Every semester, the Biology Department hosts guest speakers who use knowledge of biological science in their careers. These researchers spend time with us talking about research and other biological pursuits in the laboratory, in the field, and elsewhere.

If you have any questions regarding upcoming lectures, or are interested in presenting a seminar to our audience of biology faculty and students, inquiries can be made to:

Maryann Smith, Associate Professor
Room MAS 049

Next Seminar:
Thursday, March 24, 2022
11:30 AM-1:00 PM

The Tragedy of the Uncommon: Predicting when the commercial
wildlife trade threatens rare species with extinction
Ryan Almeida, PhD Candidate, Dept. of Ecology and Evolution, Rutgers University


A Zoom presentation
Current students: contact your instructor
Others: contact masmith@brookdalecc.edu




Topic Archive

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Little Feet In A Big World:
The Story of African Penguins
Jennifer Lengares Meyer
Jenkinson’s Aquarium, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

December 9, 2021
Sustainability of NJ Fisheries and Aquaculture

December 2, 2021
Medical Mysteries
George Taylor MD FACR Radiologist-in-Chief Emeritus, Children’s Hospital
John A Fitzpatrick Professor of Radiology (Pediatrics) Harvard Medical School

April 22, 2021
Reconciling Grassland Bird Conservation and Agriculture: Seeking Drivers From Fields and Biomes.
Michael Allen, Ph.D. Quantitative Ecologist & Conservation Biologist
Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources Department, Rutgers University

March 25, 2021
Diet and the Gut Microbiome from Infants to Adults
Elliot Friedman, Ph.D. PENN Medicine

February 25, 2021
Forest Habitat Restoration for Imperiled Species in NJ
Sharon Petzinger, Senior Zoologist
NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife: Endangered & Nongame Species Program

December 3, 2020
Three Months in the Arctic: A Scientist’s Experience on the MOSAiC Expedition
John Cassano, Ph.D. University of Colorado

February 27, 2020
Beneficial Insects
Kimberly Russell, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, Rutgers University

November 23, 2019
Life That Glows: Ultraviolet fluorescence-luminescence in organisms
Jennifer Bulava, Lead Park Naturalist, Burlington County, Department of Resource Conservation

November 21, 2019
Phytoplankton Ecology and Harmful Algae Blooms (HAB)
Jason Adolf, PhD, Associate Professor of Marine Science
Monmouth University

October 24, 2019
Restoring Oyster Reefs in Barnegat Bay
Christine Thompson, Asst. Professor of Marine Science
School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Stockton University

April 4, 2019
Identification, Recovery and Impact of Ghost Fishing Gear in New Jersey Coastal Bays
Mark Sullivan, PhD, Associate Professor Marine Science, Stockton University

March 7, 2019
Protecting Critical Dune and Beach Habitat Along New Jersey’s Coast
Ryan Rebozo, PhD
Director of Conservation Science, Pinelands Preservation Alliance

November 15, 2018
Restoring New Jersey Urban Water Resources: An Emerging Pollutant (Microplastics)
Beth Ravit PhD
Co-Director, Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability,
School of Environmental & Biological Sciences, Rutgers University

October 18, 2018
Diet, the Gut Microbiome, and its Metabolome in Health and Disease
Elliot Friedman PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher, Division of Gastroenterology
Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

April 5, 2018
Bad Mothers, Bad Eggs:  Reproductive Failure in New Jersey’s Threatened Turtles is Linked to Maternal Identity
Thomas J Duchak, Hofstra University & Brookdale Community College

March 1, 2018
Ospreys: Your Wild Neighbor at the Shore – Monitoring and Managing NJ’s Unofficial Bird of Summer
Ben Wurst, Conserve Wildlife NJ

October 19, 2017
Climate Reality: Our Planet’s Future
Presenters: Steve & Pat Miller, Climate Reality Leaders

April 13, 2017
“The Whales of New York …. They’re Baaaaack!”
Paul Sieswerda, President, Gotham Whale NYC

March 9, 2017
“Carbon Sequestration of Mangrove Flats in the Bahamas”
Pedram Daneshgar, PhD, Monmouth University

April 14, 2016
“Whale Sharks and White Sharks, the Big Boys and Girls!”
Dean Fessler, Dr. Marie Levine, and Dr. Dave Grant, Shark Research Institute, Princeton, NJ

March 10, 2016
“A Tale of Conservation – Working Towards Penguin Resiliency”
Reagan Quarg, Supervisor of Penguins, Jenkinson’s Aquarium, Point Pleasant, NJ.

December 3, 2015
“Basics of Shellfish Aquaculture”
Ken Gef Flimlin, Professor/Marine Extension Agent

April 16, 2015
“Studying Extreme Environments at the Seafloor”
Peter Chace

March 12, 2015
“Towards Understanding the Gut Microbiome”
Elliot Friedman, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

October 30, 2014
“All Things Bats!!!”
Brooke Maslo, PhD, Department of Ecology, Evolution & Resources, Rutgers University

April 10, 2014
“Invasion of Asiatic Sand Sedge in New Jersey’s Coastal Dunes: Trends and Implications”
Louise Wootton, PhD Georgian Court University

March 13, 2014
“Cool Things Honeybees Do and the Issues They Face”
Tim Schuler – NJ Dept of Agriculture

December 5, 2013
“Snake Spatial Ecology: Conservation of the Pine Snake (Pituophis melanolecus)”
Robert Smith, PhD – Mercer County Community College

October 31, 2013
“Diamondback Terrapins in New Jersey: Life After Sandy”
John Wnek, Marine Academy of Technology & Environmental Science

April 11, 2013
C.elegans as a Model for Studying Polycystic Kidney Disease”
Julie Maguire, Rutgers University

March 14, 2013
“Polar Bears in a Warming World”
Carol McCallum – Jenkinson’s Aquarium

December 6, 2012
“Dioxin Contamination in the Sediments of Newark Bay & Bio-Accumulation in Blue Claw Crabs (Callinectes sapidus)”
Angela Cristini, PhD – Meadowlands Environmental Center

October 25, 2012
“Mosquito Biology, Control and Mosquito-Borne Diseases”
Sean Healy, Entomologist – Monmouth County Mosquito Extermination Commission

April 26, 2012
“From Stargazing to Sustainability – A Science Literacy Primer”
Presenter: Jonathan Yavelow, PhD, Biology Dept., Rider University

April 28, 2011
Next Generation Biotechnology & Career Opportunities
Presenter: Michael Palladino, PhD, Dean and Associate Professor of Biology, School of Science, Monmouth University

March 31, 2011
Rodham Tulloss, PhD
Wild Mushrooms Through the Year: Lifestyles of the Strange and Fungal!

December 2, 2010
Cindy Claus – Jenkinson’s Aquarium
Nesting Sea Turtles

October 14, 2010
Nathan Schroeder, Ph.D. – Post-doctoral Fellow, Barr Lab Department of Genetics, Rutgers University
“Wonderful World of Worms: Adventures With Nematodes”

April 22, 2010
Kenneth Miller, Ph.D. – Dept. of Geology & Planetary Sciences, Rutgers University
“Climate and Sea Level Rise in New Jersey: Should I sell my shore house?”

April 1, 2010
Bob Gant – Brookdale Community College
“Tarantulas – Not Your Itsy-Bitsy Spiders”

December 3, 2009
Danni Logue & Carol McCallum – Jenkinson’s Aquarium
“What’s HOPpening in Your Backyard?”

February 26, 2009
Jaclyn Rhoads – Pinelands Preservation Alliance
“The Pinelands: A Region At Risk”

February 24, 2009
Joe Reynolds, Monmouth County Parks Naturalist
“Snakes of Monmouth County”

December 4, 2008
Jaclyn Rhoads – Pinelands Preservation Alliance
“The Pinelands: Up Close and Natural”

October 23, 2008
Dr. William Rives
Six Flags Wild Safari Animal Care (Operational Fundamentals)

February 2008

December 2007
“Penguin Pointers”

April 3, 2007
Louise Wootton, Ph.D.
“Alien Invasion: Little Green Plants are Coming to New Jersey”

October 26, 2006
Carolyn Riccardi, RN, BSN
“Infection Control – How to minimize the risk of infection during flu season.”

March 8, 2006
Paul Sollitti, Ph.D.
“Hot Cases From Small Traces”

December 1, 2005
Dean Fessler, Education Director, Shark Research Institute
“Sharks – 400 million years and 400 species later! (with special presentation on “JAWS”)”

March 24, 2005
Nick Ingoglia, Ph.D., Associate Dean, School of Biomedical Sciences; Professor of Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience, New Jersey Medical School, UMDNJ.
“How Can Basic Research Help Spinal Cord Injured Patients?”

April 21, 2005
James Mitroka, Ph.D., Research Group Leader, Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute.
“Pharmaceutical Research R&D”

April 26, 2004
Michael Palladino, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biology Department, Monmouth University.
“Exploring the Human Genome”

December 13, 2003
Drs. Anne and John Dickens

March 25, 2003
Drs. Anne and John Dickens
“Galapagos Odyssey: A Trip to the Galapagos Islands”

November 14th, 2002
Michael Palladino, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biology Department, Monmouth University.
“Understanding the Human Genome Project”

December 13th, 2001
Joseph Merritt, Ph.D., Director, Powdermill Biological Station at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
“Life in the cold: there’s no business like shrew business”

November 15, 2001
Prof. Philip Poli, Biology Department, BCC.
“Anthrax and Bioterrorism”.

Thursday, April 12, 2001
Bernard Yurke, Ph.D., Research Physicist, Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies.
“Using DNA to Build Structures, Motors, and Computers”

Thursday, March 10, 2001
Cheryl Kestlinger, Senior Forensic Scientist, Union County Prosecutor’s laboratory.
“The World of Forensic Science: More than Just CSI”

Tuesday, April 6, 2000
Angela Kraus, Ph.D. (American Museum of Natural History)
“Scanning Electron and Confocal Microscopy at the American Museum of Natural History”

Tuesday, April 13th, 1999
John A. Anton (Adjunct Faculty, BCC)
“Estimated Velocities of Jurassic Dinosaurs in Morris County, New Jersey”

Thursday, Feb. 4th, 1999
James G. Mitroka, Ph.D.(Research Group Leader, Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute)
“An Alternative View of Alternative Medicine”

Tuesday, April 14th 1998
David C. Bolton, Ph.D.(Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities)
“Mad cows, cannibals and prions: The strange (but true) story of a fatal brain disease”

Wednesday, April 8, 1998
Glenn McGee, Ph.D.(Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania)
“The Controversy of Human Cloning”

Thursday, March 12, 1998
Xiaobo Yu, Ph. D.(Kean University)
“Using Fossils and DNA to Reconstruct Evolutionary Relationships”

Thursday, Dec. 10, 1998
Sharon Anderson, Ph.D.(Reproductive Science Center of Philadelphia)
“Assisted Reproductive Technologies”

Thursday, Nov. 12, 1998
Angela Kraus(Laboratory Manager – Core Microscopy Facility, American Museum of Natural History)
“Electron and Confocal Microscopy at the American Museum of Natural History”

Tuesday, October 20th, 1998
Dennis Rhoads, Ph.D.(Monmouth University)
“Neurobiology of Alcohol Abuse”

Tuesday, December 9, 1997
Deborah D. Ricker, Ph.D.(York College of Pennsylvania)
“Autonomic Nervous System Influences on Reproductive Function”