The next installment of the 2017-18 Environmental Lectures Series will take place on February 28th at 4:30pm in LMU’s Ahmanson Auditorium (University Hall 1000). Dr. Demian Willette (LMU Biology) will give a talk titled “Urban Land, Urban Sea: How Walnut Trees, Sushi DNA & Slime Mold Can Solve LA’s Environmental Challenges.”
Dr. Demian A. Willette is an Instructor in Biology at Loyola MarymountUniversity, an Assistant Project Scientist at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and a current US Fulbright Scholar. He received his Bachelors degree in biology from Iowa State University, Masters degree in biology from California State University Los Angeles, and Ph.D. in Public Health from UCLA. He was a NSF post-doc for 3 years in Southeast Asia, including with the Philippines Bureau of Fisheries, conducting fisheries research. He has published over two dozen peer-reviewed scientific articles in the fields of applied ecology, marine biology, molecular genetics, and biological invasions, and his work has been featured in Time Magazine, Science, the New York Times, among others. He leads an active research group of promising undergraduate and graduate students, and has ongoing collaborations with partners in Israel, Germany, Ecuador, the Caribbean, the Philippines, and across the U.S.