Spring 2008 Seminar Series

Thursdays, 4:00 p.m., Minnie Belle Heep Center, Room 101
Pre-seminar refreshments at 3:30 p.m., 4th floor atrium, Minnie Belle Heep Center

Click on the presenter’s name to learn more about their research.

Click on the host’s name if you’d like to arrange a time to meet with the seminar speaker, or have questions about the seminar.

January 24

Jennifer Rudgers, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University

“Small fungi with big impacts: community-level
consequences of mutualisms between fungal endophytes and grasses”

Hosted by: Raul Medina

January 31

Blake Bextine, Dept. of Biology, University of Texas – Tyler

“Pierce’s disease in Texas: implications of a
multiple vector, strain, and host plant system”

Hosted by: Kevin Heinz

February 7

*Graduate Student Recognition and Award Seminar *

Robert Puckett (PhD student with Marvin Harris)
“Insights into the role of introduced phorid flies in the
management of red imported fire ants”

Hsiao-Ling Lu (PhD student with Patricia Pietrantonio)
“Localization of vitellogenin receptor in the red imported fire ant”

Joshua Jones (PhD student with John Oswald)
“Collection of Neuroptera and other arthropods in the Philippines”

Hosted by: Kevin Heinz

February 21

Marc Branham, Dept. of Entomology, University of Florida

“The evolution of fireflies and their sexual signals”

Hosted by: Joshua Jones (and the Oswald lab)

February 28

Maria Tchakerian, Dept. of Entomology, TAMU

“Landscape ecology in entomology research, development, and applications”

Hosted by: Robert Coulson

March 20

Ludek Zurek, Dept. of Entomology, Kansas State University

“Microbial ecology of muscoid flies: ecological, behavioral,
and public health aspects”

Hosted by: Jeff Tomberlin

March 27

Ke Dong, Dept. of Entomology, Michigan State University

“Insect sodium channels and insecticide resistance”

Hosted by: Brad Hopkins (and the Pietrantonio lab)

April 3

Larry Hanks, Dept. of Entomology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“Chemical communication in the longhorned beetles”

Hosted by: Micky Eubanks

April 10

*1st Annual Perry Adkisson Distinguished Speaker Award*

Consuelo De Moraes, Dept. of Entomology, Penn State University

“The role of plant volatiles in mediating interactions among plants and insects”

Hosted by: Joshua Jones (Graduate Students)

April 17

Steve Roberts, Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Nevada-Las Vegas

“Development, mechanisms and limits of insect aerodynamic performance”

Hosted by: Spence Behmer

April 24

David Holway, Div. of Biological Sciences, University of California San Diego

“Community susceptibility to invasion by ants”

Hosted by: Micky Eubanks

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