School of Biology and Ecology Seminar
Dr. Melissa Kemp, Harvard University
(Host: Allison Gardner)
Fossil lizards tell tales: Resurrecting the past to forecast the future
Dr Melissa Kemp is an evolutionary biologist who uses the fossil record and historical data to investigate species responses to global change phenomena. She earned her B.A. in biology from Williams College in 2010 and her Ph.D. in biology from Stanford University in 2015. She is currently a Center for the Environment and NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University, where she is investigating how past global change forces have altered species distributions and abundances for Caribbean lizards. This research will reveal population trajectories before, during, and after environmental perturbations are encountered, and provide a framework for evaluating future range shifts and population fluctuations. Melissa is also committed to science mentoring and regularly involves high school and undergraduate students in the execution of her research objectives.
Seminars will be held on Fridays at 3:15 pm in 107 Norman Smith Hall, unless otherwise noted.
Light refreshments served at 3:00 p.m.