James Waters
  • Karen Sears
  • Stephanie Spehar
  • Noshir Contractor
  • William Sanders
  • Jon Marks
  • Brandon Matheny
  • Karen Samonds
  • Ana Carnaval
  • Michelle Lawing
  • Lars Söderström


Fall 2013

  • Nigel Pitman
  • Willeke Wendrich
  • Jason McLachlan
  • Hopi Hoekstra
  • Jill Leonard-Pingel
  • Richard Olmstead
  • Rebecca Seligman
  • Deborah Gordon
  • Estevam Cruz da Silva
  • Beckett Sterner
  • Brian Kraatz
  • James Coan
  • Fabian Michelangeli
  • Madhusudan Katti
  • Brian Switek

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