CEB Committe on Evolutionary Biology


Scroll down to see a list of current seminar series and journal clubs at the University of Chicago that focus on evolutionary biology. 


Evolutionary Morphology

The Evolutionary Morphology Seminar is a weekly seminar sponsored by the Committee on Evolutionary Biology. Speakers (and audience members) drawn from many areas, including evolutionary biology, anatomy, biomechanics, ecology, paleontology, molecular biology, systematics, conservation biology, and history/philosophy of sciences.

A. Watson Armour III Research Seminar Series

The Field Museum's weekly academic seminar series. Talks are at noon on Wednesdays, and feature speakers from arond the world presenting their research on topics related to the museum's research and conservation activities. 

Ecology and Evolution Seminar Series

Click here to view E&E's weekly and special seminars. 

Geophysical Sciences Colloquium

This is the main seminar series of the Geophysical Sciences Department, spanning its full intellectual breadth.  Seminars are in Hinds 101 at 3:00 p.m. every Friday.  Tea and cookies are served in the Goldsmith Room (Hinds 176) before the seminar.

Organismal Biology and Anatomy Seminar Series

Journal Clubs

This is a comprehensive list of current discussion groups/journal clubs as organized by students and faculty in the Darwinian Cluster.  Prior to attending a meeting for the first time, it is highly recommend that you email the contact person for the given journal club as unforeseen events can lead to a meeting time and place that is different from the one listed. All of the groups listed here are active as of Winter 2014. Lastly, if you would like to see your group represented here or would like to update the associated information, please e-mail Mo Siddiq ( You can also quickly glance at the meeting times of the discussion here : Journal Club Calendar

Evolutionary Processes

Contact: Supriya ( and Iuri Matteuzzo Ventura (
Description: Varies from quarter to quarter. For current readings, see website:
Status (as of Win 2014): Ongoing
Meeting Time: Mondays 10:00 am Erman Conference Room


Contact: Catherine Pfister (
Description: EcoShake is a journal club & forum for ecologically-interested graduate students, post-docs, and faculty. We both discuss current literature and present research proposals/data that could benefit from a broad and supportive ecological perspective. The modern iteration of EcoShake has [almost] nothing to do with its namesake milkshakes.
Status (as of Win 2014): Ongoing
Meeting Time: Mondays 2:00 - 3:00 Lillie Room 

Functional Molecular Evolution

Contact: Mo Siddiq (
Description: A discussion group focused on understanding the mechanisms that drive functional evolution. See website:
Status (as of Win 2014): Ongoing
Meeting Time: Wed 2:30-3:30 Lillie Room

Coalescent Theory

Contact: Hussein Al-asadi (
Description: A rigorous reading group on coalescent theory guided by John Wakely’s text, Coalescent Theory.
Status(As of Win 2014): Ongoing
Meeting Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:00 - 4:00 Cummings 427

Modularity, Morphological Evolution, and Evo-Devo

Contact: Dallas Krentzel (
Description: Evodevo with a continual focus on modularity and innovations, from genes to morphology, and always in a phylogenetic and (if possible) paleontological perspective. This group has recently joined forces with the Philosophy of Biology reading group.
Status(As of Win 2014): Ongoing
Meeting Time: Tuesdays 1:00 Hinds 249

Fish Group

Contact: Kate Criswell (
Description: This is a bi-weekly seminar series, mostly for student and post doc presentations, that covers fishy topics like evo devo, paleontology, biomechanics, phylogenetics, etc. It's not entirely limited to fish either - it occasionally strays into tetrapod territory - and the topics are usually broadly applicable to evolutionary biology.
Status(As of Win 2014): ongoing
Meeting Time: Every other Wednesday 4:30 Peach Room (Anatomy 103)

Animal Behavior

Contact: Christina Masco (
Description: This journal club focuses on discussing recent papers in animal behavior, and also serves as a forum for getting feedback on manuscripts and presentation.
Status(As of Win 2014): ongoing
Meeting Time: Fridays 12:00 - 1:00 Lillie Room

Vertebrate Paleontology

Contact: Robert Burroughs (
Description: A reading group with a primary focus on vertebrate paleontology that also includes occasional discussion of excellent morphometrics papers in fields such as invertebrate paleontology and modern vertebrates.
Status:(As of Summer 2015): ongoing
Meeting Time: Wednesdays 10 AM Geology Department at the Field Museum