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First Lecture Series With Martina Ramirez, Ph.D.

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Martina Ramirez, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Biology, discusses the reproductive behavior of spiders.

Imagine if spiders had complete control over their patterns of reproductive behavior. This concept of evolutionary biology is what excites Martina Ramirez, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Biology. Ramirez studies all things spiders, including their heavy metal content, and how air pollution in Southern California affects it. To learn more about her research into these arachnids, watch this informative video.

At freshmen orientation 2016, incoming students got a taste of some of the research topics that fuel Seaver faculty members. Dubbed the “First Lecture Series,” faculty members from different disciplines spoke about why they love their field, what topics of research intrigue them, and what types of projects they are working on.

Why is research important to students? Research is a staple of the Seaver student experience. It helps students grow as scholars and as individuals. From the moment they are accepted to the university, students are encouraged to participate in research.