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Aug 16, 2023 - Aug 16, 2023

How copepods cope and sea stars survive: Understanding resilience and vulnerability of marine animals in a changing climate

The Dr. Donald L. Mykles Distinguished Lecture Series annually recognizes a leader in the field of integrative biology in marine or coastal environments by inviting them to deliver a research seminar and community lecture at the Bodega Marine Laboratory (BML) of the University of California Davis. This year's featured lecturer, Dr. Melissa Pespeni, will deliver a community lecture intended for a non-academic audience on August 16th at 4pm.

About Dr. Melissa Pespeni:

Melissa Pespeni is an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Vermont, Director of Quantitative and Evolutionary STEM Training (QuEST) PhD program, and recipient of the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award. Dr. Pespeni is an evolutionary biologist whose work aims to understand the genetic bases of complex traits and how organisms adapt to current and future environmental variation. She publishes in the leading journals of her field including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature Communications, and Proceedings of the Royal Society, and has given several keynote seminars at premier, international conferences. As the Director of QuEST, Dr. Pespeni aims to shift the dialogue in higher education to focus on diverse lived experiences as assets and to offer broader training opportunities in graduate education such as improv for science communication and applied internships with non-academic partners. Dr. Pespeni received her Ph.D. in Biology from Stanford University and a B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Critical Gender Studies from the University of California, San Diego.

About Dr. Donald L. Mykles:

Dr. Donald L. Mykles completed his Ph.D. at Bodega Marine Laboratory in the 1970s when the lab was a UC Berkeley field site. Don and his wife, Vicki, still visit BML several times each year, where Don works on local crabs for his NSF grant projects. As Northern California natives, they both enjoy connecting with friends and appreciate the exquisite natural beauty of Bodega Bay.
Dr. Donald L. Mykles Distinguished Lecture Series, established through a generous gift from Don’s wife Vicki and son Christopher Mykles, showcases the research of distinguished scientists who integrate physiological processes across levels of biological organization and disciplines to address grand challenges in coastal and marine sciences.

Event Times

  • Aug 16, 2023

    16:00:00 - 17:00:00

Bodega Marine Laboratory

2099 Westshore Road
Bodega Bay, CA 94923

How copepods cope and sea stars survive: Understanding resilience and vulnerability of marine animals in a changing climate