Circadian Rhythms and Seasonal Affect Disorder [S-17-12]

Presenter: Ron Tavernier
Location: SUNY: Maxcy 104
Classes: 1 Session 1.5 hours
Dates: Thu 2:30 PM 04/06

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This presentation offers a look at what is currently known about how the body regulates your daily schedule. We will discuss where the body’s clock is located in the brain, and how it keeps time using light, food and other cues. We will also look at its connection to Seasonal Affect Disorder and learn about ways to help prevent winter depression and lethargy.

After getting his Associates degree, and meeting his future wife at Paul Smiths College, Ron Tavernier (born in Malone) moved to Alaska in 1994 to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology. He worked a few years for the U. S. Army as a Natural Resource Specialist before returning to the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. There he investigated how animals respond to the long, dark winters in the Arctic, which earned him his PhD. Ron lived in Alaska for 13 years and had many adventures there. He moved back East with his family in 2007, and since then he has been teaching biology at SUNY Canton.

Cap: 50

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