Spring 2017 Seminar Series

January 26

Norman Barr – USDA-APHIS-PPQ-S&T, Center for Plant Health Science and Technology, Mission Laboratory, Edinburg, TX.

Title: “Molecular Diagnosis of the Oriental Fruit Fly, Bactrocera dorsalis: Methods Needed to Support Pest Exclusion

Host: Dr. Greg Sword

February 2

Lynn Kimsey – University of California, Davis, Department of Entomology and Nematology.

Title: “Delusional Infestation, or All Those Little Friends You Never Knew You Had”

Host: Jim Woolley

February 9

Hsiao-Hsuan (Rose) Wang – Texas A&M University, Ecological Systems Laboratory, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences

Title: “Modeling Ecological Dynamics in Temporally Variable, Spatially Heterogeneous Environments: Spatial Ecology of Invasive Plants, Native Wildlife, and Tick-borne Disease Risk”

Host: Pete Teel, Taylor Donaldson, Ashleigh Faris

February 16


Mackenzie Kjeldgaard – “I’ll have what she’s having: Next-generation insights into the diets of invasive ants”

Tyler Raszick – “Boll weevil (Anthonomus grandis) population genomics as a tool for monitoring and management”

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

February 23

Alex Wild University of Texas at Austin, Department of Integrative Biology.

Title: “How to Take Better Insect Photographs”

Host: Hojun Song

March 2

Molly Hunter University of Arizona, Department of Entomology.

Title: “The Rise and Fall of a Transformational Endosymbiont of Whiteflies”

Host: Greg Sword

March 9

Gregg Howe – Michigan State University, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.

Title: “Plant Defense Against Insect Herbivores: Mechanistic Insights into Growth-Defense Tradeoffs”

Host: Spencer Behmer

March 23

Micky Eubanks Texas A&M University, Department of Entomology.

Title: “The Effect of Invasive Ants on the Spread of Aphid-Vectored Plant Viruses

Host: Micky Eubanks

March 30


Frank Zalom – University of California, Davis, Department of Entomology and Nematology.

Title: “Invasive Species, Integrated Pest Management, and One Perspective from the West Coast

Host: David Ragsdale

April 6

Job LopezBaylor College of Medicine, National Center for Tropical Medicine.

Title: “Defining the Intricacies of Vector Competency and Transmission of Tick-borne Relapsing Fever Spirochetes”

Host: Pete Teel

April 13

Paul Ode – Colorado State University, Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management.

Title: “Changing Biotic Interactions in a Changing Climate”

Host: Kevin Heinz

April 20

Lee Dyer – University of Nevada, Reno, Department of Biology.

Title: “The Ecology and Evolution of Phytochemical Diversity”

Host: Raul Medina

April 27

Brandon BartonMississippi State University, Department of Biological Sciences.

Title: “From Beetles to Bowhunters: Predator-mediated Indirect Effects of Global Change”

Host: Jeff Tomberlin


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