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, over 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.

Winter/Spring 2015

Jan. 7
No Seminar.
Jan. 14
No Seminar.
Jan. 21
Dr. Link Olson. University of Alaska at Fairbanks. Phylogenomics, Biogeography, and Taxonomic Recalcitrance of North America's 'Alpine' Marmots. Montgomery Ward Hall.
Jan. 28
Dr. Jill Pruetz. Iowa State University. Life on the Savanna: Chimpanzees Adjust to Stresses Associated with a Hot, Arid Environment at Fongoli, Senegal. Montgomery Ward Hall.
Feb. 4
No Seminar.
Feb. 11
Dr. Casey Holliday. University of Missouri. Cranial Biomechanics and the Origins of the Modern Amniote Feeding Apparatus. Montgomery Ward Hall.
Feb. 18
Dr. Surya Snatta Rout. The Field Museum. Correlated Electron Microscopy and Atom Probe Tomography of Iron Meteorites – Studying Asteroid Core Formation at a New Scale . Montgomery Ward Hall.
Feb. 25
Dr. Hillary Maddin. Carelton University. Aspects of the Evolutionary Development of the Tetrapod Skull. Montgomery Ward Hall.
March 4
Dr. John McCormack. Occidental College. The Genomic Potential of Natural History Collections Both Old and New. Montgomery Ward Hall.
March 11
Dr. David Hughes. Pennsylvania State University. Zombie Ants: The Precise Manipulation of Animal Behavior by a Microbe. Montgomery Ward Hall.
March 18
Dr. Mark Higgins. U.S. Global Development Lab. Beyond the Sea of Green: Mapping Forest Composition and Structure in Northwestern Amazonia from Satellite, Aerial, and Field Data. Montgomery Ward Hall.
March 25
No Seminar.
April 1
Dr. Peter Marra. Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. Studying Birds in the Context of the Annual Cycle: Carry-over Effects and Seasonal Interactions. Montgomery Ward Hall.
April 8
Dr. David Lohman. The City University of New York. Evolution and Biogeography of Butterfly Radiations in the Indo-Australian Archipelago. Montgomery Ward Hall.
April 15
Dr. Lane Beckes. Bradley University. The Individual in a Social Niche: An Exploration of What Social Neuroscience Illuminates and What Social Neuroscience Must Do to Expand Our Understanding of Human Nature and the Social Mind. Montgomery Ward Hall.
April 22
Dr. Christopher Dick. University of Michigan. The Role ofthe Andes in Neotropical Plant Diversification. Montgomery Ward Hall.
April 29
Dr. Corrie Moreau. The Field Museum. Ants, Plants, and Bacteria: Symbiosis and Evolutionary Diversification. Montgomery Ward Hall.
May 6
Dr. Termeh Shafie. Konstanz University. Network Science: An Interdisciplinary Discipline. Montgomery Ward Hall.
May 13
Dr. Thorsten Lumbsch. The Field Museum. And Here Poor Fool I Stand Once More, No Wiser Than I Was Before? Almost 20 Years of Trying to Understand Parmeliaceae. Montgomery Ward Hall.
May 20
Dr. Carmen Soriano. Argonne National Laboratory. Analysis of Paleontological and Biological Samples at the Advanced Photon Source. Lecture Hall II.
May 27
Dr. Katrina Jones. Harvard University. Putting Your Back Into It: Allometry and the Evolution of the Lumbar Spine in Equid Locomotor Evolution. Montgomery Ward Hall.
June 3
No Seminar.
June 10
Dr. Adam Smith. The Field Museum. Evolution of Body Mass in Pan-Alcidae (Aves, Charadriiformes): The Effects of Combining Neontological and Paleontological Data. Montgomery Ward Hall.


Other Recent Speakers

Fall 2014

  • Rhett Butler
  • Shan Huang
  • Jessica Heilmann
  • Jun Kimura
  • Phil DeVries
  • Ekaphan Kraichak
  • Lacey Knowles
  • Paige West
  • Pier Nimis
  • Tim Wooton
  • John VandenBrooks
  • Felix Grewe
  • Juan Larrain
  • Liliana Davalos

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


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