[pccgrads] Fwd: [Biodept] Seminars on 25 June by Warren P. Porter (U Wisconsin Madison)

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Tue Jun 12 14:38:50 PDT 2018

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From: Lauren Buckley <lbuckley at uw.edu>
Date: Tue, Jun 12, 2018 at 2:25 PM
Subject: Fwd: [Biodept] Seminars on 25 June by Warren P. Porter (U
Wisconsin Madison)
To: UW PCC <uwpcc at uw.edu>

Seminars of potential interest to PCC associates.

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From: Raymond B Huey <hueyrb at uw.edu>
Date: Tue, Jun 12, 2018 at 8:27 AM
Subject: [Biodept] Seminars on 25 June by Warren P. Porter (U Wisconsin
To: biodept at uw.edu

Warren P. Porter (U. Wisconsin) will be visiting Biology on Monday 25 June,
and he will give two seminars (in A023D, basement annex of Kincaid Hall,
10:30 and 1:00).

We highly recommend his seminars — described below. Also, Warren will have
limited time for 1 on 1 meetings -- please let Ray know if you'd like to
meet with him.

Ray Huey & Lauren Buckley


Warren is a creative and influential biologist who has made and is making
major contributions in three areas of research:

1_ incorporating biophysical ecology (heat and mass balance) into climate
change reseearch
2_ discovering pathological effects of low levels of environmental
contaminants (pesticides, P-GMO)
3_ use of stable isotopes to enable early detection of diseases


10:30 "Understanding Climate, Landscapes, Animals in the past, present
and future".

The energetics talk shows how we have developed the capacity to design
animals in three dimensions, animate them, put them in computational fluid
dynamics and then into Niche Mapper to be able to compute their food and
water requirements, activity times, habitat preferences and distributions
in time and space. I will also present evidence for recent work we have
done showing we can predict fossil distributions of pikas currently, in the
Holocene during the last glacial maximum and the warm Holocene, recent
results showing how and why woolly mammoths went extinct on St. Paul Island
off Alaska and finally some of our recent work reconstructing Triassic
microclimates and the energetics, behavior, physiological (metabolic)
constraints, and ecology of two species of dinosaur. I will also provide
insight into some of the peculiar body shapes these dinosaurs had that have
a significant impact on their heat transfer.

1:00 "New perspectives on very low pesticide exposures and their
unintended health consequences."

The environmental contaminants talk shows global data suggesting
neurological, endocrine, immune and epigenetic changes happening due to
very low level (ppb-ppq) exposures and incorporates some of our latest
findings on metabolism changes that have significant population and
economic implications for what could be happening globally in the next 15
years. I will focus on pesticide related (P-GMO) crops where the crops are
either resistant to pesticides or producing their own pesticides. I will
describe a potential biochemical fingerprint process that we have developed
that appears to be generic and able to define a wide variety of stressors
specifically and individually as well as in mixtures.

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