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A. Watson Armour III Research Seminar Series

About this recurring event

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 450 speakers have presented talks in the series. Typically, the audience consists of 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 2018

  • January 10:  Dr. Joseph Cook. University of New Mexico. Natural History Collections: Key Infrastructure for Research and Education. Founders' Room.
  • January 17: Dr. John Bates. The Field Museum. Species and Speciation in Birds. A. Montgomery Ward Hall.
  • January 31: Dr. Colby Loucks. World Wildlife Fund. Exploring New Technologies for Wildlife Conservation. A. Mongomery Ward Hall.
  • Febuary 7: Dr. Robbie Hart. Missouri Botanical Garden. Climate Change and Shifting Seasons in the Himalayas - Perspectives from Natural History Collections, Ecology, and Ethnobotany. A. Montgomery Ward Hall.
  • Febuary 14: Dr. John Novembre. University of Chicago. Methods to Characterize Geographic Structure in Genetic Variation. A. Montgomery Ward Hall.
  • Febuary 21: Dr. David Grossnickle. University of Chicago. Macroevolutionary Patterns and Dietary Adaptations in Early Therian Mammals. A. Montgomery Ward Hall.
  • Febuary 28: Dr. Antoine Bercovici. National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution). Out with the Old, In with the New: How Fast do Terrestrial Ecosystems Recover from Mass Devestation? Founders' Room.
  • March 7: Dr. Raul Diaz. Southeastern Louisiana University. Chameleon Limb Skeletal Diversification as Shown Through the Eyes of Developmental Biology. A. Montgomery Ward Hall.
  • March 14: Joseph "Woody" Aguilar. University of Pennsylvania. An Indigenous Archaeology of a Colonial Encounter in the Pueblo Southwest. A. Montgomery Ward Hall.
  • March 21: Dr. Stefan Green. Univeristy of Illinois Chicago. Functional Properties of Plant Root Microbiomes Revealed Through Metagenomic and Metatranscriptomic Sequencing. A. Montgomery Ward Hall.
  • March 28: Dr. Dylan Miner. Michigan State Univeristy. Giiwekii // They Return to the Land: Indigenous Arts in an Age of Ongoing Colonialism. A. Montgomery Ward Hall.
  • April 4: Dr. Nathan Lord. Georgia College. From Chromophores to Colors: Evolution of Vision in Coleoptera. A. Montgomery Ward Hall.
  • April 11: Dr. Eric Gorscak. The Field Museum. Clash of the Titanosaurs: New Discoveries and Emerging Perspectives on Africa's Cretaceous Fossil Record. A. Montgomery Ward Hall.
  • April 18: Dr. Ted Daeschler. Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel university. Exploration into the Age of Fishes and the Origin of Limbed Vertebrates. A. Montgomery Ward Hall.
  • April 25: Dr. Juan Carlos Villareal Aguilar. Laval Universit√©. From the Tropics to the Arctic: Diversity of Plant and Lichen-cyanobacterial Symbiosis. A. Montgomery Ward Hall.
  • May 2: Dr. Will Freyman. University of California, Berkeley. TBA. A. Montgomery Ward Hall.
  • May 9: Dr. Blaine Schubert. East Tenessee State University. TBA. Founders' Room.
  • May 16: Dr. Shanua Price. The Field Museum. TBA. A. Montgomery Ward Hall.
  • May 23: Dr. Chris Feldman. University of Nevada, Reno. TBA. A. Montgomery Ward Hall.
  • May 30 : Dr. Richard Blob. Clemson University. Biomechanics and Evolution: Vertebrate Functional Performance at the Interface Between Water and Land. A. Montgomery Ward Hall.
  • June 6: Dr. Ellen Currano. Universty of Wyoming. Life in the Hothouse: Lessons from Paleogene Wyoming. Founders' Room.

Other Recent Seminar Speakers

Fall 2017

  • Jane Younger
  • Terry Demos
  • Maureen Donnelly
  • Kirsten jensen
  • David Burley
  • Luke Flory
  • Timothy McCleary
  • David Sepkoski
  • Brandon Peecook
  • Steven Leavitt
  • Brant Faircloth
  • Jonathan Losos

Winter/Spring 2017

  • Richard Condit
  • Tyrine Lavery
  • Lance Grande
  • Hanna Wood
  • Yanzhu Ji
  • Albert Prieto-Marquez
  • Charles Roseman
  • Melanie Stiassny
  • William Burger
  • Mathhew Dean
  • Chad Eliason
  • Dean Adams
  • Rachel Whitaker and Ripan Malhi
  • Patricia Holroyd
  • Zeray Alemseged
  • Holly Lutz