Spring 2009 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

January 29

Dia Elnaiem, National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious disease, Bethesda, MD

“Genetic diversity of sand fly salivary proteins and its consequences on the epidemiology of leishmaniasis”

Hosted by:Michel Slotman

February 5

Ricardo Ramirez,Dept. of Entomology, Texas A&M University

 “Interactions between soil management and biological control”

Hosted by:  Micky Eubanks

February 12

Graduate Student Recognition and Award Seminar

Brad Metz (PhD student with Tanya Pankiw) “Variation in and responses to a brood pheromone in the honey bee

Ji-Eun Ahn (recently graduated PhD student with Keyan Zhu-Salzman) “Understanding regulatory mechanisms of insect adaptation to plant defense ” Brad Hopkins (PhD student with Patricia Pietrantonio) “Resistance to pyrethroid insecticides in the bollworm, Helicoverpa zea” Hosted by:  Kevin Heinz

February 19

Art Woods,Div. of Biological Sciences, University of Montana

 “The physiological ecology of water loss and gas exchange by insect eggs: trading off costs and benefits

Hosted by:Spence Behmer

March 5

Steven Pennings, Dept. of Biology, University of Houston

“Latitudinal variation in plant-herbivore interactions”

Hosted by:  Micky Eubanks and Spence Behmer

March 12

Chris Dietrich, Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 “Natural history of the leafhoppers and treehoppers: a hyperdiverse lineage

Hosted by: Therese Catanach and Jim Woolley

March 26

Igor Sharkhov, Dept. of Entomology, Virginia Tech

 Organization and evolution of chromosomes in malaria mosquitoes

Hosted by:Craig Coates

April 2

Michael Scharf,Dept. of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida

“Functional genomic insights into termite caste differentiation and lignocellulose digestion” Hosted by:  Keyan Zhu-Salzman

April 9

M. Deane Bowers, Museum and Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado

“Eating and being eaten: the ecology and evolution of caterpillar chemical defenses” Hosted by:Bob Wharton andSpence Behmer

April 16

Bill Snyder, Dept. of Entomology, Washington State University

“Niche partitioning increases resource exploitation by diverse communities” Hosted by:  Micky Eubanks

April 23

Eric Benbow, Dept. of Biology, University of Dayton

 “Large scale patterns of land use and aquatic invertebrate community structure as part of a West African disease system”

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