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Seminars are scientific presentations given by faculty or guest speakers. They are free and open to the public. Students please see below for seminar and abstract requirements as an OBE major.

If you have any questions regarding seminars, or if you have a suggestion for a possible speaker, contact Shane Heschel ( or Emilie Gray (

2014-15 Seminars

Colorado College OBE Seminars:
Block 3 - Tuesday October 28 at 3:30 in Olin 1
Alyssa Gehman (former CC student), University of Georgia
Impacts on the life histories of parasitic barnacles
Title: "Parasitism from the Savanna to the Savannah"
Block 4 - Thursaday December 11 at 3:30 in Olin 1
Dr. Robin Tinghitella, University of Denver
Sexual Selection in Insects
Title: "Understanding the roles of behavior and ecology in rapid evolutionary change"
Block 6 - Friday March 6 at OBE Day at 12:45 in McHugh Commons
Dr. Tobin Hieronymus, Northeast Ohio Medical University, College of Medicine
Title: "Inside the feathers: The structural underpinnings of avian wing shape and function"
Block 7 - Monday April 6 at 3:45 in Olin 1
Dr. Joshua Ginsberg, President of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Carnivore Ecology and Conservation
Title: "Roaring back? A fragile global recovery of large carnivores and what it tells us about conservation"
Block 7 - Thursday April 9 at 3:30 in Olin 1
Dr. Dan Sloan, CSU Fort Collins
Plant Population Genetics
Title: "Cytonuclear co-evolution under extreme mitochondrial mutation rates" 
CU Boulder EBIO Seminars:
Block 1 - Friday, October 10 at CU Boulder EBIO 
Dr. Elizabeth (Toby) Kellogg, Danforth Plant Science Center
Evolution & Development in Crop Plants
Block 5 - Friday February 6 at CU Boulder EBIO
Dr. Alex Smith, University of Guelph
Co-evolutionary Ecology of Host/Parasitoid/Symbiont Relationship
Additional seminars?  Check back here frequently throughout the year.
Click here for 2013-14 Seminars
Click here for 2012-13 Seminars
Click here for 2011-12 Seminars

Senior Capstone Requirement: OBE Research Seminar and Abstracts

OBE majors are expected to attend department seminars as part of their scientific training. Attending seminars and writing abstracts summarizing them are required for graduation. Majors must submit satisfactory abstracts from 3 biology seminars.  Attend acceptable seminars (see below), summarize 3, and email each abstract to both Donna Sison ( and your advisor by the first day of the block after the seminar. Abstracts submitted after this day will generally not be accepted. Students from past years strongly recommend that you take notes during seminars and write abstracts within several days of the seminar or you will often not remember enough to write an acceptable summary! You must declare an OBE major and be a junior or senior before abstracts can count. Declared majors receive e-mail notices of OBE seminars, and flyers for each seminar will be posted in and around the OBE Office, 4th floor Olin Hall.

Acceptable Seminars

  • OBE or MB Department seminars, including the keynote address at OBE and MB Day.
  • Biology seminars at UCCS, CU, CSU, DU, CU medical school, and Penrose or Memorial Hospitals, but ask your academic advisor before attending.
  • Selected seminars from other science departments at CC.  In your abstract clearly link the seminar to biology.  Again, ask your academic advisor before you attend non-Biology seminars.
  • Not eligible: student presentations, including OBE Day talks.

Format for Abstracts

  • Limited to one printed page.
  • Include 1) your name, 2) full seminar title, 3) complete name and academic affiliation of the presenter, 4) seminar date, 5) your abstract, and 6) the Honor Code and your commitment that you have followed it indicated by typing your name. Each abstract must be clear, concise, well-written, and complete to be accepted by your advisor and the department.  Click here to download a sample abstract.
  • Follow the letter and spirit of the CC Honor Code; this obviously includes attending the seminar and writing the abstract in your own words.

Jeff Noblett
Department Chair

Donna Sison
OBE Services Coordinator

Colorado College Biology Department
Olin Hall #458
14 E. Cache La Poudre
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Voice 719.389.6912 
Fax 719.389.6940