A. Watson Armour III Research Seminar Series

A. Watson Armour III Research Seminar Series at The Field Museum

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 350 speakers have presented talks in the series. Typically, the audience 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 , Crystal Maier, Ken Angielczyk, or Bruce Patterson.

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

Winter/Spring 2017

Jan. 4
No Seminar.
Jan. 11
Dr. Richard Condit. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Geology and Tree Species Distributions in Tropical Forests of Panama. A. Montgomery Ward Hall.
Jan. 18
Dr. Tyrone Lavery. The Field Museum. Giant Rats and Monkey-faced Bats: Biogeography and Ecology of Northern Melanesia's Mammals. A. Montgomery Ward Hall.
Jan. 25
No seminar
Feb. 1
No Seminar.
Feb 8
No Seminar.
Feb. 15
Dr. Lance Grande. The Field Museum. Curators: Behind the Scenes of Natural History Museums. A. Montgomery Ward Hall.
Feb. 22
No Seminar.
March 1
Dr. Hanna Wood. National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution). Diversification in a Group of Paleoendemic Spiders: From BIzarre Morphologies and Unusual Behaviors to Extreme Speeds. A. Montgomery Ward Hall.
March 8
Dr. Yanzhu Ji. The Field Museum. Genome Size and Metabolism of Birds. A. Montgomery Ward Hall.
March 15
No Seminar.
March 22
Dr. Albert Prieto-Marquez. The Field Museum. Flat Beaks and Hooded Heads: Origin and Evolution of the Most Common Megaherbivores of the Late Mesozoic. A. Montgomery Ward Hall.
March 29
Dr. Charles Roseman. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Pattern, Process, and Human Variation. A. Montgomery Ward Hall.
April 5
Dr. Melanie Stiassny. American Museum of Natural History. Evolution in a Vortex: Isolation and Diversification of Fishes in the Lower Congo River. A. Montgomery Ward Hall.
April 12
Dr. William Burger. The Field Museum. Planet Earth: Four Billion Years of Ever-elaborating Complexity! A. Montgomery Ward Hall.
April 19
Dr. Matthew Dean. University of Southern California. Evolution and Genetics of the Baculum (Penis Bone). A. Montgomery Ward Hall.
April 26
Dr. Chad Eliason. The Field Museum. Physics, Fossils, and Signal Evolution in Birds. A. Montgomery Ward Hall.
May 3
No Seminar.
May 10
Dr. Dean Adams. Iowa State University. When Worlds Collide: The Phylogenetic Comparative Analysis of High-dimensional Multivariate Data. A. Montgomery Ward Hall.
May 17
Dr. Rachel Whitaker and Dr. Ripan Malhi. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From Progenote to the Present: The Emergence and Evolution of LIfe on Earth. A. Montgomery Ward Hall.
May 24
Dr. Patricia Holroyd. University of California, Berkeley. TBA. A. Montgomery Ward Hall.
May 31
Dr. Zeray Alemseged. University of Chicago. Insights Into the Paleobiology of Australopithecus: Updates From Field and Lab Research. A. Montgomery Ward Hall.
June 7
Dr. Holly Lutz. University of Chicago. TBA. A. Montgomery Ward Hall.

Other Recent Seminar Speakers

Fall 2016

  • Matthew McDowell
  • Jonathan Coddington
  • Melinda Zeder
  • Jack Dumbacher
  • Regan Dunn
  • Joan Damerow
  • Graeme Lloyd
  • Zhiwei Liu
  • Candace Greene
  • Julia Schultz

Winter/Spring 2016

  • Alan Love
  • Anastasia Papathanasiou
  • Robert Asher
  • John Murphy
  • Peter Makovicky
  • María Pérez
  • Diego Pol
  • Anne Pringle
  • Stacy Rosenbaum
  • Michele Piercey-Normore
  • Stephen Acabado
  • Christiane Denys
  • Derek Briggs
  • Peter Day
  • Sebastian Kvist
  • Charles Cannon
  • Brant Faircloth
  • Robert Guralnick
  • Robin O'Keefe
  • Michael Velbel
  • Bruce Patterson
  • Imke Schmitt

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