Spring 2010 Seminar Series

Thursdays, 4:00 p.m., Minnie Belle Heep Center, Room 103
Pre-seminar refreshments at 3:30 p.m., 4th floor atrium, Minnie Belle Heep Center

February 4

Adrianna Szczepaniec, Dept. of Entomology, Texas A&M University

“Mechanisms underlying interactions between
arthropod herbivores and their plant  hosts in managed landscapes

Hosted by Micky Eubanks

February 11

** Graduate Student Recognition and Award Seminar **

Katelyn Chalaire (MS student with Albert Mulenga)

“The biological and biochemical analysis of a tick-encoded serine protease inhibitor (S6)
and its role in the feeding cycle of Amblyomma americanum

Aaron Dickey (PhD student with Raul Medina)

“Testing host associated differentiation in
insects feeding on native trees”

Paul Lenhart (PhD student with Spencer Behmer and Micky Eubanks)

“The nutrient landscape of a plant community and
its impact on niche partitioning in grasshoppers”

Hosted by:  Kevin Heinz

February 25

Hubi Amrein, Department of Molecular and Cellular Medicine, Texas A&M University

“The function of taste and pheromone receptors in Drosophila feeding and mating behaviors”

Hosted by:  Craig Coates

March 4

Saskya van Nouhuys, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University

“Spatial population dynamics of parasitoid wasps”

Hosted by:  Raul Medina

March 11

Le Kang, Institute of Zoology, the Chinese Academy of Science

“Synchronization of biological rhythms in a tritrophic system”

March 25


Malcolm Fraser, Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame

“The Lepidopteran-derived piggyBac transposon and
its utility in genetic engineering of insects”

Hosted by:  Max Summers

April 8

Andy Deans, Dept. of Entomology, North Carolina State University

“Development and implementation of the Hymenoptera anatomy ontology”

Hosted by:  Robert Wharton

April 15

Angela Douglas, Dept. of Entomology, Cornell University

“Sweet problems and symbiotic solutions: how aphids utilize plant phloem sap”

Hosted by:  Spence Behmer

April 22

Tony Frankino, Dept. of Biology, University of Houston

“The Evolution of multivariate behavioral and morphological trait suites”

Hosted by:  Aaron Tarone

April 29

Spencer Johnston, Dept. of Entomology, Texas A&M University

“The proximate and ultimate control of aging in natural populations of Drosophila.”

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