Eighteenth Annual Graduate Student Forum

Texas A&M University Department of Entomology
2015 Eighteenth Annual Graduate Student Forum
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Minnie Belle Heep Center, Rm. 103

8:50 – 9:00 Opening remarks, Welcome by Dr. Cecilia Tamborindeguy

9:00 – 9:40 Ask the experts: Do’s and don’ts of graduate student life.

9:40 – 10:00 Coffee Break, 1st Floor Atrium

10:00 – 10:15 Carl Hjelmen – “Use of phylogenetic analysis to better understand genome size evolution in Drosophila”

10:15 – 10:30 Xanthe Shirley – “Phylogenetic relationships among species in Aphelinus (Hymenoptera: Aphelinidae)”

10:30 – 10:45 Richelle Marquess – “The effects of nutrition on morph determination of Gryllus firmus”

10:45 – 11:00 Le Zheng – “Expanding the Nutrition Ecology Framework: Microbes Impact Blow Fly Development on Diets Varying in Protein:Lipid Content”

11:00 – 11:15 Chong Chin Heo – “Ecosystem resilience of carrion experiencing delayed Diptera colonization”

11:15 – 1:00 Lunch (On your own)

1:00 – 1:15 Devin Tillman – “Life history analysis and field study monitoring the sugarcane aphid, Melanaphis sacchari, on different sorghum hybrids”

1:15 – 1:30 Wenqing Zhou – “Fungal endophytes affect plant-herbivore interactions above and below ground”

1:30 – 1:45 Wei “Ivy” Chen – “New Aspects of Sterols in Plant-Insect Interactions”

1:45 – 2:00 Adrian Fisher – “The effects of crop protection pesticides and chemicals on honey bee (Apis mellifera)
mortality”

2:00 – 2:15 Ordom Huot – “Global transcriptome analyses of plant responses to insect herbivory, pathogen infection and their combination”

2:15 – 2:30 Coffee Break, 1st Floor Atrium

2:30 – 2:45 Freddy Ibanez – “Identification of vitellogenin in Bactericera cockerelli

2:45 – 3:00 Paula Castillo – “RNAi as a new alternative for fire ant gene target validation: toward population control”

3:00 – 3:15 James Tracy – “Optimized joint Envelope Score ecological niche models of four species of tamarisk beetles (Diorhabda spp.) introduced to North America”

3:15 – 3:30 Pierre Lau – “An analysis of pollen collected by honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) in developed areas”

3:30 – 4:00 Coffee and Cookies Reception, Judge Deliberation

4:00 – 4:15 Award Ceremony

4:15 Adjourn

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