Nineteenth Annual Graduate Student Forum

Texas A&M University Department of Entomology
2016 Nineteenth Annual Graduate Student Forum
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Minnie Belle Heep Center, Rm. 103

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

9:00 – 9:40a            Keynote speaker, Dr. Clint Hoffmann

9:40 – 10:00a          Coffee break, 1st floor atrium

10:00 – 10:15a        Derek Woller – “Exploring the functional frontiers of genitalia morphology via synergistic imaging technologies (Orthoptera: Acrididae: Melanoplus rotundipennis)”

10:15 – 10:30a        Renato Machado – “Taxonomic review of the subtribe Periclystina (Neuroptera: Myrmeleontidae)”

10:30 – 10:45a       Carl Hjelmen – “How does replication level contribute to genome size evolution in Drosophila species”

10:45 – 11:00a        Elizabeth Walsh – “The Effects of In-Hive Miticides on Queen (Apis mellifera L.)”

11:00 – 11:15a        Jennifer Sweeney – “The role of public information on Solenopsis invicta foraging behavior”

11:15 – 11:30a        Chloe Hawkings – “Transcriptional variation in the worker brain of the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta)”

11:30a – 12:30p      Lunch (On your own)

12:30 – 12:45p        Jocelyn Holt – “The sugarcane aphid in the continental US”

12:45 – 1:00p          Tyler Raszick – ”Boll weevil (Anthonomus grandis) population genomics as a tool for monitoring and management”

1:00 – 1:15p             Kelly Beskin – “Shift in volatile organic profiles as potential mechanism reducing intra- and interspecific competition: a black soldier fly story”

1:15 – 1:30p            Zach Popkin Hall – “Chemosensory gene expression in the proboscis of Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes”

1:30 – 1:45p           Karen Poh – “Spatial analysis of Culex infection with West Nile Virus during the 2012 Dallas County epidemic”

1:45 – 2:00p           Coffee Break, 1st Floor Atrium

2:00 – 2:15p            Richelle Marquess – “Effects of food nutritional content on morph determination in selected and unselected wing polymorphic cricket lines”

2:15 – 2:30p            Le Zheng – ”Exogenous bacteria and diet interaction shaping the bacterial community of Lucilia sericata (Diptera: Calliphoridae)”

2:30 – 2:45p            Chelsea Holcomb – “ephemeral resource variability impacts life-history of the black soldier fly, Hermetia illucens (L.) (Diptera: Stratiomyidae)”

2:45 – 3:00p            Trevor Steele “Dietary manipulation gives further insight to the complexity of the insulin/TOR signaling pathway”

3:00 – 3:15p            Pierre Lau – “Palynological analysis of pollen collected by honey bees (Apis mellifera) in developed areas in four regions of the United States”

3:15 – 3:45p            Coffee and cookies reception, judge deliberation

3:45 – 4:00p            Award ceremony

4:00                          Adjourn

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